Rising Freshman Camp, Summer 2019

JUly 9TH - 20TH

TUITION: $500

Other payment options are available. See our Tuition page for more information about pricing for camp.


All girls* getting ready to enter high school: Come along with three experienced outdoor leaders for an adventure like no other. East of Portland, Oregon is the 100-mile section of river known as the Columbia Gorge. Stretching between the lush evergreen forests of Cascade Mountains and dry, sunny high desert, this dramatic landscape is the setting of a deep, complex history and where many people live, play and work today. We will spend 12 days exploring this breathtaking watershed by land, rock, water and horse.

*We respect variance in gender identification.  

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 : DROPOFF AND SWIMMING AT OXBOW

Our adventure begins at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, where we'll say goodbye to parents and get to know each other. We'll go for a swim in the fresh mountain waters, make a delicious tailgate dinner and sleep under the stars.

DAYS 2-5 : BACKPACKING IN THE 3 SISTERS WILDERNESS

After a campground breakfast and a packing workshop, we will commence a 3 day backpacking trip through the gorgeous Three Sisters Wilderness. We will walk along mountain crests and on trails made of obsidian, sleep amongst the volcanoes, and jump in miraculous lakes. On our last day we will hike out and spend the night along the Deschutes River, dunking in the refreshing waters and eating a delicious camp dinner.

Cheesin’ for the North and Middle Sisters on the Pacific Crest Trail. The loop we’ll do is full of dynamic ecosystems and includes a taste of the 2,270-mile PCT, which runs all the way from Canada to Mexico. We might catch a glimpse of the fast and illusive creature known as a thru-hiker; a person crazy enough to attempt the whole trail in one season.

Cheesin’ for the North and Middle Sisters on the Pacific Crest Trail. The loop we’ll do is full of dynamic ecosystems and includes a taste of the 2,270-mile PCT, which runs all the way from Canada to Mexico. We might catch a glimpse of the fast and illusive creature known as a thru-hiker; a person crazy enough to attempt the whole trail in one season.

DAY 6 : CAVES TO FARM

After filling up with a delicious diner breakfast and doing some laundry, we’ll meet up with our guest-star guide in Bend for cave exploration and a tour of our friend’s vegetable farm just outside town, where we’ll have a bountiful dinner and sleep amongst the squash flowers.

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Day 7 : CLIMBING AT SMITH ROCK

We’ll wake up rested and strong to meet our rock climbing guide at the stunning Smith Rock, where we'll develop our top-rope climbing prowess under the skilled tutelage of our guest guide. When it gets too hot to continue climbing, we’ll have to go for a swim and make camp near those regal rocks. We’ll sleep amongst the juniper and sage, sing songs and trade stories as we rest our strong bodies and newly-callused fingers.

Connecting with horses at the 1,161-acre Ekone Ranch, a summer camp, land trust and natural burial ground in the central Columbia Gorge region.

Connecting with horses at the 1,161-acre Ekone Ranch, a summer camp, land trust and natural burial ground in the central Columbia Gorge region.

DAYS 8-9 : EKONE RANCH

We will spend the next couple days at Ekone Ranch in the golden hills north of the Big River, playing with horses and enjoying the profound vibes of one thousand and sixty acres of conservation land. The cowgirls of the ranch will give us a crash course in important real-life skills: how to join-up with a horse, tie cool knots, make homemade pasta, and get unlost in the woods. On our last afternoon at Ekone we'll go on solo soul journeys on the edge of stunning Rock Creek Canyon, rejoining at dusk for a special picnic dinner and a night under Ekone's famously vibrant stars.

Harvesting in the huckleberry fields. These areas are very special and used jointly by indigenous and non-indigenous people, although historically, the Yakama people were the ones maintaining and ensuring the return of the huckleberry plants through low-intensity burning of the alpine forests.

Harvesting in the huckleberry fields. These areas are very special and used jointly by indigenous and non-indigenous people, although historically, the Yakama people were the ones maintaining and ensuring the return of the huckleberry plants through low-intensity burning of the alpine forests.

DAY 10 : HUCKLEBERRY HEAVEN AND LOWER LEWIS FALLS

After our day down in the big valley, we'll be ready to head up Mt. Adams to stain our hands purple with huckleberry juice. The alpine berry fields will fill our hearts and buckets, and we'll probably need to take another swim in a pristine mountain lake, too. We'll then head to a little-known waterfall mecca on the west side of the mountain, where we'll swim in the crystal-clear pools.

DAY 11 : HUCKLEBERRY PANCAKES AND TANAGER FARM

After a huckleberry pancakes breakfast and a farewell to the waterfalls, we'll head down the mountain to visit our friends at Tanager Farm in Corbett, who we’ll help out with their vegetable and flower harvests. When the day is at its hottest, we’ll have to go find the secret spot on the Sandy River where you swing from a long rope and drop into its refreshingly cool waters. We’ll make camp for the night at Oxbow Regional Park, where we began our trip,  reflect on all our adventures and rest our strong bodies.

Day 12 : FAREWELL

We’ll wake up and have a last breakfast together before meeting parents at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area. We'll say our goodbyes and have a last swim to cool off our freshly stoked, fiery senses of self.

**Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, camp needs, and unforeseen circumstances.

Leaping into the crystal-blue waters at the base of Lower Lewis Falls

Leaping into the crystal-blue waters at the base of Lower Lewis Falls