Next Adventure Blog

This was the four day Next Adventure San Jaun Island Trip. We had a great group with awesome weather. We kayaked from Roche Harbor to Friday Harbor stopping at Jones and Stuart Island to camp. On the trip we saw lots of wild life like jellyfish, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and my favorite the Orca's.

As you walk down the almost hidden staircase, past the walls lined with well-travelled backpacks, you see murals of Sasquatch Bryan and Golem Deek along with a spattering of old black and white photos in frames. You have no idea yet what mysteries await you in this secret den of awesome...

Thru-hikers on the PCT have hiked over 2000 miles by the time they cross Oregon.  The main pack is coming through our neck of the woods right now.  If you want to get to know some of the hardy souls that make this epic journey, now is the time to get out on the trail. Next Adventure Outdoor School led a guided backpacking tour for a section hike along the PCT to learn the ins and outs of long-distance hiking.
We have another 5-day backpacking trip along the PCT planned in September, and you can still join us.
And don't miss PCT Days in Cascade Locks on the Columbia River this weekend (8/28-30), where you can meet the thru-hikers and see the latest in ultra-light gear.
Read more for the PCT Trip Report ...

If you head into the wilderness, you should know how to use a map and compass. Next Adventure is holding a FREE clinic to teach you land navigation skills at 7 p.m. at the Grand Store in Portland, Oregon. Read more for details.

Take a gentle 3 hour tour of beautiful Scappoose Bay with one of our experienced guides. A wonderful opportunity to get introduced to the waterways of Scappoose Bay and a chance to see some of the local wildlife such as Great Blue Herons, White Egrets and Western Painted Turtles. An ideal paddle for beginners and families with young children.

Smoke was thick in the air this year at the 2015 Next Adventure Amateur Championship disc golf tournament, the haze that filled the sky and the course added to the already challenging Blue Lake Park fairway in Portland, Oregon. That didn’t stop any of the avid amateur disc golfers from giving a stellar performance! As you watched each golfer line up their shots there was a silence that settled on the hole, a pause from the noise and drone of everyday life. And then, just like that, the disc was in the basket and riotous cries and claps resounded.

Are you interested in starting a new activity that is a great workout and allows you to see some amazing places most people will never see? This 2.5 Day Whitewater Kayaking Course is designed to introduce students to Whitewater Kayaking starting with a basic understanding of the gear needed, and how to paddle safely in local destinations. This course will introduce river hydrology, safety-rescue techniques, strokes and maneuvers and help build the basic foundations for whitewater kayaking. After taking this course students should feel comfortable paddling with friends on local waterways. 

Horning's Hideout was the site of the 8th annual Chick Flick Women's Disc Golf Celebration-Presented by Next Adventure. The Chick Flick is more than a tournament: it is educational, builds community, and fosters friendly competition. The first Chick Flick brought in just over 50 players as a non-PDGA tournament. In 2015, we had over 135 women participate in at least one of the Celebration's events. Written by Carie Coleman. 

Salmon are one of the most iconic animals of the Pacific Northwest. These fish are vital to the health of our region’s stream, river, and forest ecosystems. Come learn about the amazing life cycles and ecology of Pacific Salmon in this presentation by naturalist Ivan Phillipsen. Get to know the different species of salmon and learn about the challenges they face in a changing world.

What are the 7 wonders of Oregon? They are the amazing natural spaces you can discover here in Oregon: majestic Mt. Hood, the incredible Columbia River Gorge, the awesome Oregon Coast, the pretty Painted Hills, spectacular Smith Rock, the wonderful Wallowas, and indescribable Crater Lake.