Outdoor School

Trip Report: Mt. St. Helens Loowit Trail

It will be thirty-five years on May 18 since Mt. St. Helens erupted and blasted off its top 3000 feet.  Mt. St. Helens is mostly quiet today, slowly rebuilding its dome in its deep north-side crater, and re-establishing vegetation and faunal communities in its blasted areas. You can witness nature being reborn here.
Next Adventure Outdoor School Guide Greg was up hiking, camping, and exploring the snow conditions at timberline a few weeks back.
Read more for his adventures.

Ultra-Lightweight Backpacking Clinic

Are you struggling up trail under a heavy pack? Still carrying your old gear from the 1990's? Do your knees hurt after a day on trail from a heavy pack? Do you want to become an Ultra Light Backpacker, but don't know where to begin? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this clinic is perfect for you.

Staying Found - Free Map & Compass Clinic

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.

Trip Report: Mt. Hood Summit

We arrived at Timberline Lodge around midnight. My Toyota Previa, Vanna White, was outfitted with my couch cushions to allow two people to sleep comfortably. My climbing partner, whom we'll call Jackson, and I slept until around 3 when we eagerly awoke and each ate about a pound of trail mix.

Free Presentations at Next Adventure - Spring 2015

Next Adventure was proud to host Oregon author and hiking guru William Sullivan for a slideshow presentation and talk this past week.
Read on to find out more about his lowdown on hiking eastern Oregon, and what else you can learn for free at Next Adventure this Spring!

Secrets of the Ancient Forest Presentation

You've probably hiked through an old-growth forest in the Northwest more than once. What exactly is an old-growth forest and why is it special? Join us Tuesday to find out!

East Side Spring Wildflower Hike - Tom McCall Preserve

Things bloom early on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, and by April, some of the most colorful displays can be found in the East Gorge. Join Next Adventure Staff Biologist Greg Hill for a guided interpretational tour of Tom McCall Nature Preserve and its amazing wildflowers. Easy 2 to 5 miles hiking, 200 feet elevation gain.

5 Day Backpacking Trip - Pacific Crest Trail

Join Next Adventure for a unique backpacking trip through some of the most scenic sections of the Oregon Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, between Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.  Learn how to lighten your load like a thru-hiker on a shorter trip.   

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