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.
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.
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.
In July, Next Adventure Outdoor School guided overnight backpacking trips to Olallie Lakes, Hawk Mountain on Mt. Hood National Forest, and the Oregon Coast. More trips are scheduled this summer!
We are leading hiking and backpacking adventures along the Pacific Crest Trail and the Oregon Coast Trail in August and September. Check out nextadventure.net/outdoor-school for more details and to sign up!
Meanwhile, to whet your wilderness appetite, here is the Trip Report from our latest adventure on the Oregon Coast:
Learn how to be prepared for hiking and backpacking at elevation at our free clinic. Experienced Next Adventure staff will provide a philosophical overview of backpacking, discuss tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, stoves and other gear, and provide tips and tricks to make your next trip to higher elevations safer and more comfortable.
The snow melted out early this year in the Cascades, and the sub-alpline meadows of Mt. Hood are already teeming with flowers usually seen later in the season.
Outdoor School Lead Guide & Naturalist Greg was out on Mt. Hood's Timberline Trail recently. Read on to see photos of wildflowers that were blooming.