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Outdoor Program outlines new five-year strategy

Infographic contributed by the Whitman Outdoor Program.
November 25, 2020

The Outdoor Program [OP] recently announced a new strategic plan that will help the department improve and change to better fit the students and the college. The Director of Outdoor Programs, Brien...

To increase accessibility, OP will host initiation in wilderness of Ankeny Field

Illustration by Lanh Tran
March 12, 2020

Whitman has long discouraged the hazing practices of fraternities and sororities. But only recently, as the school and student body confronts the walls that restrict attaining the Whitman ideal of “outdoorsiness,”...

Dissecting accessibility within outdoor recreation

Students participate in a workshop at P&P, engaging in conversation about accessibility within outdoor recreation and the Outdoor Program. Photos by Thomas Lemoine
February 27, 2020

While many Whitman students benefit from the Outdoor Program (OP), many have questioned whether resources and trips are accessible and, if so, who benefits from them. This was the topic of a session held...

OP strives for more than just financial accessibility

Illustration by Hannah Paul
November 18, 2019

Due to a lack of campus-wide accessibility, Whitman College's Outdoor Program (OP) has been taking steps to cater their programs to a wider audience than just a largely white, upper-class population experienced...

Swiftwater rescue class traverses Lakum Duckum

Outdoor Program Rental Shop Manager Lish Riley makes her way across Lakum Dukum. Photo contributed by Stuart Chapin
November 7, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 18, Assistant Director of the Outdoor Program Stuart Chapin’s Swift Water Rescue class — a sports studies, recreation and athletics (SSRA) course — built a tyrolean traverse. A...

Whitties escape to Harris Park for fall break

Whitman students enjoy the outdoors during an Outdoor Program trip on Thursday, Oct. 10, led by juniors Adam Rooney and Erin Beaudoin. Photos contributed by Adam Rooney and Sam Cleary
October 24, 2019

For most people, fall break involved reuniting with family members, catching up with homework or getting prepped for the spooky season. For some Whitties, however, this wasn’t the case. On Thursday,...

Kayak Guiding in the San Juans

December 7, 2017

Last month, the Sport Studies, Recreation and Athletics Department took ten students all the way to the San Juan Islands in the far Northwest corner of Washington for a four-day sea-kayaking trip.  The...

Op-Ed: How to Become an Outdoor Program Leader in a Week with no Prior Backcountry Experience

May 13, 2017

Admittedly, the title is slightly misleading. It takes more than a week to become an Outdoor Program leader considering that a candidate will spend a significant amount of time completing the Wilderness...

The Evolution of the Whitman Outdoor Program

April 6, 2017

One of the most common walks across Whitman College takes students from Reid Campus Center to Ankeny. Along the way, one might see busses loaded with kayaks for a weekend trip, students ascending Whitman’s...

OP Introduces New Beginning Kayaking Trip in Reid Basement

January 26, 2017

During the first week of Whitman’s second semester, the temperature dropped low enough for a pipe in the Reid Campus Center to freeze and burst, leading to a few inches of water flooding the floor of...

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops
February 15, 2016
The Pioneer previews four workshops from the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium via a Q&A with workshop organizers.

Banff Film Festival comes to Whitman

January 28, 2016

Climbers, boarders, bikers, and river-surfers gathered into Cordiner Hall on Jan. 19 for this year's Banff Film Festival event. The Banff Film Festival plays annually in Banff, Alberta, where hundreds...

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