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

Illustration by Lanh Tran

Fielding Schaefer, Arc’teryx Rep Dude

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,” has Whitman questioned the Whitman Outdoor Program (OP)’s excruciating annual in...

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

Ryder Brookes, Sports Reporter

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 at this year’s Power & Privilege Symposium titled, "Whitman’s Outdoor Program: Bridge or Barr...

OP strives for more than just financial accessibility

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

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 with outdoor recreation. Using data from the Office of Institutional Research, OP staff f...

Swiftwater rescue class traverses Lakum Duckum

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

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

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 tyrolean traverse is when a rope is established across a gap in a cliff or a river in order to mov...

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

Charlotte Elliot, Sports Reporter

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, Oct. 10, a group of nine students and two leaders left for an Outdoor Program (OP) backpacking trip, dri...

Kayak Guiding in the San Juans

Tyler Phillips, Student

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 trip was part of a course titled “Sea Kayak Guide Leadership”, which is designed to train stud...

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

Haider Anwar Ali, Guest Writer

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 First Response requirement, gaining van certification and probably even considering the possibility...

The Evolution of the Whitman Outdoor Program

Alex Brockman, Feature Reporter

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 famous climbing wall or even skiers moving through campus in the winter. These common sights are ...

OP Introduces New Beginning Kayaking Trip in Reid Basement

Anthony Reale, Barometric Pressurer

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 the Coffeehouse. Much to the Bookstore and Coffeehouse’s dismay, the water covered rugs, new furniture...

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

North Bennett

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

Emma Cooper

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 of outdoor films are displayed. An intense selection process is required in order for the festival...

Pio Picks: Week of Dec. 3

Martina

November 19, 2015

Each Thursday, The Pioneer highlights several events happening on campus or in Walla Walla during the weekend. Here are this week's picks. Annual Outdoor Program Gear Sale, Thursday, Dec. 3, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,Reid Ballroom. Paper Tigers screening, Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., Cordiner Ha...

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