Adventures Abroad

Japan’s geography is seventy percent mountainous, but only one peak captures the imagination like Everest, Kilimanjaro, or Denali could. Mt. Fuji looms behind Tokyo, a location that makes it as inseparable from the Japanese identity as cherry blossoms and sushi. But for many Japanese, its mere presence doesn’t compel them to climb it. “It’s not going anywhere….

Tree-Soloing

I was most likely six or seven when I climbed a tree for the first time. It was an apple tree, rugged and short—surely no more than fifteen or twenty feet at its tallest point—growing in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember distinctly how I felt as I traversed the branches of this…

Visual Vibrance

Hello. I am very honored to bring you this week’s Outdoor Pursuits blog post. My name is Taylor Humphrey, and I work on the OP staff as the Film and Photo Man. I love this job and the opportunities it has brought me. If I had it my way, this would be a multi-decade career…

Selfie Spotlight

We take the outdoors very seriously here in Outdoor Pursuits. So seriously, in fact, that we barely have the time to take anything else very seriously at all. Case in point, we want to take this final blog post of the semester to appreciate our staff being truly silly as they gear up for finals….

Taking to the Tides

This week we’ve got some visual adventures to share! Our resident surf bum, Anthony, and his GoPro have recently taken to the Seas, Rivers, and Streets of the Pacific Northwest to do some awesome exploring. Lucky for us, he was totally up for sharing his wild ride. Check it out.

Me and the Mountain (Part Two)

We made it to the false summit and as soon as we got there I collapsed onto the snow. My body would not cooperate with my brain’s commands. We looked down toward the Southwest Chute, and both of our hearts dropped when we realized that there was too much ice in the chute to safely…

Me and the Mountain (Part One)

After a winter of spending time backcountry snowboarding and climbing Mt. Hood, being in the mountains for the weekend became a regular thing for Ted and me, although I was still fairly new to the mountaineering game. Because of this, I was still learning all the jargon when we decided to climb Mt. Adams in…

An Ode to Kris

This week we are sharing vignettes written by OP staff members in Ode to Kris Williams, who for the last two years was second in command here in Outdoor Pursuits and the force behind Voyages. We were bummed to see him go this year and we wanted to take a second to share some of the…

Rock Bottom

One thing you should know about our office, and by extension 90% of our staff (myself included), is that we have an unhealthy obsession with bad puns. An infatuation with invariably shitty jokes. Basically, we’re a bunch of dorks. Another thing you should know about our office, and by extension 90% of our staff (myself…

Welcome To Our Adventure!

Hello and welcome to the first installment of the Pacific University Outdoor Pursuits Adventure Blog! We are beyond stoked to have the opportunity to share our experiences with you. We hope that our stories will get you excited to get outside and make some memories of your own. Whether you are a student, and choose to…