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New Zealand Trip For The Adventurous Students

Southern Oregon University is hosting a trip to New Zealand for Outdoor Adventure Leadership students to study abroad.   This program lasts for two months and is considered by many the trip of a lifetime. Students arrive on the North Island, and journey down the length of New Zealand, this being guided by locals.   […]

Banff and Radical Reels Tours Come To SOU

This Saturday and Sunday the Outdoor Program and Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association are teaming up to host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and Radical Reels tour. These nights include high adrenaline films of the hottest sport action. These tours have been in as many as 50 locations across US and Canada showing sports such […]

38th annual Ski Swap happening now

The 38th annual Ski Swap is happening this weekend at Southern Oregon University in the Stevenson Union, open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to sell old skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, and equipment and get new gear or make […]

Warning: Stoke levels dangerously low!

Warning: Stoke levels dangerously low!

What has happened to the stoke levels at this school? In this community? In this generation? It seems that lately it has become chic to act cool and calm at all times, no achievement is worthy of a hoot or a holler. What is it about society that says it is wrong to get excited […]

A distinctly personal and individual experience

Make being outside a distinctly personal and individual experience. Outdoor sports increasingly become a lifestyle and image of their own; rock climbing and dirt bags, skiing and newschoolers. You name it, there is an image to go with it. Outside magazine recently ran an article about climbers needlessly filling the dirt bag stereotype, and it […]

10 minutes to paradise: Emigrant Lake

Jackson County is full of beautiful scenery, both man-made and natural. Man-made brings to mind architecture or sculpture, not the sparkling waters of Emigrant Lake, but the man-made “lake,” is in actually a reservoir and a hub for recreation in Jackson County. A whole host of activities can be enjoyed at Emigrant Lake, such as […]

Your 84 million-acre back yard

The National Parks service is a massive organization; from coast to coast it provides a place for all people to escape from everyday life. The mission of the National Parks is as follows: “The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.” This resource […]

Dude, where’s my bike?

The majority of car trips taken by Americans are less than two miles. A two mile bike ride is about the distance from Southern Oregon University’s Ashland campus to the plaza downtown. There is even a specific bike path provided from SOU to Lithia Park. This being said, bicycles are healthy for you, for your […]

Rock junkies

The rock climbing gym operated by the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program is truly a hallmark of student involvement. Constructed in an old racket ball court, the rock gym offers climbing for all levels, from the beginner to the advanced climber. Rock climbing at the gym can be done two ways; on a rope, called […]

Find your adventure

The world seemed so much bigger when I was a small child. Everything was new and exciting, and a task as small as riding my bicycle to the mailbox was a journey of grand proportion. The United States is increasingly becoming a nation of tedium. Go to class or work, come home, watch some television […]

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