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Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals

Fall Quarter Hours of Operation

The shop is open for rentals from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday. OPR Fall Quarter closures include: Thursday, November 11, 2021; Wednesday, November 24 through Saturday, November 27, 2021. OPR will close for winter break on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Please call 509-963-3537 or email outdoorpursuits@cwu.edu to find out more.

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  • About OPR

    CWU Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals offers guided-excursions as well as discounted rental equipment and special event programs. With a complete storefront and rental shop, CWU students, faculty, staff, and alumni association members are offered a wide array of equipment to use on their own as well as scheduled trips they can participate in!

    Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals is a year-round rental shop and provides equipment for all seasons. In addition to offering gear you could possibly need to float the Yakima River, or snowshoe in the Cascades, a full supply of camping gear is also available.

    Participation in the Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals program is more than just fun in the outdoors. Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals supports the individual development of participants through outdoor experiences. Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals aims to inspire participants to pursue their goals and challenge what they thought were their limitations.

    Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals is welcoming and suitable for participants of all backgrounds and skill-levels. Whether you're an expert or a first-timer, OPR has something to offer you. Come by OPR and let us try to enhance your outdoor experience!

  • Guided Trips

    Instagram Live
    Tuesday & Thursday at 12pm
    Every Tuesday & Thursday at 12pm during the Fall Quarter OPR will bring you live content via Instagram. The topics will be outdoor focused, but could be just about anything. Tune into @CWURecreation watch.

    Weekly Fireside Chats
    Wednesday 4-6pm
    Meet at OPR anytime between 4-6pm
    Come enjoy a warm fire and stuff your face with S'mores. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, find out more about OPR and eat S'mores.

    Sunset Hike
    Thursday, October 7, 21 & November 4
    Departs OPR at 4pm and returns at 7pm
    Cost: $15 CWU students, $19 non-students
    Looking to enjoy an evening hike while the sun fades away? Join our trip leaders and your fellow students for some exercise and beautiful scenery in the Ellensburg area. Facial coverings are required to attend the trip. Level of difficulty is beginner to intermediate. Pre-registration is recommended. Transportation is provide.

    Sunset Paddle Boarding
    Thursday, September 30
    Departs OPR at 4 pm, returns approximately at 8:30 pm
    Cost: $15 CWU students, $19 non-students
    Enjoy a relaxing evening of standup paddle boarding on a mountain lake west of campus. Standup paddleboards are included with the cost of the trip. Level of difficulty is beginner. Pre-registration required. Pre-trip meeting is at 7 pm Wednesday, September 29.

    FREE Bicycle Maintenance Clinics
    October 7, 14, 21 & 28
    Cost: FREE
    The free clinic will take place outside OPR on OPR’s patio. The Recycle Shop will be on campus hosting the free clinic. Bring your bike to this clinic. Facial coverings are required to attend.

    Beginner Backpacking
    Saturday to Sunday, October 2 & 3
    Departs OPR at 9 am, returns at approximately at 3 pm the next day.
    Cost: $36 CWU students, $45 non-students
    Join us for a backpacking trip into the Cascade Mountains. Level of difficulty is beginner. Pre-registration is required. Pre-trip meeting is at 6 pm Wednesday, September 29.

    Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Shuttles
    October 9 & November 6
    Departs OPR at 9 am, returns approximately at 5 pm
    Cost: $15 CWU students, $19 non-students
    Bring your bike, a helmet & repair tools and test your skills at Duthie Hill, with miles of trails perfectly suited for beginner, intermediate, and advanced mountain bikers. Level of difficulty is beginner to intermediate. Pre-registration required. Pre-trip meeting is at 6 pm the Wednesday before the trip.

    Paddle Boarding
    Sunday, October 10
    Departs OPR at 9 am, returns approximately at 2:30 pm
    Cost: $15 CWU students, $19 non-students
    Enjoy a relaxing evening of standup paddle boarding on a mountain lake west of campus. Standup paddleboards are included with the cost of the trip. Level of difficulty is beginner. Pre-registration required. Pre-trip meeting is at 6 pm Thursday, October 7.

    Intermediate Backpacking
    Saturday to Sunday, October 23-24
    Departs OPR at 8 am, returns at approximately at 4 pm the next day
    Cost: $56 for CWU students, $70 for non-students
    Join us for a backpacking trip into the Cascade Mountains. Level of difficulty is intermediate. Pre-registration is required. Pre-trip meeting is at 6 pm Wednesday, October 20.

    Hike
    Saturday, November 20
    Departs OPR at 8 am, returns at approximately at 4 pm
    Cost: $35 for CWU students, $44 for non-students
    Join us for a hiking trip into the Cascade Mountains. Level of difficulty is intermediate. Pre-registration is required. Pre-trip meeting is at 6 pm Wednesday, November 17.

    Banff Mountain Film Festival
    Thursday, December 9
    Doors open at 6pm. Film starts at 7pm and will end by 10pm
    Cost: $12 CWU students, $16 non-students, $16 general admission day of the film
    Experience profound journeys, unexpected adventures and ground-breaking expeditions, as told by renowned authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers. This film series is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Pre-registration recommend. Doors open at 6pm. Film starts at 7pm. There will be door prizes!

  • Local Trip Resources
  • Yakima River

    Enjoy a scenic float down the Yakima River, take in the stunning views of the canyon and valley, and watch for wildlife along the banks of the river. Be adventurous, see what the nature around the Lower Kitittas Valley has to offer.

    Action Stage - (33.5 feet - 35.5 feet.) At this stage, the river is near bank full at Ellensburg. Lowland flooding is possible in the low areas along the river. If the water level is above 33.5 feet, please consider your recreation options carefully and know that you are responsible for your own safety while on the river.

    The Yakima water level is always very closely monitored by the USGS. You are able to see what the water level for each of the stages in real-time. Click here to see the Yakima River's real-time water levels.


    What to Bring

    • PFD (Personal Flotation Device) / Life Jacket & WEAR IT!
    • Water
    • Food
    • Waterproof sunblock
    • Chapstick
    • Proper footwear with snug straps that will not fall off
    • Inexpensive sunglasses
    • Swimsuit
    • And the pump. When the raft hits the cold water it can lose pressure over the duration of the float. During a break in your float, keep the raft out of direct sunlight and give it a couple pumps before heading back out!

    Caution:

    Rafting is a potentially hazardous activity. Always raft with a group and seek training prior to floating the river on your own. Moving water is a powerful element and awareness of potential hazards may allow you to have a more safe and enjoyable experience. OPR offers a Swiftwater Rescue course annually each Spring for those interested in getting more training.

    On the Yakima River, OPR equipment is prohibited floating the stretch between the Upper Bridge at KOA campground to the Lower Bridge at Irene Rinehart Park (People's Pond), and from the Lower Bridge (People's Pond) down to South Ringer Loop launch. AVOID THESE AREAS!!! These areas are potentially hazardous and are off limits for OPR equipment. The Ringer Loop Road is closed in the middle because it was washed out by the Yakima River a few years ago. Please avoid putting your water vessel in the river at North Ringer Loop. North Ringer Loop is the little grassy park with the picnic table that is near the Yakima River RV Park. This section of river is within the prohibited stretch referenced above. For the Ringer Loop put-in, you should drive to the second road named Ringer Loop Road and drive to the WA state managed parking area with boat launch to put your water vessel in the river. At this site, there is a Bureau of Land Management sign labeling this area South Ringer Loop. Please note a Discover Pass or day use fee is required here. For a list of Yakima River put-ins & take-outs and FAQ on our rental gear and floating the river, click here.

    Please send inquiries via e-mail outdoorpursuits@cwu.edu. Or contact Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals by phone at (509) 963-3537.

  • Useful Links
  • Forms
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival

    Banff Mountain Film Festival

    Welcome to the 2020-21 Virtual World Tour. Join us for more #epicadventuresindoors. Featuring audience favorites from the 2020 Festival and special tour edits. Since we can't bring you a live Banff Mountain Film Festival on campus, we're doing the next best thing. We are bringing it to you at home. This affiliate link includes everything you need for the virtual tour. Browse film programs, read through FAQs, shop the marketplace and download our app for easy viewing on the go. All programs available until October 24, 2021. Plus new programs will be added throughout the year! Click the affiliate link to enjoy a virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival experience: https://filmfest.banffcentre.ca/?campaign=WT-156184

    Presenting partners: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Rab, Buff® Sponsored by: Deuter, Clif Bar & Company, Oboz Footwear, YETI, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Smartwool, Kicking Horse Coffee, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola.

    By using the affiliate link, a percentage of your purchase will go to help support OPR. We hope you enjoy the films. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

    We are coordinating an on-campus showing for December 9, 2021. Stay tuned for details.

Contact US

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals - Bradley Gasawski
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: 509.963.3537
E-mail: outdoorpursuits@cwu.edu