Backpacking

Wherever you’re headed – be it Oregon’s Mt. Hood wilderness, Washington’s gorgeous Mt. Adams, or any of the other other destinations we offer – you can be sure students will walk away changed as they learn basic map and compass skills, backcountry cooking and how to camp in the wilderness using Leave No Trace principles. Beyond these learning basics, your teens will gain experience needed to be leaders and followers, and may get invited into leadership roles on the trail. Our guides will engage your crew in conversations and memorable activities to help you bond as a group and challenge students to take next steps in their growing relationships with Christ. Spend a short three days and two nights on the trail, venture out for a full week, or make it a Mountains to Missions trip combining backpacking through the mountains with missions in a neighboring city. Whatever your choice, it will be unforgettable, to say the least!

  • Type: Backpacking
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon, YD Adventures Washington
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days)
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Group Size: 10 -
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Clackamas River

Only a short hour’s drive outside of the Portland metro area lies a true jewel of the Northwest, the Upper Clackamas river. This permitted section of whitewater within Mt Hood National Forests Wild and Scenic area hides some of the biggest waves in Oregon. Your students will enjoy a thrilling day together as they rocket through the rapids and share rich conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of Christ.

This is one of the most challenging sections of whitewater we run.

  • Type: Inflatable Kayaking, River, Whitewater Rafting
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Single Day
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Cost: $65 per day, $50 for half day (6 miles). Large group discounts available.
  • Group Size: 8 - 50
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Custom Adventure Combo

As you’ve likely noticed, since you’re on our website, we do lots of different types of trips. We run some of the most beautiful rivers in the Pacific NW, climb some of the most epic rocks, hike from stunning vista to lush meadow and all the while challenge pre-conceived notions and provide opportunity for relationship-building dialog. We are here to work with groups to put together trips that best fit their needs, because at the end of the day what we really want to see is stronger relationships, and a group of people who were challenged to know God, and each other, better.

A Custom Adventure Combo is a real life choose-your-adventure. Customize a 2 or more day trip using the elements that YD Adventures facilitates. You even have an option to include a service project! Activities available vary by location.

  • Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft...)
  • Location: YD Adventures Idaho, YD Adventures Oregon, YD Adventures Washington
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Group Size: 10 - 50
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Dangle and Dip

Enjoy 2 days of adventures with a day Whitewater Rafting and a day on our Challenge Course. This is the ideal trip if you want to focus on unifying a group and building relational bridges of trust.

The power of this trip lies not only in its ability to draw a group together, but also as it offers participants an opportunity to develop deeper, more authentic relationships with Jesus and the other significant individuals in their lives.

Large group discounts available

  • Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft...)
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days)
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Cost: $155
  • Group Size: 10 - 100
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Deschutes River Rafting

The Deschutes River is well-loved for good reason, and is arguably one of the best single-day trips we have to offer. If you’re looking to build relationships with your teens, take on Class III and IV rapids, and experience a life-changing adventure with your students… all in the confines of a single day… then this is the trip for you! With Boxcar, Oaks Springs, and Wapinitia rapids, plus all the other squeal-worthy surf out there, this one is a sure hit!

 

  • Type: River, Whitewater Rafting
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Single Day
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Cost: $77-$83 per day, variable based on weekday v. weekend, shuttle and food. Large group discounts available. Call us for more details!
  • Group Size: 8 - 100
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Extended Inflatable Kayak Trip

Experience the thrill of tackling Class III rapids in your own inflatable kayak! Spend 3 to 4 days kayaking on the Lower Deschutes River, camping under the stars and enjoying a thrilling adventure!

Nuff said? (did we mention we feed you?)

  • Type: Inflatable Kayaking, River
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days)
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Cost: $285 for 3 day, $375 for 4 day (per person)
  • Group Size: 8 - 13
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High & Low Ropes Course

Experience a full day of thrills on the high ropes course and group bonding on the low ropes course. On the low ropes, your crew will work as a team to overcome obstacles, building group dynamics and communication. On the high ropes, your teens will overcome individual challenges, such as walking across a log suspended 35 feet in the air. Using both high and low elements allows your students to encounter a deeper level of dependence on each other, while discovering their precious, God-given gifts and talents that fit uniquely into His plan.

High Ropes and Low Ropes Activities are specially designed to meet the goals of your group. Trips take place at Camp Eagle Fern. Weekend retreats are also available.

  • Type: Challenge Course
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: 1/2 Day, Combo (2-4 days), Single Day
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Cost: $60 for a full day trip
  • Group Size: 10 - 100
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Inflatable Kayaking (IK)

If your students like to find themselves in the driver seat, then how about spending the day in an inflatable kayak! Just like a single-person raft, inflatable kayaks are highly maneuverable and exceptionally exciting to navigate. Plus, they present an opportunity for individualized challenge, inviting youth to experience personal failures and victories while encouraging others, and recognizing the Lord as their source of strength.

Trips are available at a variety of skill levels, from glorified lounging to rip-roaring!

  • Type: Inflatable Kayaking, River
  • Location: YD Adventures Idaho, YD Adventures Oregon, YD Adventures Washington
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days), Single Day
  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Group Size: -

McKenzie River Rafting

Sandwiched between Bend and Eugene, the McKenzie River is a beautiful river in the heart of the Cascades, located about 3 hours southeast of Portland. We offer trips on both the Upper and Lower sections of the river, and both spots are powerfully pristine destinations for memory-making. Your students will enjoy quality time together as they splash through the rapids and share rich conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of Christ.

The Lower McKenzie River is great for first-time rafters, while the Upper McKenzie River provides more challenges.

  • Type: River, Whitewater Rafting
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Single Day
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Cost: $65 per day ($70 with food). Large group discounts available. Call us for more details!
  • Group Size: 8 - 100
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Mountains to Missions

Mountains to Missions trips are 4 – 7 day* trips that combine thrilling adventures with inner-city service work in downtown Portland. The result: heightened personal challenge, incredible group bonding and the opportunity for sweet character transformation before your very eyes. Pick from one of three formats and “choose your own adventure,” as they say.

Your adventure options:

  1. River Adventure Program – Epic, remote whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking with river-side camping
  2. Backpacking Trip – Challenging and priceless in regards to victories and views
  3. Rope, Rock, Raft – The ultimate trifecta of fun, with a day each on the high/low ropes challenge course, rock climbing, and rafting

Following your three days in God’s grand creation, we’ll meet up with our ministry friends at BridgeTown Inc. in downtown Portland, where students can expect to serve meals to the homeless, clean, paint, sort clothes, and engage in the kind of conversation that brings hope and life to those in need. As students visit work sites including the Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Ronald McDonald House, Loaves and Fishes, and Portland Rescue Mission, they experience a life-changing effort to serve others in what Bridgetown calls a “relational approach” that includes foot-washing and more.

Call us to explore your options and availability. These trips book up quickly.

*We believe seven days provides maximum impact, however; M2M trips can be customized to be shorter or longer in length.

  • Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft...)
  • Location: YD Adventures Oregon
  • Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
  • Season: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Cost: Starting at $150
  • Group Size: 8 - 50
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