Breath of fresh air

ASWWU Outdoors offers guided trips and gear to connect with God’s creation

With the return of many students to campus, Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) is excited to resume offering guided outdoor adventures and gear rentals through three student-led initiatives.

While COVID-19 regulations require new practices such as smaller groups, wearing masks, and social distancing, ASWWU Outdoors is still planning new, student-led trips during winter quarter. The tentative schedule includes excursions ranging from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, to biking and backpacking. 

“You’re getting to explore the world around you that God created,” says Grant Hartman, senior mechanical engineer and ASWWU Outdoors director. “Walla Walla University is in a prime location with a lot of incredible outdoor opportunities close at hand.” 

Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to sign up for such trips through the ASWWU Outdoors web page at Trips are often announced through the ASWWU Outdoors Instagram profile @ASWWUoutdoors.

In addition to student-guided trips, ASWWU Outdoors also helps students and staff feel comfortable setting out on their own by offering several educational meetings. An avalanche safety class aims to teach them how to enjoy the winter seasons responsibly. 

ASWWU’s rental shop, Mountain Rents, also provides low-cost gear for those who want to plan their own outings. Gear can be rented online through the ASWWU website, and picked up at the Tread Shed with a reservation.

The Tread Shed, another student run business, helps repair bikes and skateboards. During the winter months, they also offer ski and snowboard waxing and edge sharpening. In order to guarantee service, reserve a drop-off time for any bike or board repairs through the ASWWU website before visiting in person in the little green shed behind the Atlas. 

Posted Feb. 4, 2021 

Students snowshoe across snowy field
Small groups of students can enjoy various outdoor trips organized by ASWWU.