Reed Outing Club

The Coop

The Reed Backpack Coop is located in the basement of ODB, across the quad from the steps of Commons.  Reed Students, Faculty and Staff can all rent gear from the Coop. The Coop is also an area for people interested in the outdoors to hang out and be social. The coop has a large room that is good for pre-trip meetings, watching films, and clinics. The Coop has a TV and a few videos about outdoor activities such as telemark skiing, boating and climbing.

Aaron Cholden-Brown, Nick Till and Neenah Aguirre-Wong are your spring co-op managers, feel free to stop in and check out the gear and chat about recreation possibilities with these knowledgable managers. They can be reached at backpack@lists.reed.edu. If you have an urgent need of equipment and you cannot make the regular hours for some reason, email the managers, and they might be able to help you out.

2014 Reed College Backpack Co-Op Hours

A reminder to all that an important component of life at Reed is to get out and play in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. The Reed College Backpack Co-Op is your place for gear rentals, trail inquiries and good general outdoor information.


Monday-Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm

Any questions please contact managers Nick Till, Neenah Aguirre-Wong or Aaron Cholden-Brown.

Normal hours will be posted here and on the door of the co-op which is located in the basement of LADD in ODB.

The Backpack Coop has a lot of gear, some of it is listed below. Gear is rented for free for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks the managers will charge late fees to offenders. The managers will also charge repair fees to users who subject gear to undue stress. You will have to sign a waiver before checking out gear.

Some of the Coop's Gear:

  • Internal Frame Packs
  • Sleeping Bags (0 F degree to 35 F degree)
  • Sleeping Pads/ Thermarests
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Water Purifiers
  • Iodine Tablets
  • Stoves (Fuel can be picked up at the cage in the Sports Center)
  • Pots/Pans/Spoons/Bowls
  • Headlamps
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking Poles
  • Rain Gear
  • Thermals
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Over-mitts
  • Hats
  • Compasses
  • Hiking Boots
  • Nalagenes
  • Maps
  • Compasses
  • Hiking Trail Anthologies
  • Star Finders

And More. The backpack coop now also offers free ski and snowboard tune-ups.

We don't typically rent out technical equipment such as Crampons, Ice Axes, Boats and Climbing gear. For those that posses skills in a specific discipline and want to discuss with the Assistant Director the possiblity of borrowing technical gear fill out this form and schedule a meeting with Will Symms x 7232. Please plan ahead, last minute request will more than likely not be accepted.

The Bike coop meets various times a week at the bike coop(located in ODB, center doors-NOT at the Backpack Co-Op), to help the Reed College community repair their bikes and get them in tune. Co-Op signators are responsible for the Bike Coop happening weekly. Stop by and get your bike in tune or drop them a line at mechanics@lists.reed.edu.