Physical Education

Division of Student Services


Reed Outdoor Programs and Education (R.O.P.E.) 

Outdoor-oriented physical education classes, Gray Fund recreational trips, our Ski Cabin on Mt. Hood, introductory Orientation Week Outdoor Trips, the Outdoor equipment Co-op, and our Reed Outing Club all serve different niches of our community. Whether you are interested in rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, student-led backpacking trips, or simply borrowing an MSR stove for your personal expedition, we want to make it easy for you to find your way into the wilds.

ROPE Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the student service and physical education mission statements by
offering students diverse outdoor recreation and leadership opportunities that enhance the
holistic wellbeing of the Reed community.
We do this by providing:
o High level of risk management that creates a safe program
o Leadership opportunities
o Diverse activities and adventures
o Outdoor skills for lifelong learning
o Wellness
o Soft and hard outdoor skills
o Involvement in Portland and surrounding community
o Experience in backcountry environments
o Enhanced student experience

Student and Instructor Resources

Check out our Risk Management/Crisis Plan and Field Operation Handbook to see how we run things at Reed Outdoor Programs and Education!

Feed back forms for both students and instructors are integral in our program design, please give us your feedback!

Instructor Trip Report

Student Trip Feedback Form

Reed Outing Club

ROC Summit The Outing Club, restarted in 1998 after a long hiatus, assists the Reed Community in having events and trips in the Northwest area. This includes paying for guides, transportation, classes, gear, social events, and anything else that might encourage outdoor activities. The focus of the Outing Club is to support and facilitate student-led non-technical trips, as well as to provide opportunities to explore technical activities such as ice climbing or whitewater kayaking under the direction of professional leadership.

A large portion of the budget goes to offering students opportunities to gain professional certifications in Wilderness First Responder(WFR),  Swift Water Rescue, Leave No Trace and Avalanche One. These courses are held year round. Students who graduate with professional certifications help create a safer program by putting qualified leaders in the field and on outings, additionally students can use these certifications to garner future employment in outdoor recreational fields. Check out the ROC website!


Backpack Co-op

Reed has a wonderful resource in the Backpack Co-op, where you can borrow literally all of the items needed for a backpacking trip free of charge, with the exception of your food! Email Backpack to find the current hours, or swing by the basement of Ladd in the Old Dorm Block to check out the large inventory. Items may be borrowed for up to two weeks free of charge; fees will be levied for items returned late or damaged. The co-op offers instructional clinics to build your outdoor skills year round, additionally we have opened our ski tuning area for use during the winter months. Follow this link for quick access to the backpack co-op page.

Gray Fund

In 1991, Betty Gray endowed a fund, the stated purpose of which is "to assure that Reed College will have stimulating cultural, social, and recreational programs of excellent quality on a regular and planned basis that will interest students, faculty, and staff members and involve these three groups together in activities outside the classroom that complement the college's academic program." The operational responsibility of the fund resides with the vice president and dean of student services. A committee composed of an equal number of students and faculty and staff members, in association with the director of student activities, acts as an advisory group for the use of the fund. Events have included a lecture by social activist Angela Davis, a performance by jazz diva Diane Schuur, and an annual showing of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Recreational trips have included sea kayaking, a wildflower hike, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Gray Fund committee plans events throughout the year and encourages input from the community. View the Gray Fund website.

Reed College Ski Cabin

The Reed College Ski Cabin, located in the village of Government Camp on Mt. Hood, is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes from the college by car; a Greyhound bus arrives and departs the village once a day. The cabin, watched over by a full-time manager, is available for use by Reed College student body, alumni, faculty, staff, and their family and friends. View the ski cabin website.

Outdoor Orientation Odyssey Trips

Every august Reed offers fantastic opportunities to explore the pacific northwest via foot, boat, body and mind through recreational odysseys for incoming students. Many students present and past reflect on this first activity at Reed College as one of the best times during their college careers, this is where friendships and the Reed culture begin. For more detailed information please check out the main Orientation Website.

Interested in becoming a student leader for this years trips? Check out the PDF for more information and how to apply!


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Please contact Will Symms at 503-777-7232 or for any information on the Reed Outdoor Programs & Education program.

Contact Physical Education

Sports Center "Cage"

Michael Lombardo


Will Symms

Assistant Director

Todd McCormack

Administrative Assistant

Pool hours

Call the Cage for Accurate Hours 503/777-7285

*Pool hours may vary depending on Lifeguard availability and unforeseen circumstances. 

Sports Center Hours Summer 2014

Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm

Friday 7am-2pm

Saturday-Sunday  Closed