Sports Center

Backpack Co-Op

The student-run backpack co-op is the campus resource for outdoor equipment. All Reed community members—students, faculty, and staff—are welcome to check out gear or enjoy the coop's social area. Our Managers for the 2017-18 year are Dylan Huff, Bella Brownwood and Georgia Wong, feel free to email about specific questions. Give us a call at 503-517-5516.

The Co-Op has moved from its traditional location of ODB to the new Reed Outdoor Education Center located in the Sports Center. The Co-Op benefited from the remodel and generous donation from Columbia Sportswear in 2016, we were able to increase our supplies and introduce rentals of SUP boards, Kayaks, Canoe's and Mtn Bikes in addition to the traditional items for rent at the Co-Op.

2017 Fall Hours

Monday: 1-4PM
Tues: 5-7PM 
Wednesday: 1-2:30PM
Thursday: 1-3:00PM & 5-7PM
Friday: 1-3PM

Gear Checkout

The Backpack Co-op wants to make it easy and fun for you to get outside and enjoy the Pacific Northwest. One of the main ways we do that is by offering gear for you to borrow, free of charge. Terms are as follows:

  • Checkout is free.
  • Loans are for current students, staff, faculty only.
  • You can keep basic equipment for one week.
  • You can keep SUP Boards, Canoe's, Kayaks, Ski's and Mtn Bikes for 3 days.
  • You will be assessed a fee if you return the equipment late or if it has been subjected to undue stress.
  • You will be charged the full amount of replacement cost for gear lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair.
  • You need to sign a rental agreement form before checking out gear.

Below is a partial list of our inventory. If you don't see what you need, call us x5516 or drop by during our open hours. Note that we typically don't lend out technical equipment such as crampons, ice axes, and climbing gear; if you need that type of equipment, contact Will Symms, assistant director of athletics, fitness, and outdoor programs, to see what can be arranged.

  • Internal frame packs
  • Sleeping bags (0°–35°F)
  • Sleeping pads/ Thermarests
  • Stuff sacks
  • Water purifiers
  • Iodine tablets
  • Stoves (Fuel is available at the sports center cage.)
  • Pots/pans/spoons/bowls
  • Headlamps
  • Snowshoes
  • Rain gear
  • Tents
  • Thermals
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Overmitts
  • Hats
  • Hiking boots
  • Nalagenes
  • Maps
  • Compasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking trail anthologies


In addition to equipment checkout, the co-op offers a variety of services.

  • Outdoor skills clinics
  • A meeting space for socializing and pretrip gatherings
  • A selection of outdoors videos and a TV for viewing
  • Gray Fund Sign ups for weekly trips

Come by and see us. We'd love to help you explore the great outdoors!

Contact Athletics, Fitness, &
Outdoor Programs

Sports Center “Cage”

Michael Lombardo

Will Symms
Assistant Director

Todd McCormack
Administrative Assistant

Pool Closed 

 Pool closed due to damaged roof see link for details

Sports Center Winter Break hours

Dec. 16-17 Sat - Sun CLOSED

Dec. 18-22 Monday - Friday 7am-8pm

Dec. 23-Jan. 1st CLOSED

Jan. 2-5 Tuesday - Friday 7am-8pm

Jan. 6-7 Sat - Sun CLOSED

Jan. 8-12 Monday - Friday 7am-8pm

Jan. 13 -14 Sat - Sun CLOSED

Jan. 15th Monday MLK DAY CLOSED

Jan. 16th -21 Tuesday - Sunday Normal Hours of Operation

SC hours vary over breaks please call the cage at 503-777-7285

Climbing Center and Co-Op hours

Please see google calendar for up to date hours for the Climbing Wall and Backpack Co-Op.