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. Email us for contact and questions. Give us a call at 503-517-5516.

The Co-Op is housed in the Reed Outdoor Education Center located in the Sports Center. The Co-Op can fit all your needs for outdoor gear for adventures additionally we have SUP boards, Kayaks, Canoe's and Mtn Bikes for rent at the Co-Op.

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
  • Clamming Gear


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 Hours 

Monday - Thursday 11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm

Friday 11am-2pm & 4pm-8:45pm

Saturday 11am-5:45pm

Sunday  12pm-5:45pm

*Hours may fluctuate depending on Lifeguards, please call the cage for most accurate hours. 503-777-7285

Sports Center Hours 

Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm

Friday 7am-9pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 12pm-6pm

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. Hours can vary from day to day so it is good to check the calendar for accurate hours.