History

History

The OP Cooperative was born in 1967 when a few UO students began posting notes to share rides and gear for outdoor adventures. Since then the OP has grown into a thriving program of trips, events, gear rentals, resources, as well as a bike events, loans, and self-service maintenance shop. The OP is nationally recognized as the premier common adventure program in the country and the birthplace of modern collegiate outdoor programs.

In 1991, the OP Barn Trip Facility was built to house the growing gear for OP trips and in 2003 OP gear rentals were made available for UO Student and OP Co-op member’s private trips. Through all the changes and growth, the OP remains true to its simple roots and founding concepts of cooperative, consensus-based, safe, fun, educational adventures for everyone. Join us and become part of our history!