Informational Links

Informational Links

Local Resources - Biking, Hiking, Climbing

Local Groups

Eugene GEARS

GEARS bicycle club is a nonprofit organization devoted to recreational bicycle riding and community bicycle activities located in Eugene, Oregon.


The Eugene Obsidian Trips Committee schedules trips and outings the year round. These vary from easy afternoon walks to strenuous hikes and overnight backpacks.

UO Outdoor Pursuits Program

This UO program offers a comprehensive selection of courses for academic credit, and has a highly respected Outdoor Leadership Training Program.

Willamette Kayak & Canoe Club

Has a membership of over 200, and is based in the mid-Willamette Valley of Western Oregon in the city of Corvallis.

Other Links

Essential Links – Eugene

Tons of links to Eugene-based websites.

Eugene City Recreation Services

Find out what’s going on in Eugene! Lists of upcoming events and a wide array of local links.

Planet Eugene

A local area guide site with links and information covering all the Eugene hotspots

GORP – Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park information.

GORP – Willamette National Forest

Willamette national forest information.

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

A non-profit organization dedicated to a mission of maintaining Pacific Northwest plant communities, offering environmental education programs for all ages, and providing facilities for the public enjoyment of its carefully restored and maintained site.

Mountain Bike Ride Guide

The Outdoor Program’s online mountain biking guide.

Oregon Bicycle Racing Association

Includes upcoming events for both racing and mountain bikers as well as results from past competitions.

Smith Rock

A complete Smith Rock climbing and hiking resource guide with detailed climbing routes, weather, photos, videos, state park and camping info, online store, and chat area for rock climbers.

Environmental Awareness

Cascadia Forest Defenders Cascadia Wildlands Project Center for Environmental Citizenship Coalition Against Envrironmental Racism Defenders of Wildlife Earthshare Ecological Design Center Environmental Defense Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Eugene Wetlands Project Fall Creek Tree-sits, Cascadia Forest Defenders Fee Demo Opposition Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethic Forest Voice Institute for a Sustainable Environment Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center Leave No Trace McKenzie River Trust McKenzie Watershed Council National Parks Conservation Association Natural Resources Defense Council Oregon Natural Resource Council OSPIRG Siskiyou Education Project SOLV Survival Center U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) United Nations Environment Programme United States Forest Service United States Geological Survey UO Environmental Issues Committee UO Environmental Studies Program UO Public Interest Environmental Law Conference Western Fire Ecology Center

Gear Retailers & Repairs

Backcountry Gear

Diverse collection of outdoor gear and accessories.

Granite Gear

Quality outdoor gear designed and tested in northern Minnesota.

Lowe Alpine

A group of rock climbers, alpinists, mountain bikers, skiers, trail runners and canoeists working hard to create innovative products.


Designed and produced to create equipment that is simpler, easier-to-use, more comfortable, more durable, lighter weight, and, at the same time, of the highest quality and a better value.


Professional rock climbing gear and accessories.

Mountain Hardware

Devoted to continually invent (and re-invent) the most functional and innovative gear available.

Mountain Safety Research

A diverse, global company dedicated to developing reliable outdoor products for committed backcountry users.

Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer has proven to be the leading growth vehicle for brands that are interested in progressing and advancing into multiple channels of the outdoor marketplace. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international ret


Assorted travel gear and evironmenal activism.

Rainy Pass

Gear repair, embroidery, sealing and modifications located in Seattle.


Well known retailer with equipment in almost all outdoor categories.

REI Outlet

Deals & bargains on outdoor equipment and clothing.

Salomon Sports

Providing equipment for action and outdoor enthusiasts around the world.


High grade footwear for mountaineering and ultra-runners.


Core telemark and splitboard equipment.

General Links

ABC of Rockclimbing

Simply everything related to Rock Climbing and other essentials of the sport such as styles and techniques. Tons of features and articles along with a large community.

Banff Mountain Festivals & Culture

Promoting understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas and challenges.

GORP: Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

A well establisted adventure and outdoor related site. Lots of in-depth features and globe-trekking travel ideas.

Hiking Blogs

This site is a great jumping off point to a number of hiking resources both nationally and internationally.

International Mountain Bicycling Association

A non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. Lots of trail links, trip ideas and volunteer programs.

Mountain Bike Reviews

Huge selection of reviews on everything and anything pretaining to mountain bikes.

National Geographic Society

Their mission: to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.

National Park Service

U.S. Department of Interior site loaded with features, history and adventure ideas.

Nature of the Northwest

An information center for nature and recreation in Oregon and Washington.

A VERY large directory of links sorted by categories and locations.

A site geared toward the professional outdoors person. A wealth of information along with current outdoor job listings.

Princeton OA Guide to Outdoor and Evironmental Careers

Have a love for the outdoors? Here are some ways to make a career out of it.

Princeton University Outdoor Action Program

Princeton’s well respected outdoor program.

The Oregon Outdoor Photo Album

Some pictures of popular natural spots around Oregon.

The Student Conservation Association

SCA members help to protect vital habitats, threatened wildlife, and other at-risk resources in our nation’s parks, forests and urban green spaces.

UO Museum of Natural History

Devoted to enhancing public knowledge of the natural history and anthropology of Oregon and the broader world.


Wilderdom refers to “natural living”. Anyone can experience Wilderdom by living in conjunction with nature.

Outdoor Magazines


Magazine of the National Audubon Society, an organization devoted to preserving and restoring natural ecosystems.


The online suppliment to the popular magazine. Features, reviews, letters, photos and more.


Inspiring and enabling people to enjoy the outdoors by providing the most trusted and engaging information about backcountry adventure in North America.

Canoe & Kayak

Tons of articles, gear reviews and interactive features for the canoe and kayak enthusiasts.


Climbing Magazine’s mission is to inspire people to climb, to seek new challenges, and to learn about the great diversity of our sport.

Cross Country Skier

Features, vacation reports, equipment reviews and technique tips for the hardcore cross country skier.

National Geographic

The award-winning, world-aware magazine created by the National Geographic Society.

Outdoor Photographer

A magazine primarily for outdoor photography: Tons of articles, reviews and guides.


Outside Online slips the bonds of print, so we can offer you a wealth of information in a variety of forms that you can’t get anywhere but online.


Event calendar, photo gallery, news and features, a great place to stay current on kayaking, rafting and canoeing adventures.


Definative skiing magazine loaded with features, videos, news and reviews.

Women's Adventure

Filled with inspiration and information, Women’s Adventure keeps you up to date on climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, snowboarding, skiing, cycling, adventure travel, and all the women who are leading the way in each sport.

Outdoor Schools & Safety

CDC Outdoor Safety

Center for Disease Control and prevention tackles various issues, ranging from mosquitoes and ticks to skin cancer.

CPR Basics’s online guide to practicing CPR.

First Aid Myths

Most common wilderness first aid advice is myth which can be deadly or at best, severely debilitating.

National Outdoor Leadership School

The premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, offers courses 10 days to full semesters in the world’s most spectacular wilderness classrooms.

NWS Lightning Safety

Very extensive article on how to best protect yourself during a lightning storm.

Outdoor Safety from

Devoted to keeping up with current issues of safety and risk management, a good site to frequent for the safety concious outdoor enthusiasts.

USDA Forest Service – Outdoor Safety Tips

Whether you’re roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to a national forest, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. A great site to check out with lots of helpful tips.


American Whitewater

AW restores rivers dewatered by hydropower dams, eliminates water degradation, improves public land management and protects public access to rivers for responsible recreational use.

Four Western Rivers Permits

Information on applying for and obtaining permits for the Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Selway, and Snake-Hells Canyon rivers through the USDA lottery system as well as statistics.

GORP – Paddling Oregon

Some Oregon paddling hotspots with quick facts and references to further information.

Oregon Kayaking

Popular kayaking site aimed at paddling and preserving Oregon rivers with regularly updated information and trip report videos.

Pat's Current Water Levels

Best place to find current river levels.

USGS Stream Flow Conditions

Real-time national water information system brought to you by the USGS.

Western River Information

River agency contact information along with helpful comments.

Wild Rogue Permits

Offers a variety of support services for private boaters including shuttles, a full service rental program for boats, needed equipment to completely outfit your private river trip while on the Rogue River and permit information.

World Kayak

World Kayak is working to provide kayaking resources and information across the globe.

Snowboarding & Skiing

Avalanche Safety Courses

Listings of courses offered throughout the country.

Forest Service NW Weather & Avalanche Center

Promoting safety by helping reduce the impacts of avalanches and adverse mountain weather on recreation, industry and transportation in Washington, Oregon and southern British Columbia through data collection, mountain weather and avalanche forecasting.

Hoodoo Mt. Ashland Mt. Bachelor Mt. Hood

Ski and snow condition reports.

Timberline Willamette Pass


Oregon Climate Service

Located on the Oregon State University campus the OCS is the state repository for weather and climate information. – Eugene, Oregon

Up to date local weather information.