Ninth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Activities

The general Bend Oregon area has many options for tourism and outdoor adventure, including hiking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, road and mountain biking, rafting and white water kayaking, visits to volcanoes and volcanic monuments, fishing, golfing, ballooning, and much more. This section of the website will gradually give increasing details of these options as the conference date approaches.

The reader may find it useful to peruse some helpful websites:

http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/default.aspx
http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/default.aspx
http://www.gonorthwest.com/Oregon/central/Bend/activities.htm
http://www.gonorthwest.com/oregon/central/Bend/Bend.htm
http://www.visitcentraloregon.com/listing.html?cID=1
http://www.smithrock.com/
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/smith_full.pdf
http://www.summitpost.org/object_list.php?object_type=1&country_1=&state_province_1=Oregon

[In the websites given below note that Trails.com gives a free trial period, but then requires a paid subscription. However, even without paying, the sites provide maps with pointers to locations and names of activities.]

Climbing, Scrambling, and Hiking Nearby Peaks

            The last website above gives brief descriptions of mountains throughout Oregon, organized alphabetically by name. There are a range of mountains just west of Bend that are particularly suitable for ASIC attendees, either because they can be climbed in time for a return by 4:15 for the start of the sessions (only a few are in this category) or because they can be climbed in one day before or after ASIC. It should be noted that these are volcanic mountains, often with much loose rock and scree. One also needs to be aware of weather conditions, and the possibility of lightning. The standard routes are nonetheless quite popular and non-technical.

Different peaks can be climbed by trail, by scrambling, or by climbing with ropes. The closest peaks, from S to N are: Mt Thielson, Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, South Sister, Middle Sister, North Sister, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson. For the more adventurous and experienced, Mt. Hood (near the north border of Oregon) and Mt. St. Helens (farther north, in SW Washington) offer exceptional climbing, but must be climbed before of after ASIC.

  1. One day:
  2. Mt. Bachelor:
    http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=6027

    South Sister (possible but long for a return for the session):
    http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=5760
    5.5 miles, 4900 ft steep climbing, non technical, but lots of scree.

  3. Longer:
  4. South Sister via Devils Lake:
    http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=6112

    Broken Top:
    http://www.traditionalmountaineering.org/Photos_BrokenTop_Summit.htm
    Slightly technical—needs rope. 10+ hrs from trailhead

    Mt. Hood (50 miles E of Portland):
    http://www.summitpost.org/route/155408/south-side-hogsback.html
    From 5800 ft to 11,100, 3 miles at 35 degrees, average round trip 9 hrs. Mostly non-technical, but ice axe, crampons, helmet recommended

  5. In Washington:
  6. Mount Saint Helens:
    http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=4173
    4500 ft. climb, non technical, 7-10 hrs round trip.

    Mt. Adams:
    http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=4552

Hiking, Walking

Visitor Center suggestions:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Hiking/default.aspx
  • Some easy hiking in and near Bend:

  • http://www.traditionalmountaineering.org/News_Bend_Hikes.htm
  • Trails near Bend (scroll down to section labeled ‘Trails’:

  • http://www.hikercentral.com/metros/13460.html
  • Various hikes:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=12918
  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13205
  • Hiking with kids:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13942
  • Sisters Wilderness Hiking:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13744
  • Deschutes Canyon (near Terrebonne):

  • http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=4128
  • Deschutes Wild River:

  • http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=5820
  • View of Three Sisters:

  • http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=4478
  • Lake walk with view of Mt. Washington:

  • http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.asp?DispType=0&ActiveHike=2&GetHikesStateID=1&ID=4588
  • Rock Climbing

                Smith Rock State Park offers one of the world’s greatest climbing destinations, in a relatively compact setting. The park is about 23 miles N of Bend. There are presently over 2000 established routes, at all levels of difficulty, both single and multi-pitch, about half bolted, and half trad. A new guidebook is supposed to be out soon (so should be available by ASIC 2010). The present guidebook is quite incomplete, so if the new guidebook is unavailable, it would be wise to check with the local climbing shops and guide services. As usual, ASIC will arrange for at least one climbing guide to be available for the entire week, and others will be on call at need. Also as usual we will have at least one day for a group outing for everyone from beginners to experts, and beginners (including those who have never tried climbing) will have an opportunity to try this sport.

    Rafting, Kayaking, Paddling

    Visitor Center Suggestions:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Whitewater_Rafting/default.aspx
  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Rafting-River-Activities/default.aspx
  • Other:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=15336
  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=15307
  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=15645
  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=15336
  • Mountain Biking

    Visitor Center Recommendations:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Biking/default.aspx
  • Other:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=10171
  • Road Biking

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13152
  • Fishing

    Visitor Center Recommendations:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Fishing/default.aspx
  • Other:

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=12204
  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=11654 (fly fishing)
  • Boating:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Boating/default.aspx
  • Golfing

    Visitor Center Suggestions:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Golf-Courses/default.aspx
  • Other:

  • http://www.oregongolf.com/cent/
  • Caving, Spelunking:

  • http://www.visitcentraloregon.com/dynamic/files/Caves_in_Central_Oregon.pdf
  • Some tours:

  • http://www.visitcentraloregon.com/dynamic/files/Caves_in_Central_Oregon.pdf
  • Swimming:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Outdoor-Recreation/Summer-Fun/Swimming/default.aspx
  • Scenic Drives

  • http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=14842
  • Newberry National Monument

  • http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/newberrynvm/
  • Helicopter Tours:

  • www.LeadingEdgeAvn.com
  • Museums:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/History-Heritage/Museums/default.aspx
  • Spas:

  • http://www.visitbend.com/Discover-Bend-OR/Services/Spas/default.aspx