The Outdoor program has been in existence since 2008. Offering two interwoven experiences: a comprehensive outdoor program for participants and a leadership development program for student leaders.

Our Leaders

Student leaders are extensively trained for their role in  a year-long experiential leadership development series. These folks lead all the trips and program for six activity areas: Bike, Climb, Service, Snow, Trail, Water.  

For Participants

Participants can enjoy an average of 31 trips per quarter, weekly informal climbing groups, outdoor skill workshops, certification courses and equipment rental. We also offer other affiliations who provide discounted access to local climbing gyms, Stevens Pass resort and whitewater rafting.


The Outdoor Program offers intentional outdoor recreational opportunities to the students of Seattle University, while enhancing leadership, building community, and caring for the beautiful landscapes of the Northwest in the spirit of adventure.

        We Strive to:

  • Develop responsible student leaders through experiential learning, emphasizing a commitment to healthful outdoor recreation as well as risk management and environmental stewardship.
  • Promote an interest in outdoor recreation that encourages lifelong physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual development of our students.
  • Provide inclusive opportunities for participants of all experience levels to foster community, especially for personal not regularly represented in the outdoors.
  • Develop a community of students, staff and faculty that desire an outdoor education in order to develop life skills such as consciousness, respect, positive impact and awareness of our surroundings.

Outdoor Program History

The Hiyu Coolee Hiking Club was founded at Seattle College in 1939 by Frank Logan, S.J.

In 1999, Hiyu Coolee alumnus founded a student branch of the club that offered 1-2 day hikes per month. in 2001 the Club offered trail building, rafting and rock climbing trips.

The Club won the On the Move award, recognizing exceptional growth and impact on the campus community. 

The Hiyu Coolee Club inspired the creation and evolution of our current Outdoor Program