Alumni, Friends and Floaters

If you ever took Ort's kayaking class, Lewis and Clark class, rafted with the group, or just think it would be fun, we would love for you to join us on one of our trips.  All are welcome - our group includes people of all ages, families, children, couples and singles.  

Nearly fifty alumni, family and friends participate in the Float Trips. Click here to view photos of our most recent trip.

For additional information on the upcoming trips noted below or to join our mailing list, please contact Reguere De Parte '74.

The La Verne Alumni Float Trips are a tradition established by legendary and beloved coach Roland "Ort" Ortmayer, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 91.  2009 marked the 30th year of this unique tradition.  

Since the 1950s, well over a thousand alumni have participated in Ort's Easter trips, kayaking classes, Lewis and Clark summer class, or the summer float trips.  For the last 30 years, the group has spent two weeks each July floating different rivers in Idaho and Montana.  Several La Verne alumni families include three generations of participants in the trips. 

Ortmayer, who was appointed head football and baseball coach in 1948 at what was then La Verne College, grew to become an iconic figure at La Verne by the time he retired in 1991.  Yet for generations of La Verne students it was Ort's extraordinary personality, gentle ways and compassionate ideals that made him so engaging.  Many still refer to Ortmayer as the most influential person in their lives. 

Corni Ortamyer with Joannie Schatz

While he was known primarily for his coaching career, his influence extended to all facets of his students' and alumni lives.  The tradition of the alumni float trips evolved out of a summer course he taught for many years on the travels of Lewis and Clark in Montana.  Along with his wife Cornelia (Corni), he led the summer float trips for alumni, their families, and friends, up through 1995, a year before Corni's death.  The year of their 50th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated on the trip, over 150 alumni participated. 

The float trips are now led by La Verne graduate Rugere De Partee '74, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to Alma Mater, and Mike Riggs '85.  De Partee assisted Ort in leading every alumni float trip up through 1995.  Since 1996, De Partee has given primary leadership to the group.

 38 Years of Floating 

2017 La Verne Kern River|Kern County Park|May 5-7
This is the week before Mother's Day.

Summer in Idaho & Montana|July 9-22, 2017

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Activity Arrive, meet, and setup, Sight See?

Glacier Rim to Blankenship Bridge North Fork

West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge Middle Fork

Moccasin Creek to West Glacier Middle Fork
Shop, Site See Move to Missoula KOA

Float Scales Access on the Blackfoot to McCormick Park

Shop, Site See, Move to Wendover Campground.

Camp to Jerry Johnson Pack Bridge

Camp to Jerry Johnson Pack Bridge

Shop, Site See Move to The Village at North Fork

Below Dump Creek to Indianola Ranger Station

Move, Shop, Afternoon float Camp to Watts Bridge

Bayhorse Access to Challis Bridge

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Camp Location
Glacier Campground

Glacier Campground

Glacier Campground

Glacier Campground

Missoula KOA

Missoula KOA

Wendover Campground

Wendover Campground

Wendover Campground

The Village at North Fork

The Village at North Fork

Challis Hot Spring

Challis Hot Spring