2023 Bretz Club Conference and Field Trip

Outrageous Hypothesis
Camp Delany, Sun Lake/Dry Falls State Park, Washington


14th Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip
Friday May 5 & Saturday May 6, 2023

Outrageous Hypothesis!

Held at Camp Delany, in Sun Lake/Dry Falls (Washington State Parks) near Coulee City, WA (link to download Google Earth kmz file)


Registration is open!  Click here to register

The fee this year is $210 for professionals and $100 for students.  Registration will close on April 24, 2023.

This unique program will cost a little more than in the past, so we strongly recommend you make an extra donation during registration to support students!

This year will include a Friday afternoon field trip that requires a Discover Pass for every vehicle (OSU vans can hold 24).  Purchase a pass here for Friday May 5.


Outrageous Schedule (subject to change without warning)

Thursday, May 4th, 2023: Organizers and most Participants arrive 4pm-10pm. Check in, Meet & Greet at the Lodge. 

Light refreshments only.


Friday, May 5th, 2023: Scientific Program & Field Trip

All talks, pop-ups, posters, meals, and evening gatherings are in the Lodge.  Coffee and tea available all day

7:30am Breakfast / Check-in for Friday morning arrivals

8:30am Introductions and orientation to Bretz Club & Camp Delany

9:00am Keynote #1: Vic Baker (University of Arizona)

     Title: J Harlen Bretz and His Outrageous Geological Hypothesis for the Origin of the Channeled Scabland

10:30am Coffee Break (Hot beverages available, bring your own travel mugs!)

11:00am Keynote #2: Karin Lehnigk (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

     Title: Erosion of Grand Coulee

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Field Trip to Grand Coulee; Return by 5:30pm

6:00pm Dinner

6:45pm Pop-up Presentations & Posters

8:00pm Evening Extravaganza! Raffle, Auction, music and merriment until 10pm.  Then we Clean up the common area.


Saturday, May 6th, 2023: Scientific Program & Field Trip

All talks and meals are in the Lodge.  Coffee and tea available until 10am

7:30am Breakfast

8:30am Keynote #3: Joel Gombiner (University of Washington)

     Title: Battle of the Outrageous Hypotheses: Subglacial vs. Proglacial Outbursts as the Source of Moses Coulee Flooding, Evaluated with Geomorphology,  Hydrologic Analysis, and Clast Provenance

10:00am Grab your bag lunch!  Pack up and tidy your cabin, assemble in the Lodge.  Everyone will pitch in to leave the Camp cleaner than we found it.

10:15am FIELD TRIP!  Led by Joel Gombiner and Jim O’Connor.  Field trip guide coming soon…


Field Trip Schedule
Subject to change and times are estimated
10:30 – 11:15 am  Stop 1: Moses Coulee
12:00am – 12:45pm  Stop 2: coming soon
1:30 – 2:15pm  Stop 3: coming soon
2:45 – 3:15pm  Stop 4: Crescent Bar

The field trip will conclude at ~4 pm.
Early departure is possible and easy at any time 


Registration will be handled by OSU conference services.

  • Technical Program: Jim O’Connor (USGS)
  • Conference Logistics: Ian Madin (and many others) & Becky Fasth (OSU)

Check back here for updates on logistics and program content!