Outdoor Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!

August Trips & Activities:

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Backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Thurs-Sun, August 24th-27th)

What: Backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
When: Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, August 27th (6AM Thurs – 7PM Sun)
 $160/person (covers transportation, permits, guiding, food, equipment, and more)

Description: This is our marquee trip for Summer 2017 offering four days of premiere backpacking on one of the Great Lakes crown jewels. The Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Trail provides some incredibly scenery and remote camping opportunities. We will be carrying everything with us, as we backpack a good portion of the trail throughout three nights and four days. This trip is one that you will not want to miss out on! No backpacking experience is necessary and we will help prepare you for the trip leading up until our departure.

September Trips & Activities:


How do I register for a trip?

Stop by the Outdoor Pursuits office room 131-A on the first floor of the Klotsche Center. You’ll need to fill out a waiver and medical form at that time. We will process your payment when you register and are able to receive cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (Sorry, no Amex or Discover.) Our hours of operation are 10AM-6PM, Monday thru Friday.

Who can go on OP trips? Can I bring my Aunt Mildred?!

At this time, only segregated-fee paying students enrolled in one or more UWM classes may participate in Outdoor Pursuits trips. If your aunt is a student here at UWM, we would love for her to join us on a trip!

I’ve never been climbing, hiking, paddling, camping! Can I participate? 

Outdoor Pursuits trips are awesome for beginners. We love finding that perfect level of challenge and support for folks who are new to the great outdoors. While many of our participants have some personal experience, we have plenty of first-timers too. The trip description will identify if prior experience is necessary.

What is included in my registration fee?

Unless otherwise specified…

  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • Equipment
  • Park fees
  • Meals

Outdoor Pursuits will provide the individual and group gear needed for the discipline you’re participating in (i.e. paddling equipment, climbing gear, caving equipment). Outdoor Pursuits will also provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a “camp kitchen” and a limited amount of outdoor apparel, such as rain gear.

Will I have to pay to rent gear for my trip?

Nope! Anything that we offer to rent that you need for your trip will be checked out to you for free.

What do I need to pack?

For most trips you’ll need to bring:

  • Appropriate clothing (determined by type of trip but we almost never allow cotton clothing)
  • Appropriate footwear (over-the-ankle hiking boots are required for backpacking trips)
  • A sturdy school size backpack at least 18 liters
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Sunglasses, cap, sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • (2) Liter size water containers
  • Rain jacket and pants (limited quantities for check out)