Outdoor Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!

  1. Our Spring Break Trips have been announced!
    Visit this website for more information and details….
  2. Don’t forget about our clinics and classes located here…
  3. Winter Break Trip information is also online!
    However, these trips have already filled for January 2018…

February Trips & Activities:

Snowshoeing (Saturday, February 3rd)

Date: Saturday, February 3rd  |  9am – 1pm

Price: $15/Student

Description: Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy winter in Wisconsin! We will be snowshoeing off-campus for 1-2 hours at an easy to moderate pace. Outdoor Pursuits will provide basic instruction on snowshoeing, as well as the equipment, transportation, and snacks. Please bring your waterproof, insulated boots if you have some! And, most of all, come ready to have fun!

Sledding Trip (Saturday, February 3rd)

Date: Saturday, February 3rd  |  2pm – 6pm

Price: $5/Student

Description: Does it get any more classic than this? Come relieve some stress on a sledding outing! We will be providing the sleds and transportation, so just bring yourself and your winter clothing. Our sledding trip goes off campus, but not beyond the city limits… As with many of our trips, we hope to show you a new location to go on your own trips in the future!

Discover Scuba Diving (Wednesday, February 7th)

Date: Wednesday, February 7th  |  5pm – 7pm

Price: $10/Student

Description: Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. You will learn basic safety skills and be able to practice in shallow water to prepare for your next adventure. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. (Source: padi.com)

Cross-country Skiing (Saturday, February 10th)

Date: Saturday, February 10th  |  9am – 1pm

Price: $15/Student

Description: Join us for an intro to cross country skiing! We will be traveling to a nearby trail system to try this activity for the morning. Total time on the trail will be 1-2 hours, and Outdoor Pursuits will provide you with the training and guidance necessary to enjoy your time on the snow. No prior experience is required! Please bring winter clothes and dress in layers. We will provide all of the equipment, including special boots.

Ice Skating (Saturday, February 10th)

Date: Saturday, February 10th  |  2pm – 5pm

Price: $10/Student

Description: We will be heading to Red Arrow Park for a wonderful, social, ice skating trip! No worries if you have never skated before. We will have instructors there to help with the process! $10 gets you transportation, skate rental, and instruction. What better way to enjoy winter than this?

Ice Climbing (Sunday, February 11th)

Date: Sunday, February 11th  |  7am – 6pm

Price: $80/Student

Description: For the more adventurous, we are offering ice climbing this year! As with any of our activities, you do not need big muscles or prior experience to enjoy yourself. Ice climbing involves careful technique and a great attitude, but anyone can pick it up and have a good time. We will be heading to Winona, Minnesota for the day to climb ice (not rock) for this trip. Price includes a basic lunch, snacks, transportation, instruction, equipment, and more! What an awesome opportunity! Are you in?

Clinic: Leave No Trace (Thursday, February 15th)

Date: Thursday, February 15th  |  7pm – 9pm

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: Join us for an educational session on Leave No Trace! We will have an experiential workshop learning about the seven principles of Leave No Trace, which is a set of outdoor ethics. Looking for ways to encourage sustainability in others and yourself when going outside? This is a great set of principles to think through, and all of Outdoor Pursuits’ activities abide by these. Please register to guarantee space.

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (Friday, February 16th)

Date: Friday, February 16th  |  Offered at 9am & 10am

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: For these FREE sessions, we offer two time slots (9AM or 10AM). Come ready to get wet! Stand Up Paddle board Yoga combines focus and balance with a unique aquatic environment. Prior registration is required for these sessions and we will meet in the pool area at the time of your choosing. Come early to change and use the locker rooms, prior to your session.

Snowshoeing (Saturday, February 17th)

Date: Saturday, February 17th  |  9am – 1pm

Price: $15/Student

Description: Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy winter in Wisconsin! We will be snowshoeing off-campus for 1-2 hours at an easy to moderate pace. Outdoor Pursuits will provide basic instruction on snowshoeing, as well as the equipment, transportation, and snacks. Please bring your waterproof, insulated boots if you have some! And, most of all, come ready to have fun!

Sledding Trip (Saturday, February 17th)

Date: Saturday, February 17th  |  2pm – 6pm

Price: $5/Student

Description: Does it get any more classic than this? Come relieve some stress on a sledding outing! We will be providing the sleds and transportation, so just bring yourself and your winter clothing. Our sledding trip goes off campus, but not beyond the city limits… As with many of our trips, we hope to show you a new location to go on your own trips in the future!

Nighttime Ice Skating (Saturday, February 17th)

Date: Saturday, February 17th  |  6pm – 10pm

Price: $10/Student

Description: We will be heading to Red Arrow Park for a wonderful, social, ice skating trip! No worries if you have never skated before. We will have instructors there to help with the process! $10 gets you transportation, skate rental, and instruction. What better way to enjoy winter than this?

Cross-country Skiing (Saturday, February 18th)

Date: Saturday, February 18th  |  9am – 1pm

Price: $15/Student

Description: Join us for an intro to cross country skiing! We will be traveling to a nearby trail system to try this activity for the morning. Total time on the trail will be 1-2 hours, and Outdoor Pursuits will provide you with the training and guidance necessary to enjoy your time on the snow. No prior experience is required! Please bring winter clothes and dress in layers. We will provide all of the equipment, including special boots.

Ice Skating (Saturday, February 18th)

Date: Saturday, February 18th  |  2pm – 5pm

Price: $10/Student

Description: We will be heading to Red Arrow Park for a wonderful, social, ice skating trip! No worries if you have never skated before. We will have instructors there to help with the process! $10 gets you transportation, skate rental, and instruction. What better way to enjoy winter than this?

Clinic: Basic Bike Maintenance (Wednesday, February 21st)

Date: Wednesday, February 21st  |  6pm – 8pm

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: Our Bike Maintenance clinics focus on preparing you to deal with common issues found throughout the course of owning a bike. We will teach you how to change a flat, adjust brakes, and care for your bike. Interested in learning more? Our bike mechanics serve as mentors any time throughout the year! These clinics are FREE but limited to the first three participants. Please bring your own bike, if you have one.

Outdoor Pursuits Olympics! (Friday, February 23rd)

Date: Friday, February 23rd  |  4pm – 6pm

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: Sign up for a series of fun competitions including tent skills, sleeping bag stuffing, knot tying, rope jousting, and more! Outdoor Pursuits staff will be facilitating a series of events and all our welcome to participate! Please register as a team of 3-4 or individually. Either way, every person will need to logon or register themselves using the link found here. This event is new and should be a ton of fun!

Ice Climbing (Saturday, February 24th)

Date: Saturday, February 24th  |  7am – 6pm

Price: $80/Student

Description: For the more adventurous, we are offering ice climbing this year! As with any of our activities, you do not need big muscles or prior experience to enjoy yourself. Ice climbing involves careful technique and a great attitude, but anyone can pick it up and have a good time. We will be heading to Winona, Minnesota for the day to climb ice (not rock) for this trip. Price includes a basic lunch, snacks, transportation, instruction, equipment, and more! What an awesome opportunity! Are you in?

March Trips & Activities:

Crate Stacking (Thursday, March 1st)

Date: Thursday, March 1st  |  7pm – 10pm

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: See how many crates you can climb! Crate Stacking combines balance and technique with the no-pressure type of fun that gets everyone laughing and cheering. You don’t need any experience at all to enjoy stacking crates, so come climb on top of some and see what this is all about! Meet at Outdoor Pursuits at 7PM to gather for this event. Spots are limited, so please register ahead of time!

Moonlight Snowshoe (Friday, March 2nd)

Date: Friday, March 2nd  |  5pm – 10pm

Price: $20/Students

Description: Snowshoeing by moonlight is a surreal experience. The light reflects off of the snow and makes you feel like you are in a mystical, beautiful winter world! We are hoping for clear skies this night, but will snowshoe regardless of how much the moon shines. Please come dress warm, and bring some waterproof, insulated boots if possible. Space is limited, and spots go quickly!

Turner Hall Open Climb (Thursday, March 8th)

Date: Thursday, March 8th  |  6pm – 10pm

Price: $5/Students

Description: Join Outdoor Pursuits for a night of climbing at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall climbing gym! We will provide the harnesses, climbing shoes, chalk, and other equipment that you will need to have a fun night climbing! The cost is only $5 for transportation and equipment! Never climbed before? No problem! We will teach you everything you need to know in order to have a good time at the climbing gym!

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (Friday, March 9th)

Date: Friday, March 9th  |  Offered at 9am & 10am

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: For these FREE sessions, we offer two time slots (9AM or 10AM). Come ready to get wet! Stand Up Paddle board Yoga combines focus and balance with a unique aquatic environment. Prior registration is required for these sessions and we will meet in the pool area at the time of your choosing. Come early to change and use the locker rooms, prior to your session.

Canoecopia Shuttle (Saturday, March 10th)

Date: Saturday, March 10th  |  8am – 6pm

Price: FREE for Students!

Description: Canoecopia is the world’s largest paddlesports expo! We will be traveling to Madison to spend the day at the Alliant Energy Center. During the event, you will have opportunities to talk to vendors, peruse the exhibit hall, and attend educational sessions. It really is a unique experience and a lot of fun! We provide a free shuttle, but there is a small entry fee of $15 for the day. Space is limited, so register soon.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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)