Outdoor Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!

  1. Don’t forget about our clinics and classes located here…
  2. We also have FREE FRIDAY BIKE RIDES for UWM students!
  3. Winter Break trip information is also online! Registration goes live on October 23rd at 10AM!

October Trips & Activities:

Bike Camping (October 21-22)

What: Bike Camping
When: Saturday, October 21st (8AM) – Sunday, October 22nd (7PM)
 $50/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: This trip is a truly human-powered experience. Leave on bikes from campus with everything you need for a weekend camping at Harrington Beach State Park! The biking pace will be moderate, but physical fitness is a necessity for this trip. We will be biking 3-5 hours each day with intermittent breaks. This experience aims to be a wonderful fall camping trip!

FULL: Rock Climbing @ Devil's Lake (October 21)

What: Outdoor Rock Climbing
When: Saturday, October 21st (6AM-6PM)
 $30/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: This trip allows you to have a complete rock climbing experience! Whether or not you’ve climbed before, we have all of the resources that you will need to make this a fun and successful trip! We will leave in the morning and return prior to dinner. Breakfast and lunch are provided for this epic excursion! Come ready to engage and have fun on the rock.

Fall Colors Hike (October 22nd)

What: Fall Colors Hike
When: Sunday, October 22nd (1PM-6PM)
 $20/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: We hope to catch peak fall colors in the Kettle Moraine State Forest for this hike! Please join us as we enjoy a leisurely hike for this afternoon near Milwaukee. We will provide transporation and guiding for this outing to help make it an enjoyable experience for all! Bring your camera, the fall colors should be prominent around this time of year!

Intro to Backpacking (October 28-29)

What: Intro to Backpacking
When: Saturday, October 28 (6AM) – Sunday, October 29 (8PM)
 $60/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: It is commonly said that there is no better time to go backpacking than in the fall. We agree with this statement! Come enjoy a great introductory backpacking experience at the Yellow River State Forest. We will be spending the weekend hiking, enjoying great camp food, and telling stories around the campfire. This is our last overnight trip for the semester, but it promises to be a memorable one!

November Trips & Activities:

Moonlight Hike (November 4)

What: Moonlight Hike
When: Saturday, November 4th (6PM-10PM)
 $10/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: Ever hiked at night before? We have a unique opportunity to enjoy hiking by moonlight in the forest. This will be a fun, short hike, that requires a moderate level of physical activity. This promises to be a great opportunity to get to know some other UWM students and to get some alternative exercise! These are our most affordable offerings that we offer in an effort to help build community on campus!

Whitewater Rafting (November 5)

What: Whitewater Rafting
When: Sunday, November 5th (8AM-7PM)
 $50/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: Think this sounds cold? Have no fear! We will be providing wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties (if needed). For this trip, we head three hours north to the Peshtigo River (or Menomonie, depending on water levels) to go rafting with Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. This day should be one to remember, so don’t miss out! As with many of our outings, we only have twelve spots available on this trip.

FULL: Discover Scuba Diving (November 8)

What: Discover Scuba Diving
When: Wednesday, November 8th (5PM-7PM)
 $5/Person (UWM Students Only)

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. This course takes place inside in our pool environment. (Source: padi.com)

FULL: Surfing on Lake Michigan (November 11)

What: Surfing on Lake Michigan
When: Saturday, November 11th (7AM-9AM)
 $35/Person (UWM Students Only)

Description: Did you know that the Milwaukee area is the surfing capitol of the Midwest? We have a great lake (pun intended) to learn how to surf and provide a practicing ground for big water. This surfing class is geared toward first time surfers who have never been on a board before! We will be helping to keep you warm out there, but expect to be a bit chilly since it is November! We will provide wet suits, surf boards, instruction, booties (if needed), and gloves (if needed). Come ready to get wet and learn about one of the coolest sports known to man! We are limited to only five spots for this trip, so act quickly before they are taken!

Rope Olympics (November 15)

What: Rope Olympics
When: Wednesday, November 15 (7PM-9PM)
 FREE event! (UWM Students Only)

Description: Come hang out at Outdoor Pursuits for the night! We will be making rope bracelets, teaching people how to “rope joust”, practicing knots, and much more! We will provide some snacks and swag for the night, so it should be a fun time! This is a student social for any UWM students currently enrolled. Please invite others to come hang out for the evening!


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)