Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register for a trip?

Stop by the OP office room 131-A on the first floor of the Klotsche Center. You’ll fill out a waiver and medical form. We will process your payment when you register. We take cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (Sorry, no Amex or Discover.) Our fall hours are Mon.-Thurs. 1-7 and Friday 9-4.

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 OP 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? 

OP 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

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

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)
9/30-10/2 American Alpine Club's Craggin' Classic Shuttle

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 $15

Meet at Outdoor Pursuits Friday at 4:00 pm

Return to Outdoor Pursuits Sunday by 3:00 pm

This is a shuttle to and from the Craggin’ Classic (from UWM) and to and from Devils Lake for clinics and stewardship events. You must register for the event through the American Alpine Club. Click here for more info.  The shuttle is for current UWM students.

10/7-10/9 Pictured Rocks Backpacking

Oct. 7-Oct. 9 $110

Meet at Outdoor Pursuits Friday at 6:00 am

Return to Outdoor Pursuits Sunday by 6:00 pm

“Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is without a doubt one of the most scenic shorelines in the entire United States, and probably the world.” Join OP as we spend three days backpacking from camp to camp along the Lakeshore Trail following the bluffs that tower over Lake Superior. You’ll see rivers, waterfalls, secluded beaches, multicolored cliffs and wildlife. First timer? Awesome! This trip is for current UWM students.

10/29 Fall Photo Hike

Oct. 29 $15

Meet at Outdoor Pursuits Saturday at 9:00 am

Return to Outdoor Pursuits Saturday by 4:00 pm

Bring your photo taking device and head to the Kettle Moraine State Forest with OP. This is a great way to enjoy the colors of fall! This trip is for current UWM students.

11/4-11/5 Governor Dodge/Pop's Cave

November 4-5 (Fri.-Sat.) $65

Meet at Outdoor Pursuits Friday at 2:00 pm

Return to Outdoor Pursuits Saturday by 6:00 pm

Friday night we will camp at gorgeous Governor Dodge State Park. Saturday we will explore Pop’s Cave. It is a natural wet cave so, you won’t find bright lights and wooden sidewalks here. Come along for a really special tour of this underground wilderness. We will walk, scramble and crawl our way through large rooms and narrow passages. Your trip leaders will tell you about cave geology and ecology as you examine features like rimstone pools, stalactites and stalagmites, flow stone and soda straws and the few living creatures which call the cave home. This trip is for current UWM students.

1/9-1/11 WINTERIM Porcupine Mountains Snowshoeing and Cabin Retreat

1/9-1/11 (Sat.) $110

Meet at Outdoor Pursuits Monday at 6:00 am

Return to Outdoor Pursuits Wednesday by 6:00 pm

Explore the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on snowshoes and cross-country skis. We will be staying at the Gitchee Gumee cabin on the shore of Lake Superior. This is a true north woods experience for those in need of fresh air, a warm fire and laughs with friends late into the night. This trip is for current UWM students.