Outdoor Trips

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UW-Milwaukee Outdoor Pursuits

UWM University Recreation – Klotsche Center
3409 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Room 131A     Phone: 414-229-5513

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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April Trips & Activities:

Rock Climbing (Saturday, April 14th)

Date: Saturday, April 14th |  6am – 6pm

Price: $40/Student

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. Outdoor Pursuits will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for this epic excursion! Our highly trained and certified staff use industry best practices to keep things safe and efficient on our rock climbing trips. Come ready to make new friends and enjoy a unique outdoor activity. 

Rock Climbing (Sunday, April 15th)

Date: Sunday, April 15th |  6am – 6pm

Price: $40/Student

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. Outdoor Pursuits will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for this epic excursion! Our highly trained and certified staff use industry best practices to keep things safe and efficient on our rock climbing trips. Come ready to make new friends and enjoy a unique outdoor activity. 

Backpacking Yellow River (Saturday, April 21st - Sunday, April 22nd)

Date: Saturday, April 21st – Sunday, April 22nd  |  6am Sat – 6pm Sun

Price: $60/Student

Description: 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 overnight experience is suited for anyone that is willing and interested in backpacking with a group. You can expect to see beautiful scenery in a wilderness environment, as we walk through the ancient bluffs that make up the “Driftless Region” of the Upper Midwest. Our staff will provide the necessary training, instruction, and guidance needed to enjoy a safe trip away from the noise of the city. 

Surfing on Lake Michigan (Saturday, April 21st)

Date: Saturday, April 21st |  7am – 10am or 10am – 1pm

Price: $40/Student

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 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 each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Hike Lion's Den Gorge (Saturday, April 21st)

Date: Saturday, April 21st |  1pm – 5pm

Price: $8/Student

Description: At the Lion’s Den Gorge, you’ll find stunning views of Lake Michigan, towering bluffs that lay adjacent to the lake, and miles of scenic trails that entice the adventurous heart. Join us for an afternoon exploring this gem that lies just north of Milwaukee. This activity is suited for most physical abilities, and provides an easy way to get outside on the weekend. Let’s go explore together! The hike and explore series features some of our most affordable offerings that we offer in an effort to help build community on campus!

Hike Lapham Peak, Kettle Moraine (Sunday, April 22nd)

Date: Sunday, April 22nd |  9am – 1pm

Price: $8/Student

Description: For this hike, we head to the highest point in southeastern Wisconsin, Lapham Peak. Join with us on this morning for a fun, leisurely hike in one of the region’s most scenic areas. This promises to be a fun opportunity to get to know some other UWM students and to get some alternative exercise! These are some of our most affordable offerings that we offer in an effort to help build community on campus!

Backpacking the Ice Age Trail (Saturday, April 28th- Sunday, April 29th)

Date: Saturday, April 28th- Sunday, April 29th  |  6am Sat – 6pm Sun

Price: $60/Student

Description: Looking to get into backpacking? Milwaukee is next door to an amazing resource called the Ice Age Trail! Although we will not be doing all 1,200 miles of the trail, we will be sampling a scenic section in the Kettle Moraine for this trip. This backpacking experience is geared toward all skill levels and abilities. At no additional charge, we will provide you with all of the equipment needed to keep you comfortable and organized on the trail!

Whitewater Rafting (Saturday, April 28th)

Date: Saturday, April 28th  |  7am – 7pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: Did you know there is amazing whitewater rafting in Wisconsin? That’s right! For this trip, we head three hours north to the Peshtigo River 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. Plan to be traveling and rafting all day, and outdoor pursuits will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for this trip.

Moonlight Hike (Saturday, April 28th)

Date: Saturday, April 28th |  7pm – Midnight

Price: $8/Student

Description: Guess what? On April 28th, there is a full moon that will be out and in full force in the early evening. That means that 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! 

Horseback Trail Ride (Sunday, April 29th)

Date: Sunday, April 29th  |  8am – 1pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: New this semester! Outdoor Pursuits is beginning to offer horseback trail rides. This is tailored toward those that have very little experience (or no experience) on horseback. The trail ride will last 1-2 hours in duration, and the remainder of the time consists of travel and instruction. We partner with a local stable to offer these rides at minimal cost to students, with qualified instructors and ride coordinators.

Hike Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (Sunday, April 29th)

Date: Sunday, April 29th |  2pm – 6pm

Price: $8/Student

Description: The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a 185-acre scenic area just north of Milwaukee. The trail system here is quite extensive, featuring over 6 miles of hiking and an observation tower to enjoy the scenic views of the area. Keep your eye out for birds, as Schlitz Audubon is one of the designated Important Bird Areas that hosts a variety of waterfowl and migratory birds. This hike and explore is suited for most physical ability levels, and welcomes participants from any background to enjoy this activity together!

May Trips & Activities:

Night Climbing (Wednesday, May 2nd)

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd |  7pm – 9pm

Price: $10/Student

Description: Come try rock climbing, at night, on an outdoor rock climbing wall! We will be meeting at Outdoor Pursuits and providing transportation, headlamps, and instruction for this activity. No rock climbing experience is necessary and this is the perfect opportunity to try climbing for the first time! There will be lights and music, with tons of fun! Spots are limited to 12 people for this night, like many of our trips.

Rock Climbing Weekend (Saturday, May 5th - Sunday, May 6th)

Date: Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th  |  6am Sat – 6pm Sun

Price: $80/Student

Description: The Rock Climbing Weekend is geared to deliver a premier, world-class rock climbing experience to UW-Milwaukee students! Regardless if you are someone that has NEVER climbed before or someone that climbs every week, this trip is suited to provide you an adventure and a fun challenge. We will be camping at Devil’s Lake State Park for one night and climb both days! We will also have time for a hike, camp cooking, and other fun activities throughout the weekend.

Swiftwater Kayaking (Saturday, May 5th)

Date: Saturday, May 5th |  9am – 1pm or 2pm – 6pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: The Milwaukee River offers great swiftwater kayaking opportunities in the spring, after the high water subsides a bit! This kayaking trip will be on moving water, but not nearly as intense as whitewater. No previous kayaking experience is necessary to enjoy this outing, and our qualified staff will provide you with all of the safety and skill instruction you need to be successful. There are two time slots available for this trip, so please choose the one that works best for your schedule.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (Sunday, May 6th)

Date: Sunday, May 6th |  9am – 1pm or 2pm – 6pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: We are offering two separate Stand Up Paddleboarding experiences on this day. Please choose the time that works best for you and come ready to get wet! As always, we will be providing transportation and instruction for this experience! We will spend one hour practicing and learning, and the last hour will be spent paddling around a bay on Lake Michigan (or the Milwaukee River)! No previous paddling experience is necessary to participate in this activity. 

End of Year Celebration @ Solow (Thursday, May 10th)

Date: Thursday, May 10th |  7pm – 9pm

Price: FREE for students!

Description: Staff, students, and trip goers are invited to join together at Solow Bouldering Club for a celebration night! From 7PM-9PM, we will have snacks and beverages as well as FREE rock climbing. Outdoor Pursuits will be providing chalk bags, rental shoes, and spotters! Please RSVP by registering using the link located below. This is immediately following the last day of classes, so we would love to celebrate with all of you and enjoy the transition into the summer! You are welcome to bring friends and significant others from outside UWM for this special celebration.

To register online: Click Here!

May Extended Trips

Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail (Monday, May 21st - Saturday, May 26th)

Date: Monday, May 21st – Saturday, May 26th

Price: $195/Student

Description: Looking for a fun way to kick off the summer? Come backpacking in Minnesota with UREC! This trip consists of six days spent backpacking, camping, and traveling to and from the north shore of Lake Superior. Prior backpacking experience is not necessary, as our staff will provide you with all of the gear and training that you will need in order to enjoy your experience. The trip price includes all food at the trip location, as well as transportation, equipment, camping, and more!

Canoeing the Wisconsin River (Monday, May 21st - Saturday, May 26th)

Date: Monday, May 21st – Saturday, May 26th

Price: $195/Student

Description: An extended canoeing trip on the Wisconsin River is always an unforgettable experience! The Lower Wisconsin Riverway is a scenic, free-flowing section of river that winds its way toward the Mississippi River in Southeastern Wisconsin. For this trip, we will spend six days canoeing, camping on picturesque sandbars and islands, and taking in the beautiful landscapes that surround the river. Like our other trips, no prior paddling experience is necessary in order to enjoy this experience. The trip price includes all food at the trip location, as well as transportation, equipment, camping, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions:

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)