Outdoor Trips

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Summer 2017 Trips & Activities

Whitewater Rafting (Sunday, June 4th)

What: Whitewater Rafting Day-Trip
When: Sunday, June 4th (8AM-7PM)
Cost: $50/person (covers transportation, food, guiding, equipment, and more)

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.

 

Night Hike (Friday, June 9th)

What: Night Hike
When: Friday, June 9th (9PM-11PM)
Cost: $10/person (covers transportation, guiding, headlamps, and more)

Description: Join us for a fun night hike to enter into the weekend! We hope to adventure out underneath clear skies to enjoy a hike within the local Milwaukee area. This promises to be a fun 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!

 

Kayaking Day Trip (Saturday, June 17th)

What: Kayaking the Milwaukee River
When: Saturday, June 17th (9AM-5PM)
Cost: $30/person (covers transportation, food, guiding, equipment, and more)

Description: We will be paddling from Estabrook Park to Lake Michigan on this epic day trip! No skill level is required and this trip promises to be a great introduction to kayaking. The route is comprised of mostly flat water and will lead us from a local park through downtown Milwaukee. What better way to spend a day than on the water?

 

Rock Climbing Weekend (Sat-Sun, June 24th-25th)

What: Rock Climbing Weekend @ Devil’s Lake
When: Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, June 25th (6AM Sat – 6PM Sun)
Cost: $80/person (covers transportation, food, camping, instruction, equipment, and more)

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.

 

Sunset Hike (Wednesday, June 28th)

What: Sunset Hike @ Lapham Peak
When: Wednesday, June 28th (6PM-9PM)
Cost: $10/person (covers transportation, guiding, headlamps, and more)

Description: For this hike, we hope to catch a wonderful sunset at the highest point in southeastern Wisconsin, Lapham Peak. Join with us in this evening activity 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 our most affordable offerings that we offer in an effort to help build community on campus!

 

Indiana Dunes Hiking/Camping (Sat-Sun, July 8th-9th)

What: Indiana Dunes Hiking and Camping Trip
When: Saturday, July 8th to Sunday, July 9th (8AM Sat – 6PM Sun)
Cost: $80/person (covers transportation, food, camping, instruction, equipment, and more)

Description: This weekend trip offers a unique visit to the Indiana Dunes, a scenic area located on Lake Michigan southeast of Chicago. We will be camping overnight and taking day-hikes throughout the park during the daytime. If the weather permits, we plan to have time to swim, relax, and enjoy the activities that the park has to offer. This will be a very memorable trip and a great opportunity to spend time with other students enjoying a regional resource that not many people know about.

Full Moon Hike (Monday, July 10th)

What: Full Moon Hike @ Holy Hill
When: Monday, July 10th (10PM-Midnight)
Cost: $10/person (covers transportation, guiding, headlamps, and more)

Description: Guess what? On July 10th, there is a full moon that will be out and in full force around 11PM. That means that we have a unique opportunity to enjoy hiking by moonlight in the forest. Holy Hill is an adventurous, short hike, that requires a moderate level of physical activity. This promises to be a fun 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 (Sunday, July 16th)

What: Whitewater Rafting Day-Trip
When: Sunday, July 16th (8AM-7PM)
Cost: $50/person (covers transportation, food, guiding, equipment, and more)

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.

Rock Climbing Day Trip (Saturday, July 22nd)

What: Rock Climbing at Devil’s Lake
When: Saturday, July 22nd (6AM-6PM)
Cost:
 $35/person (covers transportation, entry fees, guiding, food, equipment, and more)

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.

Overnight Canoeing Trip (Sat-Sun, July 29th-30th)

What: Canoeing on the Wisconsin River
When: Saturday, July 29th to Sunday, July 30th (8AM Sat – 6PM Sun)
Cost:
 $80/person (covers transportation, camping, instruction, food, equipment, and more)

Description: The Wisconsin River is one of North America’s best flatwater rivers, and it is located in our back yard. For this weekend, we will spending two full days canoeing and enjoying this waterway. The Wisconsin River is said to be “the perfect river to learn how to paddle on” by many people throughout the nation. Come see why! We plan to spend our night on a sandbar, camping underneath the stars (weather permitting). This trip is structured to provide a relaxed pace with miles of great paddling experience.

 

Kayaking Day Trip (Saturday, August 5th)

What: Kayaking the Milwaukee River
When: Saturday, August 5th (9AM-5PM)
Cost: $30/person (covers transportation, food, guiding, equipment, and more)

Description: We will be paddling from Estabrook Park to Lake Michigan on this epic day trip! No skill level is required and this trip promises to be a great introduction to kayaking. The route is comprised of mostly flat water and will lead us from a local park through downtown Milwaukee. What better way to spend a day than on the water?

 

CLINIC: Learn How to Belay (Wednesday, August 9th)

What: Learn How to Belay Class
When: Wednesday, August 9th @ 6PM
Cost: FREE

Description: This is a free workshop that will walk through belaying skills in order to keep climbers safe during rock climbing activities. This workshop does not result in a certification, but provides industry standard training and updated practices regarding belaying skills. Please register for this activity beforehand as we will cap participation at twelve people for the sake of experiential learning.

Rock Climbing Day Trip (Saturday, August 12th)

What: Rock Climbing at Devil’s Lake
When: Saturday, August 12th (6AM-6PM)
Cost:
 $35/person (covers transportation, entry fees, guiding, food, equipment, and more)

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.

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)
Cost:
 $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.

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)