Outdoor Trips

 

September Trips & Activities:

Kayaking Downtown Milwaukee (9/21/18)
Trip Name: Kayaking Downtown Milwaukee
Date(s): Friday, September 21 (4PM-8PM)
Cost: $20/Student (includes transportation, equipment, and instruction)
Description: A classic Milwaukee experience that everyone should have! Kayaking the downtown area around sunset on a beautiful fall weekend. These trips tend to fill fast, and space is limited, so please secure your spot as soon as possible for this outing!

Whitewater Rafting (9/22/18)
Trip Name: Whitewater Rafting
Date(s): Saturday, September 22 (8AM-8PM)
Cost: $40/Student (includes transportation, food, instruction, equipment, and guiding)
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. 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.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course (9/22/18 - 9/23/18)
Trip Name: Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Date(s):Saturday, September 22 (8AM) – Sunday, September 23 (6PM)
Location: Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI) Camping overnight is highly encouraged
Cost: $75/UWM Student — $95/Community, Staff, Faculty (covers food, training materials, and camping) (transportation IS NOT provided)
Description: The two-day Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a vital component of the national Leave No Trace program. It is a condensed version of the Master Educator Course and is designed for educators, guides, agency employees, other outdoor professionals and anyone interested in learning more about minimum impact skills and ethics. This course covers the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace as well as techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. (Source: LNT.org)

Moonlight Hike (9/22/18)
Trip Name: Moonlight Hike
Date(s): Saturday, September 22 (8PM-Midnight)
Cost: $10/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and guiding)
Description: Come enjoy a moonlight hike during one of the fall season’s only full moons! This hike provides an easy outdoor experience that does not require any prior hiking or preparation. The moonlight hike, like all of our trips, includes transportation and has two trained trip leaders that will facilitate the experience.

Hiking @ Door County (9/23/18)
Trip Name: Hiking @ Door County
Date(s): Sunday, September 23 (8AM-6PM)
Cost: $20/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and guiding)
Description: We will spend this entire Sunday traveling to Door County and hiking some of the most scenic trails in the area. This trip provides a leisurely experience, but still holds an itinerary of scenic hikes and stops in Door County, Wisconsin. These trails are very accessible and no prior hiking experience is required. Note that we will also be providing a lunch for participants to enjoy together, on the trail. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Bike Ride & Tour -- Urban Ecology Center (9/28/18)
Trip Name: Bike Ride & Tour — Urban Ecology Center
Date(s): Thursday, September 28 (4PM-6PM)
Cost: FREE (includes bikes, locks, helmets, and instruction)
Description: This bike ride includes a free tour of the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park. The only requirement for this ride is that you must already know how to ride a bike. Otherwise, the pace will be moderate to slow and the ride will last 1-2 hours. We will provide the bikes, helmets, and any other equipment required for this group ride. Just bring comfortable clothing and footwear that is secure.

Bike Camping Weekend (9/29/18 - 9/30/18)
Trip Name: Bike Camping Weekend
Date(s): Saturday, September 29 (7AM) – Sunday, September 30 (7PM)
Cost: $60/Student (includes camping, food, bikes, supplies, and instruction)
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!

Kayaking the Milwaukee River (9/29/18)
Trip Name: Kayaking the Milwaukee River
Date(s): Saturday, September 29 (9AM-4PM)
Cost: $20/Student (includes food, transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: Kayaking on the Milwaukee River is perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy the fall months! For this trip, we will be focusing our time on a naturally-scenic section of the Milwaukee River (exact section depends on water levels) while some of our other trips focus on the downtown area of Milwaukee. Please come ready to learn about kayaking. Prior paddling experience is optional, and not required! We will spend around 3-5 hours on the water, with the rest of the time used for instruction and transportation.

Longboarding the Lakefront (9/29/18)
Trip Name: Longboarding the Lakefront
Date(s): Saturday, September 29 (4PM-7PM)
Cost: $10/Student (includes transportation, equipment, and instruction)
Description: Longboarding the lakefront provides a quintessential Milwaukee experience! No prior longboarding experience is necessary to enjoy this experience, but please consider attending one of our classes or clinics on how to longboard, prior to this outing. We plan to drive down to the lakefront and enjoy time longboarding on the pathways along lake Michigan.

Hiking @ Devil's Lake (9/30/18)
Trip Name: Hiking @ Devil’s Lake
Date(s): Sunday, September 30 (8AM-6PM)
Cost: $20/Student (includes transportation, food, and instruction)
Description: Devil’s Lake State Park is easily some of the most rewarding hiking available in the state of Wisconsin! We always lead rock climbing trips to this location, but have received the request to lead a hiking trip focused on enjoying the other beautiful areas within the park. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other UWM students and to enjoy a beautiful day of hiking! We will be providing a “trail lunch” for this trip, also!

October Trips & Activities:

Winter Break Trip Info Session (10/1/18)
Trip Name: Winter Break Trip Info Session
Date(s): Monday, October 1 (8PM-9PM)
Cost: FREE (info session for UWM students)
Description: Come learn about our winter break trips! Ask questions to the trip leaders, hear about the different options, and have the first chance to register for the trips! Rumor has it, we will be heading somewhere snowy with dogs, and somewhere warm, with desert……

Basic Bike Maintenance Course (Starts 10/2/18, Ends 10/30/18)
Trip Name: Basic Bike Maintenance Course
Date(s): Tuesday, October 2 (6PM-9PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers all sessions)
Description: Our basic bike maintenance course is a progression of classes that occurs on Tuesdays in October. Participants must commit to attending all of the Tuesday classes in order to continue to work through the necessary topics. This course is designed to help give bike enthusiasts confidence and skills necessary to perform basic repairs on their bikes. The course content will focus on a variety of areas that includes bike parts, tools, and repair techniques. The course is designed to help students get hands-on with bikes, involving lots of wrenching and experiential training.

How to Bike at Night (10/3/18)
Trip Name: How to Bike at Night
Date(s): Wednesday, October 3 (6PM-8PM)
Cost: $20/Student (includes bike lights and installation)
Description: This outing is designed to help you have the tools and confidence that you need to ride your bike at night. With the darkness coming earlier and earlier, it is important to know how to bike safely at night. Whether you are a frequent commuter, or an occasional rider, this outing will be a great step into building skill and confidence! Also, it includes bike lights and installation of bike lights for your convenience!

Night Climbing (10/4/18)
Trip Name: Night Climbing
Date(s): Thursday, October 4 (6PM-9PM)
Cost: $10/Student (includes transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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.

Bike Ride & Tour -- Vulture Space Bike Shop (10/5/18)
Trip Name: Bike Rider & Tour — Vulture Space Bike Shop
Date(s): Friday, October 5 (4PM-6PM)
Cost: $10/Student (includes transportation, equipment, and instruction)
Description: This bike ride includes a free tour of the Vulture Space Bike Shop. The only requirement for this ride is that you must already know how to ride a bike. Otherwise, the pace will be moderate to slow and the ride will last 1-2 hours. We will provide the bikes, helmets, and any other equipment required for this group ride. Just bring comfortable clothing and footwear that is secure.

Whitewater Rafting Weekend (10/6/18 - 10/7/18)
Trip Name: Whitewater Rafting Weekend
Date(s): Saturday, October 6 (7AM) – Sunday, October 7 (7PM)
Cost: $80/Student (includes transportation, equipment, instruction, food, camping, and more)
Description: Regardless of if you have ever been whitewater rafting before, this weekend trip on the Peshtigo River is a great opportunity! After running the river on Saturday, we will enjoy good food and great company, by camping at the outfitter’s rustic campground. Sunday will allow us another opportunity to run the river before departing to head back to Milwaukee. This type of trip would typically cost $200-500 during peak season, like this!

Surfing on Lake Michigan (10/6/18)
Trip Name: Surfing on Lake Michigan
Date(s): Saturday, October 6 (7AM-10AM or 10AM-1PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 six spots for each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Hiking @ Kohler-Andrae State Park (10/6/18)
Trip Name: Hiking @ Kohler-Andrae State Park
Date(s): Saturday, October 6 (1PM-6PM)
Cost: $10/Student (covers transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: Join us for an afternoon hiking and exploring this state park!

Bike Ride & Tour -- Black Cat Alley Artwork (10/12/18)
Trip Name: Bike Ride & Tour — Black Cat Alley Artwork
Date(s): Friday, October 12 (4PM-6PM)
Cost: FREE (includes bikes, helmets, locks, water bottles, and more)
Description: This bike ride and tour features an amazing street art destination on the East Side of Milwaukee. Riders will roll through the open-air art gallery that features at least 15 murals for public viewing. We will have the opportunity to stop, take photos, and enjoy the path produced by the 17 street artists throughout the past few years.

Waterfalls of Wisconsin Weekend (10/13/18-10/14/18)
Trip Name: Waterfalls of Wisconsin Weekend
Date(s): Saturday, October 13th (6AM) – Sunday, October 14th (7PM)
Cost: $60/Student (covers transportation, food, camping, equipment, and instruction)
Description: Spend a weekend with Outdoor Pursuits hiking to waterfalls and enjoying some of the best scenery Wisconsin has to offer! During this trip, we will be focusing on hikes and amazing vistas, while also enjoying one night camping amidst the beautiful fall colors! No experience is necessary for this trip. Please make sure to have a pair of hiking shoes or boots that will stand up to a beating, and come physically ready to hike 4-6 miles each day.

Surfing on Lake Michigan (10/14/18)
Trip Name: Surfing on Lake Michigan
Date(s): Sunday, October 14 (7AM-10AM or 10AM-1PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 six spots for each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Bike Ride & Tour -- The Swing Park (10/19/18)
Trip Name: Bike Ride & Tour — The Swing Park
Date(s): Friday, October 19 (4PM-6PM)
Cost: FREE (includes bikes, helmets, locks, water bottles, and more)
Description: Come check out the Swing Park on this awesome bike tour!

Backpacking the Yellow River (10/20/18 - 10/21/18)
Trip Name: Backpacking the Yellow River State Forest
Date(s): Saturday, October 20 (6AM) – Sunday, October 21 (6PM)
Cost: $60/Student (covers food, camping, equipment, instruction, transportation, and more)
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.

Intro to Outdoor Bouldering (10/20/18)
Trip Name: Intro to Outdoor Bouldering
Date(s): Saturday, October 20 (10AM-1PM)
Cost: $5/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: Bouldering focuses on climbing without a rope, low to the ground. This kind of climbing requires a special attention to movement, body weight positioning, and providing assistance to people climbing using a technique called “spotting”. For this session, we will provide an introduction to bouldering and allow participants plenty of time to climb and have fun! No previous climbing experience is necessary to participate in this clinic.

Horseback Trail Ride (10/20/18)
Trip Name: Horseback Trail Ride
Date(s): Saturday, October 20 (1PM-6PM)
Cost: $40/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: This trail ride 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.

Meteor Shower Night Hike (10/20/18)
Trip Name: Meteor Shower Night Hike
Date(s): Saturday, October 20 (6PM-10PM)
Cost: $10/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: Come along for a hike to observation towers and through a nearby nature preserve, in order to enjoy the meteor shower. Pending clear skies and good weather, we will be able to spend some time observing the spectacular event. We will provide headlamps and the necessary transportation to get outside of city and away from light pollution.

Surfing on Lake Michigan (10/21/18)
Trip Name: Surfing on Lake Michigan
Date(s): Sunday, October 21 (7AM-10AM or 10AM-1PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 six spots for each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Fall Colors Hike (10/21/18)
Trip Name: Fall Colors Hike
Date(s): Sunday, October 21 (1PM-6PM)
Cost: $10/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 transportation 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!

Bike Ride & Tour -- The Three Parks (10/26/18)
Trip Name:Bike Ride & Tour — The Three Parks
Date(s): Friday, October 26 (4PM-6PM)
Cost: FREE (includes bike, helmet, lock, and water bottle)
Description: Come check out three parks on the East Side during this bike tour!

Surfing on Lake Michigan (10/27/18)
Trip Name: Surfing on Lake Michigan
Date(s): Saturday, October 27 (7AM-10AM or 10AM-1PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 six spots for each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Backpacking the Ice Age Trail (10/27/18 - 10/28/18)
Trip Name: Backpacking the Ice Age Trail
Date(s): Saturday, October 27 (7AM) – Sunday, October 28 (6PM)
Cost: $60/Student (covers food, camping, equipment, instruction, transportation, and more)
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 withall of the equipment needed to keep you comfortable and organized on the trail!

Hiking @ Seven Bridges (10/27/18)
Trip Name: Hiking @ Seven Bridges
Date(s): Saturday, October 27 (2PM-6PM)
Cost: $10/Student (covers transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: The Seven Bridges Trail is a rustic haven that is housed in Grant Park, just 10 minutes south of downtown Milwaukee. Join us for a hike and exploration tour of the trail system. You will have the chance to experience one of Milwaukee’s most unique and scenic parks, all just minutes from campus! These are some of our most affordable offerings that we offer in an effort to help build community on campus!

Cave of the Mounds Tour (10/28/18)
Trip Name: Cave of the Mounds Tour
Date(s): Sunday, October 28 (9AM-5PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, food, tour fees, instruction, and more)
Description: For this trip, we will be heading to Cave of the Mounds for an engaging tour! Cave of the Mounds is referred to as the “jewel box” of America’s major caves because of the variety, color, and delicacy of its cave formations. This trip includes a lunch, transportation, and the guided tour! Register soon to guarantee space on this excursion!

November Trips & Activities:

Whitewater Rafting (11/3/18)
Trip Name: Whitewater Rafting
Date(s): Saturday, November 3 (7AM-7PM)
Cost: $40/Student (covers transportation, food, equipment, instruction, and guiding)
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.

Surfing on Lake Michigan (11/3/18)
Trip Name: Surfing on Lake Michigan
Date(s): Saturday, November 3 (7AM-10AM or 10AM-1PM)
Cost: $20/Student (covers transportation, equipment, and instruction)
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 six spots for each time slot, so act quickly to claim one before they are taken!

Horseback Trail Ride (11/4/18)
Trip Name: Horseback Trail Ride
Date(s): Sunday, November 4 (1PM-6PM)
Cost: $40/Student (includes transportation, instruction, and more)
Description: This trail ride 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.

Bouldering @ Adventure Rock (11/8/18)
Trip Name: Bouldering @ Adventure Rock
Date(s): Thursday, November 8 (6PM-9PM)
Cost: $5/Student (includes transportation, equipment, instruction, and more)
Description: Bouldering focuses on climbing without a rope, low to the ground. This kind of climbing requires a special attention to movement, body weight positioning, and providing assistance to people climbing using a technique called “spotting”. For this session, we will provide an introduction to bouldering and allow participants plenty of time to climb and have fun! No previous climbing experience is necessary to participate in this clinic.

Discover Scuba Diving (11/14/18)
Trip Name: Discover Scuba Diving
Date(s): Wednesday, November 14 (5PM-8PM)
Cost: $10/Student (includes equipment, instruction, and more)
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)

Backpacking the Ozarks (11/21/18 - 11/25/18)
Trip Name: Backpacking the Ozarks
Date(s): Wednesday, November 21 (6AM) – Sunday, November 25 (10PM)
Cost: $195/Student (covers food, transportation, equipment, instruction, and more)
Description: Backpacking the Ozarks is an incredible and surreal experience! Join us for five days in the Ozarks with a new group of friends, on this extended trip! Although the trip requires a moderate-strenuous level of physical exertion, no backpacking experience is required. We will provide all of the technical equipment and instruction that is necessary to have an amazing time on trail! Please contact heila@uwm.edu with any questions regarding this trip.

Turner Hall Open Climb (11/29/18)
Trip Name: Turner Hall Open Climb
Date(s): Wednesday, November 29 (6PM-10PM)
Cost: $5/Student (covers transportation, equipment, instruction, and more)
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!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Get to Outdoor Pursuits (MAP)

UW-Milwaukee Outdoor Pursuits

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)