The Backpacking Activity Group encompasses a variety of trip types and skill levels. True backpacking trips – overnight trips on which you carry all your gear in a backpack – can be 1-2 nights for a beginner trip or more than a week for those more experienced. Beginner backpacking trips frequent state parks or forests in Wisconsin while longer trips are taken to the Rocky Mountains, Isle Royal, Northern Ontario, the desert Southwest and other distant places. You can take a trip that lasts an afternoon or a week.
What about equipment?
You say you don’t have gear? That’s OK because Outing Club has a variety of equipment for use on club trips (equipment cannot be used for private use and cannot be rented). Equipment includes backpacks (both internal and external frame), sleeping pads (but not sleeping bags), backpacking stoves, water filters, first aid kits, and tents. So come along and join us on a trip out your back door or out to true wilderness. Check our these gear lists for specifics.
Meet your trip leaders!
President, Trip Leader, Instructor
I love backpacking. With Hoofers, I lead everything from weekend trips on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin to week long trips to the desert of Utah. On my own time, I’m a ultralight gearhead with long-distance goals of the PCT, PNT, and CDT after I graduate. Outside of Hoofers, I’m studying environmental science and history.
Vice President, Instructor, Trip Leadervicepresident@hooferouting.org
I do Sea Kayaking as an alternative to hiking and backpacking when weather permits. I love it because since there's no trail to follow, it feels like I'm the first one there! My favorite place to paddle in Wisconsin is the Apostle Islands. When the water is too cold, backpacking in far places is fun. When the water is frozen, I enjoy to telemark and downhill ski too. I've been fortunate to Sea Kayak and Backpack in Alaska as well through NOLS. WFR certified.
Right now, I'm serving at the Vice President of the Hoofer Outing Club. I believe in what Hoofers does - bridging gaps to get into the outdoors may that be hard skills, soft skills, equipment access, experience, money, social capital or knowledge.