Backpacking

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 Royale, 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 from Hoofers). Equipment includes backpacks, sleeping pads, backpacking stoves, water filters and chemical treatment, first aid kits, and tents. We do not have sleeping bags. Come along and join us on a trip out your back door or out to the wilderness. Check our these gear lists for specifics.

Meet your trip leaders!

Mary Cretney : President, Trip Leader, Instructor

Mary Cretney

President, Trip Leader, Instructor

outingpresident@hoofers.org

Hello! My name is Mary Cretney, your Hoofer Outing Club President. I am a senior studying Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies. In my free time, I enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, telling bad jokes, wearing Chacos (with or without socks), playing the ukulele, and climbing mountains. Over the summer, I will be working with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy's Conservation Corps, doing trail work and maintenance in and around Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm super excited to work with the Outing Club this year, with goals to build a strong community and facilitate leadership in all activities in the club. Feel free to e-mail me at outingpresident@hoofers.org with any questions related to Hoofers or the outdoors! See you on the trail!

outingpresident@hoofers.org

Jacob Ng : Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Jacob Ng

Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Once lit his hair on fire by mistake -  camp stove safety counts for something!

Mason Muerhoff : Trip Leader, Instructor

Mason Muerhoff

Trip Leader, Instructor

Likes taking pictures of animals and long car rides - loves to backpack and travel.

Anna Nordin : Trip Leader, Instructor

Anna Nordin

Trip Leader, Instructor

Literally, can't stop smiling - loves backpacking.

Ryan Stowe : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ryan Stowe

Instructor, Trip Leader

I'm grateful for opportunities that Hoofer Outing Club has given me. I've learned how to Sea Kayak, Canoe, Backpack, and Telemark ski. Also, I traveled to new places close to home - Wisconsin River, Kickapoo River, Door County, Hooferland, Ice Age Trail, Lake Michigan, Superior Hiking Trail and mountain biking in Upper Michigan. Or far places from home - Canyonlands in Utah, Appalachian Trail North Carolina, Buffalo River Arkansas, Zirkel Wilderness Colorado, Wind River Range Wyoming and Olympic National Park Washington. Through all of this, I've met some of my best friends in college and learned a lot. It's been great really.

Murray Dunsirn : Trip Leader, Instructor

Murray Dunsirn

Trip Leader, Instructor

Hurray Murray!

Laura Arneson : Trip Leader, Instructor

Laura Arneson

Trip Leader, Instructor

Stellar at the Canoe T-Rescue - canoeist.

Jessica O’Neill : Trip Leader

Jessica O’Neill

Trip Leader

Jess has those super good vibes and likes to go backpacking. Ask her about it!

Will Caldwell : Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Will Caldwell

Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Goes places and fixes things. A true renaissance man.

Eric Oberhart : Trip Leader, Instructor

Eric Oberhart

Trip Leader, Instructor

Leads just about anything when voluntold. Frequent driver of The Van.

Alex Ames : Webmaster, Trip Leader

Alex Ames

Webmaster, Trip Leader

He leads frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake as well as occasional paddling and skiing trips (when we all know he's really fantasizing about frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake).

Miles Buob : Trip Leader

Miles Buob

Trip Leader

Face is now 100% intact. Trapped in New Zealand.