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!
Vice President, Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader
I do mostly 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 are the Apostle Islands. When the water is too cold, backpacking in far places is fun too. I've been fortunate to Sea Kayak and Backpack in Alaska as well through NOLS. WFR certified.