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 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!

Forrest Koslowski : President, Trip Leader

Forrest Koslowski

President, Trip Leader

Forrest is the name, wilderness is the game! I’m a junior at UW-Madison and stoked about anything outdoors. You can find me on the lake, in my tree stand, or backpacking the trails! 

Ryan Stowe : Vice President, Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Ryan Stowe

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.

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.

Jessica O’Neill : Backpacking Chair, Trip Leader

Jessica O’Neill

Backpacking Chair, Trip Leader

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

Eric Oberhart : Canoe Chair, Trip Leader

Eric Oberhart

Canoe Chair, Trip Leader

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

Alex Ames : Climbing Chair, Webmaster, Trip Leader

Alex Ames

Climbing Chair, 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).

Caitlyn Ngam : Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader

Caitlyn Ngam

Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader

The proud leader of "team downstream," Caitlyn has swam out of her boat in exotic locations on rivers like the White Nile, the Ottawa, the Arkansas, and the Wisconsin. And the Red.

Guilhem Ribeill : Telemark Chair, Trip Leader

Guilhem Ribeill

Telemark Chair, Trip Leader

Sounds like "Ian." Throws a wicked side-eye.

Miles Buob : Trip Leader

Miles Buob

Trip Leader

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

Jenifer Bizzotto : Trip Leader

Jenifer Bizzotto

Trip Leader