Getting Started

The Wisconsin Hoofers Outing Club is a year-round outdoor activities club for all interests, abilities and backgrounds.  Hoofers bike, kayak, canoe and rock climb when it’s warm; cross-country and telemark ski when it’s cold; and cave, backpack and camp all year long!  We offer a wide range of affordable adventures.  Trip costs are usually just the cost of food and gas.

We welcome all levels of experience, beginners and advanced.  Trips range from high-intensity adventure to low-key relaxation.  Club members will teach you the skills you need for activities.  Boating lessons and beginners-only trips and workshops are offered throughout the year.

Use our gear!  We have mountain and touring bikes, a fleet of sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks and canoes, tents, backpacks, stoves, climbing ropes, helmets, harnesses, shoes, and more – all free for members to use on club-sponsored trips!  Usually all you need to provide is appropriate clothing and a sleeping bag.

To get a feel for the club, join us for our weekly meetings, 7-7:30 pm each Tuesday in the Mendota Lounge in Memorial Union.

If you’re not sure what type of trips you want to do, you can choose your own adventure.

If you have unanswered questions, check the FAQ and the activity group pages, or email a club officer or leader.