Meet Our Trip Leaders

Anyone can be a trip leader!

As a member of Hoofers, all you need to start a trip is you, and two other Hoofers. Trips can be as easy as an afternoon bike ride, or as complicated as a month-long canoe trip in Canada.

If you are interested in leading trips, check out our Leadership Resources!

If you would like to contact anyone, send them a message through our member search, or kindly ask outingpresident@gmail.com to get you in touch.

These awesome people are some of the club’s most frequent leaders:

 

Mark Strayer : President, Trip Leader, Instructor

Mark Strayer

President, Trip Leader, Instructor

"The Outing Club has been a massively influential part of my life. I've met lifelong friends, gone on adventures I couldn't possibly have imagined, and grown immensely as a listener, leader, and outdoors enthusiast. I'm partial to backpacking - I've helped lead trips everywhere from the Ice Age Trail here in Wisconsin to the Olympic Coast in Washington. I'm an ultralight gearhead and aspiring PCT thru hiker. Outside of Hoofers, I'm studying history and environmental sciences. As President, I want to make sure Outing can be everything it has the potential to be to all of its members, old and new. Chat me up after meetings, over email, or if you see me out and about! I'm always happy to talk about Hoofers."

outingpresident@hoofers.org

Ryan Stowe : Vice President, Instructor, Trip Leader

Ryan Stowe

Vice President, Instructor, Trip Leader

vicepresident@hooferouting.org

I'm grateful for opportunities that Hoofer Outing Club has given me. I've learned how to Sea Kayak, Canoe, Backpack, and Telemark ski. 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 in Washington. Through all of this, I've met some of my best friends in college and learned a lot. It's been great really.

Right now, I'm serving as 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.

Mason Muerhoff : Trip Leader

Mason Muerhoff

Trip Leader

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

Dan York : Water Safety Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Dan York

Water Safety Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Interests include kayak lessons, rolling classes, and proselytizing the gospel of water safety.

Anna Nordin :

Anna Nordin

Literally, can't stop smiling - loves backpacking.

Mary Cretney :

Mary Cretney

Loves mountains and getting close to the edge sometimes.

Alyssa Kristine :

Alyssa Kristine

Really good at speaking in accents.

Jacob Ng :

Jacob Ng

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

Rachel Christenson :

Rachel Christenson

Wants to try everything.

Ryan Holley : Trip Leader, Instructor

Ryan Holley

Trip Leader, Instructor

Josh Daniels : Trip Leader, Instructor

Josh Daniels

Trip Leader, Instructor

They say I have a surfer dude voice - canoeist.

John Paul Martinez :

John Paul Martinez

Poet, Backpacker and Canoeist.

Ned Rubert-Nason : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ned Rubert-Nason

Instructor, Trip Leader

Aficionado of Culvers, Prarie du Sac dam, and hitting every rock on the river.

Murray Dunsirn :

Murray Dunsirn

Hurray Murray!

Thomas Tegart : Instructor, Trip Leader

Thomas Tegart

Instructor, Trip Leader

Tom teaches a lot of lessons. A lot of lessons.

Taylor Marohl : Trip Leader, Instructor

Taylor Marohl

Trip Leader, Instructor

Went to Max Patch on the AT, great views - loves backpacking and canoeing.

Laura Arneson : Trip Leader

Laura Arneson

Trip Leader

Stellar at the Canoe T-Rescue - canoeist.

Robert Shebilske : Trip Leader

Robert Shebilske

Trip Leader

Robert is a truly prolific leader of sea kayaking trips in Madison. He leads most of the quiet water sea kayaking day trips around central Wisconsin.

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!

Tanner Stirrat : Whitewater Kayaking Chair, Trip Leader

Tanner Stirrat

Whitewater Kayaking Chair, Trip Leader

Newest member of Team Downstream. Likes paddling hard, being upside down, and getting rightside up again. Dislikes moving slowly.

Claire Berezowitz : Trip Leader Coordinator

Claire Berezowitz

Trip Leader Coordinator

eeeeeeeeeee!!!

Ross Porter : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ross Porter

Instructor, Trip Leader

My first degree was Sports Coaching and Development and then I expanded that remit into a Community Education degree. I've worked with so many groups in the outdoor environment that I can barely list them; however, I've focused on youth development and leadership primarily. Im interested in developing leaders in the Hoofers Outing Club. My main focus in America and the US has been working with the International Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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 : 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).

Susan Tesarik : Instructor, Trip Leader

Susan Tesarik

Instructor, Trip Leader

We're fortunate to have world class sea kayaking with the Great Lakes nearby. My favorite destinations are the Apostle Islands, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior. Far flung adventures include kayaking in the Caribbean Sea at Belize and Roatan, and in the Sea of Cortez at Southern Baja Mexico.

Tadhg Barrett : Instructor, Trip Leader

Tadhg Barrett

Instructor, Trip Leader

It's pronounced like tiger, without the "er." Also has a funny accent.

Caroline Rose : Instructor, Trip Leader

Caroline Rose

Instructor, Trip Leader

Ethan Raysby : Instructor

Ethan Raysby

Instructor

Teaches kayak lessons and shreds the Red.

Julie Brown : Hoofer Advisor

Julie Brown

Hoofer Advisor

Ensures everyone makes good choices.

Kris Dressler : Instructor

Kris Dressler

Instructor

Goes by Dress. If you see this guy teaching at Hoofers...Sign up! Dress is a level 4 ACA certified Sea Kayaking Instructor and mostly teaches SK1 lessons. He can also be found teaching at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium each year.

Miles Buob : Trip Leader

Miles Buob

Trip Leader

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

Connie Lane : Trail Building Chair, Trip Leader

Connie Lane

Trail Building Chair, Trip Leader

Maddie Hughan : Snowshoe Chair

Maddie Hughan

Snowshoe Chair

Likes water. A lot.

Carl Zimm : Instructor, Trip Leader

Carl Zimm

Instructor, Trip Leader

Passionate about paddling, hot oatmeal, and vegetables sourced from his backyard. Join him for a canoe lesson!