Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits

UREC Outdoor Pursuits is dedicated to providing programs and equipment which promote challenging, educational, environmentally thoughtful and fun experiences for students with various interests and abilities.

(Our programming and rentals are currently only offered to enrolled students.)

Spring Hours:

Monday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday:11:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

There are many ways to find us:

Klotche Center Room 131-A
(414) 229-5513 OP Front Desk
(414) 229-7261 Katie Richards, Program Director
richardk@uwm.edu

Get updates on Facebook: " UWM University Recreation".



Spring Trips

Sign up at the Outdoor Pursuits office, Klotche Room 131-A. Give us a call for more information: (414) 229-5513.

Most trips include:

  • Equipment
  • Instruction
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Admission/Fees

Lake Park Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Demo FREE

Meet at the Tennis Courts at the NW Corner of Lake Park Nearest Campus
February 8 (Sun.); Drop-In 1pm-4pm

Come join us for Outdoor Pursuits’ first winter event! We will offer a short and fun introduction to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. If you have a great time, consider signing up for one of our day trips or rent our equipment for your own adventure!                                                                                              


Belay Class at OP Followed by Climbing at Turner Hall $15
February 10 (Tues.); 5pm-10pm

Learn how to put on a harness, tie into a rope, use climbing commands and belay a partner. We will also discuss basic climbing movement before heading off to the gym. Includes harness and shoes.                                                                              

 (Transportation not included however the city bus and carpooling are options. Meets at Outdoor Pursuits at 5pm. We will meet up again at the gym at 7pm. Participation in this clinic does not guarantee you will pass Turner Hall’s belay test but it will sure give you a good shot at it!)

                                                                             

Kohler-Andrae Candlelight Cross-Country Ski Night $25  
February 14; 5pm-9pm ish

Ski through the woods along a luminary lit path. Then, warm up in the park shelter building with hot chocolate and snacks!

  

Rustic Farmhouse Winter Activities Overnight $65
February 20-21; 3pm-5pm

Explore Southeast Wisconsin’s most beautiful terrain on skis and snowshoes. The area trails feature scenic flats, fun downhill sections and short climbs. We will be based out of a quaint, historic farmhouse which is situated right in the Kettle Moraine State Forest!

John Muir Trails Snowshoe Hike $30
February 28; 9am-4pm

Tackle some challenging terrain with OP’s brand new snowshoes and make fun, new friends while you’re at it! New to the sport? That’s ok. We will get you moving along in no time!

Belay Class at OP Followed by Climbing at Turner Hall $15
March 3 (Tues.); 5pm-10pm

Learn how to put on a harness, tie into a rope, use climbing commands and belay a partner. We will also discuss basic climbing movement before heading off to the gym. Includes harness and shoes.                                                                              

 (Transportation not included however the city bus and carpooling are options. Meets at Outdoor Pursuits at 5pm. We will meet up again at the gym at 7pm. Participation in this clinic does not guarantee you will pass Turner Hall’s belay test but it will sure give you a good shot at it!)

Canoecopia $15
March 14; 8am-6pm
Experience the world's largest paddling expo presented by Rutabaga in Madison, WI! Test out boats and paddleboards, check out the latest gear and hear experts speak on all things paddling.

2nd Annual Spring Break Rock Climbing in the Red River Gorge $425
March 15-21; 6am-4pm
Experience world class rock climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. We will camp at the famous Miguel’s Pizza, a mecca for rock climbers. This is a perfect trip for beginner and intermediate climbers who want to develop skills and make lasting friendships and memories!


OPen HOUSE---FREE!!!
March 27; 7pm-11pm

Crate stacking, SUP Fit, SUP Yoga, Battleship, Campstove Cooking, Adventure Movie Marathon and More!!!

Discover SCUBA--Free!
April 3; Meet at OP at 9am

Get an introduction to SCUBA at OP! We will have a classroom session to start. Then, we will gear up and get in the pool!!

Ray’s Indoor Mountain Biking $20
April 4; Meet at OP at 5:30pm Depart Ray’s at 10pm

Transportation, Bike Rental, Pads and Helmet included! Best deal in town!

Ice Age Trail: Intro to Backpacking Weekend $90
April 10-11; 3pm-3pm

You may be surprised about how much useful information you could learn by joining us for this weekend class. Topics include comfort, gear, route planning, safety, nutrition and more.                                                                                                   

Devils Lake Climbing Overnight $75
April 17-18; 2pm-6pm

Devils Lake is the Midwest’s most famous climbing destination. Start the climbing season off right as we ascend beautiful quartzite and sandstone routes.                 

Bicycle Eco Touring to Harrington Beach $60
April 25-26; 8am-4pm

Leave the car at home. We are packing our bike trailers with camping gear and cruising 40 miles up to beautiful Harrington Beach State Park. Participants should be in good physical condition and be confident riding a bicycle on roads and bike paths. We will get a great workout on this low carbon trip! Gear, instruction, food and camping fees are included. A limited number of bikes are available for free rental. 

Discover SCUBA--Free!
May 1; Meet at OP at 9am

Get an introduction to SCUBA at OP! We will have a classroom session to start. Then, we will gear up and get in the pool!!

Swiftwater Funyaking $45
May 2; 9am-4pm
This reach of the Milwaukee River is clean, challenging and beautiful! Paddle scenic swiftwater and tackle Class II rapids. This gem is located only 30 minutes from campus!

 

Spring Weekly Classes and Clinics

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS @ 4PM

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga in the Pool

Refresh, de-stress and empower your body with a Sun Salutation sequence and yoga progression. Women and men, seasoned yogis and beginners are welcome.

Sign up by calling (414) 229-5513 the Thursday before your class. These classes fill up fast!

TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS @ 6PM

Outdoor Skills Clinics (Drop In)

These fun and free instructional sessions are a great way to get to know our program and learn something new. Check the UWM University Recreation Facebook page for updates on upcoming clinics.

FRIDAY MORNINGS @ 9AM

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga in the Pool

Refresh, destress and empower your body with a Sun Salutation sequence and yoga progression. Women and men, seasoned yogis and beginners are welcome.

Sign up by calling (414) 229-5513 the Thursday before your class. These classes fill up fast!

FRIDAY MORNINGS @ 10AM

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) FIT

This is a challenging and entertaining workout in the pool. Expect to improve your balance and develop strong toned muscles! Everyone falls off, it's all part of the challenge. Give it a try. We know it will be your new favorite workout.

Sign up by calling (414) 229-5513 the Thursday before your class. These classes fill up fast!

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ 6PM in Outdoor Pursuits Klotsche 131-A

February 6- TED Talks for the Outdoor Enthusiast

February 13- Rowing the Atlantic: A British woman leaves her corporate career and rows across the Atlantic Ocean solo to find herself and build awareness about the importance of clean water.

We'll bring the popcorn! Drop in to watch adventure movies, mountain culture films and outdoor themed TED Talks. Check the UWM University Recreation Facebook page for updates on upcoming movies.

 

Please contact us at (414) 229-5513 for more information.

Gear Rental

Equipment 24 Hours 2-4 Days Add a Day Weekly
Alps Taurus 2 Person Tent $8 $10 $2 $15
Alps Taurus 4 Person Tent $10 $12 $3 $18
35 Degree Sleeping Bag $6 $8 $1 $12
20 Degree Sleeping Bag $8 $10 $3 $15
0 Degree Sleeping Bag $8 $10 $3 $15
2" Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad $3 $5 $1 $7
3" Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad $3 $5 $1 $7
Closed Cell Foam Sleeping Mat $1 $2 $1 $2
Internal Frame Backpack $10 $12 $3 $18
MSR Pocket Rocket Camp Stove w/ Fuel $8 $10 n/a $18
Evolv Docon Climbing Shoes $3 $5 $3 $10
Chalk Bag $2 $3 $1 $5
Stand-Up Paddleboard Package $20 $35 $10 $60
NRS Inflatable Kayak Package $20 $35 $10 $60
NRS Inflatable Tandem Kayak Package $30 $45 $15 $75
ENO Single-Nest Hammock $5 $8 $1 $10
Dry Bag $3 $5 $1 $8
Climbing Helment $3 $7 $1 $5
Snowshoes $10 $15 $5 $25
FUJI Absolute 1.3 Flat Bar Touring Bike $10 $18 $8  
         
         
         
         
         


Please contact us at (414) 229.5513 for more information.

Policies & Forms

All participants are required to complete a medical form and waiver.

Items that are not allowed on trips include: Alcohol, all drugs which are illegal in Wisconsin, drugs not prescribed to you, tobacco products, weapons and other distracting or harmful items.

We believe in time away from technology.

On many trips you may be asked to keep your phone off or in airplane mode for taking pictures. This helps to put the focus on human powered challenge and entertainment and face-to-face engagement.

Please contact us at (414) 229.5513 for more information.

Contact Us

Outdoor Pursuits Front Desk (414) 229-5513
Katie Richards, Program Director (414) 229-7261

richardk@uwm.edu

Klotsche 131-A