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Want to spend more time in nature, learn new skills, and meet great people? This is the biggest outdoor adventure meetup in WI. All skill levels are welcome. We have free social events at least once per month that focus on things like backpacking skills, wild edibles, cold weather adventure, day hikes, gear, or just sitting around the fire sharing stories.

We hold a variety of classes and trips based on member interest including Wilderness First Aid certifications, backpacking and canoe camping trips, survival courses, cooking classes, firearms training and more. We also offer very unique and one of a kind international expeditions. From Mt. Everest to the Arctic to the Amazon Jungle these trips are organized and guided by NOW Outdoors.

We help people become more skilled, more experienced, and more confident outdoors. We never want to exclude anyone from classes or trips so please contact us with any questions or concerns so we can help you to be fully equipped for any adventure.

If you have a trip or event idea that you'd like to see, please email us at info@nowoutdoors.org.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Winter Camping Overnight Workshop-Beginner (Includes Meals and More)

This trip is perfect for beginner and intermediate winter camping enthusiasts. We'll focus on cold weather skill building and help you gain the knowledge and experience needed to camp comfortably in winter. You won't freeze, guaranteed!

The Plan:
We will be staying on 40 private acres at our NOW Outdoors basecamp in Waupaca, WI just west of Hartman Creek State Park. Arrive at 10 am Saturday and hike down to the site. This hike is roughly 5-minutes walk from your car on a wide path. If there is deep snow on the ground, you may need a sled and snowshoes to haul your gear to camp. If you do not have a sled, we have several sleds available to use for free. Upon arrival, we’ll help you find a place to set up your tent or hammock. Lunch will be served at noon Saturday. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will also be provided. Coffee, hot water, and apple cider will be available each day. Throughout the day, various winter topics and hands-on skills will be presented by our very experienced team and volunteers:

• Building a winter fire
• Clothing and footwear
• Axe and saw use
• Winter-specific first aid skills
• Shelters and sleep systems
• Camp cooking and baking
• How NOT to get lost

Included:
• Meals Saturday lunch through Sunday breakfast
• Coffee, cider, and hot water
• Misc. group gear (tables, kitchen equipment)
• Warming tent
• Firewood
• Axes and saws
• First aid kit

Not Included:
• Personal items (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
>If you need a sleeping bag, tent, etc., we have quality gear for rent on a first-come first-serve basis.

Glamping Option:
We have two canvas wall tents outfitted with wood stoves available for rent. Our large 10x13 tent sleeps 4-6 people on ground pads or 4 on cots. Our 9x11.5 sleeps 3-4 on the ground or 3 on cots. Rental rates are an additional $160 and $140, respectively, for the 2-day event.

AS ALWAYS >>> You will receive a gear list and more details after your payment has been received.

Price: $110 due December 3rd
> Payments can be made on the NOW Outdoors website at https://www.nowoutdoors.org/event-details/winter-camping-workshop-beginner-overnight
> Spaces are limited and are filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP on Meetup without payment will not hold your spot. The trip may fill before the payment deadline.
> Cancelations made within seven days of payment and on or before the payment deadline are eligible for a refund. Other cancelations will be converted to a credit to be used within one year for another Now Outdoors event.

Please send all questions to: [masked]

Meet Your Guide:
Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is the owner of NOW Outdoors. He is an experienced winter trekker and guide who has traveled hundreds of miles by snowshoe and camped in the harshest winter conditions both here in the Midwest and overseas. He teaches adventure recreation at UW-Milwaukee and teaches certification courses for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2010, Nick has been helping people gain more skills, more knowledge, and more confidence outdoors throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Cambodia, Peru, Brazil, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

New Year's Weekend Snowshoe Training Camp (All-Inclusive, Beginner-Friendly)

Boulder Junction

$425.00

Dream of snowshoeing in the backcountry, living comfortably in the winter wilderness, and splitting wood for your stove-heated tent? This trip is for you!

Let's ring in the new year right with a trip to the woods!

This 3-day 2-night snowshoe trip is a fantastic follow-up to our Winter Camping Workshop. We'll focus on traditional backcountry travel and winter skill building in deep snow conditions. What does "traditional" mean? Instead of snowmobiles and log cabins, we'll snowshoe with gear in tow via modern expedition toboggans over frozen lakes and set up a winter camp. At night we'll sleep warm in stove-heated canvas tents. During the day, we'll snowshoe and work on winter skills. All group meals are provided. NOW Outdoors has a reputation for fantastic food. If you have special dietary restrictions, please let us know well in advance.

Friday: After a gear check, we'll snowshoe at a relaxed pace roughly 1 mile to the campsite. Then we'll set up our camp, sharing tasks including setting up our canvas "hot" tents and wood stoves, cutting a hole in the ice to collect water, processing firewood, etc.

Saturday: After an awesome breakfast, we'll have a relaxing day to snowshoe around the lake, take in the cool air, and practice skills including:

• Traditional tent & stove use
• Snowshoeing
• Axe & saw use
• Packing sleds & toboggans
• Winter cooking & baking
• Winter survival skills
• Managing thermoregulation
• Proper nutrition & hydration

Sunday: After another awesome breakfast, we'll break down camp and hike out roughly 1 hour.

Accommodations: We'll sleep as a group in our canvas "hot" tents heated by wood stoves that we haul out on our expedition toboggans. Participants should have their own personal items prior to the trip.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
This trip requires pulling a sled or toboggan in deep snow using snowshoes. Be prepared to spend full days outside and around camp in sub-freezing weather. This trip is open to anyone but best suited for those with some camping experience. Participants should have a good understanding of the clothing, footwear, and other gear that's appropriate for winter camping. Tips and other info are available upon request.

--> AS ALWAYS--> A gear list specific for this trip will be provided to all participants upon payment.

Trip Cost: $425 (deadline Dec 20th)
Use coupon code SS2022 by Dec 1st to save $75!
> Make payments on the NOW Outdoors website at https://www.nowoutdoors.org/event-details/new-years-weekend-snowshoe-training-camp
> Spaces are limited and filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP on Meetup without payment will not hold your spot. The trip may fill before the payment deadline.
> Cancelations made within seven days of payment and on or before the payment deadline are eligible for a refund. Other cancelations will be converted to a credit to be used within one year for another Now Outdoors event.

What’s Included:
• Toboggans
• Group tents
• Wood stoves
• Toboggan tanks for your personal gear
• Group kitchen items
• Emergency med kit
• All meals, Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast
• Purified water
• Coffee
• Saws & axes
• Other misc. group gear

What's Not Included: (some rental gear is available)
• Clothing & other personal items
• Sleeping bags
• Snowshoes
• Snacks

If you have any questions, please email us at [masked]

Meet Your Guide:
Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is the owner of NOW Outdoors. He is an experienced winter trekker and guide who has traveled hundreds of miles by snowshoe and camped in the harshest winter conditions both here in the Midwest and overseas. He teaches adventure recreation at UW-Milwaukee and teaches certification courses for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2010, Nick has been helping people gain more skills, more knowledge, and more confidence outdoors throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Cambodia, Peru, Brazil, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

11th Annual Wisconsin Frozen Butt Hang!!! Always Free, Always Fun! :)

Jack Lake XC Ski Trails

Join us for the 11th Annual Wisconsin Frozen Butt Hang!
January 7th-9th.

This annual group hang is organized once again by Nick Gordon of NOW Outdoors www.nowoutdoors.org

This trip is all about hammocks, snowshoes, big fires, ice fishing, ice sailing, bushcrafting, bacon cooking and of course lollygagging!

Sign up on the spreadsheet >> http://tinyurl.com/y4g6lkzj
Links to Google Maps and Hike-In directions are all on the spreadsheet.

The Wisconsin Frozen Butt Hang is a moderate "pulk or toboggan towing" trip in deep snow country. We like to get out there and really put ourselves and our gear to the test! We've been lucky enough to have some of the coldest temperatures the Midwest has to offer and routinely have among the coldest of all winter hang events.

Where: This year we will be back in Pearson, WI near Jack Lake and hiking in on the Ice Age Trail. I will arrange to have a parking area plowed for us by Jack Lake (see parking map >>> http://tinyurl.com/y3sdlxta).

The Route: We will hike in 1.5 miles on the Ice Age Trail (IAT) in Langlade County near Jack Lake. The parking lot on County J Road, Pearson, WI will be plowed for us and from there we can head South on the IAT past the Western side of Jack Lake towards Game Lake. The park is closed to the public so we have the entire area to ourselves. There could be stacked wood for us and we can also cut from the forest if need be. There are picnic tables (might be buried under the snow) and maybe even a grill grate like last year. Be sure to bring snowshoes or skis. Good fishing opportunities on Jack Lake for panfish as well as bass, pike, and trout. Please see the hiking map (https://ibb.co/F40V3SR) for the snowshoe route from the parking area to the campsite.

This event has always been a celebration of the coldest weather we can hope for. This event is not recommended for beginners with little to no experience camping in the cold. That said, there are lots of other opportunities for beginners to dial in their gear before the hang. You can contact me at [masked] for info on some beginner-friendly trips here in WI before the FBH.

Caution: Camping in sub-freezing temperatures can be extremely dangerous and IS NOT the best time to try new gear for the first time (ex. stoves, tarps, boots, sleep system, etc.). It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with new equipment before taking it to the field.

If you have any questions regarding gear or clothing, please email us at [masked]

4-Day Snowshoe Expedition: Upper Michigan (All-Inclusive)

Gateway Lodge

$650.00

If you absolutely love the snow, cold and everything winter, you’re our kind of people! It’s tough to beat the deep snow and pristine wilderness of Upper Michigan. Join us for this challenging trek!

During this trip you’ll hone your winter skills and gain solid experience in deep snow country. We’ll work as a team to accomplish daily camp chores of processing firewood, water, camp set-up, meals, etc.

This trip is extremely limited. Only 10 spots available!

This is a traditional winter camping trip and we’ll travel over lakes and land by snowshoe pulling everything behind us (by our own power) on modern toboggans ideal for gliding over deep snow. Absolutely nothing is carried on our backs. At night we sleep in a canvas "hot" tent. We warm the tent, cook fantastic meals, and dry our clothes by the heat of a wood stove. Even if it’s -30F degrees outside, we’ll relax in amazing comfort inside the tent!

The Plan:

Day 1: Meet Fri, Jan 14th at the put-in at 10 am. We’ll take about two hours to check gear, load toboggans, and shuttle vehicles before heading out to the frozen waterways.
Day 2: After breakfast, we break camp, load the toboggans, and hike about 6 miles (based on conditions). We’ll travel over several lakes and a few portage trails to our spot to set up camp. We’ll stay here for one night enjoying the beautiful landscape and deep snow.
Day 3: After breakfast, we break camp, load the toboggans, and hike about 4 miles (based on conditions).
Day 4: We eat early, break camp, load up, and hike out roughly 2 miles to the road.

NOW Outdoors has a reputation for fantastic food in the backcountry and this trip is no different. You can expect hot breakfast and coffee/tea in the mornings, hot soup and sandwiches on the trail for lunch, and hardy 1-pot dinners each night cooked over the wood stove.

>>If you have specific dietary restrictions, please let us know well in advance so we can make accommodations.

Difficulty: Challenging – A great attitude and uncommon excitement for extreme cold are required for this trip. A keen sense of adventure and flexibility is of the utmost importance. We will be hauling toboggans for several hours each day via snowshoes. Previous experience winter camping and snowshoeing is a must. Temperatures could very well range from +30F to -40F. You will need to have the appropriate gear for these conditions.

AS ALWAYS >>> You will receive a gear list once your payment is received (some items available for rent on a first-come first-serve basis).

Included:
• Toboggans
• Group tents
• Wood stoves
• Group kitchen
• Emergency/med kit
• Meals during the trek (lunch Friday – breakfast Monday)
• Purified water
• Axes/saws

Not included: Some gear items are available for rent
• Clothing
• Sleeping bags
• Personal items
• Snowshoes
• Rescue/trip insurance (recommended)

Price: $650 (deadline Jan 1st)
A $250 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot.
Use coupon code EBUP50 to save $50 by Dec 1st!
> Make payments on the NOW Outdoors website at https://www.nowoutdoors.org/event-details/4-day-snowshoe-expedition
> Spaces are limited and filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP on Meetup without payment will not hold your spot. The trip may fill before the payment deadline.
> Cancelations made within seven days of payment and on or before the payment deadline are eligible for a refund. Other cancelations will be converted to a credit to be used within one year for another Now Outdoors event.

Please contact us at [masked] with any questions.

Meet Your Guide: Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is the owner of NOW Outdoors. He teaches adventure recreation at UW-Milwaukee and teaches certification courses for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine and the American Heart Association. Since 2009, Nick has been helping people gain more skills, more knowledge, and more confidence outdoors throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Cambodia, Peru, Brazil, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

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