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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.

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Upcoming events (3)

3 Day Wilderness Canoe and Sauna Retreat

True North Outpost

$350.00

Who's up for a guided 3 day wilderness canoe and sauna retreat with great food and great people out in the middle of the beautiful Menominee River!? The Short: We're going to paddle to an island in the middle of a river and build a sauna for the weekend. Then we relax while eating fantastic food and enjoying cool fall temps and nature at it's best! There is a sandy beach and the water is shallow for those who want to take a cold dip in traditional sauna fashion. Oh, and there could be snow which makes it even more awesome! The Long: We will meet up at 10am Friday morning at True North Outpost in Norway Michigan. Gear will be checked and we will pack a lunch to enjoy during the paddle. My friends at True North will help shuttle everyone to the put in and we'll head down the Menominee river for about 4 hours. Along the way, we'll watch for wildlife and check out an old trapper cabin hidden deep in the woods. From there we continue down river. There is one short portage around a small rapid by the island. We will take the canoes out of the river and carry them a couple hundred feet to the bottom of the rapids. From there, it's just 5 minutes to the site where we'll set up a large sauna tent and wood burning stove just above a sandy beach. This retreat is all inclusive. You just need clothing and personal camping items (rental equipment available if needed). You can even opt to kayak if you like. Meals: We can accommodate most dietary restrictions but a typical menu may include foods like steak, pasta, eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, cobbler etc) Difficulty: This is a beginner level paddle trip. Participants should be comfortable in and around water. PFDs are provided and required at all times while in the canoes. The river section is flat with one or two splashes. Kayaks are available to rent separately if you prefer. Accommodations: I will bring a large 13x15 canvas tent and wood stove for sleeping at night for those interested. This will also be a great place to warm up and hang out during the day. If you prefer to use your own camping tent or hammock rig, that's fine too. A regular 3 season camping tent will be sufficient for this trip. Included: Friday lunch to Sunday breakfast Water, Coffee, Tea Group Tent and Wood Stove Canoes, PFDs Purified water Shuttle to and from the river. Wine with dinner Misc group gear (tables, Group Tarp, kitchen equipment) Sauna tent and wood stove Firewood First aid kit In-Reach satellite communication device Not included: Personal items such as clothing, tent, sleeping bag (rental gear available) AS ALWAYS >>> You will receive a full gear list once your payment has been received. Price: $350 due Nov 9th >Paypal: [masked] >Venmo @Nicholas-Gordon-17 Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please contact us with any questions Please send all questions to [masked] 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. 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.

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

It's time to pack away the bug spray and get your winter gear dialed in. This trip is perfect for beginners 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 wont freeze guaranteed! The Plan: We will be staying on 40 private acres at our NOW Outdoors base camp in Waupaca WI just west of Hartman Creek State Park. Arrive at 10am Saturday and hike down to the site (5 minute walk from your car on a clear wide path). 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 breakfast Sunday will be provided. Coffee, tea, and hot water will be available at all times. >If you need a sleeping bag, tent, sled, etc, we have quality gear for rent on a first come first serve basis. Throughout the day various winter topics and hands on skills will be presented including: • Building a winter fire • Ax and saw use • Winter specific first aid skills • Winter tents and hammock set ups • Using a wood stove • Camp cooking and baking • Snowshoes Modern vs Traditional Included: Meals Misc Group Gear (tables, kitchen equipment) Warming tent Firewood Axes and saws First Aid Kit Not included: Personal items such as clothing, tent, sleeping bag Glamping Option > We have two canvas tents outfitted with wood stoves available for rent. Tents sleep 3 people on the ground or 2 on cots. $140 for the 2 day event. AS ALWAYS >>> You will receive a full recommended gear list once your payment has been received. Price: $80 due Dec 1st >Paypal: [masked] >Venmo @Nicholas-Gordon-17 Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please contact us with any questions 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.

10th Annual Wisconsin Frozen Butt Hang!!! Always Free, Always Fun! :)

Jack Lake XC Ski Trails

Join us for the 10th Annual Wisconsin Frozen Butt Hang! January 8th-10th This annual group hang is organized once again by Nick Gordon of 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 in Langlade County near Jack Lake. The parking lot on County J Rd. 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. Jack lake has panfish, bass, pike, and trout. Please see (The Hiking Map) for the snowshoe route from the parking area to the campsite. Hiking Map >>> https://ibb.co/F40V3SR 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 there 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, I would be happy to help.

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