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Want to spend more time in nature, learn new skills, and meet great people? This is the biggest and fastest growing meetup community in WI for folks interested in wilderness/outdoor adventure. All skill levels are welcome and we like to offer plenty of opportunities for members to meet up and practice/learn skills. To do this, 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 exciting formal courses and trips for our members. These events are chosen based on member interest and include trips and programs such as Wilderness First Aid certifications, backpacking and canoe camping trips, survival courses, cooking classes, firearms training and more. We also do big international wilderness expeditions. From Mt. Everest to the Arctic to the Amazon Jungle these trips are organized and guided by us.

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 your organizer with any questions or concerns and we can help you to be fully equipped for any adventure.

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Beginner Backpacking Trip (Includes Meals & More!) Kick Off Summer The Right Way

Escape the busy campgrounds and join us for a more remote experience! Let's go backpacking on the Ice Age Trail and put a few miles under our boots. This 20 mile stretch has several small lakes and streams. We will make our own camp each night or use one of several primitive sites already scattered along the trail. This trip not only gives you that "back country feel" but also offers countless opportunities for real wilderness and backpacking skill development such as hanging bear bags, purifying water, rigging a group tarp if it rains, and fire building skills! We will meet at the designated trail head about 4 hours north of Milwaukee on Friday (see map) and shuttle a few cars with everyone to the start location. The pace will be relaxed and the trail is well marked. We will hike about 6 miles on Friday, 11 miles on Saturday, and just 3 miles out Sunday. The types of skills gained on our trips don't only help develop a deeper connection with nature but they strengthen confidence, and general awareness in the outdoors. This will be a beginner trip based on miles/terrain, ease of water access, and expected weather conditions. The trip length can be easily adjusted to accommodate foul weather. It is very common for a beginner to "NOT" have all of the gear necessary for a trip like this so we're going to make it a little easier for you :) Don't worry about food, stoves, pots, pans or water filters, we have you covered! Meals are included and here's why>>> It's not just about planning your meals right for high activity in the woods but also how you plan to cook your meals. You can cook over a fire, on a stove, or in a bag with boiled water. By including meals on this trip, you don't have to purchase a camp stove and fuel or a proper mess kit. (That's $100 + in saving right there!) A simple plastic tupperware container with a fork and spoon and a cup is all you'll need for this trip. We will have hearty group meals cooked over fire or prepped on the trail every day. We can accommodate most diets too. EASY! Group water will be purified morning, noon, and night to make refilling your bottles a breeze. Feel free to bring a filter of your own as well for on the go ease! If you need gear, we do have a group gear shed for our meetup community. Items such as hammocks, ultra light stoves, backpacks, and more are available for rent at just a few dollars a day. AS ALWAYS >>> A recommended gear list and other pertinent info will be sent out upon registration. Cost[masked] (Bring a few friends and save $25 per person!) >Payments must be received by Monday June 10th. >Paypal link--> www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/125 >Credit Cards and Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details on these. Included: • Friday Dinner - Sunday Breakfast • Group Tarp • Comprehensive Medical Kit • Water Filtration • Endless campfire stories :) Not Included: • Personal Gear (sleeping bag, tent, clothes, etc) • Snacks Please direct all questions to Nickofthewoods at [masked] Nick Gordon, NR-WEMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

Canoe Camping on the Lower WI River (Includes Boats, Meals, & More)

This big beautiful laid back paddle trip is always a blast!!! We are starting further down river than the big canoe rental shops and hopefully shoving off a bit earlier than the masses. This means we should have a jump on other paddlers. Once we get on the water, we'll be paddling, sandbar camping, and having an awesome time as we make our way almost 40 miles downriver! Our Journey ends in the backwaters of the great Mississippi River :) NOW Outdoors will be providing just about everything but your personal items. The cost is only $249 per person which is a darn good rate :) Bring a family member and save $50! Basic canoe rentals without anything else go for more than that from other WI river outfitters! *There is no glass allowed on the river. BYOB- just make sure it's in plastic or cans. You can even bring coolers to keep drinks cold! Difficulty: This is a fantastic trip for beginners and avid paddlers alike. This might go without saying but since we will be on the water for several hours each day, you should be comfortable both on and in the water. You should be able to provide for yourself sufficient clothing and personal gear as per the gear list. AS ALWAYS >>> Upon registration, you will receive a recommended gear list and other pertinent details. You don’t need much! Included: • All meals (Dinner Friday to Sunday Lunch) • Coffee • Canoes • Paddles • Life Vests • Dry Bags or Barrels for your gear if needed • Purified Water • Toiletry Kit • Group Kitchen • Group Tarp • Comprehensive group med kit • Misc. group gear (fire pan, hand sanitizer, etc.) Not Included: • Personal items (tent, sleeping bag, sleep pad, and clothing) • Snacks • WI State Park Sticker (We end at Wyalusing State Park and you may want your car there) Registration: $249 Due Wed. June 19th (A $100 non refundable deposit can be made to hold your spot) >$50 off if you bring a family member >Paypal link--> www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/249 >Credit Cards and Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details on these. Please send all questions to [masked] Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

Ladies 7 Day Boundary Waters Canoe Trip (Includes All But Some Personal Items)

Only 6 spots available. >>NOTE<< This trip will take place out of Grand Marais MN but the exact meeting location and other details will be sent to you upon registration. Join Nick Gordon and Kelly McDermott for a paddle through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery and wildlife opportunities. Local wildlife include moose, otter, beaver, wolves, eagles, coyote and much more. Plan to drive up Wednesday July 10th and meet at the designated location. We will stay the first night at a beautiful lodge and go over introductions, gear check, and the finer details of our route as a group. In the morning, we will load canoes and shuttle cars. There is a local outfitter that can provide any gear or last minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, etc. We will paddle and portage many hours each day in very remote wilderness. There will be plenty of time to kick back and relax, swim, fish, write, etc. Meals will consist of hearty breakfasts, simple lunches, and group dinners cooked over campfire. Of course we can eat as much fish as we like! Difficulty: You don't need to be an expert paddler by any means but this trip is not for first time campers. You should be comfortable in a canoe and in the water. You should be able to provide sufficient clothing and personal gear as per the gear list. Everyone will need to help each other out when it comes to portaging gear and our lightweight canoes between waterways. The pace will be relaxed at times and challenging at others. Expect to paddle several hours a day and portaging over land when necessary. We plan to have a couple "zero travel days" during the week to relax, hike, swim, fish, etc. AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list specific for this trip and other details will be sent to you upon payment. Price $750 ($100 OFF if paid in full by June 8th) >A $200.00 deposit will hold your spot. This is refundable up to 7 days after the deposit is received. >Final payments must be received by June 26th. >Paypal address is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods >Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details Price includes: • BWCA Permits • All meals • Mess kit and utensils • Wine with dinner • Lightweight canoes • Paddles • Life Vests • Comprehensive group med kit • Camping fees • Group Kitchen • Purified water in camp • Canoe packs if needed for your gear • Camp Shower • Group Tarp • Fish Fry Stuff • Ax and Saws • Camp Games, Not Included: • Personal Gear (tent and sleeping bag rental available) • Transportation to and from the BWCA (carpooling options available) • Out of state fishing permit - $38 for 7 days (optional) Please send all questions to [masked] Meet your Guides: Kelly is a travel junkie, never “home” for long before on a quest for a new passport stamp. Her passion is encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone, giving them tools to face their fears, and travel the world on their terms. From day hiking the Tongariro Crossing to a few nights on the Inca Trail or a week’s trek up to Everest Base Camp, she combines her passion for travel with wilderness adventure and will never say no to a local brew! When in Milwaukee, she gives the occasional talk on travel planning and women’s solo travel. You can read more about her adventures on her blog www.apathlesstaken.com Nick Gordon, NR-WEMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

7 Day Boundary Waters Canoe Trip - Includes Everything But Personal Items

Extremely Limited Space On This Trip Join Nick Gordon for a paddle through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery and wildlife opportunities. Local wildlife include moose, otter, beaver, wolves, eagles, coyote and much more. Plan to drive up Wednesday July 17th and meet at the designated location. We will stay the first night at a beautiful lodge and go over introductions, gear check, and the finer details of our route as a group. In the morning, we will load canoes and shuttle cars. There is a local outfitter that can provide any gear or last minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, etc. We will paddle and portage many hours each day in very remote wilderness. There will be plenty of time to kick back and relax, swim, fish, write, etc. Meals will consist of hearty breakfasts, simple lunches, and group dinners cooked over campfire. Of course we can eat as much fish as we like! Difficulty: This is a moderate trip with long days on the water. You don't need to be an expert paddler but you should be comfortable in the water and have a bit of camping experience. You should be able to provide sufficient clothing and personal gear as per the gear list. Everyone will need to help each other out when it comes to portaging gear and our lightweight canoes between waterways. The pace will be relaxed at times and challenging at others. Expect to paddle several hours a day and portage over land when necessary. We plan to have a couple "zero travel days" during the week to relax, hike, swim, fish, etc. AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list specific for this trip and other details will be sent to you upon payment. Price $750 ($100 OFF if paid in full by June 8th) >A $200.00 deposit will hold your spot. This is refundable up to 7 days after the deposit is received. >Final payments must be received by June 26th >Paypal address is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods >Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details Price includes: • BWCA Permits • All meals • Mess kit and utensils • Lightweight canoes • Paddles • Life Vests • Comprehensive group med kit • Lodge Fees • Group Kitchen • Purified water in camp • Canoe packs if needed for your gear • Camp Shower • Group Tarp • Fish Fry Stuff • Ax and Saws • Camp Games Not Included: • Personal Gear (tent and sleeping bag rental available) • Transportation to and from the BWCA (carpooling options available) • Out of state fishing permit - $38 for 7 days (optional) Please send all questions to [masked] Nick Gordon, NR-WEMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

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