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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.

Upcoming events (5+)

4th Annual Peshtigo River Festival - All skill levels welcome!!!

Kosir's Rapid Rafts


Registration >>> Due April 19th (I need an accurate headcount to book enough sites for the group) Back by popular demand - Mark your calendars for April 26-28th!!! Fun for beginner AND advanced paddlers!!! CHECK THIS OUT >>> our video from last year - https://youtu.be/qHvVMkFKeQE THE PLAN >>> Friday or Saturday: Meet at Kosir's Rapid Rafts campground at the designated group sites. Let them know you are with NOW Outdoors. Hammocks and tents welcome but hammock spots are limited. You can arrive anytime on Friday or Saturday. Just set up camp and hang out with everyone. Saturday All Day Fun: Guided raft/kayak trips, Live music, raffle, outdoor tent and cookout hosted by Rapids Resort, Peshtigo Race and PARTY ALL NITE LONG - DJ, drink specials and more! Sunday: We will head out onto the river as a group at 10am for a guided run on the Peshtigo River. The Peshtigo will feature a wide range of river obstacles from rocky shallows to big drops. This is the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the Midwest! AS ALWAYS >>> I will send you a full recommended gear list once your payment has been received. *Advanced paddlers, The Pesh Fest Race! will begin at 1:00PM on Saturday April 27th. Ask for details if you want to get in on the action! Times subject to change $60 Fee covers: • Guided kayaking/rafting on the Peshtigo • Wet Suits and Booties • Life vests, helmets, and paddles • Camping Friday-Sunday • Photos of everyone paddling the biggest rapids How to Pay >>> Paypal address www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/60 Checks and cash are also accepted. PM me for details. If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know. I am happy to help:) Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure 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 courses throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

7 Day Boundary Water Trip (Includes Canoes, Meals, BWCA Permits, and More)

Only 6 spots available. This trip always fills quick. >>NOTE<< This trip will take place out of Ely MN but the exact meeting location (campsite or lodge) will be sent to you upon registration. Join us for a paddle through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery and fantastic fishing opportunities. Local wildlife include moose, otter, beaver, wolves, eagles, coyote and much more. Plan to drive up Tuesday, May 21st and meet at the designated campsite or lodge. This is where we will stay the first night and go over the finer details of our route and gear check as a group. In the morning, we will load canoes and shuttle cars if needed. There is a local outfitter that can provide any last minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, etc. We will paddle and portage many miles each day in very remote wilderness. There will be plenty of time to kick back and relax or fish as well. This time of year is prime fishing season so be prepared to reel in walleyes, monster northern, bass, and lake trout. Meals will consist of hearty breakfasts, simple lunches, and fantastic dinners cooked over campfire. Of course we can eat as much fish as we like. Difficulty: You don't need to be an expert but this trip is not for first time paddlers or campers. You should be comfortable in a canoe and in the water. You should be able to provide for yourself 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. We will be paddling several hours a day and portaging canoes over land. 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 $650 ($50 OFF if paid in full before April 1st) >A $100.00 deposit is due to hold your spot. >Final payments must be received by Thursday May 9th. >Paypal address is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods >Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details Price includes: • BWCA Permits • All meals • Lightweight canoes • Paddles • Life Vests • Comprehensive group med kit • Camping fees • Group Kitchen • Purified water in camp • Canoe barrel packs if needed for your gear. • Camp Shower • Group Tarp • Fish Fry Stuff • Ax and Saw Not Included: • Personal Gear (sleeping bag, tent, clothes, mess kit, etc) • Out of state fishing permit ($38 for 7 days) • Personal fishing gear Please send all questions to [masked]

10 Day Machu Picchu/Inca Trail/Rainbow Mountains Trip: May 2019 (Full)

May 22nd-31st 2019 This has been one of the most requested trips from meetup members so here it is!! Our trek to Machu Picchu up the Inca Trails and through the Rainbow Mountains will be different from the rest! This is because of our special permission from local communities to venture farther into some of these places than any tour company. We will also be camping out in the Rainbow Mountains where most people just take selfies. In fact we will venture a it into the red mountains as well enabling us a chance for some incredible sunrise/sunset photos of this very unique place. Bonus! Stick around after this trip and join us for the Ausangate Cicuit Trek! This is a full week trekking and tent camping at high altitude in some of the most beautiful mountains on earth! The itinerary and specific details wont all fit in the space provided here on meetup but feel free to contact Nickofthewoods for the full details. This trip will fill fast. Many of the participants signed up following the info session back in June and several are on this years trip to Everest Base Camp. Cost $1940 Deposit >>> $300 to secure your spot on this trek (non-refundable after October 1st as this is the date we purchase all group permits) >Paypal address is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/300 >Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details Included: • Rescue/medical insurance • All transfers to and from airports/hotels, trek • 8 Days of professional guide service with a licensed, professional, English-speaking guide • 5 nights in a hotel in Cusco (double room) • 4 nights camping on the Inca Trail and Rainbow Trek in 3 person, 4 season Mountain Hardwear Tents (double occupancy) • Extra thick foam mattress sleeping pads and self-inflating mattresses • Meals on the treks including snacks and tea/coffee- Meals are made fresh using locally sourced ingredients (can cater to any dietary requests or needs). • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco • Inca Trail permit • Personal porters to carry overnight gear up to 8kg/person – can be removed if desired • Dry bags in which to put your overnight gear on the trail (for porters to carry) • Machu Picchu Entrance fee (both time slots AM and PM) • Trek cook, kitchen and dining tents, tables and stools, stainless steel dishes and utensils • Boiled and purified water to refill your water bottle/bladder every morning/afternoon/evening • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes • Campsites with toilets (Inca Trail) • Lake Humantay Day Hike • First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank • Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes • Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own • Booking/credit card fees Not Included: • International and domestic flights • Optional extra hikes and tours • Personal gear (clothing, sleeping bag) • Personal meals and expenses beyond what is included above • Tips and gratuities Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency medicine, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad. In addition to running the largest outdoor themed meetup community in Wisconsin, Nick also volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.

7 Day Ausangate Mountain Trek - Peru - June 2019 (7 Spots Left)

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What: Ausangate Circuit Trek and Rainbow Mountains When: June 1st-7th 2019 Who: 15 adventurous meetup members who are ready to join us for an incredible high altitude trek over 17,700 feet in this remote and beautiful section of the Peruvian Andes! This multi-day trek is tucked away in a well-hidden section of the Vilcanota Mountain range and includes the ENTIRE Ausangate Circuit as well as the Rainbow Trail. This route is 62 miles long and climbs from 10,827ft to over 17,700ft. We will be hiking in the shadow of Ausangate, the highest mountain in the Cusco Region. This is a truly remote wilderness trek with incredible views of the Peruvian Andes. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical, with several high passes. The campsites are at high elevations and will be quite cold in the evenings, below freezing. It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike, spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting. If you plan to participate in the 10 day Machu Picchu trip prior to this trek, you will already be acclimated. Highlights: pristine wilderness, lots of wildlife, glacial mountains, turquoise lakes, Rainbow Mountains, Ausangate Mountain! Distance: 62 miles Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights Altitude 10,827ft to 17,717ft Adventure Rating: 5/5 Moderate to strenuous, lengthy, high altitude Solitude Rating: 5/5 Quiet, remote, off the beaten track Location/Terrain: multiple high passes, rocky terrain, cold nights As Always >>> A full gear list will be provided >International airfare is not included but we can arrange a group flight so we all travel together. Cost: $1250 Deposit >>> $300 due to secure your spot on this trek. >Paypal link www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/300 >Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details Trip Includes: • All airport transfers • Full rescue insurance valued at $200 • Hotel stay on the day of arrival • Private transport to start of the trek • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs • Dry bag for your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty along the trail • 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable tent) • One inch thick foam mattress pad • Self-inflating Alps Mountaineering mattress pad • Wool blanket, pillow, hot water bottle for your feet at night • Dining tent with tables and stools • Toilet tent with toilet and toilet paper • English speaking professional guide • Full meals on trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail) • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse • Chef, cooking equipment, and kitchen tent • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment, and your duffel bags) • Hot water every morning and evening for hand washing purposes • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon • Entrance to the Ausangate/Rainbow trail • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco Not Included • International flight • Dinner on the last day • Sleeping bags and walking poles • Entrance to hot springs (10 soles is about $3.00) • Personal gear • Tips for your guides, porters, and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek. Please send all questions to [masked] Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency readiness, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad. In addition to running the largest meetup community in Wisconsin, he volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.

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