What we're about

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+)

IAT hike: Monches and Loew Lake segments (7.2 miles)

Loew Lake parking lot

Join us for a hike through the Monches and Loew Lake segments of the Ice Age Trail. We will meet at 9:30 am and hike about 7.2 miles. We are going to meet at our end point - Loew Lake Unit parking lot, gather into a few cars, and carpool to the start location - southern end of Monches segment. From the parking lot, we will walk to the beginning of the Moches segment. Then we will hike north, about 7.2 miles, back to the Loew Lake parking lot. Bring some snacks to enjoy along the way or a lunch to enjoy afterward. Directions to Loew Lake Unit parking lot: From Milwaukee - Follow I-94 and I-41 up to Germantown. Take exit 57, turn west on WI-167 going towards Erin (8.5 miles) Turn left on St Augustine Road then right on Emerald Dr. Parking lot is 1.5 or 2 miles down the road. Loew Lake trail PDF (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/loewlake/pdfs/loewlakemap.pdf) Here is the map of the entire hike from the beginning to the end: https://goo.gl/maps/QkRair4yMvN2 Meeting location - Loew Lake parking lot - Hike end: https://goo.gl/maps/SPvShAbN31q Shuttle route: https://goo.gl/maps/ie9e4gKyzs92 Hike begins: https://goo.gl/maps/Y5TGkiSBJhP2 Please arrive on time, 9:30 am. We will carpool to the starting location at 9:45 sharp.

Amazon Jungle Expedition - Info Session For Our 2019 Trip

Wil-O-Way Underwood

August 21st-September 2nd 2019 The Ultimate Jungle Experience!!! Join Nick Gordon (guide and wilderness medic) and Joe Flowers (zoologist, writer, and knife designer) for one of the most unique wilderness adventures on the planet! Tribesmen from deep in the Amazon will be our teachers and the jungle will be our classroom. These men are from tribes only recently contacted and there is great potential for this trip to include a few firsts! Overview: We arrive in Leticia as a group and stay in beautiful hut surrounded by thick forest on a private reserve for the first night. We may go out on a night hike to search for frogs, reptiles, sloths, and electric eels. The next day, we will procure any equipment we need, check packs, and travel several hours up the Amazon river to some remote rivers that take us deep into the jungle where we'll meet with the rest of the team. From there, we go deep into the jungle for 7 days. The expedition is not backpacking based, but we do bushwhack through some very thick terrain and swampy areas. We may even cross some very small creeks or rivers when going to search for a good place to set up camp. Each day we focus on making blowguns, bows, traps, baskets, canoe paddles, and more. We also send groups of two out with the Matis to spot and stalk monkeys, maybe grabbing one for a meal with their 12 foot blowguns. Lots of fishing, fish traps, and fish spearing. We also take fish and other game with machetes and slingshots. We’ve eaten everything from tree frogs to 70lb caiman. This is a bushcraft expedition and cultural immersion. It is not a hunting safari or tough man/woman competition but participants should be in good physical health. If you want a more rigorous trip, we can send you out with Alberto monkey hunting at “his pace” or you can try an overnight solo in the jungle. You will be bushwhacked but it's a lot of fun. We are planning to offer those interested, a chance to venture out with our guides for a 24 hour jungle walkabout with minimal gear to really hone in you jungle skills. On the last day we return from the jungle. We will go shopping in Leticia, and go out on the Amazon river where we will be able to fish, play with monkeys, and do some other more “normal” stuff. Price:$2,700 Deposit to secure your spot is $400 (Non-refundable after April 1st, 2019) Final balance must be paid in full no later than August 1st 2019 >Paypal link for deposit is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/400 >Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details This includes: 10 days lodging All meals during the trip Expert guide team Group medic Filtered water at camp All fees and taxes All transportation by taxi or boat Does not include: Personal clothing Alcoholic beverages International flight (flights run $500 to $800 out of O'Hare) Meals outside of the itinerary such as food at the airport Medical/rescue insurance (Optional $100 Extra) Note: The 2019 trip is limited to 10 people and already half full. For this reason, we are accepting deposits for 2020 as well. Please contact Nickofthewoods with any questions. 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.

Mt. Everest Base Camp Presentation and Info Session For Our September 2019 Trip

Make 2019 EPIC! (Pictured above is our meetup group treks from 2017 and 2018!) Limited to 18 people this year. Fully guided 15 Day Everest Base Camp Trip Only $1625 Make it all inclusive by joining our group flight or choose to secure your own flight. (The group flight can be paid off over time however choosing your own flight may be cheaper) We can help either way! Deposit is $325 (non-refundable after March 1st 2019) When sending a deposit, please include your email address and phone number in a comment on paypal or a letter with your check. >Paypal link is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/325 >Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details Cost Includes: Medical/rescue insurance, All airport pick up and drop off, Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast, A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with tour guide, Monument sites entrance fees, Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure, taxes, Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag, Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek, all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking guides, porters, all necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS), comprehensive medical kit, farewell dinner in Nepali Authentic Restaurant, and All government taxes, VAT and office service charge Cost Excludes: Nepal Visa fee International airfare (optional group flight) Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Excess baggage charges Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and earlier return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary Personal expenses (phone calls, internet / Wi-Fi, laundry, bar bills - tea/coffee, hot chocolate, juice, beer, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.) Tips for guides and porters (Tipping are expected, but not compulsory) Please contact me with any questions. I'm 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.

Nepal Island Peak Summit Presentation and Info Session for Our Oct 2019 Trip

We're headed back to Nepal for this incredible Island Peak Climbing Adventure. From the 20,305' summit, you'll find yourself surrounded by several of the highest peaks in the world! Limited to 12 people! This is a fully guided mountaineering trip. NOW Outdoors has partnered with an expert team of Sherpa guides. We set our own ropes and we have our own high quality equipment. Participants should have some experience at high altitude. Experience backpacking/camping in wet or sub-freezing weather is a plus. While there is no technical climbing on this trip, there will be glaciers, crevasse crossings, and steep ascents aided with crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ascenders, and rope teams. Trip Tuition: $2270 Airfare (not included) can range from $750 to $1100. We will look for the best deal! Deposit is $325 (non-refundable) When sending a deposit, please include your full name, email address, and phone number. >Paypal link is www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/325 >Checks and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details Includes: All airport pick up and drop off, Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast, A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with tour guide, Monument sites entrance fees, Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure, taxes, Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag, Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek, all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking guides, an experienced climbing guide with all the necessary climbing equipment, porters, all necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS), comprehensive medical kit, farewell dinner in Nepali Authentic Restaurant, and All government taxes, VAT and office service charge Excludes: Nepal Visa fee (approx $25) Trip medical/rescue insurance ($100 ad on) International airfare Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Excess baggage charges Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and earlier return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary Personal expenses (phone calls, internet / Wi-Fi, laundry, bar bills - tea/coffee, hot chocolate, juice, beer, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.) Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected, but not compulsory) Please contact Nickofthewoods with any questions. We're happy to help :) PM on meetup or Email at [masked] Basic Itinerary (Full details wont fit int he space provided by meetup) Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (4,265ft) Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation Day 03: Fly to Lukla (35 min) and trek to Phakding (8,563ft). 3-4 hrs Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,221ft). 6-7 hrs Day 05: Acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar Day 06: Namche to Tengbuche (12,697ft). 5-6 hrs Day 07: Tengbouche to Dingbuche (14,305ft). 5-6 hrs Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingbuche Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung (15,519ft) 3-4 hours Day 10: Acclimatization day in Chhukung Day 11: Chhukung to Island Peak "High" Base Camp (18400 ft) 5-6 hours Day 12: Climb to Summit (20,305'); Back to Chhukung 4-5 hours Day 13: Extra day to summit Island Peak just in case of bad weather Day 14: Trek down to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 8 hrs Day 15: Trek down to Lukla (2652m) 7-8 hrs Day 16: Early morning flight back to Kathmandu (1300m) Day 17: Departure Day 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.

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Winter Camping Overnight and Skill Building (Beginner to Advanced)

Nickofthewoods Base Camp

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