This 3 day trip will focus on gaining experience and learning wilderness skills to help you tackle the winter season with confidence. Lodging will be traditional canvas tents and wood stoves that we set up in the back country. This ensures everyone can sleep warm, dry, and comfortable at night allowing for more energy during the day. All group meals are provided and will be prepared over an open fire.
Friday, our hike to the campsite will be roughly 1.5 miles over frozen lakes and one short portage. The pace will be relaxed. When we arrive, everyone will help to get our site set up.
Saturday will be great day for hands on skills. The projects are designed to help you learn new skills and gain real world experience participating in every part of the trek.
Sunday consists of morning breakfast and breaking camp.
Skills learned may include:
-Building a buck saw to use and keep
-Traditional hot tent and stove use
-Ax, Saw, and Knife Skills
-Knots for the back country
-Winter cooking and baking
-Winter survival skills
-Winter First Aid
Difficulty: This trip requires pulling a sled or toboggan with snowshoes or cross country skis for approx 1.5 miles. It is moderately physically demanding. Participants should be prepared to spend full days outside in deep snow country. Sleeping will be done in stove heated hot tents. This intermediate trip is best suited for those who already have some experience cold weather camping or other winter activities. Participants should have a good understanding of what type of clothing, footwear, and other gear is appropriate for winter camping. A gear list will be sent out to everyone but participants should have their own personal gear or acquire the appropriate gear prior to the trip. Some items like sleds or sleeping bags may be available at no cost on a first come first serve basis. What’s included?
-A gear list specific for this trip will be provided to all participants
-Hot tent and wood stove accomodations
-All Meals Friday Dinner - Sunday Breakfast
-Group gear pertinent to this trip (group tarp, group meal supplies, medical kit, project supplies, etc)
Register by sending payment via paypal to "[masked]" Cash and checks are also accepted but must be received before the trip unless otherwise stated. Please contact Nickofthewoods with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help.
Nick Gordon, NREMT and WEMT, is owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and holds the highest level of wilderness medical training in the state of WI. In addition, Nick is a certified instructor for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. Nick is an experienced winter camping enthusiast and expedition leader. 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 outdoor themed meetup community in Wisconsin, he also volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.