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Farther Down the Trail – Beginner Backpacking Trip (Meals Included) -FULL-

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - July 25 @ 10:00 am


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 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 “backcountry 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!

We will meet at the designated trailhead 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 4 miles on Friday, 8 miles on Saturday, and just 2 miles out Sunday. The types of skills gained on our trips not only help develop a deeper connection with nature but they strengthen confidence and general awareness in the outdoors.

NOTE: This trip is in a different location than our June trip.

This will be a beginner trip based on miles/terrain, ease of water access, and expected weather conditions. The trip will be adjusted as needed to accommodate group size, foul weather, etc.

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 make these decisions or purchase a camp stove and fuel or a proper mess kit. (That’s $100 + in saving right there!) A simple plastic container with a fork, spoon, and cup is all you’ll need for this trip. We will have hearty group meals cooked over a fire or prepped on the trail every day. We can accommodate most diets too. EASY!

Group water will be purified in camp each morning and night to make refilling your bottles a breeze. On the trail, we will either use chemical or pump filtration to save time. Feel free to bring a quality filter of your own for on-the-go ease!

If you need gear, we do have a group gear shed for our Meetup community. Items such as tents, hammocks, backpacks, and more are available for rent at just a few dollars a day. Quantities of these items are limited so make your rental requests early.

AS ALWAYS >>> A recommended gear list and other pertinent info will be sent out upon payment.

Cost: Early Bird $185.00 if paid by June 21st (regular rate $210.00 after June 21st)
>Payments due July 13th. This trip is FULL so registration is now closed.
>Spaces are limited and are filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP without payment will not hold your spot. The trip may fill before the payment deadline.
>Paypal and Venmo payments can be sent to info@nowoutdoors.org.
>Credit cards, checks, and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details.
>Please include your full name, email, phone number, and what the payment is for in a comment in Paypal/Venmo or a letter with your check.

• Friday dinner – Sunday breakfast
• Group tarp
• Comprehensive medical kit
• Purified water at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Endless campfire stories 🙂

Not included:
• Personal gear (sleeping bag, tent, clothes, etc.)
• Snacks

Please direct all questions to Nickofthewoods at info@nowoutdoors.org.

Nick Gordon is a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT and the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors. 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 throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.


July 23 @ 1:00 pm
July 25 @ 10:00 am
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Nick Gordon


Medford, WI
IAT Trail Head, Sailor Creek Rd
Medford, WI United States
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