From conquering the rock wall at local Madison gyms to traveling the country in search of the most challenging climbs in the country, Mountaineering Club members take trips that challenge climbers of all levels.
The Hoofer Mountaineering Club is a student-run organization that wants to keep people out on the rocks, while also maintaining a collective of knowledgeable climbers who can both teach and pass on their knowledge to others. We love teaching new members or even just getting people together to all go climb, whether it be at Devil's Lake or as far as Red River Gorge in Kentucky. We run both club trips and more relaxed unofficial trips for last-minute planners! If you're more experienced (or looking to improve), we also offer a climbing team!
A membership with Hoofer Mountaineering gives you access to our gear locker, as well as discounts at the climbing wall in the Sett and 20% off climbing gear at Fontana Sports in Madison.
How to Join
1. Create your Account!
When you're ready to join, head over to our member site at https://members.hoofers.org to create your account! You must be a Union Member to join. Note that UW-Madison students are automatically granted Union membership.
2. Sign Up for Events!
Once you've joined the club, you can search for events and sign up from the member site. Pick your favorite event, sign up, and get ready for an adventure!
For more information, click the button below!
What’s up climbers! This trip was an intro to sport climbing trip to the Red River Gorge, Kentucky!
Social at the Sett
Join Hoofer Mountaineering for a climbing social at the Sett! We will be at the climbing wall in Union South (the Sett) from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
We advise that you show up early to purchase a day pass or membership and fill out a waiver! Club members can receive a discount if they bring their proof of memebrship, which can be obtained at the Outdoor UW front desk in Memorial Union. If you're thinking about joining the club, this is a great opportunity to meet some of the leaders and get a taste for climbing.
If you're attending this as a part of Heelers, we'll go over a few skills while there. We'll cover harnesses, knots, and maybe a little climbing technique. Sign up for Heelers (new climbers) in our Welcome Weekend Event!
Adaptive Climbing Clinic
Midwest Adaptive Climbing has offered us some spots in an adaptive climbing clinic at Adventure Rock Milwaukee! We'll be learning the ins and outs of setting up rope and gear systems for climbers of different abilities. Specific topics covered include:
Be prepared to fill out a waiver. You will need your toprope and general lead rating to ensure you are well-versed in both toprope and lead belaying. These ratings can be tested out of by contacting any member of the executive board.
The club will be providing transportation for this event. We'll be leaving from Memorial Union at 3:30 PM to ensure we get there by 5:00 PM in a fleet van.
This trip is free! Adventure Rock will be covering the cost of our participation :-)
What to bring
- Belay device
- Climbing shoes
- Money for dinner
If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out to Regan Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Climbing Team Trial Day
Sign-up Today: https://members.hoofers.org/finance/membership
Join The Wisconsin Climbing Team at Summit Strength and Fitness to see how you can become a member! This is a trial day to see if fun, climbing improvement, overall strength and mentatility builidng is for you. There is cost and you get to see the space, meet the coaches and directors, and enjoy the evening with a whole lot of climbing. Signing up in the event helps us plan, but you can also just show up day of.
What is The Wisconsin Climbing Team?
We are a group UW-Madison student climbers that want to become better at what the thing we love, ROCK CLIMBING. We love to have fun, but we also love a little competition and getting super strong both in strength, technique, and mentally. We do this through the use of a private climbing space, Summit Strength and Fitness, and a coach specializing in climbing.
When does team meet?
Climbing team meets on Sunday and Wednesday 7-9pm. Often we meet ealier to share rides, warm-up ahead of time, and have a little more fun in the gym.
Does climbing team compete?
Yes! But don't let that scare you. There are a variety of reasons to become a part of the climbing team. You can compete, but you also don't have to. Competitions are so much fun and don't tend to be scary or intimidating. We compete in both local competitions and competitions across Wisconsin.
How much is climbing team?
Climbing team costs $225 per semester. All team members must be Hoofer Mountaineering Members ($30 per year). As a Mountaineering Member, you get access to tons of gear, clinics, and outdoor climbing activities. $225 includes a coach, a training plan, 2 days of private climbing gym space.
When does it start?
October 2nd is the official start date of climbing team.
Get them answered at this event or email the team directors, Ashley and Jamie (Girl Power!). email@example.com
Annual Welcome Weekend
*** Camping at the group site with the club is currently filled, but you can still purchase day climbing in this event ($10 for Saturday and Sunday). You can make a personal campsite reservation at the park here: https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com/. You may also share rides via the firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email email@example.com if you need help making accommodations. ***
Join us for our Welcome Weekend event! We will be going to Devil's Lake to climb. All skill levels are welcome! HMC membership isn't required, come check out us out and see if you enjoy rock climbing. Sign up for the full weekend, with or without transportation. We want to be able to gauge how many people are roughly coming.
If you are interested in being a trip leader for Welcome Weekend (anchor setting, camp site manager, cook, beginner skills instructor, lead vocalist in our fireside band etc.) please reach out to Regan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Weekend is a weekend of camping and climbing which serves as a way for people to "trial run" our club. The cost is $20 and no membership is required. We are going to be camping Friday night, so get ready for lots of sitting around the campfire and enjoying each other's company. On Saturday morning, our trip leaders are going to set up an abundance of anchors and ropes so participants can get out and climb! There will be people to help with climbing skills if needed (belaying, tying in, heel hook beta, etc). We will camp Saturday night, with a cookout dinner provided, and return on Sunday.
There are 20 spots available for participants who are camping. Dinner will be provided Saturday. You must have your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad). Packing list and resources to rent camping gear if needed will be sent to participants before the date. Please let the trip leaders know well in advance if you need to borrow gear; shoes are available for rental from the OUW office and the HMC gear locker has helmets and harnesses available for free.
There are 20 other spots available for those not camping. Ride sharing will be available and coordinated after sign-up.
For those signing up for transportation, we will be renting Fleet Vehicles as a transportation option for an additional $10 to cover the cost. For those that want to figure out transportation on their own, a trip leader will send out an informal sign up sheet for people who would like to arrange carpooling. The Club is not providing this transportation and cannot promise its availability.
Cost is $20 this includes camping. Transportation is an additional $10.
New to climbing and want to learn more?? Awesome. Sign up for the Heelers option, which includes a social at The Sett Rec on September 17th, Welcome Weekend (climbing, camping, and transportation), and Climbing & Intro to Gear on Sunday, Date TBD. Cost: $30. Sign up using the Heelers option via the Welcome Weekend Event.
This is a members only clinic for those with some prior climbing experience. Individuals who have never climbed before should not sign up for this clinic. You can come and go as you please during this timeline. Just meet us at the designated area.
Want to learn or improve your rappelling skills? Sweet. Let's do it. This clinic will have multiple set-ups for you to practice getting from the top to the bottom. There will be no climbing, just descending practice.
A few of the planned curriculum concepts are as follows:
- Assisted Rappel (for newbies)
- Rigging, edge work
- Helpful Knots, extensions, back-ups
- Single vs. Double rope rappel
- Improvising and complex rappelling
This clinic will be done in a station format where people can try out all of them or work on one particular skill.
Required Gear - talk to gear managers ahead of time for gear needed.
- Approach Shoes (or closed toe)
- Prusik Cord
- Double Length Sling
- Tube-style belay device
- Gri Gri (optional)
- Personal Anchor System (optional) (no daisy chains)
Location: Devil's Lake State Park - meet at the top of the CCC near Many Pines Buttress: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105730107/many-pines-buttress
Red River Gorge Weekend Trip!
Description This trip is for people who have their sport rating to have a weekend of climbing and pizza eating to start off their fall season!
Summary Join us for a weekend trip to the Climbing Mecca of this side of the Mississippi! We'll be leaving from the Memorial Union circle Thursday at Noon for our 9.5 hour drive and returning there Sunday night. The cost of the trip is $55 which provides us with a vehicle; all gas, food, and camping is not included in this fee. We will arrive Thursday night, climb all day Friday and Saturday, then head back on Sunday! Most of the climbing there is sport, but there is trad and bouldering to be found if you are allergic to sport.
Hard Details We will be heading down with 4 open spots. If you pay for one of these spots, there will be no refunds but you can switch out your spot with another person if you can no longer attend. We will be camping at Miguels Pizza(!!!!) which is $3/person/night. Bring your own tent or hammock or find a buddy with an open spot! You will also need to bring your own food for the weekend, there is also pizza and burritos at our camping spot for lunch and dinner if you're into that. You will also need to fill out the climbing waivers (links at bottom), and become fleet certified. And of course, download some rockin' tunes for the car ride.
* Helmet, Harness, Rock Climbing shoes, Chalk, Personal Anchor, 2 Locking Carabiners, Belay Device
* Headlamp, Tent, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad
* Sun Protection
* Insect repellent
* Other personal items (Toothbrush!!)
* Clothes - Bring layers and check weather
* Hiking Shoes
* Rain jacket
* Food (breakfasts, dinners, and crag food)
* Water Bottle
* A few dollars for Miguel goodies/ showers
Remember to fill out the Muir Valley waiver http://www.muirvalley.com/waiver.html
PMRP waiver https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/51c2134a209ee/web
Fleet Certification http://www.bussvc.wisc.edu/risk_mgt/drivetable.html