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Camping, Hiking and Climbing Rentals

How To Rent With Us

Camping, Hiking and Climbing Rentals continue to be available year-round. 

  1. Fill out a rental request
  2. Outdoor UW staff will receive your request, create your reservation and send you a confirmation email, including an invoice. 
  3. Pick-up your rental equipment by appointment and turn in your signed Liability Waiver.
  4. Return your gear by appointment.
Equipment Weekend Rental
(Friday - Tuesday) 

Week-long Rental
(Fri - Fri or Tues - Tues

Snowshoes $15 $20
Trekking Poles $7 $9
Dry Bag $13 $17
Backpack $13 $17
Stove $13 $17
Tent $15 $20
Tarp $7 $9
Sleeping Bag $13 $17
Sleeping Pad $7 $9
Camp Chair $7 $9
Large Lantern $7 $9
Pot, Pan & Utensil Set $7 $9
Climbing Helmet or Shoes $7 $9


If you have questions contact us at (608) 262-1630 or via Please note that staffing is limited. If the team does not answer the phone, please leave a message, and a team member will return your call as soon as possible.

Policies and Forms

    • Renters must be 18+ years. 
    • A valid ID must be presented, including government issued ID card, UW-Madison student ID card, or Wisconsin Union membership cards.
    • If renting equipment for a group, the individual renting equipment is responsible for all equipment as indicated on the contract and any late, lost, repair or cleaning fees.
    • Rentals are first-come, first-served unless otherwise designated.
    • No pets allowed on or in any rental items.
    • Payment in full is required for all off-site rentals.
    • All rental equipment is to be used as intended by the manufacturer. Customers are encouraged to request a demonstration in the proper use of all equipment rental items.

    We are able to accommodate individuals and groupsContact us to discuss your group rental needs. 

  • The Outdoor UW staff can offer tips and tricks and some advice on how to make your first camping trip a success. And make sure to watch their Camping 101 video to help you determine if you're ready for a night in the great outdoors. 

  • Dress for the weather and wear layers. Since the weather can quickly change in the winter, layering with a wicking-base layer, a warm mid jacket, and a protective outer shell will provide the best coverage and warmth while also providing the ability to lose a layer if you become too warm. Insulated and water protected boots with a wool or synthetic sock to help manage foot moisture are highly recommended.

  • For any type of rental, remember to bring money and your ID! If you are camping or hiking, we recommend you bring...

    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with clip
    • A snack and plenty of food depending on the length of your trip
    • Plenty of warm clothes

    We have some items for sale, such as sunscreen, snacks and beverages, water pouches, and lip balm.

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