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Camping, Hiking and Climbing Rentals

How To Rent With Us

Camping, Hiking and Climbing Rentals are available year-round. 

  1. Fill out a rental request OR stop by the Outdoor UW Office
  2. Our staff will review your request for availability, create your reservation and send you a confirmation email, including an invoice to pay before pickup. 
  3. Pick up your rental equipment and sign a Liability Waiver.
  4. Return your gear during our open office hours.
Equipment Weekend Rental
(Friday - Tuesday) 

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

     
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
Large Cooler $7 $9
Group Cook Set $7 $9

 

If you have questions contact us at (608) 262-1630 or via outdooruw@union.wisc.edu. 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. 
    • 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.
    • Payment in full is required for all off-site rentals. Off-site equipment rentals are first-come, first-served. Online reservations are more likely to have guaranteed availability, but walk-in reservations are also accepted.
    • No pets allowed on or in any rental items -- including tents.
    • 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. Outdoor UW reserves the right to assess late or damage fees on reservations.

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

  • The Outdoor UW staff can offer demonstrations for any piece of gear you rent from us to make sure you understand how everything works. Our staff can also offer advice on how to make your first camping trip a success! 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
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