Boots on Your Feet and a Pack on Your Back...

The most wonderful places on this beautiful planet are often the hardest to get to, and that is why we hike. Backpacking and hiking hearken to the way humankind used to travel, with our own two feet and our loads on our backs, and everyone should give it a go. It brings the immense feeling of having earned one's passage to the end of the day. One of life's greatest pleasures is chilling the sweat on your back with the wind while having lunch on a mountaintop.

Check out some photos and stories from a sampling of our trips here.

Hiking Destinations

Common or close (<5 hours) places to hike or backpack include:

Hiking Gear

The Explorers Club can provide the following backpacking/hiking gear for club trips (see our Storeroom page for more information):

  • Backpacks/daypacks

  • Trekking Poles

  • Rain Jackets

  • Backpacking tents

  • Sleeping bags

  • Sleeping pads

  • Backpacking stoves

  • Cooking Gear

  • Headlamps

Shops & Resources

  • REI (South Side Works)

Explorers Club Hiking Chairs