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Queen's University Outdoors Club

About the Club

Hi! We're the Queen's University Outdoors Club - one of the largest, most diverse, and most interesting groups on campus! As you may guess from our name, we take awesome trips - with groups of incredible people - out into the great outdoors!

Club membership consists of attending weekly meetings, particiapting in events around campus. Scroll down the page to learn more about us and what we do.

Information on membership, policies, and meeting times can be found on our Policy Page.

Our Favourite Trips

Hiking in the Mountains

Barely a weekend goes by in the fall without at least one trip heading out to either the Adirondacks in New York, or the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Trips range from backpacking to staying in cozy cabins, with hikes of various difficulties in between.

Canoeing

Throughout the fall and late spring, we love to go canoeing around the local provincal parks, and lake Ontario. For the long weekends, why not head up to Algonquin park for a proper canoe trip!


White-Water Kayaking

The club has a vibrant community of paddlers eager to take on the wildest class-5 rapids, or take beginers under their wing!
We run a number of kayaking trips when the weather allows, and drop-in kayak training sessions in the ARC pool most Saturdays where you can learn the ropes!

White-Water Kayaking

The club has a vibrant community of paddlers eager to take on the wildest class-5 rapids, or take beginers under their wing!
We run a number of kayaking trips when the weather allows, and drop-in kayak training sessions in the ARC pool most Saturdays where you can learn the ropes!

Who we are

The club is mostly made up of about 300 regular members (just like you!). Regular members have free access to most of our club gear, can go on club trips, and lots more! Check out our Gear Page and Policy Page for more information.

We also have a number of executive positions (about 30). The executives plan our trips and events, organize our gear, and host our meetings. Scroll down a little further to see who we are, our roles in the club, and our contact details!

Cayla Wolever

President

April Fowler

Vice President

I don't know, just say "life's a trip, so GNAR hard, peace out -- wowza!"

Debrah Zemanek

Tripping Director

Hey! I'm in my fourth year at Queen's in Environmental Science, hailing from the small town of 100 Mile House in British Columbia. Although some people insist that the west is best, I'm passionate about the beauty and wildness of our entire, great country. One of my favorite things about QUOC is hanging out with the many international students that come here to study and getting to share some of my favorite places and pastimes with them. My most memorable trip is Thanksgiving in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I live for great coffee, rocks, CBC Radio 1, good relationships, and adventures in nature.

Will Thompson

Communications Lead

When I'm not playing in the great outdoors, or in Stirling Hall, I'm probably updating this website or writing the scoop!

Greg Harrington

Kayak Person

I am great. Greatness is me. All hail Greg.

Jaspar Bienzle

Gear Manager

Oh hey there fellow outdoor enthusiasts! My name is Jaspar and I am entering my second year in Kinesiology at Queen’s. I am a huge fan of camping trips, both summer and winter, along with any other excursions that involve cross country skiing. I am super pumped to get going on my second year in Kingston with the Outdoors Club so if you have any sweet trip ideas (especially adrenaline-rush ones), come pop on by the Common Ground cafe in the ARC where I will be working in my spare time!

JP Martin

Tripping Director

The winds were howling, a blistering -65 degrees, visibility was low, and any second of exposure could leave one of our team members a limb short. It was my third, and possibly worst, summit of Mt. Everest. We caught up to the group who had left just before us, not 30 minutes earlier from camp that morning. They had stopped because one of their team members lost their footing and plummeted 50 feet in to a crevice. Rescue efforts were already underway. I immediately bounded in to action and somersaulting down the steep and icy hill. After rappelling down the crevice using my shoelaces tied together, I found their team member, badly beaten up, but alive. I reach out a hand and shouted for him to take hold. I gasp as the head slowly rotates up to face his rescuer, to my surprise I lock eyes with Bill Murray as he extends an arm for help. Flash forward a year later, we are still in contact and are good friends. Bill is eternally grateful to this day, so much so that I am the godfather to his 5 children. After receiving a medal from both Stephen Harper and Obama for my heroism, I decide to go back to school and lead trips with this great outdoors club.

Nicole Dye

Tripping Director

Going into year two
- bachelor of science in kinesiology
- hiking, swimming, rock climbing- basically anything!

Leanne Tworzyanski

Tripping Director

My name is Leanne Tworzyanski and I am in my third year of life science. I began hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire at the age of 2 and have fallen in love with the mountains ever since. I have climbed all 48 of the White Mountains that are over 4000ft (1220m) in elevation and am always looking for another peak to climb.

Daniel Gillis

Tripping Director

Hey, what's up? Hello!!! My name is Daniel, and it's very nice to meet you! I'm a second year Environmental Science student from Mississauga, Ontario. I like hikes, fishing, skiing, caffeine, pizza, running, loud music and The Simpsons. I'm super stoked to be a part of the QUOC Exec team for 2015-16, and can't wait to explore the outdoors with all y'all! Hit me up if you ever want to listen to/talk about music or jam, much love!

... and many more who haven't sent in their bios yet!