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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!

Aya Anholt

Co-President

Hannah Boomer

Co-President

Debrah Zemanek

Safety Director

Claim to fame: officially the oldest exec, known to some as 'Gran'. But that doesn't mean I'm easy to keep up with. Since I got my hip replaced I'm actually very fast.

Aidan Kerr

Trip Leader

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

Trip Leader

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.

Alex Hadlaw

Trip Leader

Alicia Gowan

Gear Manager

Daniel Gillis

Trip Leader

Loves looking through his binos and tripping over roots while reading field guides on hikes. Will only stop telling you about what bird that was if you ask him to stop it.

Amanda Kivlichan

Communications Director

April Fowler

Trip Leader

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

Ben Pulver

Trip Leader

B- basking in the wild e- evergreen adventures n- neat, isnt it? neature?

Caroline Wisheart

Trip Leader

Gabrielle Pulver

Trip Leader, Social Director

Hello fellow fun lovin’ Outdoorsians! Super stoked to leave the philosophy and con-ed ponderings behind me to venture through mountainous ranges, treescapes, mysterious caves… with all you wild people! “Live in the Sunshine, Swim the Sea, Drink the Wild Air”- Emerson. Stay Golden xx.

Jessica Pennington

Trip Leader, Social Director

Kelly Buckholtz

Trip Leader, Social Director

Liam Vovk

Website Admin

Sean Vanderluit

Gear Manager

Max Chapman

Trip Leader

Martin Caruana

Money Man

Jamie Newell

Gear Manager