Behind The Club

People are often inquisitive about our Adventure Club and how it all started. I thought this would be a great time for a Q&A blog post. Let’s get to know a little more about Wisconsin Women’s Adventure Club and it’s Founder.

Here are the top 5 most asked questions from club members, friends, and family:

When was club founded?

One random day in April of 2016 I was bored. I had been bored for many months. And by looking at my calendar, I was planning on being bored for the rest of the year. So I decided to change that with one Facebook post. It read something like….

Hey Facebook friends…..”  (in case anyone forgot what platform they were logged into)

…..if you want to get out and do stuff that doesn’t involve food or alcohol, join my group” (It’s Wisconsin. Everything revolves around food and alcohol).

That’s it.

Eighteen of my fabulous friends joined a Facebook group that I quickly put together (I will admit I was shocked) and we started doing stuff. Hiking, biking, you name it….we did it.  I named our group Lake Country Adventure Club. We had a blast!

 

 

After one year we had some member referrals, so our group was growing. We were all loving it and there were no plans on stopping. For me, it was especially impactful on the quality of my life. I was happier, met new people and was doing things I didn’t think I would ever do. It’s easy to say you want to do something, but when it comes time to actually doing it….well, that’s a different story.

I wanted to reach out to more women in the area. I wanted them all to have the experiences I was having. So with that idea, I decided to GO BIG OR GO HOME.

After one year, Lake Country Adventure Club became Wisconsin Women’s Adventure Club, LLC.  Today we have over 80 members and have planned over 40 events.

So, do you have a day job?

I do have a day job. My career has always been in Healthcare. Maybe that is my driving force for physical and emotional wellness. I work long hours in a high-pressure corporate environment. Work can easily take up all of my day, but I have figured out the work-life-balance thing pretty well. That is one way the Club has helped me. I focus on future events, getting outdoors and meeting new people.

I don’t share the Club with people at work. I work for a significantly large Company. Everywhere I go, I see people I know. In an effort to make this my “time away from the job”,  I decided to keep it my little secret.

Well, mine and 80+ other women.

And 182 Facebook and 389 Instagram followers.

But, it’s just between us right now.   [wink]

What is your “WHY” for starting the Club?

That’s a great question, considering my business plan started as a Facebook post.

I am very passionate about living life to the fullest, but in a reasonable way. We can’t all quit our day jobs, sell our homes and cars, and fly to St. John’s to bartend on the beach. While it seems like it would be fun…….it’s not realistic.

I believe Women are care-takers at heart. We take care of everybody and everything, before we take care of ourselves. Let’s face it, we are good at it. By the time it’s our turn, we’re tired. I know for me, scheduling time to do that “thing” I have always wanted to do, gives me energy, confidence and a sense of independence.

We can’t keep putting our desires on the back burner. Get out and do that thing. Do the sky diving. Do the zip lining.  Do a warrior pose with a goat.  Kayak that river you always drive over on your way to work.  If you don’t have friends who want to do it, find your tribe. That’s what our Club is here for.

Do you plan to grow outside of Wisconsin?

Good question. My dream is to grow nationally, but I am not sure how that will look. For now, we welcome members from any State. We will be planning adventure trips that will take us all over. Those events would be open to anyone. Our first out-of-state trip is a fundraiser in Michigan, SUP for the Cure. I am very excited about it and hope to keep the tradition of participating in a Charity “adventure” every year.

How are you different from other Clubs in the region?

There are a lot of awesome women endorsing the outdoors these days. I was surprised to see so many other Clubs. They are all doing their own thing. If you have one particular passion, these groups are wonderful for that. But I have not seen a Club [in the area] focused on adventures. We hike, SUP, kayak, Canoe, camp, etc.  We have variety.

But honestly, it’s wonderful! I would love to do collaborations and grow as one gigantic community.

 

 

 

I hope this gives you a little sneak peek behind the Club. Feel free to comment with your questions. Maybe we will do a Part 2!

In the meantime, see you on a future adventure!

 

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Learning to Fly

I can’t believe it’s March already. Let me give a (late) Happy New Year shout out to you! For us adventurers, the year is just starting.

Well, it actually started last month with our first event.

Indoor Skydiving.

First let me say, I do not have Skydiving on my “wish list”. I think if the airplane you are on is working fine, why jump out of it? But I know some of our adventure seekers have plans in the future to do just that.

You go girls!

I found a safer alternative, Indoor Skydiving…….and we loved it!

The Details

Living in SE Wisconsin, the closest indoor skydiving center is iFLY in Chicago. We chose the Rosemont location for it’s easy access off and on the interstate. We had a group of 11 fabulous adventurers and completed our booking online.

*On a side note, you can reserve a private group room with catering for special events. I contacted them last year for details and they were very helpful. Based on our smaller group size, we opted to not do a package.

First things first, a classroom session to learn the basics. We were led into a small room to watch a quick video highlighting positioning and hand-signals. It’s not complicated! After the video our instructor, Scotty, reviewed all the information again and allowed for questions.

Our most common question?

“Will we have a hard time breathing in the tunnel?”

Scotty responded with something like “No one will suffocate in the wind tunnel”.

Take a moment and think about that for a minute.

Thank you for making me laugh Scotty!

Time to Gear Up!

After the classroom portion, we all went to gear up for our flight.

[insert the Top Gun theme song here]

Flight suits, helmets and goggles. The ladies with long hair will need to tie your hair back, but they provided hair bands if you didn’t have one. Once your group is suited up, you head into the wind tunnel. If you wear glasses, you will get a larger pair of goggles suited to fit over them. All in all, everything was comfortable for the fun to begin.

Into the Tunnel

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One by one, Scotty takes you in the tunnel for two flights. Each flight is one minute long, and to be honest, that is perfect for the first timer. The wind speed is pretty intense, you practice your positioning (arch back, leg and arm positions) and hand signals.

On the second flight, you practice again, but then he takes you up the wind tunnel for a “high” flight.  A high flight is optional, but you would be missing out on a great experience by not doing it.

Check out the video of my high flight!

 

This perfect experience ended with a certificate of completion. Woohoo!

Club Approval Stamp of Approval

I don’t think one person said they didn’t have a good time. For me personally, it had been a while since our last adventure, and I welcomed every smiling face in the tunnel. Besides our cheeks flapping in the wind, you can’t help but have a good time.

We hope there will be an iFLY coming to Milwaukee/Madison area soon. Once you get the hang of it, you can purchase lessons to learn tricks and maneuvers. But in the meantime, I will be returning to iFLY.

Wisconsin Adventure Club approved!

Have you ever tried indoor skydiving? Where did you do it?

Let me know if this post was helpful.

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High Ropes, High Hopes

Hey, hey! If you are an avid fan of our club (you should be if you’re not!), then you know we did something very exciting this past June.

Yep, a High Ropes Obstacle Course. Crazy, right?

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Course entrance

Well, before you judge, let me tell you a little about the course.

If you’ve ever heard of Lake Geneva Canopy Tours here in Wisconsin, you know they are popular for their zip line course. (side note, this is a fun course and I recommend everyone try it out)

They recently added a new addition with their High Ropes course, which ranges from 18-32 feet off the ground.

Youza!

Now, I do not have a fear of heights. I really only have a fear of dying. Reasonable, right? But this course does everything it says it will…..challenge your mind and body.

I won’t say I did spectacular. It was a physical challenge that I was not prepared for. But some of our members swung through the course like they do it everyday.

 

You go girls!

Me?

Well, I did what I could. But that is the whole point about our club. You don’t need to be Jane of the Jungle, you just need to try to push yourself outside your comfort zone.

I won’t lie. I may have shed some tears when I got home. I am competitive by nature…..and want to be a rockstar at everything I do. But that is not reality. After my little melt-down, I picked myself up and patted myself on my back.

I showed up.

That’s really what it’s about.

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I highly recommend Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. If you are not sure the High Ropes course is for you, definitely check out Zip Lining. It doesn’t require much physically, but if you fear heights…you may just want to enjoy their trails and picnic area.

Pssst…….I hear we’re planning a zip line adventure there in October. But you have to be a member.

Adventure on!

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