Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M
April 27 – 29, 2018

Expo Hours:

Friday  2 – 9:30
Saturday  9 – 6:30
Sunday  10 – 5

2 – 9:30

9 – 6:30

10 – 5

Sponsored By:

Bent Paddle Brewing Dagger Northstar Canoes Oboz Footwear Osprey Packs Patagonia Prana Smartwool Trailtopia Adventure Food Western Mountaineering Wilderness Systems


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Meet Exhibitors at the Expo

NEW this Expo:  Be sure to visit our exhibitors in the climate-controlled, dry Humphrey School of Public Affairs where our featured presentations occur.  No more cold fingers and wet toes!

Please note that this list represents the organizations and manufacturer's representatives that you will be able to meet in person at the Outdoor Adventure Expo in a designated booth space – be sure to pick up an Expo floor map Expo floor map upon entering.  There will be many other product brands present, and there may be other manufacturer's representatives present (but not in a dedicated booth space).

The Expo is a great opportunity for you to get assistance with your next purchase, or creating your next adventure.
Have fun, and enjoy the Outdoor Adventure Expo!

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  • Access 2 Tanzania


    Tanzania offers the most extraordinary array and concentration of wildlife in Africa; it also has some of the world’s warmest and friendliest people.  We are proud of Tanzania and we love sharing it with others.


  • Bearskin Lodge and Outfitter


    Established in 1925, Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail is one of those destinations where families, couples, lovers and friends return year after year to create memories and relive traditions.  Once you have been to Bearskin, you will fall in love with it.


  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co.   Booth: Beer Tent   Expo Sponsor


    Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth, Minnesota.  The brewers of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® use the amazing water of Lake Superior to brew the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible.


  • Border Route Trail Association


    The Border Route Trail Association was incorporated in 2004 to coordinate the maintenance of the Border Route Trail and other public trails.


  • Brilliant Reflective


    Brilliant Reflective isn't piping or cording;  it’s strips of highly reflective, colorized material that you are able to take and customize your favorite gear and clothing for maximum visibility and protection as well as a completely unique look - no two will be alike.


  • Cache Lake Camping Foods


    Camping food so good you'll want to eat it at home!  The ideal food for camping or vacationing at the cabin, resort, RV, or condo.


  • Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race


    June 14th and 15th, 2014 (10th Anniversary Race).  This is a 26-mile two-day marathon canoe race on the historic headwaters of the Wisconsin River.  Paddlers can paddle a whole marathon, half marathon, or short "Paddle For a Cure" race. 


  • Camino Bike Guide


    You've dreamed about biking the Camino de Santiago, but don't know where to start.  You've come to the right place.  Trip planning and guide service is what I do.  Every step of the process is taken care of:  packing, training, logistics, preparation, transportation, translation, and navigation.


  • Camp Manito-wish YMCA


    Founded in 1919, Camp Manito-wish YMCA has grown from a wilderness summer camp into one of the most respected youth and leadership programs in the world.  Our goal is for everyone associated with us to have a 'Manito-wish Experience'.


  • Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters


    We are leading efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from sulfide-ore copper mining.  We are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution caused by mining copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide-bearing ore.


  • Cedar Falls Tourism


    Home to the University of Northern Iowa, there are lots of great reasons to visit Cedar Falls!


  • Charles City Whitewater


    Charles City WhiteWater at Riverfront Park is Iowa's first WhiteWater park built for river enthusiasts.


  • Clearwater Historic Lodge & Canoe Outfitters


    Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is the original outfitter and lodge on the Gunflint Trail in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  Founded in 1915 by Charlie and Petra Boostrom, they chose Clearwater Lake because they believed its view was the best on the Gunflint Trail.


  • Conservation Corps of MN and IA


    We provide hands-on environmental stewardship and service opportunities to youth and young adults in conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work.  We help people from diverse backgrounds become connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment.


  • Conserve School


    Conserve School inspires young people to environmental stewardship through academics and engagement with the forests, lakes, and wildlife of Lowenwood.


  • Cooke Custom Sewing


    The best in canoe packs, canoeing accessories, custom tarps and canoe camping equipment.


  • Costa Rica Authentic


    Your dream vacation to Costa Rica begins here.  We design an itinerary customized to your travel preferences to create an authentic experience.  We create the plan and you will create the memories.


  • Current Designs


    Current Designs borrows its design influence and techniques from waters across the globe.  We continue to advance the art through new techniques, materials, and technologies.


  • Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce


    The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber serves the cities of Bay Lake, Crosby, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Ironton, Riverton, and Trommald.  Just over 2 hours from the Twin Cities – our area has loads of outdoor fun to offer everyone!


  • Dagger   Expo Sponsor


    Dagger produces the highest quality and performance whitewater, recreational, and touring kayaks in the industry at a great value.  Wherever there's water.


  • Destination Tanzania Safaris


    We offer scheduled, custom and unique African wildlife safaris, mountaineering trips, culture and historical site visits, beach holiday vacations and adventure trekking safaris exclusively in Tanzania.


  • Ely Outfitting Company


    At Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service, sharing the wilderness is our passion.  We are committed to ensuring you and your friends and family have the best possible Boundary Waters canoe trip!


  • Escapade Camper Company


    Escapade Campers make it easy to head out for the weekend on a whim.  Handcrafted in Dassel, MN, our campers are built to get you into nature.


  • Far & High Adventure Travel


    Far & High Adventure Travel (formerly Highland Asia Travel) specializes in small group, custom tours and private trips to Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and the Indian Himalayas.  We also offers custom trips to Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Mongolia.


  • Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau


    We are proud of Fort Dodge and want to help you spread the word!  We can provide you with photos, story ideas and resource information.


  • Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness


    Our mission:  To protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.


  • Friends of the Kinnickinnic River


    We are a group of citizens who love the Kinnickinnic River and want to see it flowing freely through the City of River Falls.


  • Humble Cup


    Humble Cup is a local coffee shop close to downtown Minneapolis.  Located in Seven Corners near West Bank of the U of MN Campus, we serve Truestone coffee and espresso, a variety of bakery items, house-made waffles, sandwiches, and salads!


  • Ice Age Trail Alliance


    The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit, volunteer and member based organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Established in 1958, it now has over 5,000 members who support the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.


  • Inland Sea Kayakers


    Inland Sea Kayakers (ISK) is an organization of sea kayaking enthusiasts who enjoy sharing trips, sharing information, and improving their skills.


  • Katadyn


    Katadyn offers a wide variety of water filtration and purification products suitable for any need.  This allows outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to take along products for making their own drinking water when preparing their trips.


  • Kekakabic Trail Club


    The Kekekabic Trail Club (KTC) is dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.


  • Knowmad Adventures


    Knowmad Adventures is your specialist in customized private and small group trips to Peru, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador.  Whether visiting South America’s finest vineyards and charming colonial cities, exploring Machu Picchu, or hiking through stunning Patagonia, Knowmad Adventures works closely with travelers so that their South American vacation exceeds all expectations.


  • The Loppet Foundation


    The mission of the Loppet Foundation is to promote and support nordic skiing in the Minneapolis area – especially among inner-city youth.  The Loppet Foundation is thrilled to host the 2018 Masters World Cup from January 19 to 26, 2018.


  • Minnesota Canoe Association


    The Minnesota Canoe Association (MCA) is a fun-loving group of individuals who love paddling in all forms – from canoes to kayaks, from racing to ambling, from flatwater to whitewater.  If you paddle in or around Minnesota, you've found your home!


  • Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club


    We are a diverse group of people drawn together by a common appreciation of the outdoors.  We enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, sight-seeing, and we take an active role in the preservation of the wilderness with which Minnesota is so well endowed.


  • Namaste Treks & Expeditions


    Our team is the best when it comes to trekking, expeditions, and adventure activities in Nepal, with years of experience in the rough yet beautiful terrain of the Himalaya.  We provide complete trekking, expedition, and tour services to our clients.


  • New View Adventures


    We are a unique travel company that takes small groups on active, world adventures for fun, personal growth and contribution.  Sometimes you need a NEW VIEW to be a new you.


  • NOLS


    Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS (formerly National Outdoor Leadership School) takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.  We offer courses from ten days to a full semester in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms.


  • Nordic Waffles   Booth: Store Patio


    Nordic waffles are different from American and Belgian waffles.  Ours are thinner, softer and resemble the texture of a crêpe, and can be served with both sweet and savory toppings.


  • North Country Trail Association


    We're the nationwide nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail.


  • Northern Lakes Girl Scout Canoe Base


    Located 20 miles east of Ely, MN, just a short paddle from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, this wilderness tripping camp offers completely outfitted canoe trips.  Girls ages 12-18 -- and adults -- come on 3, 5, 7, and 10 day canoe trips.  Participants come from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and throughout the United States.


  • Northstar Canoes   Expo Sponsor


    Northstar Canoes was born of obsession.  Founder Ted Bell's love of canoeing spans decades, continents and companies.  A former champion racer and builder extrordinaire, Ted knows precisely what makes an enthusiast's heart pound.  Today, after a 6-year hiatus, he's back to producing the finest composite canoes ever made.


  • Northwoods Volunteer Connection


    We connect volunteers with natural resource and recreation projects in northeastern Minnesota.


  • Nova Craft Canoe


    Nova Craft Canoe began in 1970 in London, Ontario.  We have a canoe model for every type of paddler.  Our core focus remains simple – build quality canoes that give paddlers a special experience in the great outdoors!


  • PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks


    PlayCleanGo, an education and outreach campaign of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for outdoor recreationalists (partners include:  U of M Extension, MN Departments of Agriculture and Transportation, and Explore Minnesota).  Our objective is to slow and stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species through changes in public behavior.


  • Pukaskwa National Park


    Pukaskwa National Park's exceptional beauty is revealed in its vistas of Lake Superior and in the rugged, ancient landscape of the Canadian Shield and northern forest.  The only wilderness national park in Ontario, Pukaskwa protects 1,878 km² of an ecosystem that features boreal forest and Lake Superior shoreline.


  • Rapids Riders Canoe and Kayak Club


    Rapids Riders seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking.  We provide American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instruction; coordinate informational activities and competitions; work with local agencies and private concerns to promote river stewardship and ensure the future of whitewater paddlesports in the upper Midwest.


  • Real Time Pain Relief


    Our company’s motto is “Ingredient Based Therapy” because we know it takes more than just a few of Nature’s Ingredients to get Extraordinary Results.  Even better, it smells great and won’t leave you smelling like medicine.  Formulated and packaged in the Heartland of America.


  • Red Lake Outfitters


    Red Lake Outfitters is a full service canoe and backcountry outfitter located in the heart of the Boreal Forest in Northwestern Ontario.  The town of Red Lake serves as our gateway community to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, featuring over 1.2 million acres of wilderness for paddlers to explore.


  • Right Path Adventures


    Our niche at Right Path Adventures is small fun groups - hand-picked individuals who make up our 'team members'.  Imagine group travel where you know the group is a great one and that they will be a lot of fun.


  • Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society


    Volunteers from ROALPS routinely make trips to the lighthouse during the summer months in order to stabilize, restore, and maintain the structure.  Members of the organization also make trips to government archives in order to retrieve plans and historic records related to the station’s operation.


  • Sea Change Expeditions


    We are Mark and Katya Gordon.  We have committed our lives to safely connecting people to nature and stirring people to action around climate change.  Our sailing voyages on Lake Superior offer liveaboard saling experiences, climate solutions, and citezen science to teens and young adults.


  • Shelterbox


    ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.  No ifs.  No buts.  We provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives.


  • Sierra Club


    America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The North Star Chapter recently celebrated it 35th anniversary of helping to preserve and protect the environment in Minnesota.  We do this through both educational programs and political activism.


  • Silent Sports Magazine


    Solid, reliable and timely regional information on cross country skiing, bicycling, running, paddle sports, multisports (triathlons, biathlons, duathlons), snowshoeing.  Aerobic outdoor activities.  In other words, getting the heart rate up through non-motorized, healthy outdoor fun!


  • Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters


    Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitting and Outdoor Store is located on the east end of Ely, Minnesota.  We are centrally located to service all Ely area Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit entry points.  Our guests find us an easy one-stop shop before they head into the BWCAW or Canada’s Quetico Park to the north.


  • Superior Hiking Trail Association


    Member supported non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the human and financial resources to build, promote, maintain, protect and preserve a hiking trail along the ridgeline of the North Shore of Lake Superior.


  • Swiftwater Adventures


    We offer our whitewater adventures spring, summer, and fall.  Our trip leaders have over 50 years of experience guiding whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minnesota and beyond!


  • Thrive Adventures


    Live the adventure!  We specialize in adventure tours that highlight dramatic terrain, multi-sport opportunities, and local culture in destinations including New Zealand, Peru, Australia, Costa Rica, and Patagonia.  From customizable small group tours to self guided itinerary development and booking, Thrive Adventures' focus on listening ensures your bucket list adventure leaves an impression not soon forgotten.


  • Trailtopia Adventure Food   Expo Sponsor


    Our meals are created with two things in mind – convenience and taste.  Travelers don’t want to mess with space-stealing packages and dirty dishes.  All our food needs is water, just cook in the bag and eat from the bag.  You’ll wonder if it was cooked in the wild or the comfort of your own home.


  • U.S. Forest Service – Superior National Forest


    The U.S. Forest Service is entrusted with 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands.  We are dedicated to the improvement of water resources, development of climate change resiliency, creation of jobs that will sustain communities and restoration and enhancement of landscapes.


  • U of M - Center for Outdoor Adventure


    The Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA) provides participants with alternative recreation experiences revolving around the great outdoors.  Each semester, COA offers a full schedule of Trips and Clinics to introduce participants to the fundamentals of outdoor adventure skills and environmental ethics.  Activities range from backpacking to ice climbing, both locally and nationally.


  • Urban Boatbuilders


    Urban Boatbuilders is a youth service agency that uses wooden boatbuilding as a means to support positive youth development, academic achievement, and the development of a variety of hard and soft skills that help young people find and keep jobs. We work with young people in schools, after school, and in correctional settings.


  • VanGo Auto Repair & Rental


    Making the Midwest roads accessible in a whole new way with quality import auto repair service and retro Volkswagen Campervan RV rentals.


  • Visit Cook County Minnesota


    Whatever the season, let Cook County take your MN getaway to the max.  Get back to nature along the Gunflint Trail.  Experience the charm of Grand Marais and casino action in Grand Portage.  Soak up the breathtaking beauty of the 200-mile Superior Hiking Trail, accessible from many points including Lutsen-Tofte trailheads.


  • Visit Duluth


    Duluth is a place like no other.  An endless horizon where the largest freshwater lake in the world meets the sky.  Rocky cliffs and pristine forests where you'll find miles of trails to explore.  A thriving community where you can take in a show, explore nature, enjoy a meal and stay in comfort no matter where your plans take you.


  • Visit Natural North Florida


    Natural North Florida is home to the largest collection of natural springs in the world, amazing gulf coast sunsets, world-class fishing, pristine rivers for paddling excursions and peaceful trails to hike.


  • Voyageur Outward Bound School


    Voyageur Outward Bound School is not a summer camp.  We teach individuals that they can achieve more than they ever thought possible through individual and team effort through experiential program in the outdoors, classrooms and conference centers using adventure to create individuals who are self-reliant, effective, and compassionate collaborators.


  • Voyageur Wilderness Programme


    Based on our Voyageur heritage from secluded Voyageur Island, Nym Lake, Northwest Ontario, Canada – whatever your level, our comprehensive services, extensive knowledge and dedication to the environment & love of paddling will get YOU out to Experience Wilderness and Waters less traveled!


  • Voyageurs National Park Association


    Our mission:  To protect and promote the natural, recreational and historic resources of Voyageurs National Park.


  • Wabakimi Canoe Outfitters


    Wabakimi Wilderness Park is larger than BWCAW and Quetico combined … and only visited by 700 paddlers a year!  We are the only full service outfitter for Wabakimi Wilderness Park.  Floatplanes, Trains, Shuttles, Maps, Permits, Trip planning.


  • Wabakimi Project


    The Wabakimi Project is a not-for-profit volunteer effort to explore and document the historical and traditional canoe routes of Wabakimi Provincial Park.  Since its inception in 2004, the scope has been expanded to include the canoe routes that lie on Crown lands adjacent to the park.  They provide vital access to Wabakimi as well as strategic links to nearby provincial parks and the conservation reserves.


  • WaterLegacy


    WaterLegacy is a grassroots citizens' group organized to protect and enhance Minnesota's precious freshwater resource and to ensure effective public participation in government and regulatory processes that impact the quality of fresh water and the health of communities dependent on that water.


  • Wenonah


    For 50 years, we've handcrafted the world's most innovative canoes.  Each canoe is purpose-built to take your experience further, no matter the destination.


  • Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts


    Wild Wales Tours are created for people who hate tours.  With us, you will not have huge buses, name tags, large groups or hurried stops.  What you will have is a wonderful personalized experience full of the best scenery and culture that Wales has to offer.


  • Wilderness Inquiry


    Travel the world with Wilderness Inquiry!  We provide great outdoor adventures for adults and conduct award-winning programs introducing youth, families, and people with disabilities to the natural world.


  • Wilderness Systems   Expo Sponsor


    Wilderness Systems remains committed to the core values established by founders Andy Zimmerman and John Sheppard: build the most innovative product and make this fabulous sport accessible, safe and enjoyable for everyone.


  • Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum


    The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum is a non-profit museum located in Spooner, Wisconsin.  We are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic canoes, and to the education of our visitors on the influence of canoe craft on the art and history of North America.


  • Women's Wilderness Discovery


    Discover your inner strength outdoors.  Outfitted/guided canoe & winter camping & much more for women, girls, families.  BWCAW & surrounding areas of NE MN.


  • Yellowstone Expeditions


    Our package excursions include ski guides, all meals, lodging (includes bedding and linens) at the yurt camp, and all snow-van transportation within the park.  Yellowstone Expeditions also offers backcountry snowshoe excursions and scenic snowcoach tours in Yellowstone National Park.


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