Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M
April 28 – 30, 2017

Expo Hours:

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

2 – 9:30

9 – 6:30

10 – 5

Appreciation Night:

Thursday  5 – 9
Pre-Event Sale
All Are Welcome!

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Meet Exhibitors at the Expo

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 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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Outdoor Adventure Expo Exhibitors

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Access 2 Tanzania    Booth: 9

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.

Adidas TERREX    Booth: 6

Follow your own route and go where only you can go. You´re a creator.  You´re a believer.  You´re always ready to challenge and shake up the norm.  You live in the moment.  You live without limits.

Alaska Wilderness League    Booth: 77

We lead the effort to preserve Alaska's wilderness by engaging citizens, sharing resources, collaborating with other organizations, educating the public, and providing a courageous, constant and victorious voice for Alaska in the nation's capital from all 50 states that work together to keep Alaska's wild places protected for future generations.

American Alpine Club – Twin Cities Chapter    Booth: 58

Despite Minnesota being known for 10,000+ lakes there is an ample amount climbable rock across the state.  The new Twin Cities Chapter is amped to connect with local climbers, gyms, clubs, and businesses, as well as continue building and supporting our climbing community!

Anchor Labs    Booth: 11

We're a group of entrepreneurs with a passion for all things outdoors.

Bearskin Lodge and Outfitter    Booth: 74

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.

Bell Museum of Natural History    Booth: 38

The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world.  It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark destination.  The Bell Museum has nearly 4 million specimens – mammals, birds, fishes, plants, mollusks and insects.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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.

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee    Booth: 48

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee was founded as an advocacy organization where as the Kekekabic Trail Club focuses on trail maintenance.  We aim to save the historic hiking trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Brilliant Reflective    Booth: 5

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    Booth: 75

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    Booth: 32

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     Booth: 65

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 Esquagama    Booth: 76

At Camp Esquagama we believe one week can change a child’s world.  Kids who come to camp create lasting friendships, build self-confidence, develop lifelong skills, and most importantly have fun just being a kid!

Canoeing.com    Booth: 34

The ultimate online guide to canoeing – where to go and what to buy.  Plan your next trip, shop for canoes and gear, learn new skills, join the paddling community – and much more!  Stop by the Canoeing.com booth and enter to win a Mitchell paddle!

Cedar Falls Tourism    Booth: 41

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

Charles City Whitewater    Booth: 45

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

City Pages    Booth: 60

Get all of your local news and entertainment news including movie and restaurant reviews.  While you're reading us, take a look at our calendar of local happenings.

Conservation Corps of MN and IA    Booth: 72

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.

Cook County Bikes and Beer    Booth: 67

Fireweed Bike Coop:  a community invested, locally owned, full service bike shop.

Voyageur Brewing Co.:  Adventurous Craft Beers.

Superior Cycling Association:  We promote cycling of all kinds throughout Cook County.

Cooke Custom Sewing    Booth: 80

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


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    Booth: 7

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.

Diamond Hawk Unlimited    Booth: 10

We have 20+ years of adventure travel experience.  We help you select the unique travel adventure that will provide you with the memorable moments you are looking for.  Whether you're an experienced traveler or it's your first trip, get in touch with us!  We'll interview you to match our unique travel adventures to your needs.


Connect to an active lifestyle.  FamiliesOutdoors.Org is a free service of Jeffers Foundation.  We promote family togetherness, a healthy lifestyle, and environmental stewardship.

Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau    Booth: 46

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 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore    Booth: 53

Our mission is to promote an appreciation for and preservation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness    Booth: 79

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 Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary    Booth: 24

Hunt Hill is a wildlife preserve and learning center, open to all, dedicated to fostering understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment.

Friends of the Kinnickinnic River    Booth: 23

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

Friends of Wabakimi    Booth: 33

Friends of Wabakimi is an Ontario not-for-profit corporation created to support and eventually assume responsibility for the volunteer conservancy efforts of The Wabakimi Project to rehabilitate and document canoe routes in the Wabakimi Area.

Frost River    Booth: 61

Our rugged backpacks and bags have enjoyed a rich history in the discovery and exploration of this unique area.  Traditional canoe packs have been a part of this North Country wilderness for more than a century and our Frost River line of heavy duty backpacks, and canvas and leather bags have been designed and tested to perform in this rugged environment.  All Frost River products are made in our workshop in northern Minnesota.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness    Booth: 36

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national organization that engages and ignites the activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.  Broads gives voice to the millions of older Americans who want to protect public lands as Wilderness for this and future generations.

Hub Bike Coop    Booth: 12

We are a worker-owned and democratically-run workplace focused on providing excellent products and services for all your biking needs.

Ice Age Trail Alliance    Booth: 47

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    Booth: 54

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

International Wolf Center    Booth: 13

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future.

Katadyn    Booth: 83

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.

Keweenaw Adventure Company    Booth: 22

Keweenaw Adventure Company ... your headquarters for outdoor adventures in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale National Park since 1994!

Knowmad Adventures    Booth: 2

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.

Leave No Trace MN    Booth: 63

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.  Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world.

Living Adventure    Booth: 66

We specialize in sea kayaking trips, instruction and rentals in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  In the winter they are hosts to a full program of sea kayaking adventures to Mexico's Yucatan peninsuala.

The Loppet Foundation    Booth: 69

The mission of the Loppet Foundation is to promote and support nordic skiing in the Minneapolis area – especially among inner-city youth.

Midwest Outdoor Resorts    Booth: 19

We provide affordable, quality and family oriented vacation facilities, consistently delivering fun and memorable vacation experiences!  Through affiliations with some of the top national vacation networks, Midwest Outdoor Resorts has established reciprocal use relationships which allow its members access to hundreds of resorts nationwide.

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association    Booth: 26

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA).  MBOTMA is a 501c3 nonprofit, volunteer-based organization serving Minnesota and the Midwest.  Our mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time string band music in Minnesota.

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 DNR - Parks and Trails    Booth: 62

Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Minnesota Rovers    Booth: 51

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.

Minnesota Trails Magazine

Published quarterly in cooperation with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota – a non-profit organization that acquires, protects and enhances critical lands for public enjoyment.  We guide people to these places by telling the story of the people who use, manage and support these special places.  Membership in the Council gives you a free subscription!

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)    Booth: 35

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS 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: 81

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    Booth: 43

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    Booth: 44

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

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    Booth: 68

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

OUT There Adventures    Booth: 39

We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to explore their identity in a positive and affirming environment.

Pukaskwa National Park    Booth: 21

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    Booth: 55

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    Booth: 31

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    Booth: 20

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    Booth: 3

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.

Save the Boundary Waters    Booth: 59

You only have one chance to save a national treasure.  One of America’s most important wilderness areas is threatened by sulfide mining — a toxic mining practice never before allowed in Minnesota.

Seven Sundays Muesli    Booth: 14

We love breakfast.  And not just the food, but all that encompasses “breakfast time” — fresh coffee, the newspaper, a wholesome breakfast, the moments before the day takes hold.  Our inspiration for Seven Sundays muesli came to us during a trip to New Zealand.

Sierra Club    Booth: 78

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.

Simply Native Foods    Booth: 56

Simply Native Foods celebrates the indigenous bounty, delicious variety and ancient wisdom of foods from North America.  We believe in eating what our ancestors ate.  For wholesome taste and excellent nutrition, there's nothing better than a rich variety of wild rice, seeds and fruits evolved by nature.

Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters    Booth: 64

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    Booth: 49

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.

Three Rivers Park District

Each of the Park District's facilities has watersheds that flow into three rivers: the Mississippi, Minnesota and Crow.  The Park District was created in 1957.  Since then, it has grown to encompass over 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves over 10 million visitors annually.

Thrive Adventures    Booth: 8

Do Somethin' Crazy!  The Thrive Adventures motto says it all.  Our vacations are one of a kind, custom, fully-guided adventure vacations.  The world is full of rare beauty and activities that most travelers will never see or experience, and our aim is to check those boxes on your bucket list.

Trailtopia Adventure Food    Booth: 82

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 of M - Center for Outdoor Adventure    Booth: 17

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.

Visit Cook County Minnesota    Booth: 73

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    Booth: 30

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    Booth: 4

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    Booth: 27

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    Booth: 42

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

Wabakimi Canoe Outfitters    Booth: 28

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.

WaterLegacy    Booth: 52

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.

Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts    Booth: 1

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 in the City    Booth: 37

Offering a genuine sense of wilderness so close to the Twin Cities, we support Lebanon Hills Regional Park for it's beauty and variety of nature-based recreation and educational opportunities.

Wilderness Inquiry    Booth: 57

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

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.

Wintermoon Summersun    Booth: 70

Wintermoon Summersun Adventures offers affordable dog sledding and kayaking trips for women.  We are located 50 miles north of Duluth in the Superior National Forest and easily accessible from the Twin Cities and Duluth International Airport.

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum    Booth: 25

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    Booth: 40

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

Yellowstone Expeditions    Booth: 29

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.

YMCA Camps of the Greater Twin Cities    Booth: 16

Welcome to the Y.  We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Yumbutter    Booth: 15

Yumbutter makes Organic Superfood Peanut, Cashew, Sunflower, and Almond Butters.  Packed with superfoods like chia, hemp, and goji to give you 2X the Omega 3's as regular nut butter, and a complete protein.  Our resealable go-anywhere pouch is made for people who want real nutrition on the go.

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