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November 6 – 25, 2020

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November 6 – 25, 2020

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Virtual World Tour

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Tickets sales begin November 26th!!  Details on the festival films page.

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Next Presentation:  Tuesday, Nov 24  6:30p.m.  Winter Camping is Cool!

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Winter is a great camping season.  Mosquitoes?  Gone!  Poisonous plants?  Gone!  Ticks?  Gone!  These are all awesome benefits to winter camping.

The peace and quiet of a winter forest is a special experience to feel.  The tips you learn will help you have an enjoyable winter camping experience.

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Tuesday,  November 24th  6:30p.m.

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Jonathan Ringdahl

About Jonathan Ringdahl:

Jonathan Ringdahl is an award-winning photographer who has been published in magazines and had his work shown on major news networks.  He is a National Parks travel enthusiast and National Park Service volunteer.  He is an American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor.  He has a quick wit and sense of humor that makes presentation fun as well as informative.

 

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The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is going virtual.  Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 26th.  Details on the Virtual World Tour page.

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Thursday,  November 26th  12:00a.m.

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Playlist:  Outdoor Adventure Expo - Winter 2020

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Recently there has been a massive increase in the amount of people traveling to the BWCA, which has forced many paddlers, both novice and experienced, to expand their paddling season to include Fall trips.

While we have all heard the stories of those not well prepared for the summer months, paddling in the fall has many of its own unique challenges, which even the experienced summer paddler may not be prepared for.

Join Steve Schreader, who recently returned from a October Paddling trip ripe with all the changes in weather, as he goes through a step-by step process to prepare you for your Fall, and Early spring, BWCA trips.

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Sunday,  November 22nd  2:45p.m.

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Steve Schreader

About Steve Schreader:

Midwest Mountaineering manager Steve Schreader grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and has been an avid outdoors enthusiast since he was five.  In addition to his love for all things Minnesotan, he has recently entered the world of mountaineering.  Having completed his first 14-er, he has his sights on more 14-ers in Colorado as well as some unclimbed peaks in British Columbia.

Trailblazing New Perspectives in Integrative Health and Fitness
(part 2 of 2)  The Practical Application

This clinic covers two practical methods for enhancing microcirculation for improving health, longevity, and performance.  One method is a nutritionally based regimen specific for enhancing kidney efficiency, which improves capillary blood flow (at the cell level). The other method involves classic exercise regimens.

Watson also touches on how the following factors:  training intensity, kidney function, bacterial or viral infections, and gut health may aid or hinder microcirculation.

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Sunday,  November 22nd  1:30p.m.

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Ed Watson

About Ed Watson:

Professor Edward V. Watson is an exercise physiologist, health consultant, and author with 30 years experience teaching exercise science and nutrition.  He teaches Exercise Physiology and Functional Nutrition at Saint Paul College in Minnesota.

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Long-distance hiker Annie Nelson will discuss her 5-month, 1,500-mile hike on America’s longest National Scenic Trail, the North Country Trail (nps.gov/noco).

The NCT stretches from North Dakota to Vermont, running almost 900 miles through Minnesota.  Annie will share photos and stories from her hike which took her across Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

She will make the case as to why any future long-distance backpacker should consider the NCT for their next adventure.

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Sunday,  November 22nd  12:15p.m.

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About Annie Nelson:

Annie Nelson is the author of “Thru-Hike the Superior Hiking Trail,” has solo backpacked more than 2,000 miles in the northwoods, and earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Learn more at:  wildstory.site

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Between travel restrictions and our own personal ethics regarding COVID-19 mitigation, 2020 has been a difficult year for adventures.

Despite this Elspeth and her husband, Erik, adjusted their vacation plans to still include plenty of mud, snow, and boulders to create memorable trips in 2020.

This presentation will include short exploits from these excursions, discussion regarding COVID-19 appropriateness, and planning for 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic still in mind.  Greater Minnesota and the wilderness areas of the western United States will be the focus of this talk, with secrets on how to turn a trip to a location that may seem mundane into an expedition.

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Saturday,  November 21st  6:30p.m.

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About Elspeth Ronnander:

As an adventure-addict, Elspeth and her husband have hiked and paddled across much of the United States with some dabbling in Canada and Europe.  More recently, Elspeth has taken to off-trail travel.

When not adventuring, she spends most of her free-time training for cross-country ski racing.

Her memoir Going the Distance: Piecing Together a Life of Adventure, a behind-the-scenes story about her struggles with the mental and physical aspects of competitive running and cross-country skiing in high school and beyond is due out this November 2020!

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Loading up at Lynn Lake, Manitoba - July 3, 2005

A six-hundred-mile trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive.

This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger's near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra.  The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain.

Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly.  Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive.  Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend to his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perserverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.

The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial-by-fire of the human spirit.

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Saturday,  November 21st  5:15p.m.

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Alex Messenger

About Alex Messenger:

Alex Messenger, at seventeen, was mauled by a grizzly bear.  In the decade afterward, he worked as a wilderness guide and volunteer search-and-rescue operator.

His love of adventure, nature, and cultures has taken him all over the glove, but the north woods and canoe country have always been among his favorite subjects.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men's Journal, National Parks Magazine, Outside Online, and Backpacker Magazine.

Let's talk about paddling in one of the most remote and beautiful places in Europe, with over 10,000 miles of coastline (yes! ten thousand).

We will explore some of this hidden gems' best destinations.  Pristine white beaches, blue water craggy islands, tidal races, big fish, thousands of birds, dolphins, and castles.  For a small country there is so much to sea!

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Saturday,  November 21st  4:00p.m.

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Bruce Low

About Bruce Low:

Bruce is Scottish, and landed in Minnesota over 10 years ago.

Bruce started paddling in Scotland in the 80’s on the Isle of Lewis, a place surrounded by ocean, so being on the water was part of life.  He has travelled the world mostly as an excuse to paddle.

Now he wants to share his homeland as the hidden gem that it is, and show how kayaking is a perfect way to view some its best bits.

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Canoeing the Partridge River

Here’s your chance to learn about important new developments in protecting Minnesota waters from PolyMet pollution.

Sulfide mining threatens the Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters and even the Mississippi River watersheds of Minnesota.  The PolyMet/Glencore mine is the first sulfide mine ever proposed in Minnesota, and it would serve as the snowplow behind which any other dangerous mines would follow.  PolyMet has obtained state and federal permits, but WaterLegacy and other groups are fighting back.

Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel will share the concealment and irregularities we’ve exposed that allowed PolyMet permits to be issued.  You’ll hear the latest on the critical victories we’ve obtained in court to protect Minnesota waters.  Now is the time for all of us to act and protect Minnesota waters from PolyMet/Glencore and sulfide mining.

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Saturday,  November 21st  1:30p.m.

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Paula Maccabee

About Paula Maccabee:

Paula Maccabee has served as a public interest lawyer, working to protect human rights, environmental health, social justice, and clean air and water since graduating from Yale Law School in 1981.

For the past 10 years, she has served as Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel for WaterLegacy (waterlegacy.org), an award-winning grassroots non-profit formed to protect Minnesota’s clean waters and communities.

(part 1 of 2)  Trailblazing New Perspectives in Integrative Health and Fitness

This clinic illustrates the anatomical microcosmos of the body and concepts of cell level physiology.  Using visuals from science trailblazers of the past and his own visual props, Watson details the quirky physics of blood flow and metabolism at the cell level.  From this perspective he simplifies the complexity of cellular metabolism by displaying ‘snapshots frozen in time’ of a cell’s real-time use of nutrients, its analog translated to physical performance, as well as its ‘innate immune reaction’ to ischemic conditions.

This unique perspective clarifies how impaired microcirculation not only hinders performance, but also harms valves and cells in the heart, brain cells, and cognitive function.

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Saturday,  November 21st  11:00a.m.

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Ed Watson

About Ed Watson:

Professor Edward V. Watson is an exercise physiologist, health consultant, and author with 30 years experience teaching exercise science and nutrition.  He teaches Exercise Physiology and Functional Nutrition at Saint Paul College in Minnesota.

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Ode 2 Minnesota Supporters

In August and September of 2018 two gents from Minnesota embarked on a three-stage trip dubbed, ‘The Ode to MN’ (facebook.com/Ode2Minnesota), a tribute to the natural splendor of Minnesota.

Using gear made in Minnesota, the trip began with a bike tour from St. Paul to International Falls, MN.  From here the two canoed the Voyageurs’ Highway through Voyageurs National Park and the BWCAW to Grand Portage State Park, MN.  Upon arriving at Lake Superior, they traded their paddles for backpacks and headed south to Duluth, MN via the Superior Hiking Trail.  The final stretch saw them return to their bikes, cycling back to St. Paul, MN.

Join Steve and Eli as they speak about their trip, their focus, their ups and downs, and what's it’s like to create an expedition right out of their own backyard.  This is a celebration of wilderness, innovation and adventure in our great state.

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Friday,  November 20th  6:30p.m.

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Eli Nord

About Steve Schreader and Eli Nord:

Steve Schreader

Midwest Mountaineering manager Steve Schreader grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and has been an avid outdoors enthusiast since he was five.  In addition to his love for all things Minnesotan, he has recently entered the world of mountaineering.  Having completed his first 14-er, he has his sights on more 14-ers in Colorado as well as some unclimbed peaks in British Columbia.

Eli Nord is currently the Junior Engineer of research and development for Northstar Canoes.  He has been an avid paddler since 2009 and specializes in canoe repair and restoration.

Are you tired of looking at other people’s photos and wishing your photos looked like their photos?  This presentation is for you my friend.

We will dive into how to improve your photography skills using any camera including your phone.  Tips for winter photography will be covered for shooting during this season that can wreak havoc on your camera.

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Friday,  November 20th  5:15p.m.

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Jonathan Ringdahl

About Jonathan Ringdahl:

Jonathan Ringdahl is an award-winning photographer who has been published in magazines and had his work shown on major news networks.  He is a National Parks travel enthusiast and National Park Service volunteer.  He is an American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor.  He has a quick wit and sense of humor that makes presentation fun as well as informative.

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Curious about why some people are so in love with winter camping?  Ever want to try it yourself?

Dan Pauly, author of Exploring the Boundary Waters, will give you all the information you need!  Learn what kind of equipment you need, what it takes to stay warm, and how to love sleeping in subzero temperatures.

Dan will also introduce you to a community of winter campers that you can join for your first winter camping adventure.

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Thursday,  November 19th  7:45p.m.

About Dan Pauly:

Dan Pauly is the author of the book Exploring the Boundary Waters, and a board member at Friends of the Boundary Waters Action Network (bwcapac.org).

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The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is one of the most unique, pristine and remarkable destinations in the world.

Ecuador is home to nearly every ecosystem imaginable.  Visits to Ecuador can include cloud forest, Andean Highlands, historic haciendas, remote indigenous communities, volcanoes, Amazon Jungle, colonial cities, and of course, the famed Galapagos Islands.

This presentation will show astounding photos of the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador, as well as share practical advice on everything from picking the perfect Galapagos cruise for you to where to go in mainland Ecuador and how to plan the perfect itinerary.

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Thursday,  November 19th  6:30p.m.

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Renee Davies

About Renee Davies:

Renee Davies is a Peru and Ecuador Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures (KnowmadAdventures.com) – an award winning company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America.

She lived in Mexico for over 3 years and is excited to help travelers discover the wonderful impact not just travel, but really experiencing a different country and culture can have on your life.

She has traveled extensively throughout Peru and Ecuador and has a profound knowledge of the countries’ regions, off the beaten-path destinations, and cultural experiences.

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Paul Enjoys an Overlook on the Kekakabic Trail

Paul & Kelly hiked the Kekekabic Trail (northcountrytrail.org/trail/minnesota/kek) in October, 2020, then turned around and hiked it again for an 81-mile YoYo thru-hike.

Join in for a quick overview of the trail, highlights of their hike, and free advice for your own Kek adventure.  Find out what the "New and Improved" Kek looks like and get a mess of tips for success when you head Up North to explore the Kek!

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Thursday,  November 19th  5:15p.m.

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Kelly and Paul Kautz

About Paul Kautz:

Paul and Kelly have backpacked together over two centuries.  Paul has thru-hiked the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT), Arizona Trail (AZT), Ice Age Trail (IAT), Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT), and the Kekakabic Trail (Kek).  The Kek is Kelly's first thru!

The Boundary Waters and Quetico Park are threatened by proposals to develop sulfide-ore copper mining in the headwaters of these international treasures.

Get an update on the national Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and a call to action to protect the Quetico Superior canoe country.

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Wednesday,  November 18th  7:45p.m.

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Becky Rom

About Becky Rom:

Becky Rom is the National Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and a member of The Wilderness Society Governing Council.  She has worked to protect the Quetico Superior canoe country for more than 50 years.

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Patagonia Chile

Patagonia is as vast and sparsely populated as it is dramatic.  This remote region at the end of the Andes is home to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego and the expansive Torres del Paine National Park.  It also includes the iconic Monte Fitz Roy, the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier and more.

This presentation will offer jaw-dropping images of the region's incredible natural beauty from a variety of expeditions, and will also offer practical advice on traveling through this vast area of wilderness and cultural intrigue.

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Wednesday,  November 18th  6:30p.m.

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Jordan Harvey

About Jordan Harvey:

Jordan Harvey co-founded Knowmad Adventures (KnowmadAdventures.com) – a trip operator and travel consultancy specializing in custom, private, and group travels to South America.

Jordan is a 5 year Travel + Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor winner for Chile, Argentina, and Peru as well as a Condé Nast Traveler’s “Experience Makers Award” winner for 3 years in a row for both Chile and Argentina.  Knowmad is recommended by Frommer’s, a leader in global travel guidebooks, and has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and online media outlets.

However, what truly makes Jordan an expert on South American travel is that he has lived, worked and traveled through every nook and cranny of the places in which Knowmad operates.

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MachuPicchu

Home to ancient civilizations, vast archaeological marvels in unbelievable settings, vibrant indigenous cultures, and natural wonders spanning from unspoiled Amazon rainforest to towering Andean peaks, Peru inspires awe at every turn.

Renee's presentation will feature inspired images from Peru's various regions while offering practical itinerary planning and travel advice for Peru including hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, less physical and more luxurious trips to Machu Picchu, Amazon Jungle travel and lodges, and Lake Titicaca.

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Tuesday,  November 17th  6:30p.m.

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Renee Davies

About Renee Davies:

Renee Davies is a Peru and Ecuador Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures (KnowmadAdventures.com) – an award winning company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America.

She lived in Mexico for over 3 years and is excited to help travelers discover the wonderful impact not just travel, but really experiencing a different country and culture can have on your life.

She has traveled extensively throughout Peru and Ecuador and has a profound knowledge of the countries’ regions, off the beaten-path destinations, and cultural experiences.

I would like to pass on knowledge to first time river paddlers, or people wanting to extend knowledge and confidence to choose more challenging river tours.  To do this we will discuss river currents, obstacle identification, and maneuvering on moving water and easier rapids.

If possible I would like this to be a 2 way conversation between myself and the audience.

Goals:

  • Gain an understanding of the international river classification system, focusing on Class 1 to 3 and how to use guide books to choose destinations.
  • An introduction to basic river currents.
  • How to “read” water currents and spot obstacles.
  • Tactics to maneuvering canoes and kayaks down rivers and through easier rapids.

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Tuesday,  November 17th  5:15p.m.

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Bruce Low

About Bruce Low:

I am someone who has spent just the right amount of time paddling down rivers on 5 continents.  I have used all sorts of craft: kayaks, rafts, canoes, and even inflatable crocodiles.

I have been an outdoor instructor since the early 90’s working.  In this country I have worked for NOLS, Outward Bound, and Wilderness Inquiry, as well as a guide trainer for the International Rafting Federation.

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Hikiers on the Welsh Coastal Path

Wales is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Fiercely independent, culturally rich with song, prose, storytelling and its very own Celtic language, Wales is a mystical destination.

Come and learn about the 3,000 year old culture of this ancient land, and the hiking along the 870 miles of the “Welsh Coastal Path” and in the “Snowdonia National Park”.

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Monday,  November 16th  6:30p.m.

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Hywel Taff Roberts

About Hywel Taff Roberts:

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Hywel Roberts is the Director of Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts (wildwalestours.com).  He is a storyteller, adventurer, sailor, film director, naturalist and an avid hiker.

Hywel is a native of Wales, speaks fluent Welsh and is passionate about his homeland and the Welsh culture.  He lives in rural Minnesota on the Mississippi River.

Winter is a prime time to head out on that national park adventure you have always wanted to do.  The crowds and bugs are gone!  Peace, quiet, and adventure reign.

If you are not convinced yet, Jonathan's beautiful pictures will make you want to pack your bags!

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Sunday,  November 15th  6:30p.m.

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Jonathan Ringdahl

About Jonathan Ringdahl:

Jonathan Ringdahl is an award-winning photographer who has been published in magazines and had his work shown on major news networks.  He is a National Parks travel enthusiast and National Park Service volunteer.  He is an American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor.  He has a quick wit and sense of humor that makes presentation fun as well as informative.

Tired of freeze-dried meals and granola bars?  Looking for ways to up your wilderness cooking skills?

Join veteran paddler Kim Young for this primer on cooking and baking great meals in the Boundary Waters.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a rookie cook, you’re sure to come away with tasty and tantalizing ideas for the next time you’re around the campfire.

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Sunday,  November 15th  12:15p.m.

About Kim Young:

Kim Young is a veteran paddler and Friends of the BWCA (friends-bwca.org) Board Member.

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A Webinar and Q&A with Annie Nelson, author of “Thru-Hike the Superior Hiking Trail” guide.

Learn practical tips for planning and enjoying a thru-hike or long-distance hike on the SHT.  Annie will discuss what to expect from the trail, how to resupply food and gear, the risks, and the great reward found while thru-hiking one of Minnesota’s premier long-distance trails.

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Sunday,  November 15th  11:00a.m.

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About Annie Nelson:

Annie Nelson is the author of “Thru-Hike the Superior Hiking Trail,” has solo backpacked more than 2,000 miles in the northwoods, and earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Learn more at:  wildstory.site

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The focus is on how to “tune” a canoe for casual and wilderness travel.

Learn how to install “blind” lining holes at cutwater, choose and safely store tracking lines, install knee-pads and foot braces, shock-cord decks and thwarts, correct the seat height, reposition thwarts to make more space for gear, select straight and bent-shaft paddles, correctly fit a life jacket and portage yoke, make and safely use spray covers, and pack the canoe efficiently for a wilderness trip.

Canoe repair materials you need and how to use them is also included.

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Saturday,  November 14th  4:00p.m.

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Cliff Jacobson

About Cliff Jacobson:

The author of numerous books on canoeing and campcraft, Cliff Jacobson is one of the world’s foremost authorities on canoeing and northern travel.

Check out Cliff's recently updated website:  cliffcanoe.com

With engaging stories from Andy’s mountaineering, business and personal life, Carrying a Flag from Pain to Passion portrays the guiding principles he learned climbing that have helped him navigate the peaks and valleys of his life.

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Saturday,  November 14th  2:45p.m.

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Andrew Buerger

About Andrew Buerger:

Andy Buerger is an award-winning entrepreneur of for-profit and social ventures.  He was the founder of B’more Organic.  The certified B Corporation made organic protein smoothies based on skyr, an Icelandic-style strained yogurt.  According to Inc Magazine, it was the 5th fastest growing natural/organic brand in the U.S. two years ago.  B’more Organic had a mission to take a bite out of disease by making a healthy high protein product with no added sugar, and donating 1% of sales to the non-profit he created:  Jodi’s Climb for Hope.

He is currently the Director of Rare Earth Adventures, an expedition guiding company based in Portland, OR.  Andy lives in Baltimore with his supportive wife, Jennifer, and dog Denali.

Skijoring is a winter sport that partners a cross country skier with a dog in harness as a pastime to embrace and enjoy winter!

Learn about this history of this wonderful sport, how to get started, what equipment is most suitable for you and your dog, and what dog doesn't love skijoring?  (hint, almost all!)

Skijoring can be as easy as going for a walk with your dog or as exhilarating as flying down the trail at 20mph!  A well trained dog is essential to getting started.  Additional training gives you the control needed when you get on snow.

You and your dog can do this!

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Friday,  November 13th  5:15p.m.

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Steve Schreader

About Steve Schreader:

Midwest Mountaineering manager Steve Schreader grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and has been an avid outdoors enthusiast since he was five.  In addition to his love for all things Minnesotan, he has recently entered the world of mountaineering.  Having completed his first 14-er, he has his sights on more 14-ers in Colorado as well as some unclimbed peaks in British Columbia.

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Relive the excitement of Dave and Amy Freeman's Year in the Wilderness in this stunning short film that follows their year spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

Bear Witness shares Dave and Amy's experiences in all seasons and how the Freemans dedicated themselves to this expedition in an effort to raise awareness about the threats to the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.

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Thursday,  November 12th  7:45p.m.

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Amy and Dave Freeman

About Amy and Dave Freeman:

Amy and Dave Freeman are the authors of A Year in the Wilderness, a project chronicling their yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.

The Freemans’ expeditions have taken them over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic.  National Geographic named them Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.

They also run the Wilderness Classroom (wildernessclassroom.com), an educational nonprofit organization that introduces children to wild places and unique cultures.

With her husband Dave, Amy runs the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places throughout the world.

When thery aren’t on expeditions or speaking tours, they guide canoe, kayak and dogsledding trips near Grand Marais and Ely, MN.

Foreign corporations are trying to open copper sulfide mines in Minnesota, which threaten to pollute some of the cleanest water in the country.

At the doorstep of the Boundary Waters is the site of the proposed Twin Metals mine.  Owned by the Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta, the Twin Metals mine would be an ecological disaster for the most-visited Wilderness Area in the United States.

PolyMet, which is approximately 12 miles south of the border with the Boundary Waters, is the snow plow that will clear the way for other copper-sulfide mining in Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters watershed.

In this presentation, you'll learn about the threat that this type of mining poses to Minnesota, and what you can do help protect clean water.

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Thursday,  November 12th  6:30p.m.

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Chris Knopf

About Chris Knopf:

Chris is the executive director at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (friends-bwca.org).

Tired of freeze-dried meals and granola bars?  Looking for ways to up your wilderness cooking skills?

Join veteran paddler Kim Young for this primer on cooking and baking great meals in the Boundary Waters.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a rookie cook, you’re sure to come away with tasty and tantalizing ideas for the next time you’re around the campfire.

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Wednesday,  November 11th  7:45p.m.

About Kim Young:

Kim Young is a veteran paddler and Friends of the BWCA (friends-bwca.org) Board Member.

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Join veteran whitewater kayaker Sheridan as she takes you through the basics of whitewater kayaking.

Learn about differences in boats, gear, basic skills, and where to take it to the next level in Minnesota and beyond.

This clinic will provide you with a better sense of whitewater kayaking.  Learn what you need to know now to be prepared for next spring!

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Wednesday,  November 11th  6:30p.m.

About Sheridan Braun:

Sheridan is an avid whitewater kayaker.  When she is not out on the river, she is a manager at Midwest Mountaineering.

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Superior Hiking Trail Story - book cover.

The Superior Hiking Trail Story book came out last April—just in time for the Covid shutdown! Nonetheless the book is receiving rave reviews and has been selling briskly.

Rudi Hargesheimer tells the story with over 400 color photos, many quotes from trail users, and assistance from extensive interviews with trail volunteers and leaders.  From no trail at all in 1986, it has become the “second best long trail in the nation” as ranked by Backpacker Magazine readers.  The story starts before 1986 discussing the history of the North Shore and how the trail is linked to historical usages predating the vision of a 300-mile long hiking trail.  Since its beginnings, there have been many success tales and some interesting failure stories that today’s hikers are not aware of at all.  This book tells all!

The Expo presentation will discuss the format of the book, the trail’s early history and a step by step chronicling of the trail building and maintaining process.  Several short segments of the book will be featured in the presentation.  Volunteers will be applauded, of course!  More book info at:  NorthShorePhotoArt.com.

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Monday,  November 9th  7:45p.m.

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Rudi Hargesheimer

About Rudi Hargesheimer:

Rudi Hargesheimer is a retired 40-year veteran manager of Midwest Mountaineering currently writing articles for MN Trails Magazine and selling photos at:  NorthShorePhotoArt.com

Rudi served as a volunteer board member of the Superior Hiking Trail Association for twelve years; six of those as President.  He also served on the board of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota for another twelve years.

His passion for parks, trails, hiking and all things “North Shore” is evident in his lifetime of work.  The November, 2020 issue of Lake Superior Magazine features Rudi’s “fall color” photo essay.

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Rock climbing demands both physical strength and mental acuity.  And yet, there are very few resources to help both new and experienced climbers overcome the obstacles they encounter within the mental landscape.

Many climbers today are debilitated by fear, stuck in performance plateaus, or endlessly pursuing egoic accomplishments.

Join Sevve Stember, a Warrior’s Way trainer in training and an AMGA certified guide, in an honest discussion about his journey with limiting beliefs, fear of falling, and the power of language.  In addition, you’ll be exposed to different opportunities that will propel your climbing forward, both physically and mentally.  Don’t miss it!

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Sunday,  November 8th  6:30p.m.

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Sevve Stember

About Sevve Stember:

Sevve Stember is a mountain athlete that hails from northern Minnesota.  He's practically Canadian.  As a boy, he has fond memories of nordic skiing with his father in subzero temps, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and climbing Oak trees.

Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, trail running, or climbing.

In the climbing world, he excels in all disciplines: sport, trad, alpine, speed, and bouldering.  He chooses not to climb ice … 'cause … that stuff is scary.  After trading in his annual Birkie (Nordic ski marathon) registration for skins and a beacon, he's discovered the freedom that backcountry skiing offers.

As a mountain runner, he's been blending his love of rock climbing with trail running to complete long ridge line traverses in the alpine setting.

Recently, he's become certified as a Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association and is partnering with Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior's Way, to (soon) offer applied mental training clinics.

Since he's a bit neurotic, he tries to calm his nervous system with meditation, yoga, and cold showers/alpine lake swimming.  Every now and then, he picks up his camera to take adventure shots of his friends or write a musing about his latest adventure/existential crisis.

The front range of Colorado feels like home and he's allowed his roots to take hold here.

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Loosely based on Cliff’s flagship book, 'Canoeing Wild Rivers' Falcon Guides, 2015 (formerly titled “Expedition Canoeing”), this fast-paced presentation focuses on canoeing remote northern rivers, and remote but easy north American rivers that are suitable for those with limited paddling skills.

Tips and tricks and lots of laughs are the rule at Cliff’s seminars.  There’s practical advice for every outing, whether it’s close to home or off the beaten path.

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Saturday,  November 7th  4:00p.m.

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Cliff Jacobson

About Cliff Jacobson:

The author of numerous books on canoeing and campcraft, Cliff Jacobson is one of the world’s foremost authorities on canoeing and northern travel.

Check out Cliff's recently updated website:  cliffcanoe.com

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Join 24 friends in their 50's and 60's as they hike the heart of the Scottish Highlands on an independent, self-guided adventure.

The first official footpath established in Scotland, the WHW is a 96 mile walk along deep crystal clear Lochs, heavily forested woodlands, well maintained farms and rugged hills overlooking picturesque valleys.

The well-marked trail is appropriate for all skill levels, with small village B&B's or a quaint hotel awaiting each evening.  The WHW lets you set your own pace, be it a stop for a "wee dram" at a local distillery, a leisurely lunch or a welcome foot soak in an ice-cold stream.

It is a celebration at trails end to say "we did it"!

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Saturday,  November 7th  11:00a.m.

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Scott Weicht

About Scott Weicht:

Scott has combined his love for life with traveling throughout the world.  A Minnesota native, he enjoys the BWCA and has done Multi-day hikes in Peru and New Zealand.

He is an avid bicyclist with trips in Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Rock climbing demands both physical strength and mental acuity.  And yet, there are very few resources to help both new and experienced climbers overcome the obstacles they encounter within the mental landscape.

Many climbers today are debilitated by fear, stuck in performance plateaus, or endlessly pursuing egoic accomplishments.

Join Sevve Stember, a Warrior’s Way trainer in training and an AMGA certified guide, in an honest discussion about his journey with limiting beliefs, fear of falling, and the power of language.  In addition, you’ll be exposed to different opportunities that will propel your climbing forward, both physically and mentally.  Don’t miss it!

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Friday,  November 6th  6:30p.m.

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Sevve Stember

About Sevve Stember:

Sevve Stember is a mountain athlete that hails from northern Minnesota.  He's practically Canadian.  As a boy, he has fond memories of nordic skiing with his father in subzero temps, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and climbing Oak trees.

Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, trail running, or climbing.

In the climbing world, he excels in all disciplines: sport, trad, alpine, speed, and bouldering.  He chooses not to climb ice … 'cause … that stuff is scary.  After trading in his annual Birkie (Nordic ski marathon) registration for skins and a beacon, he's discovered the freedom that backcountry skiing offers.

As a mountain runner, he's been blending his love of rock climbing with trail running to complete long ridge line traverses in the alpine setting.

Recently, he's become certified as a Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association and is partnering with Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior's Way, to (soon) offer applied mental training clinics.

Since he's a bit neurotic, he tries to calm his nervous system with meditation, yoga, and cold showers/alpine lake swimming.  Every now and then, he picks up his camera to take adventure shots of his friends or write a musing about his latest adventure/existential crisis.

The front range of Colorado feels like home and he's allowed his roots to take hold here.

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Rod and Sharon at Cerro Torre

Most lists of the world's classic hikes include the dramatic and beautiful Torres del Paine Circuit and the Fitz Roy area.  This is Rod's third trip to Patagonia (the southern part of Chile and Argentina).  He keeps coming back to this wild place.

Some of the world's most spectacular mountains, huge glaciers, penguins, lots of wind, great food and wine at reasonable prices and many trekking options are standard for Patagonia.  Rod and Sharon backpacked, hut-hopped and day hiked from hotels.

Here is their resource sheet, so you can do the treks on your own!

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Friday,  November 6th  5:15p.m.

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Sharon and Rod Johnson

About Rod & Sharon Johnson:

Rod Johnson is the owner and 1970 founder of Midwest Mountaineering (midwestmtn.com), your locally owned outdoor adventure outfitter.  With his wife, Sharon, Rod has traveled the globe in search of great outdoor adventures which can be shared with you each Outdoor Adventure Expo!

Their programs provide resource sheets giving you the information you will need for planning your own adventure:  how to prepare, where to go, what to bring, how to keep your gear weight down, getting visas and permits, and how to keep the cost down.

They truly love helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences.  Come catch their enthusiasm!

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Virtual World Tour

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Tickets sales begin November 26th!!  Details on the festival films page.

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