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November 6 – 25, 2020

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November 6–25, 2020

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Next Presentation:  Friday, Nov 6  5:15p.m.  Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy

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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!

Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy

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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.

They'll distribute resource sheets so you can do the treks on your own!

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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

Canoeing Wild Rivers

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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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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.

Mental Training for Climbing - The Rock Warrior's Way

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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.

The Superior Hiking Trail Story

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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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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.

Jodi's Climb for Hope

Jodi’s Climb for Hope (climbforhope.org) has gotten over 150 volunteer fundraising climbers safely to summits on four continents, including Mt. Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano at 19,400 feet, and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Other expeditions have included Mt. Rainier, and Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s tallest mountain, and several other active volcanos.

More importantly, the organization has raised over $850,000 for promising research on breast cancer and MS at Baltimore’s prestigious John’s Hopkins University.

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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

Canoeing Secrets

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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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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.

Majestic Winter in the National Parks

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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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.

Hiking Snowdonia National Park and the Welsh Coastal Path

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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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Renee Davies

About Renee Davies with Knowmad Adventures:

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.

Machu Picchu & Beyond: Making the Most of Your Peru Travels

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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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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.

Update on the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

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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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.

Take the Pictures you have Always Wanted!

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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Krista Erdahl

About Krista Erdahl with Knowmad Adventures:

Krista Erdahl is a Chile and Argentina Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures (KnowmadAdventures.com), an award-winning company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America.

Krista fell in love with Spanish at summer camp more than 20 years ago, studied it in college, and ultimately became fascinated with exploration and adventure.

She has lived in six countries on four continents and visited more than fifty countries.  Today, she is back in her home state of Minnesota where she finds joy in sharing her knowledge and passion for travel with others.

Krista is your go-to gal for Chile and Argentina travel information.  She has traveled through and experienced countless regions in South America, discovered lesser-known hikes, lodges, and vineyards, and planned custom trips for a variety of different travel groups.

Patagonia Unbridled: Journey Through Southern Chile & Argentina

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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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Renee Davies

About Renee Davies with Knowmad Adventures:

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.

Exploring The Galapagos Islands & Mainland Ecuador

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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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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.

Winter Camping is Cool!

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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About Sheridan Braun:

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

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

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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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