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April 23 – May 2, 2021

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April 23 – May 2, 2021

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Everything in the Store Sale Priced During the Entire Expo

Store Hours During Expo
M-F 10-8  •  Sat 9-6  •  Sun 10-5

40 FREE Virtual Presentations

More Info Soon – Full Details by April 1st

Social distancing is a priority for this Expo.  We are using safe procedures in compliance with the CDC's recommendations:  increased number of expo days to offer a less crowded Outdoor Adventure Expo experience • no giant expo tents • limited number of in-store customers to keep people at least 6' apart • changing rooms and clothing cleaned after every use • virtual presentations • boat demos by pre-scheduled appointment only.

The outdoors have become very popular during the pandemic.  Outdoor activities have social distancing built in!  We’ve had a hard time keeping boats, skis, snowshoes and butane in stock.  When boats arrive, they’re often sold even before they’re displayed.  If you special order a boat, you probably won’t get it until September.  Best to buy canoes and kayaks while they’re still available.

We’re hoping to have our Exhibitor Tent back for the November Expo.

Paddlesports Demo April 22nd 3:00 to 7:00 at Lake Nokomis

Call 612-339-3433 to reserve your spot!
Details on the Paddlesports Demo page:  paddlesports-demo

Sorry, but due to Covid-19 and high demand there is no boat auction this year.  If you are looking to buy or sell, please contact the paddlesports department coordinator Steve Schreader ([email protected]).  Steve will be keeping a list of customer boats that are for sale.

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Rusty Taco Food Truck
Saturday, April 24th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Open-air Exhibitors Saturday, May 1st 9:00am to 3:00pm
(In the parking lot near back door of store.)
Backup Date:  Sunday, May 2nd 9 to 3 (if rain-out on Sat.)

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Next Presentation:  Friday, Apr 23  12:00p.m.  Post-hiking and Backpacking Stretches

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Stretching is especially important before and after physically demanding events like hiking and backpacking in order to prevent injuries and manage muscle soreness and fatigue.

During this interactive presentation, Tara will go over specific stretches and provide advice for safe stretching specific to a hiking or backpacking adventure.  You will leave the presentation with tools to be able to bring stretching exercises on the trail with you.

Friday,  April 23rd  12:00p.m.

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Tara Shafrath

About Tara Shafrath:

Tara has an extensive background in health and physical activity and has worked in the higher education and healthcare industries.  She is an experienced virtual and in-person instructor and program director.  She holds a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Exercise Science from South Dakota State University.

Tara is an Exercise Physiologist at Minnesota Women's Care P.A. OBGYN & Specialty Care Center:  mnwcare.com

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What motivates a middle-aged woman to brave extreme weather, precarious river crossings, swarms of sandflies and epic mud?  Breathtaking scenery and a renewed sense of wonder!

Join Blissful Hiker Alison Young for stories and images of her spectacular solo tramp of New Zealand’s 3,000 kilometer “Long Pathway,” Te Araroa.

Friday,  April 23rd  4:00p.m.

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About Alison Young (Blissful Hiker):

A former professional flutist and Minnesota Public Radio host, voice artist Alison Young is the Blissful Hiker.

She’s backpacked on six continents and right before Covid shut down the world, walked New Zealand’s “long pathway” Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Find our more at (BlissfulHiker.com) and by listening to her podcast 'The Pee Rag, Unfiltered Adventures of the Blissful Hiker'

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Midwest Mountaineering Staff - In the Beginning

50 years ago Rod only had $500, so he wrote to outdoor gear manufacturers and got dealerships so he could get his gear for wholesale.  He sold gear to his friends from his kitchen.

After 50 years his mission has changed to helping and encouraging others have great outdoor adventures, instead of just retailing.

Rod will present a slideshow with a Question & Answer session to follow.

Friday,  April 23rd  6:00p.m.

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Rod Johnson

About Rod Johnson:

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

His 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.

He truly loves helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences.  Come catch his enthusiasm!

 

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Does your rain-fly flap in the wind?  Have you ever wanted to leave the tent behind and sleep in a tarp shelter?

Dan Cooke, of Cooke Custom Sewing, will show a variety of ways you can utilize a tarp to better enjoy your wilderness adventure.

He'll demonstrate various rigging methods, suggest some creative ideas to common challenges and show the best knots for setting up a storm-proof shelter.

Saturday,  April 24th  10:00a.m.

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About Dan Cooke:

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In addition to being the owner of Cooke Custom Sewing and a previous ACA Freestyle Paddling Instructor, Dan Cooke has been paddling and camping for the past 55 years.

From the Rio Grande to the Kazan River and many places in between, you will likely find Dan capturing the landscape through photography or crafting the finest canoe gear available.

Website:  cookecustomsewing.com.

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Does your rain-fly flap in the wind?  Have you ever wanted to leave the tent behind and sleep in a tarp shelter?

Dan Cooke, of Cooke Custom Sewing, will show a variety of ways you can utilize a tarp to better enjoy your wilderness adventure.

He'll demonstrate various rigging methods, suggest some creative ideas to common challenges and show the best knots for setting up a storm-proof shelter.

Saturday,  April 24th  1:00p.m.

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About Dan Cooke:

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In addition to being the owner of Cooke Custom Sewing and a previous ACA Freestyle Paddling Instructor, Dan Cooke has been paddling and camping for the past 55 years.

From the Rio Grande to the Kazan River and many places in between, you will likely find Dan capturing the landscape through photography or crafting the finest canoe gear available.

Website:  cookecustomsewing.com.

Presentation description coming soon.

Saturday,  April 24th  2:00p.m.

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Jared paddling SUP in whitewater.

During the summer of 2019 Jared Munch pursued the impossible - stand up paddle boarding from Duluth, MN to the southernmost tip of the Arctic Ocean.

This 920-mile, 39-day unsupported journey took him around 460 miles of Lake Superior through heavy wind and waves, 60 miles up the Michipicoten River, and down 400 miles of untamed whitewater on the Missinaibi River prior to reaching James Bay.

This presentation covers details of expedition SUP paddling, performance race, surf, and whitewater SUP paddling, significance of board shapes, and an overview of the journey.

More information available at www.superiorpaddleacademy.com

Saturday,  April 24th  4:00p.m.

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About Jared Munch:

Jared Munch has always been a pretty active person.  He had been a three-sport athlete in high school, but upon entering college he wanted to try new things and gain lifelong skills.

For this reason, he chose to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth, which happens to have an amazing outdoor sports program.  During his first semester as a college student, he took an intro to whitewater kayaking class.  Soon, he was working full-time as a whitewater canoe and SUP instructor.  In what seemed like no time at all, paddling became a huge part of his life.

Jared is now a professional stand up paddleboard instructor, athlete, and adventurer.  He aims to break the negative stigmas surrounding SUP by empowering others to find their potential through expert instruction and exposure to exciting paddling environments.  When not paddling, Jared works full-time as a coastal engineer in Duluth.

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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.

Saturday,  April 24th  6:00p.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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This whirlwind seminar focuses on camping tricks that only the experts know—practical things you won’t find in ordinary camping books or videos.

Learn how to stormproof your tent, inexpensively waterproof your sleeping bag; sleep comfortably on a bad site; make a one match fire in the rain; stay dry in an all day rain; purify silty river water; waterproof and pack your gear so it will stay dry in rain or a capsize.

Based on Cliff’s book, Camping’s Top Secrets, 25th Anniversary Edition.

Sunday,  April 25th  12:00p.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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Costa Rica is a fantastic place for hiking, for all levels.

And for the most adventurous, Costa Rica offers great trekking opportunities.  In its three chains of mountains, that go from sea level to the highest point, the Chirripo mountain, at 12,536 feet, you will find many fun opportunities.

In this presentation, I will share with you, different areas ideal for a variety of hikes and what you need to know as you plan your Costa Rica vacation.

Sunday,  April 25th  2:00p.m.

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Maria Murillo

About Maria Murillo:

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Maria grew up with Costa Rica as her playground.

She is the founder of Costa Rica Authentic (costarica-authentic.com), a company that specializes in customized guided trips to Costa Rica.

Her deep knowledge of Costa Rica has inspired Maria to create a company that provides authentic experiences to people visiting Costa Rica – helping them create unforgettable memories.

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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.

Sunday,  April 25th  4:00p.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.

Australian-born mountain guide Gary Scott has been trekking and climbing in Nepal for over 38 years and just led his 40th trek there.

He will providee information on trekking to the Mount Everest region and base camp where he has led over 20 groups with a 95% success rate.

Gary will also discuss acclimatization and what level of physial preparedness you will need, how to travel and trek safely in Nepal, and answer any questions you may have.

Sunday,  April 25th  6:00p.m.

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Gary Scott

About Gary Scott:

Gary Scott is an award winning adventure travel guide who spends half the year guiding in Europe and the other half traveling around the globe looking for exciting new destinations to share with his guests.

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He has guided thousands of happy guests since 1983 on over 100 walking tours in the Dolomites and over 40 treks and expeditions in the Himalaya.  Gary still holds the world-record for the first one-day ascent of Denali in Alaska, and has attempted Mount Everest twice without supplemental oxygen.

Gary operates his own adventure travel company.  Read more about Gary and his trips at:  Right Path Adventures.

 

There's no better access to some of the top sport climbing destinations in America than Colorado's Front Range crags.

Clear Creek, Boulder Canyon, The Flatirons, and many more cliffs await.  The cool thing is that they style in each area is as different as the rock types.  Sandstone, granite, gneiss … vertical crimps, burly slopers, technical slabs … you'll find all styles of climbing here in the sport mecca of the Front Range.

In this informative talk, you'll get all the beta you need along with route recommendations to make your next trip mega rad!

Monday,  April 26th  12:00p.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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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.

Monday,  April 26th  2:00p.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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Minnesota is home to one of the most prolific and fastest-growing slackline communities in the country.

Join us for a conversation about how the depth, intricacies, and community-building qualities of this seemingly strait-forward activity is captivating the imagination and energy of individuals from all walks of life.

We will share photos and tales of some of our most exciting recent slackline projects and focus a good portion of the conversation on participant questions as well as some of the best ways to begin your individual slackline practice and engage with the wonderful scene here in MN.

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Monday,  April 26th  4:00p.m.

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About Mark McKee:

Mark McKee is based in Minneapolis.  Always focused on the development of slackline community, he is now serving on the board of Slackline Minnesota; a non-profit seeking to further the mental, physical, and social benefits offered by the sport to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

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Steve Tickle at Everest Base Camp

Ever wonder what it’s like to hike in the shadow of Mt. Everest?  Join Namaste Treks & Expeditions guide Steve Tickle as he discusses and shows photos from all aspects of the Khumbu (Everest) region and the choices you have in making your way to Mount Everest Base Camp.

There are four distinct valleys that wander through the Khumbu region of Nepal.  With each offering its own special and unique qualities and views different from the others.  From the gold standard route up the Khumbu Valley to the high passes of the Thame and Gokyo valleys, there is a route for all abilities.

Monday,  April 26th  6:00p.m.

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Steven Tickle

About Steven Tickle:

Trekking, climbing, and guiding in Nepal for the last 15 years has made Steve one of the most respected guides in the Nepalese Sherpa community.

Namaste Treks & Expeditions:  namastetrek.com.np

 

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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!

Tuesday,  April 27th  12:00p.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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Learn all about Costa Rica.

If you love nature and the outdoors, Costa Rica is the place for your next vacation!  Its mountains and two coasts, make Costa Rica a special place.  You can see colorful birds, monkeys, and many other mammals.  Its variety of mountains create fun hiking and biking opportunities for all levels.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the information about Costa Rica and don’t know where to start?  Don’t despair, I’m here to help you sort out the information.

Tuesday,  April 27th  2:00p.m.

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Maria Murillo

About Maria Murillo:

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Maria grew up with Costa Rica as her playground.

She is the founder of Costa Rica Authentic (costarica-authentic.com), a company that specializes in customized guided trips to Costa Rica.

Her deep knowledge of Costa Rica has inspired Maria to create a company that provides authentic experiences to people visiting Costa Rica – helping them create unforgettable memories.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia  © Jack Brauer

Australian born adventure guide Gary Scott has spent the last eight summers hiking, sailing, exploring and leading active adventure tours to Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Gary will talk about the best places to go in these countries, the best ways to get from place to place, the best time of year to go there, and how to avoid the crowds and tourist traps, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Tuesday,  April 27th  4:00p.m.

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Gary Scott

About Gary Scott:

Gary Scott is an award winning adventure travel guide who spends half the year guiding in Europe and the other half traveling around the globe looking for exciting new destinations to share with his guests.

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He has guided thousands of happy guests since 1983 on over 100 walking tours in the Dolomites and over 40 treks and expeditions in the Himalaya.  Gary still holds the world-record for the first one-day ascent of Denali in Alaska, and has attempted Mount Everest twice without supplemental oxygen.

Gary operates his own adventure travel company.  Read more about Gary and his trips at:  Right Path Adventures.

The Apostle Islands are a sea kayaker's dream.

Caves big enough to play hide and seek in, shipwrecks that almost touch the surface, beautiful lighthouses, shimmering turquoise water, and endless adventure await visitors.

Jonathan will cover what you need to know to be safe and have the adventure of a lifetime.

Tuesday,  April 27th  6:00p.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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Patagonia Chile

This remote region at the end of the Andes is home to Torres del Paine National Park, remote Chiloe Island and its seafaring indigenous peoples, the unblemished Cochamo Valley, and more.  It is as vast and sparsely populated as it is dramatic.

Jordan’s presentation will offer breathtaking images of the region's incredible natural beauty, as well as offer practical advice on traveling through this vast area of wilderness and cultural intrigue.

Wednesday,  April 28th  12:00p.m.

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Jordan Harvey

About Jordan Harvey:

Jordan Harvey, together with his wife Tara, founded Knowmad Adventures (KnowmadAdventures.com) – a world-leading trip operator and travel consultancy specializing in custom, private, and group travels to South America.

Jordan is a Travel and Leisure 2013 & 2014 A-List Top Travel Advisor winner for Chile, Argentina.  Knowmad is recommended by global travel guidebook Frommer’s, and has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and online media outlets.

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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With dozens of valleys, nine nature parks, hundreds of villages, signs in two or three languages and over 6,000 miles of walking trails the Dolomites can be a very confusing area.

Award winning walking and adventure guide Gary Scott has spent ten summers exploring and leading over 100 groups on walking tours through this expansive U.N.E.S.C.O. nature site

He will give tips for hikers of all levels and ability on when and where to go and how to enjoy this amazing area.

Wednesday,  April 28th  2:00p.m.

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Gary Scott

About Gary Scott:

Gary Scott is an award winning adventure travel guide who spends half the year guiding in Europe and the other half traveling around the globe looking for exciting new destinations to share with his guests.

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He has guided thousands of happy guests since 1983 on over 100 walking tours in the Dolomites and over 40 treks and expeditions in the Himalaya.  Gary still holds the world-record for the first one-day ascent of Denali in Alaska, and has attempted Mount Everest twice without supplemental oxygen.

Gary operates his own adventure travel company.  Read more about Gary and his trips at:  Right Path Adventures.

What's Minnesota's best-kept backpacking secret?  The rugged 65-mile Border Route Trail, with countless awe-inspiring views from atop some of Minnesota's highest palisades.

The scenic BRT cuts across the Boundary Waters, winding along pristine lakes straddling the international border of Canada and the U.S., through Minnesota's quietest wilderness.  Backpackers encounter breathtaking nature and rare solitude on the BRT.  This is a primitive trail and ideal for anyone with backpacking experience and solid trail-finding skills.

Michelle Schroeder, Founder of Backpack the Trails LLC, completed the astounding Border Route Trail in the Fall of 2019.  She will share tips about permits, planning, resupplying.

Wednesday,  April 28th  4:00p.m.

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Michelle Schroeder

About Michelle Schroeder:

Michelle Schroeder, owner of Backpack The Trails LLC (backpackthetrails.com), an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years, was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man.  She just finished a 21-day solo of the John Muir Trail and counts it amongst her favorites, along with The Grand Canyon, The Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier), Mt. Robson (Canada), anywhere New Zealand, and California’s Lost Coast.

She has also kayaked places like the Broken Group Islands (Vancouver Island), Thailand, the Water Trail on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS Wilderness First Responder.

Backpack The Trails LLC:  backpackthetrails.com

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

Come learn about the 3,000 - year history, culture and language of this ancient land.

Wednesday,  April 28th  6:00p.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.

One of his most recent documentary films is “Attempting the Northwest Passage”.  He and three friends sought to sail through the Northwest Passage, the fabled route from the Atlantic through Canada's icy maze of arctic islands and into the Pacific Ocean.

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.

 

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Join writer and small boat sailor Tom Pamperin for an exploration of the Thirty Thousand Islands of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, a labyrinth of granite islands and windswept pines that forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve encompassing the world's largest freshwater archipelago.

Tom spends his summers exploring the world in a series of small hand-built wooden boats powered only by sail and oar.  Boats that began as nothing more than a set of plans and a pile of lumber in his garage.

The Thirty Thousand Islands region still tops his bucket list.

Thursday,  April 29th  12:00p.m.

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Tom Pamperin

About Tom Pamperin:

Tom Pamperin spends his summers sailing small boats (and these days he almost never capsizes).  He writes regularly for WoodenBoat and Small Craft Advisor magazines.

Learn more at:  tompamperin.com

32 rivers in 48 years including two first descents.

Witness the changes over time in gear, canoes and wildlife.  Reflections on the changes in the land and the Inuit communities over the many decades.

Thursday,  April 29th  2:00p.m.

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Bob O’Hara

About Bob O'Hara:

Bob O’Hara is member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Midwest Mountaineering’s Minnesota Explorers Hall of Fame.

A long time canoeist, Bob will celebrate 60 consecutive years in the BWCAW / Quetico this year.

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Kevin paddling and fishing in the rain.

During the Pandemic lockdown in 2020 author Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) completed well over two dozen of his popular Whisky Fireside Chats with some of the most renowned paddlers in Canada, U.S. and the U.K. - young and old - who have motivated us to paddle wilderness areas.

He's compiled a best of the best presentation.

This is one amazing overview; you don't want to miss this one.

Thursday,  April 29th  4:00p.m.

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Kevin Callan

About Kevin Callan:

Kevin (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) is the author of 18 books; including his best selling canoe guides. He is an award winning writer and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America.

He has won several film awards, and writes a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine.  Kevin was listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society.

Check out his web site (kevincallan.com) and YouTube channel (KCHappyCamper).

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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 perseverance 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.

Thursday,  April 29th  6:00p.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.

 

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Ecuador is home to nearly every ecosystem imaginable.  Visits to Ecuador can include cloud forest, Andean Highlands, historic haciendas, 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.

Friday,  April 30th  12:00p.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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Learn how to pack efficiently for a canoe trip and waterproof your gear without relying on expensive technology.

Probe the pro's and con's of various packs and wanigans (dry boxes) and learn how each is best utilized on a canoe trip.

Adventurous participants may try double-packing a heavy load with a tumpline.  We'll check out portage yokes, canoe tumplines and canoe lift-and-carry procedures.

Friday,  April 30th  2:00p.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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Ontario has countless canoe routes throughout its renowned parks.  It also has countless routes that no one seems to know about.

Author Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) will present on a number of these hidden gems where there are fewer crowds - and more wilderness to explore.

Friday,  April 30th  4:00p.m.

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Kevin Callan

About Kevin Callan:

Kevin (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) is the author of 18 books; including his best selling canoe guides. He is an award winning writer and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America.

He has won several film awards, and writes a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine.  Kevin was listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society.

Check out his web site (kevincallan.com) and YouTube channel (KCHappyCamper).

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Get the inside scoop from Save the Boundary Waters leaders Paul Schurke (polar explorer and Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge owner) and National Campaign Chair Becky Rom.

Years of advocacy, outreach, science, litigation and tireless work to defend the Boundary Waters have led to new opportunities to permanently protect this wild and beautiful place from copper mining.

Learn about northeastern Minnesota’s sustainable regional economy, the importance of preserving wild public lands like the Boundary Waters for the resilience of people and the planet, and how you can help protect this place forever.

Friday,  April 30th  6:00p.m.

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Paul Schurke

About Paul Schurke & Becky Rom:

Arctic adventurer Paul Schurke is best known for having retraced (with Will Steger in 1986) Robert Peary’s 1909 dogsled expedition to the North Pole.  In addition, Paul retraced Ernest Shackleton’s traverse of South Georgia Island on the 1914 “Endurance” expedition to Antarctica, took his dogs through Svalbald, Greenland, and of course, northern Minnesota.

When not adventuring in the polar regions, Paul operates Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge (dogsledding.com) in Ely, Minnesota.  He is an author and outdoor educator who received the “Explorer Award” from the International Center for Exploration, the “Adventurer of the Year” from Outside Magazine and the “Environmental Hero” award from the Wilderness Society.

Becky Rom

Becky Rom is the National Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters (savetheboundarywaters.org) 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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Gooseberry Falls

For spectacular outdoor hiking while social distancing, it’s hard to do better than the waterfall hikes on the North Shore!

Rod will also have a handout (download) describing the hikes.

Saturday,  May 1st  12:00p.m.

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Rod Johnson

About Rod Johnson:

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

His 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.

He truly loves helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences.  Come catch his enthusiasm!

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Bob O'Hara and Friends

Growing up with a rowboat, Bob was introduced to the canoe at camp – a wood canvas model.  He was immediately hooked.  Couple this with reading Sig Olson in the 50’s and he was moved to explore the area around Ely by canoe.

After high school, Bob and three friends drove to Duluth then took a train to Ely and set out on a 15-day, unguided canoe adventure that started in Moose Lake and ended in Shagwa lake Ely.

Little did he know that this was the beginning of more than 60 years of Boundary Waters adventures.

Saturday,  May 1st  2:00p.m.

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Bob O’Hara

About Bob O'Hara:

Bob O’Hara is member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Midwest Mountaineering’s Minnesota Explorers Hall of Fame.

A long time canoeist, Bob will celebrate 60 consecutive years in the BWCAW / Quetico this year.

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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.

Saturday,  May 1st  4:00p.m.

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Annie Nelson

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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Bob O'Hara on the Arrowsmith River – Nunavut, Canada   Photo: Lee S.

For over 50 years, Bob O’Hara has led dozens of canoe expeditions to the far north.  He has explored rivers in Alaska, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Manitoba and Quebec, making first descents on a number of rivers.

During this time there have been major changes in travel, equipment, communication, maps, clothing and food.

Bob will share with you the essentials of canoe expedition travel, provide a handout on the basics and look at what planning an expedition will look like.

Sunday,  May 2nd  12:00p.m.

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Bob O’Hara

About Bob O'Hara:

Bob O’Hara is member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Midwest Mountaineering’s Minnesota Explorers Hall of Fame.

A long time canoeist, Bob will celebrate 60 consecutive years in the BWCAW / Quetico this year.

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Writer and small boat sailor Tom Pamperin takes you on a 100-mile small boat journey around the Aulneau Peninsula on Ontario’s sprawling Lake of the Woods — perhaps the last such Aulneau circumnavigation ever completed before the hand-operated marine railway at Turtle Portage was decommissioned in 2020.

Join Tom on his journey to discover how a small boat, a simple sailing rig, and a pair of oars is all it takes to find a quiet corner of the world to explore, a place where the water’s crooked fingers have dug deep inroads into something worth seeing.

Sunday,  May 2nd  2:00p.m.

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Tom Pamperin

About Tom Pamperin:

Tom Pamperin spends his summers sailing small boats (and these days he almost never capsizes).  He writes regularly for WoodenBoat and Small Craft Advisor magazines.

tompamperin.com

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Northern California’s Lost Coast Trail, the most remote western coastline in the Lower 48, features precipitous 4,000-foot mountains dropping straight down to the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves.  The 55-mile trail encompasses King Range National Conservation Area and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

Michelle will share information about backpacking the breathtaking, rugged landscape of sea stacks, remote coves, sweeping views, and whether to cross or camp in the “Impassable Zones” using tide charts.  Witness Roosevelt Elk, sea lions and harbor seals, and perhaps migrating whales, sea otters, and bears.

See tremendous photos, learn about permits, drinking water access, food storage, resupply, and transportation.

Sunday,  May 2nd  4:00p.m.

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Michelle Schroeder

About Michelle Schroeder:

Michelle Schroeder, owner of Backpack The Trails LLC (backpackthetrails.com), an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years, was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man.  She just finished a 21-day solo of the John Muir Trail and counts it amongst her favorites, along with The Grand Canyon, The Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier), Mt. Robson (Canada), anywhere New Zealand, and California’s Lost Coast.

She has also kayaked places like the Broken Group Islands (Vancouver Island), Thailand, the Water Trail on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS Wilderness First Responder.

Backpack The Trails LLC:  backpackthetrails.com

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