Outdoor Adventure Expo

April 28 – 30, 2023

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M

Expo Hours:

Friday  2 – 9
Saturday  10 – 6
Sunday  11 – 5

Sponsored By:

FITS Icebreaker Lakes & Legends Marmot Mountain Hardwear Patagonia


Lakes and Legends Brewing Company logo Lakes & Legends
Official Beer of
Outdoor Adventure Expo
All Weekend

KCM Eggrolls logo

KCM Eggrolls
Friday 4:00 to 7:30

Finer Meats & Eats logo

Finer Meats & Eats
Saturday 10:00 to 6:00

Eggroll Queen logo

Eggroll Queen
Sunday 11:00 to 5:00

$1 Popcorn
$1 Popcorn
All Weekend Long !!!
(Proceeds benefit American Alpine Club scholarship program.)

Kids (12 & under) Spin the Wheel - Get a Prize!
Kids Spin the Wheel and Get a Prize!
Thrifty Outfitters
All Weekend Long !!!
(12 & Under)

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Complete details online by April 1st, 2023

Speaker Biographies and Program Descriptions

The Banff Centre

The Banff Mountain Film Festival (banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival) accepts over three hundred mountain films into it's competition, the top fifty or so are screened throughout the festival.  Every year the films feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment.

The festival (held in Banff, Alberta Canada) runs from Oct. 29th to Nov. 6th, 2022.  2022 is the festival's 47th anniversary!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival accepts over three hundred mountain films into it's competition, the top fifty or so are screened throughout the festival.  The tour brings a selection of the best films from the festival right here to Midwest Mountaineering!  Every year the films feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment.

Stunning International Film Productions on mountain themes ranging from mountaineering to ice and rock climbing to wildlife and environmental issues, as well as mountain sports such as skiing, kayaking, snowboarding, and much more.

These are some of the best of the fest from the internationally acclaimed film competition that captures the spirit of the mountains with magnificent cinematography.  See the award winners that blanket the spectrum of outdoor activities, culture and environment.

Come explore breathtaking mountain environments and cultures celebrating the spirit of outdoor adventure.  The tour brings the festival to 305 cities in 20 countries around the world covering territory across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the South Pacific.  Whether you are an armchair adventurer or an experienced mountaineer, this event is for everyone.  Don't miss the excitement!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
2021/2022 Trailer
(2021/2022 Trailer Coming Soon)


More Details:  Banff Mountain Film Festival page.

Tickets ($20) available for purchase beginning Friday, March 17th at 11:00a.m. now.

Purchase tickets ($20) here:  midwestmtn.com/tickets

These shows always sell out!  Get your tickets early.  Our Friday and Saturday night screenings will contain completely different filmsThese films will be different than the films shown last November!  Attend both nights and see all of the films!

Sorry, Friday and Saturday have SOLD OUT !! 
Enjoy the Show !!!

Saturday,  Apr. 29th, 7:00p.m.,  U of M – Willey Hall, Auditorium

Rudi Hargesheimer

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Rudi Hargesheimer is author of "The Superior Hiking Trail Story," an avid backpacker, past president of The Superior Hiking Trail Association, owner of North Shore Photo Art, a long time board member of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota and a former manager at Midwest Mountaineering.

He has circled Lake Superior many times – always with the intention of discovering the best photo opportunities while hiking and backpacking the trails most Minnesotans know nothing about.

The Superior Hiking Trail Story - New Expanded Content

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Hot off the Press!

Rudi's new revised book tells the story of the Superior Hiking Trail.  Updated, revised over 300 photos.

Come learn about why our nationally renowned trail deserves all the accolades!

Rudi will show some of the award winning photos while describing how the trail came to be and the importance of volunteers for the future.

Presentation time and location to be determined.

Paula Maccabee

Paula Maccabee has served 41 years in public interest law, including the past 13 years with WaterLegacy working to protect Minnesota waters and communities from toxic pollution.

Can We Protect the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers from Toxic Sulfide Mining?

Nickel sulfide ore mining toxic pollution threatens the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River and the Mississippi River.

Based on 13 years working with WaterLegacy to stop sulfide mining pollution in the Lake Superior and Boundary Waters watersheds, Paula Maccabee will explain Talon Metals' plans to mine a "massive sulfide mineralization\” for nickel and other metals.

Learn what you can do to protect wild rice, fish, health, and the downstream St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.

Presentation time and location to be determined.

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Beer! and Gear!  Social Night and Raffle

Friday, April 28th,   2:00 to 8:00p.m.

Presented by Midwest Mountaineering
Sponsored by Lakes & Legends Brewing Co.


Beer!  –  $7 gets you a limited edition Expo pint beer glass + one pint of beer or root beer!  FREE raffle card punch, too.

Gear!  –  There will be plenty of manufacturer's reps, exhibitors and employees to talk about gear and adventure opportunities.  Preview all of the gear being donated by exhibitors and manufacturers.

Social Night  –  We will have a tent with raffle prizes on display.  Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded outdoor friends, exhibitors and Midwest Mountaineering staff.

Raffle and Exhibitors  –  Get a list of participating exhibitors at the Expo entrances.  All are donating raffle prizes.  Visit them and learn an interesting fact to receive a raffle card punch from them.  Visit lots of exhibitors for lots of punches.  Raffle prizes are listed on the Beer! and Gear! Night page.  Submit raffle card (in the Expo tent) by 8:00p.m.

Prize Award Drawing  –  8:30p.m. in the Expo tent (need not be present to win).  Winners announced overhead, via e-mail, and on OutdoorAdventureExpo.com by Saturday at 10:00a.m.  Prizes available for pickup for one week.

Friday,  Apr. 28th, 2:00p.m.,  Exhibitor Booths in the Big-Top Tent

Midwest Mountaineering Staff
Climb in the Bouldering Cave (Free)
Photo:  Jeff Wheeler

Discover the fun of rock climbing in our bouldering cave.  Free climbing (and climbing shoe use) in our climbing cave during the entire Outdoor Adventure Expo!

Cave Rules:

  • All persons in the climbing cave MUST complete and sign a liability waiver.  This includes all supervising adults.
  • All persons in the climbing cave MUST wear orange bracelet.  This verifies that you have signed the liability waiver.
  • Under 18 - Parent must co-sign liability waiver.
  • Under 14 - Parent must co-sign liability waiver.  Must be supervised by parent.
  • NO CHALK allowed in the cave.  Please help us keep the air fresh and our store nice and clean!  Eco-Ball chalk substitute is acceptable and is available for purchase.
  • No climbing on vertical wall (near West stairway).

The bouldering cave is located beneath the paddlesports department.

Climb On !!!

Friday, April 28th, 2:00 – 9:00p.m.,

Saturday, April 29th, 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.,

Sunday, April 30th, 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Midwest Mountaineering - Bouldering Cave

Passport to Adventure Game

Win Free Prizes!

  1. Get your passport form and questions from the popcorn stand.
  2. Visit the many exhibitor booths and other areas of the Expo to answer your passport questions and win free prizes!
  3. Win a flashlight carabiner or a water bottle.

For kids ages 6–12

Friday, April 28th, 2:00 – 9:00p.m.,

Saturday, April 29th, 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.,

Sunday, April 30th, 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Big Top Tent - Popcorn Stand

Theodore Rick and Una Forde
Theodore Rick and Una Forde

Theodore is an advanced massage and stretch therapist and is the developer of Taj Kinesiotherapy – an advanced breath and stretching therapy with skilled work in micro scar release as well as TK Reflexology the doorway to balancing the whole body's system.  Pulse testing is used to help pinpoint the custom therapy.

Dr. Una Forde, DC leads in chiropractic care and is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Peak Performance for Your Outdoor Adventure

Theodore Rick, CMT and Una Forde, D.C. will share with you some tips that they have used to prepare themselves body, mind, and spirit so you too can have peak performance for your outdoor adventure.

Stop by our booth for a FREE 5-minute chair massage!  Tips donated to Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

Presentation time and location to be determined.

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