Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M

April 24 – 26, 2020

Expo Hours:

Friday  2 – 9:00
Saturday  9 – 6:30
Sunday  10 – 5



Sponsored By:

Lakes & Legends Merrell Osprey Patagonia prAna Smartwool

Concessions:

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Official Beer of
Outdoor Adventure Expo

Keefer Court logo

Keefer Court Chinese Bakery
Cantonese Pastries

50¢ Popcorn
50¢ Popcorn
All Weekend Long !!!

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Speaker Biographies / Program Descriptions

Jess Arnold
Guiding as a Woman

Program description coming soon!

Presentation time and location to be determined.

Outdoor Climbing on a Budget

Women and Adventure Climbing

The Banff Centre
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The Banff Mountain Film Festival (banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival) 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. 25th to Nov. 3rd, 2019.  2019 is the festival's 44th anniversary!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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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
2019/2020 Trailer
(2019/2020 Trailer Coming Soon)

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More Details:  Banff Mountain Film Festival page.

Tickets ($18) available for purchase beginning Sunday, March 1st at 11:00a.m..

Purchase tickets ($18) here:  midwestmtn.com/tickets

These shows always sell out!  Get your tickets early.  Our Friday and Saturday night screenings will contain completely different films.  These films will also 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 !!!

Friday,  Apr. 24th, 7:30p.m.,  U of M – Willey Hall, Auditorium
Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 7:30p.m.,  U of M – Willey Hall, Auditorium

Tiger Beaudoin
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Tiger Beaudoin

Tiger is a cancer survivor who began mountaineering at 50.  He has summited Mount Adams, Shasta, Whitney, Eldorado, Rainier, and crossed the Grand Canyon; raising funds for cancer research.

Mountaineering 101
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Mount Rainier

Intrigued by mountain climbing, but don’t know where to start?  Hear how one 50-year-old caught the mountaineering bug and now summits annually - and you can too with climbforhope.org.

We introduce aspiring climbers to alpine skills from beginner (12,280 ft. Mount Adams - parent & child-friendly) to advanced (14,411 Mount Rainier - crampons, belays, crevasses).  As a bonus, climbers raise funds for cancer and MS research.

Experience the surprise and delight that comes from unzipping your tent and discovering that you are looking down on clouds.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Tracy Blesi
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Tracy Blesi

Always and forever an adventurer and nature lover, Tracy has been camping and traveling since childhood.

Her love of going off the beaten path placed in her the dream of creating Women on the GrOw (womenonthegrow.us), a travel company devoted to nature loving women experiencing amazing places together.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia's Island Gem

Kevin Callan
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Kevin is the author of 15 books, including the best selling Ontario paddling guides.

He's a columnist for Explore Magazine and CanoeRoots and a regular host on television and radio.

Check out his very popular YouTube channel KCHappyCamper.

Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey

Kimberly Case
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Born with a gypsy spirit and a co-founder of Women on the GrOw (womenonthegrow.us), Kimberly's legacy is to share her passion of exploring the world with others.

Camino de Santiago Ruminations
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Camino de Santiago Trail

Deciding to do the Camino within two weeks of starting gives rise to some big lessons to learn on the Camino de Santiago.

Shared will be tips on packing, lightening one's load both physically and mentally, and taking the road less travelled.

A 'Top Five Tips' will sum up how best to get the most out of this life-changing experience.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 4:45p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Traveling Unplugged: The Forgetten Skills of Good Old Fashioned Travel

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.

Backpacking in the Dientes de Navarino

Kayaking in Antarctica

Tarp Setup Demonstration
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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,  Apr. 25th, 1:00p.m.,  Grassy Knoll (across from Expo tent entrance)
Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 1:00p.m.,  Grassy Knoll (across from Expo tent entrance)

Jeff Cooper and Cathy Piffath
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Jeff Cooper
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Cathy Piffath

H2Outfitters’ Head Honcho, Cathy Piffath and Director of Fun, Jeff Cooper, pioneered sea kayak instruction on the East Coast back in the 1980s.  They became the first ACA certified Instructor Trainer Educators in the East and along with Grant Herman from Northland College in Wisconsin, co-authored the ACA’s first national sea kayak curriculum.  Cathy and Jeff have trained and certified instructors all over the US, in Japan, Canada, and Europe.

The company’s International Adventures for a Lifetime series of trips has garnered worldwide attention through features in publications like The New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Geo Traveler and the Financial Times, among others.

H2Outfitters is a small company that continually strives to provide an exceptional level of safety, enjoyment, and service to all their clients whether it be a day trip or an international adventure.

Join Cathy and Jeff during their informative and entertaining presentations on adventure, skills building and fun on the water and on terra-firma!

The "Adventure" of International Travel

Overseas travel is an adventure in and of itself, whether you are casually touring or involved in an active adventure travel excursion.  You want to enjoy the adventure, not have to worry about all the possibilities of something going wrong; hopefully you can leave that to your outfitter or travel service.

H2Outfitters fits somewhere in between the two, and as a result, we have acquired a level of first-hand experience, often learning the hard way from mistakes that can happen to anyone venturing overseas and not knowing the “ins” and “outs” that ultimately give you peace of mind.

Join H2Outfitters Director of Fun, Jeff Cooper, and Head Honcho, Cathy Piffath for an engaging discussion on tips for traveling abroad.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sea Kayaking Along Maine's Jagged Coastline

With over 3,000 miles of meandering coastline (spanning a straight line of only 228 miles,) and close to 3,000 offshore islands, Maine offers a great playground for sea kayakers.

From its sandy beaches along the southwest coast to its bold rocky headlands and cliffs Downeast, this glacier-sculpted coastline provides wonderful paddling opportunities across its many bays, in and among small fishing harbors, into its deep and penetrating coves and bays, and around its abundant islands.

Join the founders of H2Outfitters, Cathy Piffath & Jeff Cooper as they highlight through images the wonderful areas to paddle along the Maine Coast.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 9:15a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 106

Dale Cox
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Dale Cox

Dale Cox has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service for over 25 years, most of that time at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Originally from the Ozarks river country, he has spent his career exploring wild places and paddling moving waters.

Today he sees the story of our nation's waters as a cautionary tale about our country and its citizens, and encourages people to discover these special places at their own pace and tempo.

Paddle the National Parks of the Midwest

America's Heartland has many protected areas to paddle, camp, fish, and sight-see.  A number of these special places are managed and protected by the National Park Service.  From Isle Royale National Park to the Buffalo National River, and Voyageurs National Park to Cuyahoga National Park, canoers and kayakers can choose between short floats on slow-moving rivers to week-long paddle adventures in remote areas of the Great Lakes area.

This fast-paced program will share short introductions to many of these National Park waters awaiting you this summer!

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

St. Croix National Scenic River

Even before they were protected as part of a unique National Park in 1968, the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers were well-known paddling and fishing rivers.

Over 50 years later, these waters continue to create memories.

Whether you are a beginning kayaker looking for an easy day paddle or an experienced canoeist searching for a week long adventure, this program will introduce you to over 200 miles of protected waters.  The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway awaits your discovery!

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Renee Davies
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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 Breathtaking Galapagos Islands and 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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Machu Picchu and Beyond:  Making the Most of Your Travels in Peru
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Machu Picchu

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.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Clayton Daughenbaugh
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Clayton Daughenbaugh is the Midwest Regional Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (suwa.org), as well as the Chair of Sierra Club's National Wildlands and Wilderness Committee.

Wild Utah: A Wilderness Icon
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Labryinth Canyon Wilderness

America’s wild public lands are a proud part of the national heritage.

Sadly, they are under attack.  The current administration is seeking to repeal and replace the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments and reverse the steady progress towards protecting the largest unprotected wilderness area in the lower 48 states.

This program highlights both the natural beauty of southern Utah's spectacular canyon country and includes a short film dramatically documenting citizen efforts to conserve public lands in the area.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 108

Lauren DeGennaro
Mississippi River Paddle Share: Encouraging Local River Recreation
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Mississippi River near Hall's Island and Plymouth Avenue

Mississippi River Paddle Share is a kayak rental program, unique to the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The “kayak share” system offers riverside kayak rentals.  There are five designated river routes.  Users begin at the selected upstream location and paddle downstream to the corresponding return station.  Each rental includes a kayak, life jacket, and paddle.  The experience is an independent, one-way adventure on the iconic Mississippi River!

The Mississippi River is often perceived as a working river, unwelcoming to recreational boaters.  However, since the Upper St. Anthony Lock was closed to navigation in 2015, there is very little boat traffic upstream of downtown Minneapolis.  Kayaking on the river offers a new perspective of the river that defines our cities.

Join us to learn more about the different river routes offered, as well as the adaptive equipment available at Pickerel Lake.  We’ll talk about what makes this way of kayaking unique, and we’ll share information about the new routes planned for 2020!

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 4:45p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 103

Liz Dengate
Isle Royale Wolf + Moose Research

Jay Eisdness
Broken Paddle Guiding

Krista Erdahl
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Krista Erdahl

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.

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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 108
Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Rudi Hargesheimer
The Superior Hiking Trail Story
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Superior Hiking Trail Story - book cover.

Program description coming soon!

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 106

Bruce Hyer
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Bruce Hyer is a biologist, forester, bush pilot, trapper, and wilderness guide who moved from Connecticut to Northwestern Ontario 1976 to live off the land for several years in what is now Wabakimi Wilderness Park.

He is passionate about wilderness and ecosystem preservation, and lives wintertime in Thunder Bay … and from Spring to Fall in Wabakimi.

Wabakimi: World’s Largest Wilderness Paddling Reserve
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Wabakimi Wilderness Park and its associated Waterway Parks, Conservation Reserves and Nature Reserves total 5 million acres, far larger than Quetico and BWCA combined, and twice as big as Connecticut.

Wabakimi is only a 9 hour drive from Minneapolis, but last year had only 700 paddlers … all season!

Bruce Hyer was a driving force behind its creation, and will talk about access, routes, history, politics, biology, ecology, and the elusive and threatened woodland caribou of Wabakimi’s boreal wilderness.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 9:15a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 109

Canoeists and Caribou Enjoy the Same Wilderness Habitats
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Bruce Hyer was a co-creator of Wabakimi Wilderness Park.

Hyer is a caribou biologist, who will talk about why threatened woodland caribou and canoeists both love and thrive in the 5 million acres of the pristine Wabakimi Wilderness boreal forests.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 103

Cliff Jacobson
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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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Cliff Jacobson – Steel River, Ontario

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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 104

Canoeing the Boundary Waters ... With Style!
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If you’ve ever been to the Boundary Waters and competed for campsites on a popular lake, fussed with fire on a rainy day, slept in a wet tent or been bugged by bugs, bears or rodents, this fast-paced session is for you.

You’ll learn how to get away from the crowd, choose essential gear, and stay dry when it rains all day.  We’ll check out equipment that works, and that which doesn’t.

Included is a brief description of the UTM (Universal Trans Mercator) system of navigation, and Boundary Waters Canoe Area maps that utilize this system.  Also, recommendations for tripping with teenagers.  Based on Cliff’s book, Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, 3rd Edition.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 108

Storm Proofing Your Camp

If rain has ever penetrated your tent, or your tent or tarp has blown down in a storm, this fast-paced session is for you!

You'll learn how to choose a good tent and storm-proof a bad one, rig a rain-tarp that won't blow down in high winds, pitch twin tarps that won't smoke you out when you build a fire out front pack your gear so it won't get wet in rain or a capsize, build a one-match fire in places like the BWCA where all the 'good wood' has been picked over, and more!

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Cliff Jacobson, Amy and Dave Freeman
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Cliff Jacobson

Cliff Jacobson is one of North America's most respected outdoors writers and wilderness paddlers.  He is a retired environmental science teacher, an outdoors skills instructor, a canoeing and camping consultant, and the author of more than a dozen top-selling books and a popular video on canoeing and camping.  His flagship book, Canoeing Wild Rivers, 5th Edition is the premier text for canoeing wilderness rivers.  Cliff is a distinguished Eagle Scout, a recipient of the American Canoe Association’s prestigious Legends of Paddling Award and a member of the ACA Hall of Fame.

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Pete Marshall

Pete Marshall is the Director of Communications at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (friends-bwca.org).  He has canoed more than 8,000 miles through remote regions, written for a number of publications and produced the documentary film Labrador Passage (pbs.org) for Twin Cites Public Television.

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Jon Ringdahl

Jonathan Ringdahl has been an ACA certified instructor for 5 years.  Jonathan resides in Galesville, Wisconsin - where he has been guiding trips on the rivers and lakes of the Driftless Region for 7 years.  He has experience teaching adults and kids.  Jonathan has taught at sea kayak symposiums and loves paddling the Great Lakes.  When he is not out exploring, Jonathan is working with kids with autism.

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Tom Watson

Tom Watson is a contributor to paddling.com’s series “Safety Tips by Tom Watson” (paddling.com) and other outdoor topics.  His books include Kids Gone Paddlin, How to Think Like a Survivor.  He has written numerous articles on kayak safety, is the past president of the Trade Association of Sea Kayaking and a former kayak tour operator from Kodiak, Alaska.  He specializes in all aspects of traditional sea kayaking as well as topics on being a self-reliant outdoors enthusiast.

Canoeing and Camping in the BWCAW Panel Discussion

There’s a lot of water in our state and a long summer a head to go and get lost exploring rivers and lakes.

To get ready, be sure to attend this audience-driven question and answer session on a variety of safety issues and priorities for both canoeists and kayakers.

Featuring experienced panelists from their respected fields of paddling interest, this panel will cover topics you’ll want to hear about no matter your skill level.  The range of safety topics will include an awareness of what critical safety issues are, the reasoning behind safety procedures and other topical safety concerns.

The panel will respond to topics initiated by the audience.  To send your questions ahead of time, email them to Pete Marshall:  [email protected]

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 108

Holly Jenkins
Wilderness in the City

Kayla Joachim and Alan Smith
So You want to Paddle Whitewater ...
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Alan Smith and Kayla Joachim

Whitewater paddling is exhilarating, challenging, great exercise, and you can do it!

There are many whitewater paddling opportunities near the Twin Cities.  We'll discuss 10 of our favorite rivers and share information on how to paddle them safely.

We'll explain how to get started whitewater paddling through Rapids Riders' CanoeU classes, what equipment you'll need, and the specialized canoes and kayaks you can paddle.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 109

Rod and Sharon Johnson
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Sharon and Rod 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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Paul Kautz
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Paul Kautz
Bruce Low
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Bruce Low
Basic River Reading

Advanced River Running Techniques

Innocent Lyimo
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Born and raised on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Innocent first climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro at the age of 15.  Innocent now has over fifteen years of experience both as mountain and safari guide in Tanzania.  Although he has lost count, he estimates he has climbed Kilimanjaro around 200 times!

Innocent is the founder of Destination Tanzania Safaris (detasa.com), a company based in Tanzania with an office in Minnesota.  He oversees all the operations and marketing for DETASA in the USA and at the same time continues to guide groups on Kilimanjaro and safari in Tanzania.

Alongside his work, Innocent enjoys many other outdoor activities and has a dream of climbing all seven summits in the future.  He and his wife Karen have two young daughters and live in southern Minnesota.

African Wildlife Safaris and Beyond
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Come along on this wildlife safari into the animal-rich country of Tanzania.  Experience the endless plains of the Serengeti and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater.

Go beyond the "typical" safari and visit a local tribe to experience their traditional way of life.  Hop on a canoe and paddle around Lake Momella alongside the hippos and crocodiles.  Break out your hiking shoes for an extended hike in the remote areas among cape buffaloes, bushbucks, baboons and even shy leopards.

Spend time volunteering at a local school or other organization.  And don't forget to spend a few days relaxing on the white sandy beaches and blue waters of Zanzibar.  Innocent will present a safari slideshow and offer advice and suggestions on how to create your own personalized itinerary for the perfect Tanzanian adventure!

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Kilimanjaro - The Roof of Africa
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Mt. Kilmanjaro Summit

Accessible to beginning trekker/climbers, Kilimanjaro is a must, taking you through the mists of equatorial jungle to reach the snows and breath-taking views from the summit.

Our ascent of Kilimanjaro can be considered a trek since the terrain, while steep at times, is covered in trail all the way to the summit.  Participants can leave their ice axe and crampons at home; the only ice you will see is the bizarre ice cap that rises abruptly out of the moonscape surrounding the Crater Camp.

From the necessary equipment to physical preparations, Innocent will offer first-hand experiences and expert advice to assist you in planning a successful climb to the "Roof of Africa"!

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Mountain Gorilla Treks in Rwanda and Uganda
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There can be few experiences in the world more memorable and magical than an encounter with the mountain gorillas in the jungle.

There are thought to be around 800 mountain gorillas left in the world today, all found in a small area of East Africa straddling the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

Innocent Lyimo, born and raised in Tanzania, has over 2 decades experience of guiding trips in East Africa will be happy to share his experience and help you organize a trip to see these mountain gorillas in the East African Jungles.

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Peter Marshall
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Peter Marshall

Pete Marshall loves cold weather and tries his best to bike to work every day in the winter.

He is the communications director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (friends-bwca.org).

Secrets for a Better Trip to the Boundary Waters

Craig Maxson
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Walker's Haute Route in the Swiss Alps

Craig Maxson and Robert Pierson
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Robert Pierson
Hiking the Lost Coast Trail

Alex Messenger
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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.

The Twenty-Ninth Day - Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
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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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 104

Midwest Mountaineering
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Beer! and Gear!  Social Night and Raffle

Friday, April 24th,   2:00 to 8:00p.m.

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

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Beer!  –  $6 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 9:00a.m.  Prizes available for pickup for one week.

Friday,  Apr. 24th, 2:00p.m.,  Exhibitor Booths in the Big-Top Tent

Midwest Mountaineering Staff
Climb in the Bouldering Cave (Free)
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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 24th, 2:00 – 9:00p.m.

Saturday, April 25th, 9:00a.m. – 6:30p.m.

Sunday, April 26th, 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Midwest Mountaineering - Bouldering Cave

Midwest Mountaineering Staff – Jack Bachmann
Midwest Mountaineering Staff – Paul Jensen
Midwest Mountaineering Staff – Baird Linke
Training Plan for Adventure Running

Midwest Mountaineering Staff – Chip Vachon
R-value Sleep Systems

Midwest Mountaineering Staff –
Beginner Backpacking Tips and Tricks

Canoe Rigging and Outfitting

Kayak ABS vs. Polyethylene

Midwest Mountaineering Staff – Ben, Katya Underwood, and Elizabeth John
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Cliff Jacobson

Cliff Jacobson is one of North America's most respected outdoors writers and wilderness paddlers.  He is a retired environmental science teacher, an outdoors skills instructor, a canoeing and camping consultant, and the author of more than a dozen top-selling books and a popular video on canoeing and camping.  His flagship book, Canoeing Wild Rivers, 5th Edition is the premier text for canoeing wilderness rivers.  Cliff is a distinguished Eagle Scout, a recipient of the American Canoe Association’s prestigious Legends of Paddling Award and a member of the ACA Hall of Fame.

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Pete Marshall

Pete Marshall is the Director of Communications at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (friends-bwca.org).  He has canoed more than 8,000 miles through remote regions, written for a number of publications and produced the documentary film Labrador Passage (pbs.org) for Twin Cites Public Television.

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Jon Ringdahl

Jonathan Ringdahl has been an ACA certified instructor for 5 years.  Jonathan resides in Galesville, Wisconsin - where he has been guiding trips on the rivers and lakes of the Driftless Region for 7 years.  He has experience teaching adults and kids.  Jonathan has taught at sea kayak symposiums and loves paddling the Great Lakes.  When he is not out exploring, Jonathan is working with kids with autism.

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Tom Watson

Tom Watson is a contributor to paddling.com’s series “Safety Tips by Tom Watson” (paddling.com) and other outdoor topics.  His books include Kids Gone Paddlin, How to Think Like a Survivor.  He has written numerous articles on kayak safety, is the past president of the Trade Association of Sea Kayaking and a former kayak tour operator from Kodiak, Alaska.  He specializes in all aspects of traditional sea kayaking as well as topics on being a self-reliant outdoors enthusiast.

Thru-Hiking Panel Discussion

Karla Miller
Northwoods Volunteer Connection

Maria Murillo
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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.

Deep knowledge of Costa Rica inspired Maria to create a company that provides an authentic experience to people visiting Costa Rica – helping them create unforgettable memories.

All You Need to Know to Plan a Vacation to Costa Rica
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Learn about Costa Rica, a small country that makes up 5% of the earth’s biodiversity.  Visitors can enjoy the majestic volcanoes, beaches, cloud forest, rainforest as well as picturesque landscapes.

Costa Rica offers many activities for families, for the adventurous and for those who just want to relax and enjoy nature at a slow pace.  Hiking, bird watching, whale watching, river rafting, kayaking, canopy, rappel and surfing among them.

At the end of this presentation, you will have the information you need to start planning a fantastic vacation for your family and friends.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Do you Love Hiking? Costa Rica is for You!
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If you love to hike with great nature surrounding you, Costa Rica is the place to visit.  Imagine hiking while surrounded by beautiful mountains, rainforest, volcanoes, wildlife, and lush vegetation.

25% of the country is national parks and biological reserves, which provide many trails to hike with family and friends.

In this presentation, Maria will share different hiking areas for all levels for you to plan an enjoyable hiking vacation in Costa Rica.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Anne Nelson
NCT Half-Thru Hike

Steve Nelson
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Steve Nelson

Steven Nelson has traveled the BWCA and Quetico Parks for over 40 years.  He and his family own and operate Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters & Outdoor Store in Ely, MN.  He has guided numerous groups focusing on wilderness canoeing and fishing.  His business is noted for providing personal service and introducing groups to the wilderness.

Steve will grab your attention with details and stories that you will use on your next adventure.

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Top BWCA Sites You Should Visit
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Traveling the BWCA is more than canoeing, hiking or camping.  It is filled with historic, geologic and other points of interests that most people paddle or hike right past.

Steve Nelson will provide map locations, background details, and photos of sites that will spark your curiosity and enhance your wilderness experience.

Join Steve as he provides details on planning your next adventure in the BWCA, unique sites to visit, tips for fishing, along with entertaining stories of the wilderness.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 9:15a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Casey O’Connell
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Casey O’Connell

Casey O’Connell has lived and worked in Southern and East Africa for over 10 years, with a particular expertise in safari travel to Tanzania and Rwanda.

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Safari Njema - Planning your East African Safari
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Access 2 Tanzania and Treks 2 Rwanda will help you make your bucket list safari adventure a reality, answering questions about when to go, what you should see and do, costs, safety, and how to get the most from your experience.

The specific focus will on experiencing the classic 'Big 5' safari in Tanzania and trekking to view mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107
Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 104

Bob O’Hara
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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.

60 Consecutive Years in the Boundary Waters
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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.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 108

Expedition Canoe Planning
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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 over 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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 106

Paddling the Far North of Canada/Alaska 1969-2017

Scott Oeth
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Scott is a Registered Maine Guide, an Eagle Scout, and a Minnesota Master Naturalist, who has pursued a lifetime of wilderness adventure.  An avid winter camper, Scott is an Instructor for the Okpik National Cold Weather Leader School, and during the warmer months, a passionate wilderness canoeist.

Scott blogs about his adventures, at Bull Moose Patrol (BullMoosePatrol.com).

By day, Scott is a Certified Financial Planner® with Cahill Financial Advisors.

Wilderness Survival Skills
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Wilderness can be harsh and the unprepared can get into serious trouble quickly if a vehicle leaves them stranded or a ski, ankle, or the ice breaks!

Many basic survival skills taught are insufficient for the extreme cold that we can experience in this region.  What basic skills should someone have and what gear should someone carry to safely and comfortably head into the wild?

Scott from Bull Moose Patrol will share key techniques and skills for clothing, shelter, fire, and water, as well as how to stay alive and survive!

The secret bonus:  studying survival skills can be a lot of fun!  A way of having deeper and more challenging outdoor experiences without necessarily having to go farther for new excitement.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 3:30p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 106

Bear Paulsen
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Bear Paulsen

Bear Paulsen loves canoeing and winter camping because they allow him to take long, extended trips into remote areas.  He’s spent well over three years of his life hiding from the real world in tents and under tarps.  He has paddled extensively in Ontario, Manitoba, and the BWCA, as well as trips in Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the Yukon.  Winter camping has taken him to four Canadian provinces and eight states.

Bear is the General Manager of Northstar Canoes.

BWCA: Everything You Need to Know
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Find out everything you need to know about paddling in the BWCAW.  Bear Paulsen, General Manager at Northstar Canoes, will share his knowledge of permits, routes and general wilderness tripping techniques.

He'll give you hints on avoiding the crowds whether you're base-camping or traveling daily.  He'll also share ways to avoid the two most threatening parts of canoe country – bugs and bears.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Bear Paulsen and Claire Porter
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Bear Paulsen

Bear Paulsen loves canoeing and winter camping because they allow him to take long, extended trips into remote areas.  He’s spent well over three years of his life hiding from the real world in tents and under tarps.  He has paddled extensively in Ontario, Manitoba, and the BWCA, as well as trips in Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the Yukon.  Winter camping has taken him to four Canadian provinces and eight states.

Bear is the General Manager of Northstar Canoes.

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Claire Porter

Claire spent her childhood backpacking with her parents throughout the Rockies.  As a college student she spent summers studying the nomadic Hadza, a hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania.  A few years later she solo thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail over five months.  She works at the U of M’s Polar Geospatial Center mapping Polar regions and has spent six seasons in Antarctica.

Baby to the Bay
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Claire and husband Bear Paulsen paddled 260 miles in 17 days on the Bloodvein River in Ontario and Manitoba, while she was 7 months pregnant.  Then, after welcoming their son, Dashwa, in September, they headed for the BWCA in October, spending 18 days introducing him to the wilderness.

Both seasoned outdoor travelers, they adapted both their gear and expectations so they could thrive in their outdoor adventures together.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 102

Mark Peterson
The Eagles Way: A 200 Mile Across Austria's Tyrol

James Pierson
Intro into Rock Rescue

The Ins and Outs of Crevasse Rescue: Breaking it Down Into Simple Steps

Tour Planning for Backcountry

Christine Hausman Rhode
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Christina Hausman Rhode

Christina Hausman Rhode has been the executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association (voyageurs.org) the park's non-profit partner since 2013.

She has camped on all of Voyageurs' major lakes and has plenty of tips on what to see and do at the park.

Camping & Recreation in Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park
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You've done the BWCAW and Lake Superior, but have you experienced Minnesota's national park?

At 218,000 acres, Voyageurs National Park has places for everyone to explore.  Voyageurs is known for its amazing water-based recreation and camping experiences, pristine lakes and world-class fishing, boreal forests, wildlife, winter ice roads, and starry skies.

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Come hear Christina Hausman Rhode of Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) and Emily Schwanke of Voyageurs Guide Service share ways you can make the most out of a trip to Voyageurs National Park (voyageurs.org).

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 109

Hywel Taff Roberts
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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.

Hiking Snowdonia National Park and the Welsh Coastal Path
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Wales is surrounded on three sides by the sea and is the only country in the world that has a coastal path along its entire 875 mile 1408km) coastline!  Fiercely independent, culturally rich with song, prose, storytelling and its very own Celtic language, Wales is a mystical destination.

The Snowdonia National Park is the largest park in Wales, and boasts the highest mountain in Wales and England, Mt Snowdon. Hiking along the ancient pathways connecting with the landscape you will be passing through rural communities and supporting the local economy and the countryside that surrounds them.

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”.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 103

Wales: History, Culture and Language
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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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Becky Rom
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Update on the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

Steve Schreader and Eli Nord
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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.

Ode 2 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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 104

Michelle Schroeder
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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

Backpacking 101 - How to Keep from Doing Stupid S*** on Trail
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Doing Stupid S*** on Trail

Want to learn backpacking basics?  Want to avoid common rookie mistakes?

Michelle will share information about what to bring (and what not to bring), how to pack a backpack, protect your food, filter water, operate a stove, trail permits and more.

The first 30 people in the door will get a free hard copy of her Company's packing list.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 106

Border Route Trail

Hugh M Smith MD PhD
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Hugh Smith is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, a photography instructor, and published photographer.

He is a world traveler and has been to all seven continents and nearly 100 countries.

While not photographing or traveling, Hugh works as an Anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

LifeandLensTravel.com

Travel Photography: Shooting Great Wildlife, Landscape, and Portrait Images
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Have an exotic dream vacation planned?

This presentation will share some of the tips and tricks to help you bring home visually stunning, powerful, and memorable vacation photos.

As a professional educator, Hugh will review general photography principles, and specific tips for shooting wildlife, people, and places for capturing stunning images of your 'bucket list' vacation.

Throughout this presentation, Hugh will share some of his favorite images from around the globe and provide his approach and methodology for taking great travel pics.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 103

Melissa Sweger
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Melissa Sweger
Paddling Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For 50 years, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has drawn people from all over to experience the beauty and rugged wilderness of these islands and Lake Superior.

What does it take to paddle and camp in this special place?  Are you prepared to travel the waters of Lake Superior safely  With proper planning and preparation, you can paddle through sea caves, sleep under the stars, and navigate this inland sea.

Join Ranger Melissa Sweger to celebrate 50 years of caring for our place on Gitchigami, and start planning your next trip to the Apostle Islands.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Peter Tatikian
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Peter Tatikian
Hiking the Southern California Coast

Steve Tickle
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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

Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp - A Route for Everyone
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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.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 1:00p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Jim Umhoefer
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Jim Umhoefer

Jim Umhoefer is a freelance travel/outdoor writer and photographer from Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

He is the author and photographer of four outdoor guidebooks about Minnesota and Wisconsin and the photographer of a coffee-table book on outhouses.  He has written over 300 travel and outdoor articles for newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Denver Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Magazine, Home and Away, Odyssey and others.

You can see some of his work at candidperceptions.com.

Basics of Outdoor Photography
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Photographs preserve the outdoor moments of our lives.

Yet there is often a difference between how we interpret a scene and how the camera sees it literally.  Most times, this difference is due to a need to better understand your camera’s operation and the basics of lighting and composition.

This session will also cover the basics of exposure compensation, bracketing and use of flash as we explore how to become a better outdoor photographer.

Sunday,  Apr. 26th, 10:30a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Renting Backcountry Cabins and Lookouts
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Austin Ridge Lookout, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho

Imagine owning your own piece of a national forest in Montana or northern Idaho for a night.  The Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service can make this dream come true by renting backcountry cabins and fire lookouts in 13 national forests.

Join Jim as he shows off the best rental cabins and lookouts, and tells you how to rent your own piece of heaven.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 11:45a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 107

Chris and Marlisa Wallace
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Chris and Marlisa Wallace

My wife Marilisa and I met in Switzerland when I ski instructed there.  Marilisa grew up in Cervinia at the foot of the Matterhorn.

For the last thirty years, we have spent every summer hiking and climbing among these mountains.  We often hiked with friends that came to visit us, and as time passed, the number of people who wanted to join us grew.

Finally, we decided it was time to include anyone who has a passion for hiking, who is curious about savoring the local cuisine and who is eager to make new friends.

Trek Ski Plus - Aosta Valley Trekking:  trekskiplus.com

Aosta Valley Adventure Trekking
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We are a family business that takes people on trekking trips in the Aosta Valley region of the Italian Alps.

Our trips explore some of the most beautiful valleys and trails in the Italian Alps.  Our itineraries go near the four of the highest peaks in Western Europe: Monte Rosa, Grand Paradiso, Mont Blanc, and Matterhorn.

We have 30 years experience hiking and climbing in the area.

Saturday,  Apr. 25th, 9:15a.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 105

Scott Weicht
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Scott Weicht
Hiking Scotland's West Highland Way

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