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)

Speaker Biographies and Program Descriptions

Rod Johnson
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!

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!

52 Years of Midwest Mountaineering and Business Lessons Learned Along the Way
Midwest Mountaineering Staff – In the Beginning

52 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 52 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.

Sunday,  Nov. 20th, 12:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 1-105

Winter Getaways and Hiking in the Southwest
Rod Johnson Surfing The Wave

The Southwest region of the United States is one of Rod and Sharon's favorite getaways!  This presentation will recommend hikes in the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Sedona, the Wave and Red Rocks.

Rod and Sharon took their own advice and did a quick getaway to the SW.  Not only was it easy, fun and relaxing, but they took several new photos to add to their presentation.  He will talk about trails, what to take, permits and where to stay.  The recommended hikes are also spectacular throughout the year.

He will talk about trails, what to take, permits and where to stay.

Saturday,  Nov. 19th, 2:15p.m.,  U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 1-106

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