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Nov. 22-24, 2019

Everything on 77 Presentations 50 Exhibitors

SALE! Paul Shurke - Dogsledding with Greenland’s Polar Innuit. Catch his presentation at our Outdoor Adventure Expo!

77 Free Presentations! 50 Exhibito rs !

November 22,23,24 2019 Friday 2pm-9pm; Saturday 9am-6:30pm; Sunday 10am-5pm C l o s e d Fr i d a y 1 0 a m - 2 p m f o r s e t u p ( T h r i f t y O u t f i t t e r s w i l l b e o p e n )


A first stop for the best mountain action, culture and nature films in the world!

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All at Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. So. Mpls. and U of M West Bank Campus

Welcome to Our 70th Outdoor Adventure Expo! The Expo has lots of great ideas for outdoor adventures.

Not to miss:

Talk to staff, reps, exhibitors and presenters. Get the gear and

Beer and Gear Raffle Friday night free raffle tickets at participating exhibitors

apparel you need for your next adventure and to keep you warm

2020 will be Midwest Mountaineering’s 50th Anniversary!

Banff Festival of Mountain Films World Tour 2 nights of films, Friday and Saturday nights Friday Nov. 22rd, 7:30 and all different films Saturday Nov. 23rd, 7:30 Tickets at

Look for 50th specials next year.

77 Free Presentations - 50 Exhibitors

this winter on Sale!

Everything in Midwest Mountaineering is on Sale!

We've been doing Expos for 35 years x 2 per year = 70 Expos

Be warm this winter! We hope to see you there!

to give you ideas and information on fun outdoor adventures! Plus everyone else at the Expo loves the outdoors. As Paul Shurke said, "A gathering of the Tribe."

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NEW! Two Nights of Films friday night, November 22, 7:30pm and Saturday night, November 23, 7:30pm All at U of M West Bank, Willey Hall - 229 19th Ave S. Mpls. (2 blocks from Midwest Mountaineering- see map on page 6)

Midwest Mountaineering is pleased to host the legendary Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international competition featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects. Each year, a pre-screening committee selects 30 to 40 finalists. An international jury then determines the best films and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film and Feature-Length Mountain Fiction. Audience members decide the winner of the People’s Choice Award. We'll have more different Banff films April 24 and 25, 2020

Ticketing Procedure: Get your tickets right away as Saturday often often sells out 2 weeks ahead of time and Friday usually sells out the day of the show. Ticket purchasing is online. Print your own tickets, or show us your emailed ticket(s) on your smartphone. TICKETS $18.00* per night. Online at for a $3.00 service fee per order. Tickets are available in the store. No $3 service fee if purchased in the store. No ticket sales at the door. No will call. Please bring your printed ticket to the show, along with ID, which may be requested. If you love outdoor excitement, you will love this film festival! This year tickets will include a coupon for a FREE stainless insulated mug with lid. The s e s how s s e l l out! Buy ti c k e ts e a rl y.

No rEfuNdS. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. We do not recommend these movies for young children because some films may have strong language. All attendees must have tickets. Willey Hall is located a short walk away from Midwest Mountaineering. From the store just follow the blue signs. 612.339.3433

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Beer & Gear (and root beer, too!) It’s a Social and a Raffle with

thousands in prizes At least 50 Winners!

Friday, November 22nd 2-8pm

Beer + F RE E souvenier pint glass = $6 (while supply of 504 pint glasses last)

This Year:

- You don’t get stuck with a prize you don’t want - You have a week to pick up the prize - Winners notified by email

Beer & Gear is sponsored by LAKES & LEGENDS Get your PINT of Lakes & Legends beer or root beer served in an Expo Souvenier Pint You keep the pint glass! Socialize all evening! You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people, manufacturers reps, exhibitors, and Midwest Mountaineering employees, all eager to share the excitement of our great outdoors. Check out the gear All Midwest Mountaineering merchandise will be on sale! Talk to the many manufacturers’ reps. Use your 20% off coupon, valid Friday only. You will get this via e-mail, if you are one of our email list subscribers. (Sign-up at: Enter the Raffle Get your freerafflecard and punches just by socializing with the Expo Exhibitors! Collect card punches from at least 10 Exhibitors, then drop your card in the jar of the prize you’d like to win. One raffle entry per person. Raffle drawing held at 8pm Winners names will be announced and posted in the tents at 8:30pm near the prizes. You need not be present to win. Winners providing an email address will also be notified by email. A list of winners will also appear on the Expo website Saturday at 9am Sunday 2-5pm Happy Hour $5 4

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Thousands of Dollars of Beer n Gear Raffle Prizes Include: Outdoor Research - Men’s Ferrosi Hooded Jacket Tecnica - Forge GTX Boots Salomon - Women’s Lightning Lightshell Pants Atlas & Tubbs - Snowshoe Poles FITS Socks - Merino Wool Socks Darn Tough - Merino Wool Socks The North Country Trail Association - $50 gift certificate to our Trail Shop Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club - 2 annual Rovers memberships Boundary Waters Advisory Committee - Steripen™ Ultra UV water purifier HydraPak Hydration Essentials Package

MORE TO COME! Thank You Prize Contributors!


The Chosen One For over a decade the Merrell® Moab has been the choice of hikers when a choice needs to be made, making it the best-selling hiker in the world. Famous for its out-of-the-box comfort, durability and all-purpose versatility, no hiking boot is trusted on more trails that the Merrell® Moab.


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50 Expo Exhibitors including:

AAC & MCA Access 2 Tanzania Adopt A Husky ALDHA Borton Overseas BWAC UofM Center for Outdoor Adventure Cooke Custom Sewing Friends of the Boundary Waters Indiglo Stove Knowmad Adventures Midwest Outdoor Resorts

Since 1973...

Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club Mn Volunteer-Conservation Magazine Namaste North Country Trail Association and Border Route Trail Association

Climber Yvon Chouinard founded Patagonia in 1973, naming the company after the wild and rugged region of southern South America. As a blacksmith who made his own pitons, Yvon wanted his clothing and gear to be just as reliable and efficient as his climbing gear. Today we continue to build Patagonia products of the highest quality for outdoor enthusiasts who take

Visit Us at Midwest Mountaineering 309 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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living and now offer a growing selection of healthy, nutritious food.



Left: Yvon Chouinard gets his start in business in the ’60s. Yosemite, California. Patagonia Archives Above: Lito Tejada-Flores on the trip that inspired our company’s name. Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia. Chris Jones © 2019 Patagonia, Inc.

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NSSTC SHTA Three Rivers Park District Thrive Adventures Trek Ski Plus Visit Winona Visit Cook County Visit Duluth VOBS Water Legacy Wild Wales Wilderness in the City Wintergreen Expeditions Women on the GrOw Yellowstone


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Beginning Canyoneering in SW Utah Jim & JoAnn Arneson Come learn how to get started in beginner level techical canyons in SW Utah. We'll describe logistics, gear, navigation, rappel techniques, and routes. We'll also share photos and video of two our first canyoneering day trips in southern Utah. Discussion will include Diana's Throne (aka The Huntress) and Birch Hollow canyoneering day trips. Jim and JoAnn Arneson are a middle age couple that love to road-trip throughout the western US. They've come to love canyoneering in the SW US: Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. Saturday, November 23, 4:45 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

The Amazing Azores Tracy Blesi This Atlantic archipelago is attracting nature lovers from all over the globe with its unique features and stunning beauty. Lush vegetation, deep volcanic craters filled with every shade of blue water, steaming volcanic hot springs, and waterfalls reminiscent of Hawaii decorate the green island of Sao Miguel where the cows still outnumber the people. For anyone who loves the outdoors and enjoys being off the beaten path, this place is for you! 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, a travel company devoted to nature loving women experiencing amazing places together. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Summer-long Wilderness Ranger Volunteer Program in the BWCAW Mike Bastyr & Cathy Quinn Volunteers are a vital resource for maintaining the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Learn about the specifics of the summer-long volunteer Wilderness Ranger program. Topics will include the variety of tasks, the training and resources provided to the volunteers, and the experiences of a volunteer. Mike Bastyr has 28 years of Boundary Waters experience and was a volunteer Wilderness Ranger this summer. Cathy Quinn is the Recreation and Wilderness Specialist for the East Zone of the Superior National Forest. She previously served as a Wilderness Ranger for more than 20 years in the BWCAW. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Climb for Hope Tiger Beaudoin Hear how one 50-yearold caught the mountaineering bug and now summits annually - and you can too with 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.

In Alfred Wainwright’s Footsteps: Englands Coast to Coast WalkJason Borah

Exploring the Breathtaking Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador - Renee Davies The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are 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 the cloud forest, the 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 Islands 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. Renee Davies is a Peru and Ecuador Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures. 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. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Stretching from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, the 190+ mile Coast to Coast Walk takes you slowly through three of England's stunning national parks, numerous idyllic villages, and constant pastoral landscapes. With the option of spending each night at inns and B&B's, you're sure to eat, drink, and sleep well. Jason will 'walk' you through his trip with stunning photography and plenty of information on costs and logistics to plan your own experience.

Skishoeing - Matthew Davis What do you get when you cross snowshoes and XC skis? Skishoes combine skis’ gliding motion efficiency with the flotation and traction of snowshoes. They allow you to go just about anywhere and can be used in less than ideal snow conditions. Come to learn more about this fantastic way to explore the outdoors in winter. Matthew Davis lives in Detroit Lakes, MN where he works as the MN & ND Regional Trail Coordinator for the non-profit North Country Trail Association. He is an avid hiker, skishoer, mountain biker, and also a long-time trail volunteer. Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

The North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-Route Matthew Davis The North Country Trail's Arrowhead Reroute is finally official. Now what? You have probably heard about the North Country Trail Association’s effort in Congress to change the North Country National Scenic Trail’s route in northeastern Minnesota over the last dozen years. Now it’s our turn to roll up our sleeves. Learn how you can weigh in on where the NCT should go, how you can support this work, and how you can volunteer. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Jason Borah is a regular thirty-something office worker who puts vacation time to use on the occasional adventure - preferrably involving plane, train, city, and nature. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Camino Santiago Ruminations Kimberly Case

Hike Across the BWCAW Matthew Davis Hike across the BWCAW...current hiking conditions on the Kekekabic and Border Route Trails. Learn what it's like to hike the combined Border Route and Kekekabic Trail segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Deciding to do the CAmino within two weeks of starting, gives rise to some big lessons to learn.

Machu Picchu and Beyond Renee Davies

Tiger is a cancer survivor who began mountaineering at 50 and raises funds for cancer research.

I'll share tips on packing, lightening one's load both physically and mentally, and taking the road less travelled. Born with a gypsy spirit and cofounder of Women on the GrOw - Kimberly's legacy is to share her passion of exploring the world with others.

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.

These two trails offer over 100 miles of Wilderness hiking opportunities unsurpassed in the Midwest and provide great views, outstanding solitude, and a personal challenge.

Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106


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Landscape Photograpy Sarah Ehlen

Yosemite Kim Fishburn

Paddle for Progress Waterway Jay Gustafson

Learn how to capture beautiful landscape photos whether you use a mobile phone or a DSLR as your camera! In this presentation, Sarah will give some tips and techniques for shooting landscape and nature photographs that you can put to use on your next trip or even your own backyard.

Yosemite has over 750 miles of trails which make for some great backpacking. Some areas are better than most. This presentation is focused on showing you the different areas of the park, and what you need to know for a successful hike. Permits, food storage and the use of public transportation will be some of the subjects discussed.

Join Waterway Jay as he recaps the 2018 season of Paddle for Progress, a 2 year 4,300mi journey to raise awareness of the water quality crisis in Minnesota. Jay has solo canoed 30 of the 34 state water trails mapped by the Minnesota DNR and will discuss how his project began, what he has learned about our rivers, and the current state of water in Minnesota. Jay will share stories, photos, and ideas for how individuals and groups can become involved with the needed solutions to protect and preserve our water.

Sarah Ehlen owns and operates Glacier Photo Guides, which specializes in teaching landscape photography for all skill levels in Montana’s beautiful Glacier National Park. Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Kim Fishburn spent 27 years hiking the Sierras. He is a Chapter President for the North County Trail Association, and moderator for the John Muir Trail Yahoo group, a top source of information for the trail. Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Jay Gustafson is a former IT Business Analyst with a passion for water in Minnesota. In 2016, Jay paddled the Mississippi River from source to sea and discovered the irresistible call of the river. In June 2017, Gustafson quit his job of 10 years to begin, Paddle for Progress. After canoeing full time through October, 2018, Jay took a job with Northstar Canoes. Jay is very excited to turn his passion for water quality and canoeing into a full time career in paddle sports. Sunday, November 24, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Hiking & Photographing Glacier National Park Sarah Ehlen There are endless trails and places to explore in Glacier National Park. Join Sarah as she highlights her favorite hikes and other hidden gems, giving valuable advice for anyone interested in a trip to this beautiful part of Northwest Montana. She’ll talk about when to visit, tips for getting a camping permit, and ideas for the best places to photograph in the park. Sunday, November 24, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Patagonia Unbridled Krista Erdahl

Krista is your go-to gal for Chile and Argentina travel information. She has traveled through and experienced countless regions in South America, discovered lesser-known hikes, lodges, and vineyards, and planned custom trips for a variety of different travel groups. Sunday, November 24, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Winter is a good time to go south for warmer weather and more daylight. 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, buy they took several new photos to add to their presentation. They will talk about trails, what to take, permits and where to stay. The recommended hikes are also spectacular throughout the year. Rod Johnson is the owner and founder of Midwest Mountaineering, your locally owned outdoor adventure outfitter. With his wife, Sharon, Rod has travelled the globe in search of great outdoor adventures which can be shared with you each Outdoor Adventure Expo! They truly love helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences. Come catch their enthusiam. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

John Muir Trail Kim Fishburn The John Muir Trail is one of the premier trails in the world, covering 211 miles of some of the finest mountain scenery in the US, starting in Yosemite Valley, and ending on top of Mt Whitney.

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 - and includes the iconic Monte Fitz Roy, the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, and more. View jaw-dropping images of the region’s incredible natural beauty from a variety of both active Patagonia expeditions and luxury Patagonia vacations, and will also offer practical advice on traveling through this area of rugged wilderness and cultural intrigue.

Winter Getaways and Hiking in the Southwest Rod & Sharon Johnson

Self Supported Foot Crossing of the Red Lake Peatland Jason Husveth Join Jason Husveth on a never before attempted summer crossing and exploration of the Red Lake Peatland, the largest patterned peatland system in the Lower 48.

Besides showing some great pictures from the trail we'll talk about obtaining permits, how and where to do food drops, food storage along the trail, and transportation options getting to and from the trail. Sunday, November 24, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Jason will present slides, ground and drone video, and tales of his team's selfsupported 43 mile foot crossing of one of Minnesota's last tru wilderness areas over two days in August of 2017. Peatland ecology, plant communities, botany and rare species will be presented. Gear, strategies, failures, and lessons learned will be discussed. Jason Husveth is a professional restoration ecologist, botanist and veteran endurance athlete with a fascination for Minnesota's vast wetlands and unexplored wilderness areas. Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Hiking and Via Ferrata in Dolomites Rod & Sharon Johnson National Geographic Adventure Magazine lists hiking and climbing the Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites as one of the world’s top adventure travel destinations. Hiking in the Italian Alps is “civilized hiking” - you don’t have to carry a tent, sleeping bag, stove or food. You can enjoy great food and wine on a scenic terrace after a long day of hiking. Kimimanjaro is called “Every Man’s Everest”; Rod calls the Via Ferrata (Iron Way) “”Every Man’s El Capitan!” Via Ferrata consists of steel cables and ladders that you clip into to ascend or traverse the rock face. Rod and Sharon will share photos from their trip - hiking, huthopping and climbing Via Ferrata in the Dolomites. They will hand out resources on how you can create your own Dolomite adventure! Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102


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Thru-Hiking the Great Plains Trail Luke “Strider” Jordan This is a story of adventure and discovery on the first-ever thru-hike of this newly established resource. Stretching for 2200 miles across rolling grasslands, through rocky canyons and over forested ridges, the Great Plains Trail aims to be America’s next great adventure. Follow along as Strider traverses this trail from the desert of west Texas to the Canadian Border, in an attempt to raise awareness and generate support ofthis great resource, highlighting the greatest history and scenery of the Great Plains. Luke Jordan grew up on a farm in central Minnesota on the outskirts of the Minneapolis suburbs. During his college years he started getting into backpacking and volunteered on trail construction crews for the Superior Hiking Trail. In 2012 he graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Natural Resources, and immediately after attempted a thru hike of the North Country National Scenic Trail. He succeeded, and became the 4th person to successfully thru-hike that trail. Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

North Country Trail Luke “Strider” Jordan Chronicling a journey of 4600 miles, this is a story of struggle to overcome obstacles and to continue on in the pursuit of achieving goals and personal growth.

Climbing Kili Paul and Kelly Kautz

The Arthurian Place Names of Wales - Scott Lloyd

Find out what happens when 21 flatlanders from Minnesota (plus 1 from Australia) climbe the highest mountain in Africa. This coupole shares how they prepared for, summited, and thoroughly enjoyed Mt. Kilimanjaro using hte Lemosho Route, and offer up tips and advice on how to maximize your chances to do the same. Free Tip: "Porter Dodging" is a mandatory skill!

Scott Lloyd works at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales at the National Library of Wales. He has served on the committee of the the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society.

Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

How to Design and Build Out Your Own Adventure Van Joe Lee & David Kolcinski So, you’re interested in trying vanlife, but don’t know where to start? This presentation will walk you through some of the pros and cons of common van layouts and construction methods, and educate you on the basics of van building. There are so many decisions to be made: What kind of insulation? Fixed or modular layout? What kind of batteries? Solar power system? Heating options? Composting toilet?

Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sunday, November 24, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

What’s the Deal with #vanlife Joe Lee & David Kolcinski

Kelly and Paul share highlights of their 6day backpacking adventure and how to plan your own trek.

You have all probably heard the term “vanlife”, or at least seen pictures on social media tagged with “#vanlife”. So what’s the draw? This presentation will address some of its pros and cons of this versatile and simple way to travel and live. It will also address the economics of van ownership, including an introduction to the growing van rental business, which is becoming the new Airbnb.

Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103


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. Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

African Wildlife Safaris and Beyond - Innocent Lyimo

Come hear a story about a hiker's journey over the nation's longest scenic trail, what he calls the "crown jewel" of the national scenic trail system. Follow along as Luke traverses this trail of great diversity from the vast plains of North Dakota to the high peaks of the Adirondacks.

Looking to get away from trail crowds and above the trees? Wyoming wilderness has beautiful trails and BIG mountains only a day's drive from MN. Whether you want to summit a 13K+ peak, catch a hundred trout, or whirl around in an alpine meadow like Julie Andrews, the Cloud Peak Wilderness is perfect.

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

Sunday, November 24, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Joe Lee founded Quality Adventure in 2017, a local company that builds custom camper vans. He is also an AMGA rock climbing guide for Kaf Adventures. David Kolcinski brings twenty years of home remodeling experience to custom van building for Quality Adventure. Twenty years of family and climbing have accompanied him on the journey.

Cloud Peak Wilderness WY Paul and Kelly Kautz

In his recent book “The Arthurian Place Names of Wales” he traces back more than a hundred and fifty sites in Wales dating from the 9th century. It is a comprehensive look at the extensive evidence of the Arthurian legacy in Wales and Welsh culture. He lives near Aberystwyth in mid Wales.

Mountain Gorilla Treks in Rwanda and Uganda Innocent Lyimo

Kilimanjaro Innocent Lyimo 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 firsthand experiences and expert advice to assist you in planning a successful climb to the "Roof of Africa". Born and raised on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Innocent first climbed 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. Innocent is the founder of Destination Tanzania Safaris (, 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. Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Come to Tanzania, where you experience the endless plains of the Serengeti and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. 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. This safari slideshow will offer advice and suggestions on how to create your own personalized itinerary for the perfect adventure! Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Restoration and Hiking the Powwow Trail in the BWCA Rod Markin In 2011, the BWCA Wilderness’ 30+ mile Pow Wow Trail was utterly destroyed by the Pagami Creek fire. Campsites were obliterated; the trail’s tread burned beyond finding. Since the fire, avid volunteers have been unrelenting in their tireless efforts to re-establish this historic and scenic trail. Rod will share a photolog of before and after the fire, along with the efforts and successes of re-establishing the trail, as well as hiking this historic trail. Rod is a lifelong hiker/backpacker, with treks in New Zealand, Chile, South Korea, and Wrangell Mountains (AK), as well as many mountain states and the BWCA. He is a volunteer and past president of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee – a grassroots, volunteer organization that advocates for and clears hiking trails in the BWCA Wilderness. Saturday, November 23, 4:45 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

MORE Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations M-P by presenter’s last name. New Zealand: An Adventurer’s Paradise Al Macdonald Far and wide I've traveled, and New Zealand still holds it's place among my 'best of the best.'

Breaking News on How We Can Protect Minnesota from PolyMet Sulfide Mining Pollution - Paula Maccabee Here’s your chance to learn about important new developments in protecting Minnesota waters from PolyMet pollution. Sulfide mining threatens the Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters and even the Mississippi River watersheds of Minnesota. T The PolyMet/Glencore mine is the first sulfide mine ever proposed in Minnesota, and it would serve as the snowplow behind which any other dangerous mines would follow. PolyMet has obtained state and federal permits, but WaterLegacy and other groups are fighting back. Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel will share the concealment and irregularities we’ve exposed that allowed PolyMet permits to be issued. You’ll hear the latest on the critical victories we’ve obtained in court to protect Minnesota waters. Now is the time for all of us to act and protect Minnesota waters from PolyMet/Glencore and sulfide mining. Paula Maccabee has served as a public interest lawyer, working to protect human rights, environmental health, social justice, and clean air and water sincegraduating from Yale Law School in 1981. For the past 10 years, she has served as Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel for WaterLegacy, an award-winning grassroots non-profit formed to protect Minnesota’s clean waters and communities. Sunday, November 24, 2:15 Pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

With vistas to stir your soul, culture to awaken your mind, and adventure to challenge your body, it is nothing short of a traveler's paradise. From north to south, tour the possibilities and begin the difficult process of prioritizing locations and adventures for a trip that will top your personal experience list guaranteed! Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Do you Love Hiking? Costa Rica is for You Maria Murillo Imagine hiking 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. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Maria grew up with Costa Rica as her playground. She is the founder of Costa Rica Authentic, a company that specializes in customized trips to Costa Rica. Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Whether you’re a seasoned snow walker or a snowbird, you’ll come away with resources and ideas to be inspired by winter. 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. Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

The TwentyNinth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra -

Dave Pagel and Rick Kollath began climbing together as college students in the 1970s in Duluth. Together, they dreamed of conquering the Eiger’s North Face, Switzerland’s infamous “Wall of Death”. They trained for the climb at home and abroad, even visiting the Eiger for several aborted attempts. This is a story of climbing obsession, a lifelong friendship, some unique motivation, and two climbs of the Eiger, made 26 years apart. Dave, a writer, lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Rick works as an illustrator and graphic designer in Duluth, Minnesota.

10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in the Boundary Waters Pete Marshall Embrace the cold! There are countless ways to experience the Boundary Waters and the surrounding area this winter. From comfy stays at lodges to adventurous treks up Minnesota’s highest peak, Pete Marshall from Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness will guide you through a range of options.

Eiger North Face: Two Men and a Rock Dave Pagel & Rick Kollath

Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm U of M – Hanson Hall, Room 103

All You Need to Know to Plan a Vacation to Costa Rica Maria Murillo Learn about Costa Rica, a small country that makes up 5% of the earth’s biodiversity. Visitors can enjoy the majestic volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, rainforest as well as picturesque landscapes. Costa Rica offers many activities for families, for the adventurous and for those who want to relax and enjoy nature at a slow pace. Hiking, bird watching, whale watching, river rafting, kayaking, canopy, rappel, and surfing are 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, November 24, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Winter Camping: The Basics - Bear Paulsen Don’t let cold weather stop you from traveling outdoors for half the year. Learning how to camp comfortably in the winter will allow you to see a whole new world. Please join Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, for an hour of learning how to stay warm in the cold. He’ll cover how to dress, different clothing strategies and share tips and tricks from hundreds of nights of winter camping. He’ll also discuss food, water and give some basic safety information. Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Alex Messenger Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Al Macdonald Take a photographic walk through the Mountains of the Sacred Valley of Peru. Learn about the Inca Ruins and the ancient culture conquered by the Spanish. Do you have what it takes to hike the famous pilgrimage, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? It takes preparation and guts but the ruins along the way that are only accessible via the trail.Pictures never do justice but over the years Thrive Adventures tour guide Al MacDonald has snapped a fantastic array. Since 2006, Al Macdonald has trekked, sailed, road tripped, explored, and guided travelers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Peru, and Costa Rica. The content of his presentations is the culmination of years of experience and a sincere desire to share the beauty of the lands that spark his wanderlust. Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Rm

A six-hundred mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a 17-yr old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive. Alex will share about his experience wtih five companions as they paddle north through the harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attached by a grizzly. Alex has worked as a wilderness guide and volunteer search and rescue operator. His love of adventure, nature, and cultures has taken him all over the globe, 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. Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Planning Your East African Safari Casey O’Connell Access 2 Tanzania & Treks 2 Rwanda will help you make your bucket list safari adventure a reality! During this presentation I'll answer 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 be on experiencing the classic 'Big 5' safari in Tanzania and trekking to view mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Winter Camping: Beyond the Basics - Bear Paulsen This clinic is for those that have already attended Winter Camping: The Basics or those who have winter camped a few times and are looking to expand their knowledge. Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, will discuss choosing a campsite, shelter options and the all important – how to sleep comfortably through the long winter nights.

Casey O'Connell has spent over a decade living & travelling across Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo, with a particular expertise in Tanzania & Rwanda.

He’ll cover winter travel from backpacking on foot to pulling a pulk sled through the BWCA. Sled design will also be covered.

Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Rm

Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103


MORE Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations P-S by presenter’s last name.

Solo Wilderness Travel Bear Paulsen Where should you start a winter camping trip into the BWCA? Come find out which entry points are plowed and where you won't hear snowmobiles. Learn how to travel the ice safely and how to avoid slush. Join Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, for photos of beautiful winter scenery while you learn how to make a fire from ice. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

The Accidental Tourist - The 50 US High Points David Rhude David Rhude will discuss the highest points in each of the fifty US states. David has summited 47 of the 50 US High Points to date. Doctor Rhude is a local physician, interested in immunology, auto-immune disease as well as travel medicine, wildness medicine and high altitude physiology.

Hiking along the Welsh Coastal Path” and the “Snowdonia National Park”, North Wales Hywel Taff Roberts Wales is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Fiercely independent, culturally rich with song, prose, storytelling and its very own Celtic language, Wales is a mystical destination. Come and learn about the 3000-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”. Hywel “Taff” Roberts is the Director of “Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts”and a storyteller, adventurer, sailor, film director, naturalist and avid hiker. Hywel is a native of Wales, speaks fluent Welsh and is passionate about his homeland and the Welsh culture. Hywel lives in rural Minnesota on the Mississippi river. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sunday, November 24 2:15 pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Rm

All of your favorite spots have been transformed. You are invited on a journey of discovery as we explore these majestic spots with a winter twist! Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Cold Weather Paddling Jonathon Ringdahl The cold weather season is a beautiful time to paddle! When everyone else has packed away their paddling gear, you can be experiencing amazing paddling safely. Snow-lined banks and ice formations transform your favorite river in ways few people see. You are invited on a photographic journey to experience how beautiful cold weather paddling can be. Dressing for success is key. We will discuss how to be safe and styling. Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105


Soloing the John Muir Trail Michelle Schroeder

In August and September of 2018 two gents from Minnesota embarked on a three-stage trip dubbed ‘The Ode to MN,’ a tribute to the natural splendor of Minnesota.

Backpacker Magazine named the John Muir Trail the Best Trail in the World in 2010. It is a 221-mile trail from Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal. Michelle will discuss her September 2018 solo trip and share stunning photos. She will share information on how to prepare for the JMT, the extensive logistics from travel to mailing resupplies, food storage, when to go, permits, and more.

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 as he shares about their trip, their focus, their ups and downs, and what 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. 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 summitted Mt. Rainier in 2018, he has his sights set on an attempt on Denali. Includes a screening of their adventure film!

North Shore Winter Adventures Jonathon Ringdahl Minnesota's North Shore is a beautiful destination year round. Winter North Shore adventures take on a new flavor.

Ode to Minnesota Stephen Schreader

Saturday, November 23, 1 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Backpacking New Zealand Without a Plan Michelle Schroeder Michelle will focus on New Zealand's beautiful South Island, specifically backpacking, with some car camping between treks. She will share info about less-visited, more-remote treks, how to prepare for hut-to-hut trekking, and the facilities offered at the huts as well as New Zealand’s amazing car camping. Sunday, November 24, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Beyond the Birkie: Other Great Cross Country Skiing Marathons and HalfMarathons in the Upper Midwest Elspeth Ronnander Do you ski the Birkie every year but wonder what it would be like to do a different race? This presentation will discuss course profiles, logistics, adn the unique aspects of a dozen cross country ski marathons and half marathons in the Upper Midwest. Come find out what race has the best post-race meal, the best promo video, and the best goodie bag! Elspeth has been cross country skiing competitively since age 16. She has now raced over 50 full-length marathons and many shorter races, mostly in the upper Midwest. Currently she skis and blogs for the Vakava Racing Team. Saturday, November 23, 4:45 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Superior Highland Backcountry Skiing Rory Scoles Backpacking 101 Michelle Schroeder 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. Michelle Schroeder, owner of Backpack The Trails LLC, an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years, was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man. Her favorite backpacking trails include the John Muir Trail, Grand Canyon, Wonderland Trail, Mt. Robson and California’s Lost Coast. She has kayaked around Vancouver Island, Thailand, and Lake Superior. Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS Wilderness First Responder. Saturday, November 23, 4:45 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

As backcountry skiing explodes in popularity across the country and the world, Superior Highland Backcountry, a recently formed group that advocates to expand and protect BC skiing opportunities in Northeastern MN, has just submitted a special use permit to the Superior National Forest for the Midwest's first designated public backcountry skiing area, the Moose Mountain Glades Project. It is the first step and cornerstone in fulfilling a vision of a hut to hut trail system along the North Shore, complete with downhill glades, connecting trails and overnight huts. Rory will present this vision, share what the Superior Highlands has to offer the skiing public and his experiences skiing much of the vertical of the Shore. Rory Scoles is Founder and Director of Superior Highland Backcountry, owns and operates Lutsen Rec, a full service ski shop and lives off grid in Finland, MN. Saturday, November 23, 11:45 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

MORE Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations S-W by presenter’s last name. Turns All Year: Skiing 12 Months of the Year! Steve Share

Steve Share first became an alpine skier in second grade, added cross country skiing in high school, and took up telemark skiing 20 years ago. After buying his first set of telemark ski gear from Midwest Mountaineering in 1999, he never once has gone back to alpine skis.

Travel Photography: Shooting Great Wildlife, Landscape, and Portrait Images While on Vacation Hugh Smith

Saturday, November 23, 4:45 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

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.

Citizen-Diplomacy Adventure on the Russia-America Frontier Paul Shurke 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 Mn. When not adventuring in the polar regions, Paul operates Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge 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. Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

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.

The World's Best Crag: Climbing in the South of France Sevve Stember Lavender fields stretch as far as the eye can see. This is where Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Matisee, and other Impressionist painters chose to spend their creative life. It also, happens to be home to some of the best limestone sport climbing in the world. Ceuse has been touted as "the Best Crag in the world". Whether or not you agree, the point is that it is absolutely phenomenal climbing in a picturesque setting. In this talk, you'll also learn about the climbing in the impressive Verdon River Gorge. Information covers: detailed overviews of climbing, lodging/camping, food beta, etc. for Ceuse and the Verdon River Gorge.

Dogsledding with Greenland’s Polar Inuit Paul Shurke

If so, this discussion is for you. During this presentation, you'll become enlightened on all necessary beta to make your next trip to Moab a smashing success. Camping information, rest day activities, preferred guidebooks, gear recommendations (how many cams do I need?!), and of course detailed climbing beta. Areas discussed: Indian Creek, Potash Road (aka Wall Street), Long Canyon, Kane Creek Road (Ice Cream Parlor), Arches National Park, Mill Creek, and Castleton Tower. Sevve has made an annual homage to this area since 2010 and can't stop. Come enjoy engaging photos, stories, all while getting your next trip dreamt up.

When not adventuring in the polar regions, Paul operates Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge 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.

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 trees on his parents acreage. Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, trail running, or climbing.

Sunday, November 24, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Saturday, November 23, 10:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Watson simplifies the science of fuel substrate utilization by your body's cells, clarifies the biochemical differences between butter, lard, olive and fish oils, and also explains how weather and diet influence the thermodynamics of metabolism. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Fat Bike Brrr!Grease 2019 Ben Weaver

Mount Everest Base Camp A Route for Everyone Steven Tickle

Have you seen pictures of Dean Potter, Steph Davis, and other desert climbing legends and thought "Man, that looks like the bees knees?". Or have you thought of escaping the winter a little early for a trip to the comparatively hospitable desert?

Exercise Physiologist Ed Watson explains why the term 'essential fat' is a misnomer and why this hinders a greater understanding of food, health, and performance.

Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sandstone Addiction Sevve Stember

Butter, Butter, Butter: Fats You Really Should Be Eating Ed Watson

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

In January 2019 Ben Weaver and Jay Petervary rode the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on fat bikes. A poet and songwriter Ben Weaver travels by bike using his tools to unify communities through performance and conversations on the land. Jay Petervary is an accomplished ultra endurance race veteran and remarkably innovative cyclist. This unique trip sought to use poetry on the trail at -40 below to forge relationships between the dog mushing and winter cycling communities. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Saturday, November 23, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Aosta Valley Adventure Trekking Chris and Marlisa Wallace We take people on trekking trips in the beautiful Aosta Valley region of the Italian Alps. Our itineraries go near four of the highest peaks in Western Europe: Monte Rosa, Grand Paradiso, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn. We have 30 years of experience hiking and climbing in the area. Sunday, November 24, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Alaska DIY: Alaskan River Fishing! - Rich Williamson Rich will discuss appropriate tackle for salmon and trout fishing, including methods, tactics, and a few tricks to entice the bite. He will share some critical knowledge to understanding how to time your trips to be there when the fish are present. He can be contacted at . Saturday, November 23, 4:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104


What’s New!

Patagonia Pioneering use of Recycled Content

Northern Lites Speed Laces

Now the iconic m’s & w’s Better Sweater Jacket & ¼ Zip are using 100% recycled polyester content. Everything is recycled in the new Better Sweater except for the zipper.

Nearly all of the Northern Lites snowshoes we carry will come with the Speed Laces bindings. This lightweight binding allows the convenience of being able to take the snowshoes off and on well under 30 seconds along with comfort and stability.


Helinox Cot One Convertible

Want to plant 10 trees? Buy a piece of our newest men’s brand TenTree, and you will be. Ten trees are planted for every TenTree item purchased, which is a great way to get a style upgrade & do your part for the environment.

The COT ONE CONVERTIBLE offers comfort and flexibility with maximum tension (no sagging!) to keep you off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep. Shown with the separate leg extension accessory to create a true bed-like experience.

Ortovox A new brand to Midwest Mountaineering, Ortovox introduces a new style of wool fleece that’s Merino wool on the inside and recycled polyester on the outside, giving the piece great durability & breathability. The men’s and women’s Merino Fleece Hoody for $190 will be great for both a mid-layer and a jacket for on-the-go.

Sherpa 100PD & Sherpa 100AC Versatile power for those on the move. These portable power packs are capable of quickly charging phones, tablets, and laptops. They come with a variety of delivery capabilities including USB-C, wireless (Qi) phone charging, and a 60 watt AC plug with the Sherpa 100AC.

Sherpa 100PD

Outdoor Research

Sherpa 100AC

Fischer Twin Skin Skis

Utilizing NASA insulation Aerogel, the BitterBlaze Glove for $135 will keep your hands warm with space-age insulation that’s neither bulky nor will pack out.

Rod and Sharon having been using waxable skis for the last 30 years because they thought they got better glide using wax. They tried the skis with strips of one-way skins inset in them two years age and were surprised on how good the glide was and how well they worked in changing temperatures. Now they only use skin skis. The Fischer Twin Skins have sold out early two years in a row.

Black Diamond Glidelite (sliding snowshoes) Built for winter snow trekking and long snowy approaches, the GlideLite 147 puts snowshoes to shame with its glide-like efficiency in the backcountry, and metal edges. Featuring our GlideLite skins, which are integrated into the base, these trekking skis strap on to any boot with a flexible sole or shoe for quick and easy access in snowy terrain. Rod thinks these skis are ideal for snow covered frozen North Shore rivers.

Baffin Insulated Footwear Baffin out of Canada makes quality footwear ranging from around-town use up to extreme Antarctic use. Baffin tests all of their boots in lab and in real-world scenarios to make sure they perform as intended. Check out our new items from Baffin in the Footwear Department.

Tecnica Specialty Hiking Boots and Shoes Tecnica footwear is custom molded to each user before leaving the store. Their distribution is limited exclusively for outdoor specialty stores because their products are made specifically for the active outdoor enthusiast. These Italian boots are among the best in the world.

Gift Ideas....... This one is always appreciated! Give them a Midwest Mountaineering


Gift Card!

Smartwool merino wool socks $20 Darn Tough merino wool socks $20 Farm-2-Feet Bug Repellant socks $20 Wigwam synthetic socks $15 Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail book $16 Goal Zero Collapsible solar lamp $20 Black Diamond Astro headlight $20 United by Blue scented candle $14 Opinel No. 8 carbon folding knife $18 Snowline Chainsen City traction device $20 Bison Tap Cap bottle opener belt $21 Stetson Rag Wool cuffed beanie $20 FastWax Universal paste ski wax $15-$25 FastWax 1, 2, 3 Go wax kit $18 Blue Q novelty socks $10 Kelty Bestie blanket $20


UNDER $50 A Year in the Wilderness book $35 Acorn slippers $50 NCT and SHT large scale map $30 Superfeet Flex insoles $29 NEMO Fillo Elite pillow $45 Superfeet insoles $45 Suncloud made by Smith sunglasses $50 Hydroflask 20 oz wide mouth flip bottle $28 Cotopaxi Bataan fanny pack $30 Patagonia Trucker hats $35 Lightweight Merino wool buff $29 Stormy Kromer original cap $45 Evernew Titanium alcohol stove $27 Manzella Windstopper gloves $35 Groove silicone ring $30 Yaktrax Pro traction device $30

OVER $50

Bogs kids winter boot $85 Kurgo Loft dog hammock $74 Native sunglasses $120 Minus 33 merino wool baselayers $65-$95 JetBoil Flash cook system $100 Polaris Optifuel Stove $180 North Face Glacier Snap Neck PO Fleece $59 Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-zip fleece for m&w $99 Icebreaker Oasis 200 bottoms for m&w $95 Marmot Montreaux down jacket for w $300 Patagonia Black Hole 55L Duffle $139 Snowline Chainsen Ultra traction device $80 Garmin InReach Mini satellite messenger $350 Gransfors Bruk Wildlife hatchet $140 Helinox Chair One collapsible chair $100 SteriPen Red Cross UV purifier $80 Petzl Actik Core rechargeable headlight $70 Kelty TruComfort doublewide 20o sleeping bag $162 Eureka compact camping cot $55 prAna Eco yoga mat $55

EVERYTHING ON SALE! 2-9pm Friday, Nov. 22

9am-6:30pm Saturday, Nov. 23

10am-5pm Sunday, Nov. 24

- in stock items only -

Footwear Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Smartwool Socks Buy 2, Get 1 FREE FITS Socks 25% OFF Darn Tough Socks 25% OFF Superfeet Insoles 20% OFF Wigwam Socks 20% OFF Farm to Feet Bug Free Socks

Salomon M&W Snowclog Insulated Shoe

30% OFF

Vasque M Mantra 2.0 WP & non-WP Hiking Shoe

30% OFF

All participants must have a signed waiver for 2019. Ages under 18, need guardian signature. Under 15 needs guardian signature and presence at all times.

Merrell W Haven Mid Boot

20% OFF

Stormy Kromer

Always free...and during the Expo free use of rental climbing shoes, too!

M Merrell Hut Moc Shoe

25% OFF

Clothing 30% OFF Patagonia m & w Better Sweater 1/4 zip 25% OFF Marmot w Montreal and Montreaux winter coats 20% OFF Patagonia sportswear, and accessories 20% OFF prAna apparel and sportswear 20% OFF Smartwool tops, bottoms, sweaters & accessories 20% OFF Gordini Aquabloc VIII gloves & mittens Retail $45 / Sale $36

Huge selection of hats, gloves, mittens, Buffs and balaclavas – ALL ON SALE

Also on sale: Ambler, Arc'teryx, Aventura, Black Diamond, Bison Designs, Bjorn Daelie, Buff, Carve, Cotopoxi, Craft, CTR, Dorfman Pacific, ExOfficio, Freefly, Haiku, Howler Brothers, Icebreaker, Kavu, Kühl, La Sportiva, Marmot, Mont Bell, Mountain Hardwear, Mountain Khaki, Nau, The North Face, Ortovox, Outdoor Research, Pistil, Purnell, Rab, Royal Robbins, Salomon, Sealskinz, Sherpa, Sunday Afternoons, Swix, Tentree,Tilley, Toad & Company, & United by Blue


EVERYTHING ON SALE! 2-9pm Friday, Nov. 22

9am-6:30pm Saturday, Nov. 23

10am-5pm Sunday, Nov.24

- in stock items only -


20% OFF all in-stock snowshoes and snowshoe accessories


of snowshoe poles with any purchase of Tubbs or Atlas snowshoes, while supplies last.

ALL Camping Gear on Sale!

Goal Zero Venture 30 Battery Pack & Lighthouse McFlash Light

25% OFF

Eagle Creek Migrate Duffles (40L, 60L, & 90L)

35% OFF

Nemo: All Nemo Insulated Pads (Cosmo 3D & Tensor)

25% OFF

MSR: Evo 22 Snowshoes & Tails

30% OFF

Deuter: Aviant Carry On Pro Backpacks Carry On Pro 28 / 28SL / 36 / 36SL) NOVEMBER 22-24 18

30% OFF

ALL Nordic Ski Gear on Sale Friday, November 22nd, 2pm thru Sunday November 24th, 5pm

Fischer / Alpina / Salomon / Madshus / Black Diamond / Swix / Fast Wax

Glide in for savings! 20% OFF Fischer Twin Skin Skis

Rod and Sharon having been using waxable skis for the last 30 years because they thought they got better glide using wax. They tried the skis with strips of one-way mohair skins inset in them two years ago and were surprised on how good the glide was and how well they worked in changing temperatures. Now they use only skin skis. The Fischer Twin Skins have sold out early two years in a row.

white tag price on all Skis Ski Boots Ski Poles

We are the area’s leading supplier of backcountry skis and boots. Skijoring too! Skijoring gear and Red Paw dog food On Sale

(except Black Diamond GlideLite sliding snowshoe are 10% OFF)

the upstairs discount store!



! S ! h E E y h O L P Just Arrived Rep Samples! Patagonia $200,000 Marmot $100,000 prAna $50,000 + Outdoor Research, Royal Robbins, LaSportiva, Woolrich, Toad&Co

Men's and women's Minus 33 meriono baselayer tops and bottoms at 15% OFF red tag sale price Gloves and mittens starting at $15.99 Alpaca socks starting at $8.99 Merino Midweight socks starting at $7.99 Blue Q novelty fun socks $9.99 FITS socks EXPO Special - buy 2 pair, get 1 pair FREE



Nov. 22-24, 2019 Everything on 77 Presentations 50 Exhibitors


PLUS: and Friday Beer & Gear Night

A Photo of Yourself on the Summit of Denali - This life size Denali summit photo (with faces cut out for your own face) will be at the Expo near the beer tent area. The photo is from a 1979 summit shot of Midwest Mountaineering staff and friends.


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Midwest Mountaineering Fall 2019 Outdoor Adventure Expo  

Midwest Mountaineering Fall 2019 Outdoor Adventure Expo