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Expands Now! Camping to the Exhibitor Tents: - ongoing mini clinics - backpacking food samples - ideas on where to go for your next adventure PLUS: Thursday, April 27th Canoe, Kayak, and SUP Demo and Pre-Expo SALE

EVERYTHING ON SALE!  120 FREE Presentations  OVER 80 Exhibitors, Radical Reels Film Festival, Beer and Gear Social and Raffle

DETAILS INSIDE and at Full Expo Hours: 2 pm - 9:30 pm Friday,

9 am - 6:30 pm Saturday,

10 am - 5 pm Sunday.

Lake Nokomis Canoe, Kayak, and SUP Demo, 3-7 pm Thursday. Main Midwest Mountaineering store will be closed Wednesday after 5pm, closed all day Thursday and closed Friday until 2pm. Thrifty Outfitters, upstairs, will remain open and offer an extra 10% OFF during these hours.

Featured  Presenters:

Mike Libecki

Cliff Jacobson

Alyce Kuenzli

Amy Freeman

Rod & Sharon Johnson

Brian Block


Lisa Pugh

Radical Reels Tour brought to you by Midwest Mountaineering

U of M, Willey Hall Auditorium Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30 pm The Banff Mountain Film Festival (held annually in Banff, Alberta Canada from late October into early November) accepts over three hundred mountain films into its competitioin, 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. So many action films were being submitted to the film festival that they could not fit into the regular screenings, resulting in the creation (in 2004) of the hugely successful Radical Reels evening presentation.

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travels each Spring – specifically featuring the dynamic, high-adrenaline films from the festival and complements the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour that travels in November. The focus is on sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking. Now you don't have to journey to Banff each fall to see these exciting films! The Radical Reels Tour contains no duplicate films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour held in November. Radical Reels Tour contains high-adrenaline short films from all outdoor sports.

Tickets are $15.00 each plus tax. Tickets are available: At the store, and online at ($3.00 service fee per on line order). Please bring your printed receipt and your confirmation of ticket purchase. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. No ticket sales at the door. No will call. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating is general admission. Some content and language may not be appropriate for younger children. Every attendee must have a ticket. No food or drink allowed in the auditorium. No unauthorized animals or pets will be allowed in University buildings. Seeing Eye or hearing aid dogs under the guidance of a blind or hearing impaired person are allowed by law to access public buildings. Seating limited to first 1,000 seats sold. Attendees not seated by 7:45pm may lose their seats. All ticket sales are final, there are no refunds.

Willey Hall is 2 blocks north of Midwest Mountaineering, adjacent to Mondale School of Law on 19th Ave. 2

Canoe, Kayak, and SUP Auction

Why Sell Your Canoe, Kayak, or SUP at this Auction? There is not a better place in the USA to sell a used canoe or kayak than this auction. Located right in the heart of paddling country in Minneapolis, nearly a thousand buyers attend this auction looking to purchase a boat!

We expect over 200 boats!

Saturday, April 29th, 11am on the grass across the street from Midwest Mountaineering Big-Top tents


As a seller, you have an option to set a minimum selling price for your boat. If you choose to do this, you will be charged a $20 fee when you drop your boat off. If your boat sells, the $20 fee will be refunded and your only charge will be a 15% commission. Past auction results show that over 90% of all boats meet or exceed any minimum prices established. You will also be able to receive payment for your boat shortly after the buyer makes payment at the auction. Ok, so you have decided to sell your boat at the auction. Here is a great, quick tip that will help your boat bring top dollar: tape a note on the boat describing where you used it, how long you have owned it, how it performed or tips for the new buyer. Put the note in a plastic sheet protector if it is raining. Still have questions? Please feel free to call auctioneer Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction at 763-421-3044. He will answer any additional questions you may have.

How to Buy a Canoe, Kayak, or SUP at this Auction?

World’s Largest Canoe, Kayak, and SUP Auction! Sell your canoe, kayak, or SUP at the

Seller sets minimum selling price. No fees if not sold!



Your Canoe, Kayak, or SUP.... Bring canoes, kayaks, and SUP’s between 7:00 and 10:00 am to the Outdoor Adventure Expo tent entrance on 3rd Street. Auction Staff will be on hand to help unload your canoes, kayaks, or SUP’s.


To a Canoe, Kayak, or SUP... Inspection at 10:00 am Auction at 11:00 am (Rain or Shine) All buyers will need a bidding number. Bidding numbers are free.

Terms: Sellers: If sellers choose to set a minimum selling price (a reserve), they will be charged a $20 reserve fee when the boat is dropped off. If the boat sells, that $20 fee shall be reimbursed to the seller. A 15% commission will be charged if the item sells. Sellers will be paid by check on the day of the auction shortly after the purchaser pays for the boat.

Buying a boat at the auction is easy. All you need to do is show your photo ID to the auction staff and you will receive a bidding number and a tip sheet explaining how the auction works. Bidding numbers are free. The auction starts at 11:00a.m. and the preview hour is from 10:00 – 11:00a.m. We recommend that you arrive by 10:00a.m. so you will have enough time to preview all the boats. Buyers can pay with a Minnesota check, cash or credit card. Still have questions? Please feel free to call auctioneer Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction at 763-421-3044. He will answer any additional questions you may have. If you need help determinining what type of boat is best for your needs, bring an experienced friend, or do your homework early. Look for generalities, not necessarily specifics. A great Brand X boat might show up. It could be the perfect boat for you! You will need to know if its hull design fits your paddling style. Consult the current manufacturer’s websites or catalogs. A good one is Click on Resources under Wenonah Canoes and Current Designs Kayaks. They offer generic hull design discussions. Sorry, the Midwest Mountaineering staff, are not available during the auction. We are in the tents selling the new boats and new accessories!

Buyers: Get your free bidding number at the auction. Simply show auction staff a driver's license or proper identification. Buyers shall pay a 10% buyers premium (13% for credit card payment) for all purchases. For example, if buyer purchases a canoe for $500 an additional $50 shall be added to the purchase price. Sales tax also applies. All boats must be picked up by 2:30p.m. after the auction. Boats are the responsibility of the owner during the auction, and of the new owner as soon as the auctioneer says “Sold!”. Don't forget to bring tie-down equipment to transport your purchase, or buy a rack on sale! Additional terms: Cash, Minnesota check or Visa / Mastercard / Discover / American Express accepted. AAA Auction and Midwest Mountaineering are not responsible for accidents. No property shall be removed from premises until paid for. Any statement made by the auctioneer on the date of the auction takes precedence over printed matter. Auctioneers have the sole discretion of selling auxiliary components as a unit or separate, and reserve the right to forbid or remove any and all persons from participating in the auction. All boats are sold "As Is." Contact Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction ID #2710089 at 763-421-3044 if you have further questions.

Midwest Mountaineering will donate 10% of its auction profits to help rebuild the closed Superior Hiking Trail Split Rock River bridge.


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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, April 28 2pm-8pm 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 TRAILTOPIA Get your PINT of Bent Paddle beer or root beer served in an Expo Souvenier Pint for $6.00 You keep the pint glass! Refills $4. Choose from a variety of brews. 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: Check out our expanded Camping Tent. 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 our Camping Room 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 4

Over $5,000 in Beer and Gear Raffle Prizes including the following: adidasOutdoor -M’s& W’sParleyboatshoes -twoClimaliteParleylogot-shirts AmericanAlpineClub(TC Chapter) -M’smedlogoedadidasdownjacket -16LlogoedPatagoniaLinkedpack BoundaryWatersAdvisoryCouncil -SteripenUltra CenterforEthics -21literbackpackwithswag EaglesNestOufitters -DoublenestHammock -AtlasHammockStraps EXPED -TravelHammockPlus(2) FITS Socks -BasketofMerinoWoolSocks NOLS -LogoedLoweAlpineDaypack -Whisperlitestove -MedKit4.0

MORE TO COME! Additional Upcoming Pint Nights 05/11/17 - Black Diamond Pint Night 05/25/17 - Granite Gear Pint Night 06/01/17 - Kuhl Pint Night 06/08/17 - Osprey Pint Night 06/14/17 - Northstar Pint Night 06/27/17 - Hiking Trails Pint Night 08/10/17 - The North Face Pint Night 09/21/17 - prAna Pint Night + more pint nights in the fall! FREE Beer! FREE Music! FREE Popcorn!  FREE Prize Drawing! Be sure to sign-up to join our mailing list at it’s the best way stay up to date with our schedule of invitation-only Pint Nights and fun events throughout the year!


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Adventure Expo Plan Your Outdoor Adventures for the Next Year The purpose of the Outdoor Adventure Expo and Midwest Mountaineering is to help you have more fun outdoors! The Outdoor Adventure Expo gives you ideas of things to do, places to go, techniques to make your adventures go smoother, advice on what gear works best for you, and everything in the store is on sale! This is our 64th Expo. Look for coupons to be emailed to you (if you don’t receive our weekly email newsletter with 20% off, 50% off, and free-item coupons, signup on our website). Don’t miss: Camping, hiking, and backpacking expands to the Exhibitor Tent! Learn more about the gear from reps and manufacturers. Check out our backpacking food samples, and get ideas for your outdoor adventures. Attend camping and backpacking mini-clinics in our camping room.

Also, don’t miss: On Water Kayak, Canoe and SUP Demo - Thursday 4/27/17, 2-7 pm at Lake Nokomis’ NW corner. Try before you buy. Beer N’ Gear - Friday 4/28/17, 2-8 pm with thousands of dollars in raffle prizes. Raffle cards are free at participating exhibitors! Winners have until 5 pm Sunday to pick up their prizes. Bent Paddle Beer with a free special edition logo pint glass is $6, refills are $4. Talk about the latest gear with the vendors who make it. 120 Free Presentations on outdoor adventure and 100 exhibitors there is no admission charge to the Expo. Radical Reels Film Festival - Saturday 4/29/17, 7:30 pm - Catch these adrenaline-packed award winning outdoor adventure films from the Banff Centre - $15. Buy your tickets online at buy yours right away, as this festival sells out. We hope to see you at the Expo!

Thursday, April 27 Paddlesport Demo

It’s Huge! Canoe , Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard

Photo credit:Nancy Ford

Demo before the EXPO!

Thursday, April 27, 3-7pm, Lake Nokomis Try before you buy!

(northwest end of the lake)

Most of our boat manufacturers will be there with 100’s of canoes, kayaks and SUPs to try.

This will likely be the largest consumer paddling demo in the nation! Photo credit:Nancy Ford


Photo credit:Nancy Ford

DEMO BEACH RULES: Caution! Early season demos are often subject to very cold water and windy conditions. Accordingly all participants must be 13 years of age or older and 90 lbs or more. Please no dogs allowed on the beach (per city ordinance). Check in at the Midwest Mountaineering tent. All participants must sign the waiver and obtain a wrist strap. Boat vendors will require seeing your wrist strap before allowing you to paddle demo boats. Check in with the manufacturer before using any boats or equipment. Be sure you understand how the equipment works before launching (rudders, foot pedals, adjustable seats etc). Stay close to shore and within the safety boater perimeter. Adhere to all safety boater instructions at all times. Expect to get your feet wet. Bring extra warm clothes. Paddles and PFDs will be available. p If conditions are questionable check or call 612-339-3433stponement called at 8am on April 23 due to ice



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We donate 10% of our pre-tax profits to outdoor groups with environmental or wilderness preservation goals. This past summer, you our customers, voted where we should donate our money. The lucky winner was the Superior Hiking Trail Association. They used a $5,000 grant to help restore the trail north of Grand Marais where flooding had caused bridge washouts. “Linking people with nature,” their motto, is one we can all stand behind. Thank you for voting! The “GreenLine” light-rail connects downtown St. Paul with downtown Minneapolis. The U of M West Bank stop is just 1/2 block from our front door. The “Blue Line” Cedar Riverside stop is just 3 blocks from our door. The environment wins when you ride the rails. Try it. It’s fun! The solarpanels on our roof continue to supplement our energy use. We have switched to all LED bulbs.. We are a Clean Energy Partner with Arcadia Power. Many building improvements have earned us an “EnergyStarCertification.” Our productselection features gear and clothing made by some of the most energy efficiency minded companies in the world. Merino wool and more down than ever are examples of products that are and always have been great green choices. Our free coffee which we offer evey day to customers is fair trade and organically grown. Our ThriftyOutfitters outdoor gear and clothing repairservice helps you reuse your old gear. Don’t trash it. Fixit! We subsidize employees who use public transportation and we pay employees to ridetheirbikes! We compost at our Outdoor Adventure Expos.

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(During the Expo our normal validated free parking lot is where the big-top tents are placed. There is no free parking during the Expo, but the shows, the sale, and the exhibitors still make this the best value for all Expo type shows in the area.)


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Free Bike Valet

10% Off everything in our store

Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm

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Thursday, May 4 5 to 9pm

Presentation 7pm Women, treat yourself to a super fun afternoon and evening! n One 20% off almost anything coupons + discounts of our sponsors products, Patagonia, Merrell, Darn Tough and Osprey n 5:00-7:30pm: Wine, other beverages, cheese and munchies at two different stations - wine and beverage station is in Thrifty Outfitters n 5:30-6:15pm: Mississippi River hike - free pair of Darn Tough merino socks to women completing the hike. Hike led by Midwest's Sharon Johnson n 6:00-8:00pm: Free massage therapy by Benjamin Joseph and associates. Sign up for your 10-minute starting time slot at the door. n 6:00-8:00pm: Climb in our climbing cave - free use of our rental climbing shoes - ring the bell for a free zipper thermometer. Climbing - by Midwest's Carolyn Hanson n 7:00-7:45pm: Presentation by Amy Freeman n 8:00-8:45pm: Free Iyengar yoga class by Shannon Joy Potter. Class attendees will receive a free zipper thermometer or LED light. n 8:45pm: Prize Drawing - winners have one week to pick-up prizes - list of winners displayed at 9pm and via email

With her husband, Amy runs the Wilderness Classroom - an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places throughout the world. They are 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. Outdoor Diva Night sponsored by: Patagonia, Osprey, Darn Tough and Merrell


Programs, Classes & Events for full descriptions go to: Midwest Mountaineering offers outdoor educational opportunities throughout the year. We encourage you to review our schedule of upcoming events and clinics, attend - and bring a friend! Most offerings are free, or have a minimal fee. Got stories from an epic trip? Want to inspire others to explore state or national parks? Tell us! Midwest Mountaineering is looking for adventurous folks to share their passion for the outdoors. For a complete listing of upcoming programs, classes & events, please visit: Are you looking for a meeting room for your outdoor club, non-profit, or seminar? Midwest Mountaineering’s Expedition Meeting Room is available to reserve, seats 60, includes a DLP projector, DVD player, and sound system.




Sat 04/01 @ 8:05am -Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Wed 05/03 @ 6:30pm - Ultimate Hike

Thu 06/01 @ 5 pm - Kuhl Pint Night

Tue 04/04 @ 6:30pm - Big City Mountaineering Info Session

Thu 05/04 @ 5pm - Outdoor Diva Night

Sat 06/03 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Wed 04/05 @ 6:30pm - MWM Book Club Meeting

Sat 05/06 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Wed 06/07 @ 6:30pm - MWM Book Club Meeting

Thu 04/06 @ 6:30pm - BWCA: Everything You Need to Know

Sat 05/06 and Sun 05/07 - Wilderness First Aid Course

Thu 06/08@ 5 pm - Osprey Pint Night

Thu 04/06 @ 5 pm - Vasque Pint Night

Tue 05/09 @ 6:30pm - BWCA: Everything You Need to Know

Thu 06/08 @ 6:30 pm - Bouldering Divas

Sat 04/08 @ 8:05am -Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Thu 05/11 @ 5 pm - Black Diamond Pint Night

Sat 06/10 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Tue 04/11 @ 6:30pm - Navigation with Compass and Map

Thu 05/11 @ 6:30 pm - Bouldering Divas

Tue 06/13 @ 6:30 pm - Bouldering Divas

Thu 04/13 @ 6:30 pm - Bouldering Divas

Sat 05/13 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Thu 06/14 @ 5 pm - Northstar Pint Night

Sat 04/15 @ 8:05am -Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Mon 05/15 @ 6:30pm - Divas 101

Sat 06/17 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Mon 04/17 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 101

Tue 05/16 @ 6:30pm - Planning a Canadian Canoe Trip

Mon 06/19 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 101

Tue 04/18 @ 6:30pm - Superior Hiking Trail

Thu 05/18 @ 6:30pm - Superior Hiking Trail

Thu 06/22 @ 6:30pm - Divas 101

Thu 04/20 @ 6:30pm - Divas 101

Thu 05/18 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 101

Sat 06/24 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Thu 04/20 @ 6:30pm - Movie Showing: Mountain of Storms

Sat 05/20 @ 8:05am - Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Mon 06/26 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 102

Sat 04/22 @ 8:05am -Free Iyengar Yoga Class

Mon 05/22 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 102

Tue 06/27 @ 5 pm - Hiking Trails Pint Night

Mon 04/24 @ 6:30pm - Climbing 102

Tue 05/23 @ 6:30pm - St. Croix River

Mon 04/27 @ 3-7pm - Paddlesports Demo, Lake Nokomis

Thu 05/25 @ 5 pm - Granite Gear Pint Night

Fri 04/28 - Sun 04/30 - Outdoor Adventure Expo Spring 2017

Sat 05/27 @ 8:05am -Free Iyengar Yoga Class


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Climbing the World’s Last Unclimbed Peaks

Climbing in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

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National Geographic Explorer and Mountain Hardwear Athlete Mike Libecki can define his life in two ways: An obsession with exploring the most remote corners of the planet to find and climb huge, world class first ascents...and being a dedicated father to a daughter that wants to help save the world.

Come join National Geographic Explorer and Mountain Hardwear Athlete Mike Libecki as he takes us on a journey to the most remote big wall climbing expedition in the world possible, the fantasy land of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

Mike Libecki is on a quest to conquer the world’s last unclimbed peaks. This National Geographic explorer, and—according to Men’s Journal—one of the world’s 50 most adventurous men, stands at the forefront of a new era of exploration. Follow Mike as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan, and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters, all backed by the technology that helps his teams summit and bring the stories back to us.

Saturday, April 29 - 2:15pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm #L-110

Ever wondered what its like to go on assignment for National Geographic? Endure one of most challenging expeditions in the world to bring home stories for National Geographic and the world to experience? He and his team from will attempt to climb one of the most difficult big wall climbs on the planet all while living in temperatures colder than your freezer at home and enduring 100 mph winds. Then, part two of the presentation, Libecki will embark on completely different type of expedition Antarctica, this time as he helps his 11 year old daughter complete her goal to be the youngest to ski in Antarctica. Come explore virgin Earth and experience the immaculate mayhem, magic, power and beauty of Antarctica and the parallel commonalities learned on these expeditions that relate to everyday life.

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Trekking in Pagonia

Join Midwest Mountaineering owner Rod Johnson and his wife Sharon as they retrace their adventures Trekking in Patagonia.

Most lists of the world's classic hikes include the dramatic and beautiful Torres del Paine Circuit and the Fitz Roy area. This is Rod's third trip to Patagonia (the southern part of Chile and Argentina). He keeps coming back to this wild place. Some of the world's most spectacular mountains, huge glaciers, penguins, lots of wind, great food and wine at reasonable prices and many trekking options are standard for Patagonia. Rod and Sharon backpacked, hut-hopped and day hiked from hotels. They'll distribute resource sheets so you can do the treks on your own!

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4000 Miles Down North America’s Longest River

Alyce Kuenzli and Lisa Pugh Source of Confidence is a new organization based in Minneapolis. Started by three Minnesotans, our mission is to support girls & women in navigating their own paths to confidence. Alyce Kuenzli, Co-founder & Adventure Educator, holds a BA in Education & Youth Studies. Alyce has worked for several nonprofits involved in youth development. In 2014 she canoed the Mississippi River source to sea. Lisa Pugh, Co-Founder & Adventure Educator holds a degree from the University of MN in Fisheries & Wild Life. Lisa currently works as an Outward Bound instructor in Ely, leading canoeing expeditions in the summer & dogsledding expeditions in the winter. Viki Carpenter, Co-Founder & Artistic Director, is a multimedia artist, with a passion for facilitating as many dialogues as possible via her art. She recently completed a video project in collaboration with the Bdote Learning Center, for the National Institutes of Health storytelling challenge.

On November 27th, 2016 Lisa Pugh and Alyce Kuenzli became the first all female expedition to canoe the 4th longest river system in the world. Starting in southwestern Montana on May 11th, they hiked to Brower’s Spring, the ultimate source of the Jefferson-Missouri-Mississippi River system.Come hear stories from their 200-days canoe expedition that covered over 4,000 miles, and passed through 14 states. They’ll talk about how they shared their confidence-building curriculum along the way and filmed the experience for a future documentary. Currently working to develop programming for women and girls in Minnesota, and partnering with local schools and much more, the journey still continues and they are excited to share the adventure and their work at the Expo this spring.

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Join Brian Block a born and raised Midwesterner (that’s right, born and raised in Iowa) as he takes you to the top of the tallest mountain in the world! In this presentation Brian will revisit his journey into the Himalaya as part of an expedition in his 7 Summits Quest to climb Mt. Everest during the spring of 2011. Brian’s show is an amalgam of photos and videos taken during his five weeks spent in Nepal. With spectacular pictures from amazing places coupled with true stories of life and death struggles to survive in the Death Zone this presentation is sure to excite! During his adventures on Everest’s South Col Route Brian not only got to see some amazing views, he also contended with the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall, 5-ladder crossings over giant crevasses, storm winds in excess of 100mph, Avalanches, climbing above 26,000 feet without oxygen or direct Sherpa support. Throw in a faulty Oxygen Mask, and an “unsurvivable” case of pneumonia and you have an account that definitely keeps things interesting.

Saturday, April 29 - 3:30pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm #L-110

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BrianBlock Brian Block is currently the Sport Division Manager for Petzl North America. Brian is an active participant in a number of outdoor activities including but not limited to: ice climbing, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, ultra-running, adventure racing, snowboarding, skiing, photography, Scotch collecting and badminton. Brian is an acting ambassador to the American Alpine Club. Brian is married to rocking rep Vanessa Block and father to three sons, Yxzander Block, Kai Block and Benny Block. “Live like there’s no tomorrow; but if tomorrow comes can you live with what you did today?!”

Bug-Proof Your Camp

Dress Right for Canoeing with Cliff Jacobson

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Canoeing Secrets with Cliff Jacobson

If you want to get eaten alive by bugs, go to the Canadian Arctic in June. The black flies and mosquitoes which live there weigh more than ten times as much as all the plants and animals put together! An acre of swarming bugs could drain all your blood in about three days! We’ll check out “your enemies”— and learn how to resist them with repellents, insecticides, head and body nets, specialized clothing and “attitude”. Recommendations for children and pets, included. There are some tricks. Believe it! Cliff's methods are proven by the sweat of pack and paddle and are reminiscent of the days when skills were more important than things. A retired environmental science teacher, Cliff is respected by educators for his backcountry ethics, water quality, and wilderness navigation curricula.

Saturday, April 29, 9:15am U of M Hanson Hall, 102

The focus of this presentation is on how to “tune” a canoe for casual and wilderness travel.

To stay warm, dry and in command on a canoe trip when the weather howls bloody murder, requires good gear and superior skills. In this fast-paced session, we’ll take a hard look at what works best for canoeing and why. Much of today’s outdoor gear is designed for hunters and anglers, backpackers and climbers, not for wilderness canoeists and kayakers. Cliff will outline some “equipment peeves”—focusing on features that are flawed for canoeing. Then, it’s on to principles of outdoors clothing design, followed by a nose to toes review of the clothing and personal gear you need for a wilderness canoe trip. Included, are tips for drying clothes in the field on rainy days when there is no warming sun or camp fire.

Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, 102


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. Cliff is a professional canoe guide and outfitter, a wilderness canoeing and camping consultant and the author of over a dozen top-selling books on camping and canoeing — numerous titles have been translated into Spanish, German, French and Turkish with sales approaching one million copies. His video, The Forgotten Skills, details the most important campcraft procedures.

Sunday, April 30, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, 102




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A Year in the Wilderness

On September 23, 2015, Dave and Amy teamed up with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and embarked on a yearlong adventure in the BWCAW The Freemans traveled roughly 3,000 miles by canoe and ski with sled dogs, visiting about 500 lakes, rivers and streams throughout the year. That's 365 days exploring and documenting the Wilderness with the purpose of keeping America's most visited wilderness area in people's consciousnesses throughout the entire year. They used their adventure as a platform to educate others about the threat posed by Twin Metals and other sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed near the BWCAW. Diverging from the typical expedition approach of traveling from point A to point B, the Freemans entered the wilderness with the intent to bear witness to all the seasons in the biggest wilderness area east of the Rockies and north of the Everglades. They learned to slow down and closely observe what was going on around them– from metamorphosing of dragonflies to the wanderings of a wolf pack. They were out there as ice formed on the lakes and then melted again. They saw the forest awaken and birds return. If you love the Boundary Waters or wild places in general, if you're curious about the latest developments in the fight to protect the BWCAW watershed from copper mining, what the Freemans witnessed, how their relationship fared, lessons they learned, or practical tips for doing an expedition of your own, this presentation and short film are a must-see.

Saturday, April 29 - 10:30am U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

Reflections from 30,000 miles of adventuring by canoe, kayak and dogsled

Amy Freeman Amy Freeman takes a look back at the past ten years spent adventuring with her husband, Dave. Together they have traveled 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak and dogsled throughout North and South America. She’ll share some of their favorite stories and images from the trail, curated from circumnavigating Lake Superior, crossing South America, the North American Odyssey, Paddle to DC and A Year in the Wilderness. From that first 1,200-mile kayak trip together when they had no clue if their relationship would withstand the trials of a multi-month expedition to living comfortably and happily in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for an entire year and everything in between. They’ve seen their fair share of amazing creatures too...humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean, two-toed sloths, piranhas and anacondas in the Amazon, grizzly bears and caribou in northern Canada, and gray wolves and moose in Minnesota’s own backyard—the BWCAW. She’ll also share some tips about their motivation and how to muster up the time, money and confidence to take off on an extended adventure of your own.

Sunday, April 30 - 1pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

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Machu Picchu and Choquequirao: Trekking Peru’s Sacred Valley Rod and Sharon Johnson

Rod Johnson, owner of Midwest Mountaineering, and his wife Sharon traveled to the Sacred Valley in Peru. They explored the ancient Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, and then hiked a less-traveled trail to the ruins at Choquequirao. Choquequirao is a ruined Inca city similar to Machu Picchu, but much less visited. It sits high above the Apurimac river, solitary in its ancient splendor. Excavations at the site began in the 1970’s and continue today. From Choquequirao they completed a circuit that brought them finally to Machu Picchu. Everywhere they found evidence of the amazing Inca civilization – from remote, but still usable Inca roads, to ruins of cities and terraces still being uncovered today. Visit the colorful local markets, ancient salt mines and the mysterious terraces at Moray. You’ll see the dramatic beauty of the Andes, the challenge of the multi-day trek, the incredible features of Machu Picchu, and the charms of Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Cusco. Costs in Peru are really affordable; you don’t have to travel with an expensive adventure travel outfitter. As always, Rod and Sharon will have handouts showing you how they created their trip, with recommendations of what to bring, what to see, and ideas for guides and accommodations.

Sunday, April 30 - 11:45 am U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

Glacier National Park

Historic Lodges, Hiking and Backpacking ... and Lightweight Backpacking Gear Rod and Sharon Johnson

Join Midwest Mountaineering owner Rod Johnson and his wife Sharon as they retrace their adventures in Glacier National Park. They’ll have resource sheets addressing where to go, weather, reservations, recommended trails and information about bears. Rod and Sharon have seen National Parks with more spectacular single features like El Capitan, the Grand Teton, Angel’s Landing and Old Faithful, but none of the areas they’ve visited have been more consistently beautiful than Glacier National Park.

Saturday, April 29 - 11:45 am U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

Backpacking and Hiking in the Tetons Rod and Sharon Johnson

Rod and Sharon Johnson will share slides of backpacking the Teton Crest and Paintbrush Trails.They will answer your ques-tions about Grand Teton National Park. This is one of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges and is only an 18-hour drive away. Find out what it’s like and how to experience it in this information packed show! They’ll have resource sheets addressing where to go, weather, reservations, recommended trails and information about bears.

Saturday, April 29 - 4:45 pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

Rod and Sharon Johnson Rod Johnson is the owner and 1970 founder of Midwest Mountaineering, 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! They truely love helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences. Come catch their enthusiasm!




Presentation Schedules

April 28-30,

2017 Friday, April 28th Schedule FRI 5:00 to 6:00

6:15 to 7:15

7:30 to 8:30


Expedition Stage

Quetico Michelle Savoie

Hiking New Zealand Michelle Schroeder

Beer and Gear Social and Raffle Thousands of dollars in prizes! Raffle closes at 8pm. Winners announced at 8:30pm

Solo Circumnavigation Lake Superior Ben Herman

Carlson Schoolof Management


Trekking in Patagonia

9:15 to 10:15

Rod and Sharon Johnson (in place of Lonnie Dupre’s Cold Hunter One)

A Year of Wilderness Amy Freeman

U of M Hanson Hall



Bug-Proof Your Camp

Kayaking Vietnam

Cliff Jacobson

Chris Bandy

Machu Pichu

Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Jordan Harvey

11:45 to 12:45

Glacier National Park

1:00 to 2:00

4000 Miles Down North America’s Longest River

2:15 to 3:15

Climbing Unclimbed Peaks

3:30 to 4:30

Everest: A New Lesson in Suffering!

Dress Right for Canoeing

Brian Block

Cliff Jacobson

4:45 to 5:45

Backpaking and Hiking in the Tetons

Rod and Sharon Johnson

Alyce Kuenzli and Lisa Pugh

Mike Libecki

Raffle cards are FREE! See page 4

Expo Closes at 9:30 pm

U of M Hanson Hall


10:30 to 11:30

Midwest Mountaineering Store - Downstairs

U of M

Rod and Sharon Johnson

Bobby and Maury Marko

Canoe Tips and Tricks

Wildlife Tracking

Rob Kesselring

Jonathon Poppele


Backpacking at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Wilford

Renting Backcountry Cabins Jim Umhoefer

BWCA:  Everything You Need to Know

Bear Paulsen and Claire Porter

Ultralight Bicycle Touring: Tips and Tricks Peter Kieth

Hunting with Golden Eagles in Mongolia Kim McClusky

Traveling to Alaska Jim Umhoefer

Bear Paulsen

Sunday, April 30th Schedule U of M


Carlson Schoolof Management


10:30 to 11:30

The Iditarod by Bike and Packraft

11:45 to 12:45

Machu Pichu

U of M

U of M

U of M

U of M

U of M

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall






Hiking in Paradise: Costa Rica

Planning and Packing for the BWCA

Ultralight Gear

Jordan Harvey

Joe Stiller

Rod and Sharon Johnson

1:00 to 2:00

30,000 miles of Wilderness

2:15 to 3:15

Sailing the Viking Way

3:30 to 4:30

Cycling the U.K.


U of M

Amy Freeman

Dean Rau

Tom Yuska

Canoeing Secrets Cliff Jacobson

Father and Daughter Canoe Tripping

Maria Murillo

Steve Nelson

Australia: Island Hopping and Hospitality

The Threat of Sulfide Mining

Al MacDonald

Bruce Hyer

Uganda Greg Lais


Pacific Crest

Pow Wow Trail

Corey Martin

Martin Kubik

Solo Travel Bear Paulsen

How Mountain Gorilla Treks Slee

Birding in Honduras

Paula Maccabee

MN Climbing Association

Jon Ringdahl

Wilmer Fernandez

Innocent Lymio



Fishing the BWCA

The Penobscot River

Ice Age Trail Basics

Chris Bandy

Voyageurs National Park

Kim Fishburn

Steve Nelson

Christina Hausman

Scott Oeth

Todd McMahon

Bike Commuting

Hiking the North Country

Paddling the Yukon

Canoe Woodland Caribou

Hywel Roberts

Trail Work on the Superior Hiking Trail Han Taylor

Travel Tips for Croatia and Slovenia Gary Scott

Natural North Florida Tommy Thompson

How Ba

Lin National Park Roadtrip

Northwest Passage


Expedition Stage

Climber’s Townhall

Kevin Callan

Caribou and Paddlers

Kim Fishburn



Mountaineering Mou Store Downstairs C

Lisa Olson

Matthew Davis

Pukaskwa National Park

NOLS Wound Management

Serafina Orcoyen

Eric Barnard

Expo Closes at 5 pm

John E. Van Barriger

Sportsmen for the BWCA Lucas Leaf

Harlan Schwartz







Midwest How Mountaineering L Venturing Crew Pizza Party! Lin

rday, April 29th Schedule U of M

U of M

U of M

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall

Hanson Hall




Top BWCA Sites You Should Visit

Outdoor Photography

John Muir Trail

Jim Umhoefer

Kim Fishburn

Minnesota Camper Cabins

What’s in Your Canoe?

Tom Watson

Stu Osthoff

Steve Nelson

You Can Hike the Grand Canyon Dave Aeilts

Costa Rica: A Tropical Paradise

Climbing in Antarctica Mike Libecki

Laurel Wilson

Plan a Canoe Trip

Kayak Lake Superior

Rob Kesselring

Lexi Bruno and Erin Denny

Seth ndenfelser

w to choose: Tents

Seth ndenfelser

w to choose: Water Treatment

Seth ndenfelser

Hanson Hall


Expedition Stage

Mountaineering Store Camping Dept.

Paddle the Mississippi

Go Fast and Light

How to choose: Lighting

Lyndon Torstenson

Adam “Chip” Vachon

Seth Lindenfelser

Climbing Mexico’s Yosemite

Paddling the Apostle Islands

Reach Your Potential

How to choose: Backpacks

Evan Johnson

John Frank

Karen Amundson

Seth Lindenfelser

Get the Most out of the Outdoors

Kayaking Glacier Bay

What’s New on the NCT?

How to choose: Tents

Berlin Nelson, et al

Matt Davis

Seth Lindenfelser


Packing an Emergency Kit

How to choose: Sleeping Bags

John E. Van Barringer

Seth Lindenfelser


Wabakimi Bruce Hyer

Dan Ronken Climbing in the Twin Cities Twin Cities Rock Climbing

Colorado 14ers Dan Hobbs

Innocent Lymio

Walking the Dolomites Gary Scott

The Economy of the Northwoods Paul Danicic

How to choose: Sleeping Pads Seth Lindenfelser How to choose: Water Treatment

Harlan Schwartz

Jonathan Poppele

Dave Larson

Fishing Quetico

Grand Canyon

Richard Williamson

Craig Luedemann

Sleeping Bag Selections

Wildlife Safari

Apostle Island Tour

How to choose: Cooking

John Luckenbach

Innocent Lymio

Gail Green and Grant Herman

Seth Lindenfelser

Still time to shop!

w to choose: eping Bags

Kevin Callan


Fly Fishing in the BWCA

Dan Flynn

Seth ndenfelser

Scotland Spey River Paddle

Hanson Hall


Mountaineering Store Downstairs

Language of Birds

Jordan Harvey

Rediscover North America

Al MacDonald

U of M

Canoe Woodland Caribou


w to choose: ackpacks

New Zealand: An Adventurer’s Paradise

Volunteering in the BWCA

Gary Scott

untaineering Store Camping Dept.

Al MacDonald

Maria Murillo

Trekking to Everest Basecamp in Nepal


Hiking the Inca Trail

U of M

Touring Wales


Hywel Roberts

Henry Slocum

Seth Lindenfelser

Outside Knoll North of Tent on 3rd St.

U of M WilleyHall


Canoe Kayak and SUP A U C T I O N Bidding starts at 11am


Arrive early to sell or to preview boats


See Page 3

Baking in the Outdoors NOLS

Tarp Demo Dan Cook

Doors open at 6:30 for Radical Reels seating

Expo Closes at 6:30 pm

UofM Hanson Hall: Room 102 / Room 104 / Room 105 / Room 106 /

Seats 124 Seats 124 Seats 72 Seats 124

UofM Willey Hall: Room 125/175 Seat 1,000

Midwest Mountaineering: The Expedition Stage, downstairs below the Camping Dept. Seats 80

Outside Knoll North of Tent on 3rd St.


U of M Willey Hall See Page 2 Expo food service provided by:

Baking in the Outdoors NOLS

Tarp Demo Dan Cooke

w to choose: Lighting

Seth ndenfelser



by presenter’s last name

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

YOU CAN Hike the Grand Canyon Dave Aeilts

Iceland: Exploring the Elements Chris Bandy

Father and Daughter Canoe Trip Kevin Callan

So you’re over 40, out of shape, and you think your opportunity to hike this magnificent gorge has passed. Dave Aeilts survived open-heart surgery and was a couch potato before hiking Grand Canyon rim-to-river-to rim the first time. Dave and his friends will share best practices for training, gearing up and making this rigorous hike. For anyone who dreamed of doing this but thought it was too late—IT’S NOT!

With its breathtaking waterfalls, stunning rock formations, black sand beaches, glaciers and the fun city of Reykjavik. You have probably heard how incredible this country is and we are here to tell you that there is nothing like an adventure to Iceland!

Join Kevin as he shares tips and tales of how he's successfully raised a pre-teen who still thinks its cool to go on a canoe trip with her dad.

For 40+ years, David Aeilts has written for agriculture. He has also published several books with transformational themes—most recently, YOU CAN Hike Grand Canyon.

Get inspired and come join us wilderness. We will explore this unique land and help you create memories that will truly last a lifetime.

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.

Sunday, April 30, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Sunday, April 30, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Reaching Your Full Potential Karen Amundson Get ready for an action-packed and motivational morning! Karen recounts her story about her solo, 27-day life-changing journey on the Superior Hiking Trail. The excursion was an incredible experience that she enjoys sharing with others. She offers insight on how a gigantic, intimidating goal can be reached, and encourages you to reach further and higher than you thought possible. With almost 20 years of backcountry wilderness experience, Karen completed a solo 27-day, 270-mile backpacking adventure from Canada to Duluth. Saturday, April 29, 10:30am Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage

Exploring Vietnam's Ha Long BayChris Bandy Imagine the sensual green of deep, soft rice paddies, the smiles of Hmong children along trails, the boom of the sea as you paddle under the mountains. All this is possible in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Ha Long Bay. Here, a community of permanently nomadic boat people live their entire lives on water among the 3,000 islands.

NOLS Wound Management Eric Barnard If an accident were to happen while camping, fishing, or playing in the backcountry, would you be ready to react? NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor Eric Barnard will teach you basic wilderness wounds first aid skills to help you be prepared to act in an emergency. When not teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Eric works as the Director of the Winona State University Outdoor Education and Recreation Center. In his free time he can be found running around on walls in Zion and Yosemite and going on outdoor adventures with his wife and 3 boys.

Brian Block Everest: A New Lesson in Suffering! See page 16

Tarp Demo Dan Cooke

Chris Bandy has been guiding sea kayak adventures in Greenland, Lake Superior, the Bahamas and Vietnam for over 15 years. He lives in Ely or on his sailboat in Bayfield WI with his daughter, Willow.

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


The Happy Camper takes the ultimate canoe journey. He heads down northern Scotland's Spey River – from the mountains to the sea – running whitewater, camping along the river bank, and stopping now and then to taste test a few drams of whisky at local distilleries. It's a dream come true! Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

In this presentation you will discover the beauty of the limestone caves, delight in fresh seafood, and observe the unique lifestyle of the Vietnamese fishermen.

Saturday, April 29, 9:15 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Scotland’s Spey River Paddle & Whiskey Tour - Kevin Callan

Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm 19th Street Turf

The Boundary Waters and the Sustainable Economy of the North Woods Paul Danicic Hear about an innovative new report that shows the economic contribution the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness makes to neighboring communities. Conducted over the 2016 season by the Conservation Economics Institute, this study worked with over a dozen local outfitters and sampled over 500 BWCA permit holders. This is the first-ever scientifically valid assessment of the BWCAW’s economic impact and the first-ever such study of a prominent U.S. Wilderness area. Paul Danicic is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a non-profit organization focused on preserving the wilderness character of the BWCAW and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem. He truly enjoys sharing this treasure with others. Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Long-distance Hiking on the North Country National Scenic Trail Matthew Davis Did you realize that the nation's longest hiking trail is actually found right here in Minnesota? The 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) runs from ND to NY but receives scant use compared to its sister trails like the AT, PCT, CDT, and even the Ice Age Trail in WI. Why is that? This program will provide an overview of the NCT route, discuss challenges inherent to hiking the NCT, and provide helpful resources. Matthew lives in Detroit Lakes, MN and has worked for the NCTA since 2006. Before that, he spent 3 years working on the AT which he has section hiked.


by presenter’s last name

Yosemite Kim Fishburn

Rod & Sharon Johnson Trekking Patagonia See page 14 (in place of Lonnie Dupre’s Cold Hunter One)

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. Sunday, April 30, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

A Guide to Ultralight Gear Kim Fishburn

What's New on the North Country Trail in the Neighborhood? Matthew Davis The North Country National Scenic Trail is always changing thanks to our amazing volunteers and no thanks to mother nature. In this presentation we'll highlight new trail developments (e.g. new trail sections recently opened), update you on the “Arrowhead Re-route effort,” and the share the latest trail conditions (status of blowdown cleanup) in the ND-MN-WI-UP of MI area. You can also learn more about the NCTA's Hike 100 and Build It challenges for 2017. Saturday, April 29, 11:45am Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage

Birding and Adventure Travel in Honduras Wilmer Fernandez This presentation will highlight the opportunities in Honduras for birding and adventure travel, as well as local conservation efforts to preserve habitats. The country offers several habitat types, from rainforest, pine-oak forest, mangrove, sandy beaches to cloud forests. We’ll explore this diversity of ecosystems and see how it provides habitat for nearly 800 bird species.

Many people starting out backpacking find that their pack is too heavy and wish it was lighter, and spend the rest of their life trying to make it lighter. It isn't unusual for the top 3 items to weigh in at 15 lbs, but for Kim, it's about 5 lbs with a pack weight of 20 to 25 lbs for a 5 day trip. Kim will discuss different options to guide you toward picking out the gear that’s best for you! Sunday, April 30, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

A birding enthusiast residing in New Hope, Fernandez grew up on the North Coast of Honduras. He travels extensively for work as an IT consultant and always tries to mix birding in with his travels, which have most recently been to Singapore and Honduras. Sunday, April 30, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Rediscover North America Dan Flynn What’s wrong with an adventure for the sake of adventure?

Circumnavigating Lake Superior Erin Denny and Lexi Bruno During the summer of 2016, Erin and Lexi spent 76 days on the unforgiving waters of Lake Superior as they circumnavigated the shore in sea kayaks. Pushing physical, emotional and mental boundaries along the way, but learning more than they ever thought was possible. Join them as they share their planning (or lack there of), gear, logistics and what help make the trip possible. The vast wilderness, grace of strangers and incredible experiences changed their lives forever.

Hiking the John Muir Trail Kim Fishburn

Erin Denny, 24, from Chisago City, and Lexi Bruno, 22, from Foley, MN both graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with degrees in Environmental and Outdoor Education.

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. Besides showing some great pictures from the trail, he’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.

Saturday, April 29, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Saturday, April 29, 9:15am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

In March of 2014, six friends decided to attempt a canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Nine months later, they set out to do just that. They battled against the current on the Mighty Mississippi, weathered a winter of snow and ice, traversed massive lakes, dodged constantly shifting forest fires, and shot challenging whitewater. It took eight long months to complete the journey. Join us for a screening of the documentary film that recounts this journey! Dan Flynn is from Saint Cloud. He loves canoeing in the wild and being creative. Naturally, making the film, Rediscover North America, was a perfect fit. Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104



by presenter’s last name

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Climbing in the Twin Cities Sean Foster, for the Twin Cities Rock Climbing Meetup Group Join us for a presentation and Q&A with group organizers about indoor and outdoor rock climbing in the Twin Cities. Our members are climbers of all experience levels. Whether you are new to the sport and looking to learn, experienced and in need of new partners, or new to town and trying to find the climbing community, TCRC Meetup can be your gateway to Minnesota climbing. Membership is free at Donations welcome! The Twin Cities Rock Climbing Meetup Group plans regular and spontaneous gym sessions, organizes outdoor climbing and camping adventures, and attends other climbing related events.

Apostle Islands Full Circle Tour Grant Herman and Gail Green

Patagonia Unbridled Jordan Harvey

The Apostle Island National Lakeshore on Lake Superior is a fabulous place for outdoor enthusiasts. It is an absolute paradise for sea kayakers. Grant Herman and Gail Green, pioneers of Apostle Islands sea kayaking, infuse their backgrounds as educators and passionate kayakers into this lively presentation where vivid imagery, music and humor will leave you fully engaged.

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. You’ll view jaw-dropping images of the region’s incredible natural beauty from a variety of both active Patagonia expeditions and luxury Patagonia vacations.

Grant Herman and Gail Green are the co-founders of Living Adventure; Bayfield’s premier sea kayaking outfitter. An artist and a teacher, both have infused their passion for outdoor adventure and teaching into travel programs that mix outdoor skills with creative process. Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage

Jordan co-founded Knowmad Adventures, a trip-operator specializing in custom South America travel. He’s a Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Advisor for Chile, Argentina, and Peru and he has also won the Condé Nast Traveler’s “Experience Makers Award.” Saturday, April 29, 3:30 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Preparing for Your Apostle Islands Adventure John Frank and Neil Howk

Exploring the Breathtaking Galapagos Islands and Mainland Ecuador Jordan Harvey

Find Your Park: Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park Christina Hausman

The power and pristine nature of Lake Superior provides a variety of challenges for paddlers, campers and hikers in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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.

This presentation will examine some basic principles for paddling safely among the islands and for camping and hiking responsibly in the Lakeshore’s wilderness areas. If you want to chat about the islands, John and Neil will both be available at the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore booth during the 2017 Spring Expo.

You’ll view astounding photos of the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador, as well as receive 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.

What are you looking for in a Voyageurs National Park experience? A hike with a view? A peaceful paddle through a quiet bay? The best birding spot? At 218,000 acres, Voyageurs has places for everyone to explore. Come hear Christina Hausman, executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association, share ways you make the most out of a visit to Minnesota's largest national park. Christina has been the executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association since July 2013. She has camped on all of Voyageurs' major lakes and has plenty of tips on what to see and do at the park.

After a 20-year quest to kayak to all the islands, John retired from his law practice and wrote, Apostle Islands Water Trips, An Explorer’s Guide and Two Decades of Memories, a paddling guidebook and record of some of his personal experiences in the Apostle Islands. Neil began his 33-year tenure as a ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in 1983. He recently retired from his role as the park’s Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education.

Sunday, April 30, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Sunday, April 30, 1 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

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

Amy Freeman A Year in the Wilderness See page 18

Peru inspires awe at every turn. Jordan'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. Saturday, April 29, 10:30 am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Superior: 25 Years in the Making Ben Herman In 1991, two of Ben’s close family friends made a circumnavigation of Lake Superior. Those stories made an impression and 25 years later, a big support network that helped him complete the same trip in 53 days. With hand-me down maps to big waves, water and weather, the trip had much to offer: A busted skeg, a flyin from Sweden, and on day 40, a chance meeting with a couple of candy-loaded circumnavigators..Ben Herman is a long time outdoor enthusiast, international traveler, and seeker of opportunities to get dirty. Day job = elementary school counselor. Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage


Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations Climbing 14’ers Dan Hobbs Dan will share experiences of lightening, sunburn, sleep deprivation, and navigational errors from his running and hiking the 14ers in less than 25 days. He’ll delve into the technicalities of ultra-lightweight hiking and how gearingdown makes your climb a lot more safe and fun when hiking in the rockies. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers and has completed Colorado summits in the summer and winter. Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Wabakimi: World’s Best Wilderness Canoeing Area? Bruce Hyer


by presenter’s last name Tips from 1,000 Trips - Rob Kesselring

Climbing the Mexican Yosemite Evan Johnson Join Evan Johnson as he shares info and experience from visiting the winter climbing Mecca of El Potrero Chico, Mexico! He will talk about the excitement (...and perils) of traveling down south via hitchhiking, motorcycle and foot, visiting classic climbing areas, hot springs and other destinations. Get updates on new routes, guide Evan has been an active member of the Minnesota climbing community for over 10 years. He has worked as a guide and instructor with AMGA credentials and currently works as a sales representative for top climbing and outdoor brands. Living in Minneapolis, he can usually be found climbing all around the Upper Midwest with frequent trips "out west".

Learn Rob’s canoe camping tips and secrets gleaned from decades of wilderness river travels in Canada, Alaska, the Boundary Waters and the desert Southwest. Planning, packing, canoe choice, paddling techniques, gear, safety, navigation, dehydrating meat, cook kits, campsite selection, weather, bears, essential knots, cooking, group dynamics, and how to tie down your canoe securely to vehicles and airplanes. An entertaining, information-packed session from one of the most experienced canoe guides in N. America. Rob Kesselring is a veteran of 23 arctic canoe expeditions, 77 BWCAW-Quetico trips and he has paddled over 100 rivers worldwide. He is currently a licensed Guide in the Boundary Waters, Big Bend, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. He is the author of two books, River Stories and Daughter Father Canoe and has spoken the Expo for several years Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Wabakimi is only 6 hours north of Duluth, but last year there were only 700 paddlers in the world’s largest canoeing reserve! Larger and wilder than Quetico or BWCA, Wabakimi offers both flatwater and whitewater routes; Hyer knows them all… and created many. Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Rod and Sharon Johnson

Woodland Caribou are a lot like Canoeists!

Bruce Hyer

Glacier National Park Grand Teton National Park Trekking Machu Pichu See page 19

Bruce Hyer was the driving force behind the creation of Wabakimi Wilderness Park, which at 5 million acres is the world’s largest reserve both for canoeists and woodland caribou. With a masters degree in caribou, Hyer will explain why Wabakimi is prime habitat for both! A blend of boreal biology and the politics of biodiversity.

A How-to Guide to Planning a Canoe Expedition in Arctic Alaska and Northern Canada Rob Kesselring Sooner or later all wilderness canoeists will hear the call of the North. Rob Kesselring has answered that call 27 times. If you have ever felt the urge to leave the roads behind, way behind, come listen to his canoe camping stories from his journeys the Far North. Learn some hints and feel a push to make your Arctic canoeing dreams become a reality. Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

“Ultralight” Bicycle Touring: Tips and Tricks Peter Kieth

Cliff Jacobson Canoeing Secrets Dress Right for Canoeing BugproofYour Campsite See page 17

Between 2001 and 2013, Pete and a small group bicycled across the US, west-east AND north-south, in eleven unique segments. Along the way they gained many insights on lightweight gear, packing, shipping, routes, physical training, camping, and group dynamics, while having a lifetime of adventure both on and off of the road. The joys of long distance bike touring can be had without 75 pounds of gear, or 2 months of time off!

Hiking the Toughest Trail in the BWCA Wilderness Martin Kubik What's it like to backpack the Pow Wow hiking trail five years after the Pagami Creek Fire? Join a virtual BWCAW adventure with Martin Kubik and feel what is it like to step over charred treefalls at a rate of 100 per hour.

Pete loves travel, especially human powered. He has bicycled, backpacked and canoed all over the country, but also loves a good road trip. He and his wife Barb currently live in Lanesboro, MN.

See how a healthy forest is coming back after the fire, and how volunteers are bringing the Pow Wow Trail back. Attend and get a free interpretative map of the 32-mile BWCAW trail. Martin Kubik is a life-long advocate for backpacking trails in the BWCAW, founder of the Kekekabic Trail Club and the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee.

Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Sunday, April 30, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107



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Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Sportsmen for the BWCA Lukas Leaf

African Wildlife Safaris and Beyond Innocent Lymio

Alyce Kuenzli and Lisa Pugh

Join Lukas Leaf of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters to learn about the role the sporting community plays in helping to protect our public lands from pollution & development.

4000 miles down North America’s Longest River

Lukas is an avid, passionate outdoorsman and chef born and raised in Minnesota. Lukas was formerly Executive Chef at Al Vento restaurant in South Minneapolis and is now the chef for Modern Carnivore and a board member of the Minnesota Chapter for BHA.

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!

See page 15

Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Adventures through Uganda Greg Lais Join Greg Lais, Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry, for stories and photos from the most recent trip that he led to Uganda. Learn about the great Mountain Gorillas (only 880 left in the world!), banana moonshine, the bustling city of Kampala, and so more. Wilderness Inquiry's trip visits four national parks to track gorillas and chimpanzees, elephants, lions, buffalo, and giraffes. Greg will share his personal collection of photographs and answer your questions about this amazing country. Greg Lais is the founder and executive director of Wilderness Inquiry, a nonprofit that has directly served more than 415,000 people on outdoor adventures since 1978. Greg has personally instructed over 300 wilderness experiences throughout the world. Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Mike Libecki Climbing in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica Climbing the World’s Last Unclimbed peaks See page 13

The BWCA may be the most idyllic location in North America to perfect your skills at using the fly rod. Or as some refer to it as, “The Stick and String”. No brush to contend with behind you for your backcast, while you stand on a smooth rock or cast silently from a canoe on a slow drift. No need to cast far as you’re not pursuing spooky, over-fished fish. You’re fishing for BIG strong hungry fish. Learn about ethics (catch and release, handling fish boatside, barbless hooks, lead alternatives, etc.), and yes, how to make great fish stew.

Kilimanjaro - The Roof of Africa Innocent Lymio Climbing Kilimanjaro will take you through the mists of equatorial jungle to reach the snows and breath-taking views from the summit. The ascent can be considered a trek since the terrain, while steep at times, is covered in trail all the way to the summit. 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, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

Sleeping Bag Selections-fabrics, Fill, and Features Explained John Luckenbach With so many choices on the sleeping bag wall, it can be overwhelming to decide on a new bag. This presentation will leave you with a better understanding of the insulation options, the pros and cons of down vs synthetic bags, and help you sort through the range of fabrics and features. We will also cover how to interpret temperature ratings and what temperature is best for you. John Luckenbach is a dealer services rep for the San Jose based premium sleeping bag manufacturer Western Mountaineering. Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Fly Fishing in the BWCAW David Larson

Saturday, April 29 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

The Grand Canyon: South Rim Backcountry Hiking Craig Luedemann In this presentation, Craig will share what he has learned from numerous 610 day Grand Canyon hiking trips. In addition to covering preparation and safety, we’ll look at the variety of hikes on the South Rim.

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trek Innocent Lymio 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 decade’s 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. 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. Although he has lost count, he estimates he has climbed Kilimanjaro around 200 times!

David Larson is an avid fly fishing addict. He has pursued every Minnesota species there is for 30 years. Being a fish monger for a living, he uses his canoes/kayaks to fish neighborhood ponds, our great rivers and the BWCA annually

There’s something for everyone here. For beginners, there’s thee park’s Corridor Trails (Bright Angel and South Kaibab) and for experienced backpackers, there are the much less traveled trails (South Bass, Boucher, Hermit, Grandview, New Hance, Tanner and the Tonto Trail). If you’ve ever been curious about hiking in this American icon, this show is not to be missed.

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.

Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Sunday, April 30, 11:45am Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage


Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Australia: Island Hopping & Hospitality Down Under Al Macdonald

Sulfide Mining: An Imminent Threat to Minnesota Waters Paula Maccabee Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine, the PolyMet project, has applied for state permits, threatening toxic pollution and massive wetlands destruction in Minnesota’s Lake Superior watersheds. Other sulfide mines in the Boundary Waters and Mississippi River watersheds follow close behind. What can be done to protect Minnesota waters, habitats, tribal rights and human health in the age of Trump? Learn the truth about the PolyMet sulfide mine risks. Find out how science and law can reduce the threat of sulfide mining pollution and why citizen activism has become even more important in these difficult times.

With the Great Barrier Reef, 10,000+ beaches, culture dating back tens of thousands of years, and creatures found nowhere else on the globe, Australia is recordbreaking magic. Join us to discover the extraordinary prowess of this island utopia. Since 2006, Al Macdonald has trekked, sailed, road tripped, explored, and guided travelers throughout the 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. Learn more at Sunday, April 30, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103


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Hunting with Golden Eagles in Mongolia Kim McClusky A few traditional Kazakh hunters still hunt with trained golden eagles in the remote valleys of western Mongolia’s Altai mountains. This presentation will take you inside their gers (yurts) in barren, remote valleys where the eagles are trained. The Kazakhs’ herds run free in these valleys—thousands of camels, yaks, cows, goats and horses. All the training culminates in an Eagle Festival in Ulgii, where 70 hunters on horseback compete in eagle hunting events. For the last 20 years Kim has guided paddling, trekking and rafting trips to remote places around the world. He was recently at the Eagle Hunting Festival in Mongolia and plans to return in October. Saturday, April 29. 3:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Paula Maccabee, Yale Law 1981, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director/ Counsel, recently received the Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association for her work to prevent toxic pollution. Sunday, April 30, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Camping with Babies and Toddlers Bobby and Maura Marko Camping with babies and toddlers can be a magical, yet challenging experience for families. Come learn about canoe camping, car camping, and backpacking with kids aged infancy to toddlerhood. We will be providing our best tips and tricks, packing suggestions, gear options, and our favorite camping meals and campgrounds.

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.'

Bobby, Maura, Jack, and Rowan Marko are a family that loves all things outdoor recreation and blog about their adventures both near and far on Saturday, April 29. 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

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.

Ice Age Trail Basics Todd McMahon 12,000 years ago glaciers covered most of Wisconsin. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,100-mile hiking trail that travels along the edge of where those glaciers rested. And speaking of snow and ice, we will also be highlighting some of the best places to go snowshoeing on the trail. Todd McMahon, known as Tman in backpacking circles, has hiked over 600 miles of the North Country Trail in Minnesota and all 1100 miles of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. He is known for photographing the trails he hikes so expect plenty of photographs in his presentation. Sunday, April 30, 1pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage

Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Corey Martin and Mark Emmons

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Al Macdonald

The Pacific Crest Trail is a strip of dirt stretching from Mexico to Canada, spanning three West Coast states and incredibly diverse ecosystems...but you probably already knew that from Wild. We’re here to give you the insider’s perspective. We’ll tell you about the trail that celebrates going three weeks without showering (or more!), indulging in all your food fantasies (ones you didn’t even know you had!), and finding yourself in short shorts in a blizzard (in the desert!).

Midwest Mountaineering Venturing Crew Pizza Party!

Take a photographic walk through the ruins on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and learn what it takes to make this 4 day hike through the Andes mountains a success. With tourism booming in Peru and the government planning to ramp things up even further, the Sacred Valley of Peru will look much different in the near future. Now is the time to travel. Now is the time to create your authentic experience.

After hiking 2,576 miles independently, Corey Martin and Mark Emmons joined forces for the last 82 miles of their PCT thru-hike in 2015. They’ve been together since.

Want to learn how to get out and explore more? For boys and girls age 14-20, the Midwest Mountaineering Venturing Crew is the key to outdoor adventure! Climbing, Kayaking and Backpacking! Come to this presentation to learn more about becoming a member. Parents are welcomed too! Insurance and youth protection training provided by the Boy Scouts. We will show slides and have 3 large pizzas to party with!

Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Sunday, April 30, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm Midwest Mountaineering Expedition Stage



by presenter’s last name

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Hiking in Paradise: Costa Rica Maria Murillo

Planning and Packing for the BWCA

If you love to hike with great nature surrounding you, Costa Rica is the place to visit. It’s well known for great biodiversity, beautiful mountains, beaches, rainforest, volcanoes, wildlife and lush vegetation.

Have you wanted to experience the Boundary Waters (BWCA) for years, but don’t know where to begin?

25% of the country is national parks and biological reserves which provide many trails to hike with family and friends. There are many options throughout the country for all levels, from beginners to hard-core hikers, which allow you to enjoy this beautiful country up-close.

Steve Nelson

Come find out the details of planning your wilderness adventure from an outfitter’s view. Learn about permits, what to bring, routes, food choices and more. Sunday, April 30. 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Wilderness and Whitewater: East Branch of the Penobscot River Scott Oeth Join Scott as he shares his experiences paddling and poling the East Branch of the Penobscot River, a wild, wilderness-filled, whitewater river running through the heart of our nation's new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This historic river is regarded as one of the most technically-challenging multi-day canoe trips in Maine, is lightly traveled, and offers tremendous natural beauty! Scott is a Registered Maine Guide, an Eagle Scout, and a Minnesota Master Naturalist, who has pursued a lifetime of wilderness adventure. Scott blogs about his adventures, at Bull Moose Patrol.

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 guided trips to Costa Rica.

Sunday, April 30, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Sunday, April 30, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Top BWCA Sites Steve Nelson 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.

Costa Rica, A Tropical Paradise for Nature Lovers and Adventure Seekers 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 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, and surfing among them. Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Steve Nelson will provide map locations, background details, and photos of sites that will spark your curiosity and enhance your wilderness experience. Having traveled the BWCA for over 40 years, Steve will grab your attention with details and stories that you will use on your next adventure. Saturday, April 29, 9:15am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

BWCA Fishing 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, Ely, MN. He has guided numerous groups focusing on wilderness canoeing and fishing.

Spring & Summer Bike Commuting Lisa Olson This program will focus on commuting in the Twin Cities as the weather warms up. You will learn how to dress appropriately for the weather, equip and maintain your bike for changing trail/road conditions, and I will share resources for different routing options in the spring season, transitioning to summer. This is my favorite time of the year to cruise around and I can't wait to see more butts on bikes this season! Lisa is a mechanic at The Hub Bike Co-op and races with Koochella cycling team. She’s always had a bike, but it wasn't until she sold her car two years ago that it became her main form of transportation. Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sunday, April 30, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Pukaskwa National Park Serafina Orcoyen

Kayaking Muir Inlet in Glacier Bay NP Berlin Nelson Jr. and Jim and Jan Stewart Glacier Bay National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in North America, a UN World Heritage site of 5,000 square miles. Join Berlin, Jim and Jan as they take you on a kayak journey through Muir Inlet all the way to Muir Glacier exploring this unique wilderness of water, mountains, glaciers and marine life. Where else can you have dinner on the beach and see a grizzly bear, a whale, some otters and maybe some puffins and oystercatchers! Berlin Nelson and Jim and Jan Stewart from Fargo, ND, are avid kayakers, canoers, and hikers with several kayaking trips to wilderness areas in Alaska. Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109


Baking in the Outdoors Demo NOLS “Hangry,” by definition, is when you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry and frustrated. Being around someone who’s hangry is taxing enough in everyday life, but imagine being stuck with a hangry person on a physically demanding course in the remote wilderness? So much worse. That’s why we’re here to teach you how to make one of the most satisfying meals in the backcountry, right out of the NOLS cookbook… PIZZA." Saturday, April 29, 1pm Sunday, April 30, 1pm 19th Street Turf

Pukaskwa National Park is a vast, wild, and natural playground found on the edge of the world's largest freshwater lake. Powerful waves, rugged coastlines, and endless sunsets make this wild, natural place an adventurer's dream to explore. Hikers trek through the boundless boreal forest, over canyons and above freeflowing rivers. Paddlers sweeping past stony escarpments and flowing waterfalls, all mirrored by an endless horizon. Let us share with you some of the many awe-inspiring experience of Lake Superior's coastline at Pukaskwa National Park. Meet Serafina, a member of Parks Canada's Visitor Experience Team at Pukaskwa National Park. She is enthusiastic about back-country experiences – everything from shore fishing to remote multi-day backpacking. Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

What's In Your Canoe? Stu Osthoff

Backpacking at the Ends of the Earth Bear Paulsen and Claire Porter

Boundary Waters Journal Publisher and wilderness canoeing/ fishing guide, Stu Osthoff, will give a detailed review of all the canoe-camping gear he uses and recommends for trips to the BWCAW / Quetico.

Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, the northern Yukon and Baffin Island: inaccessible and awe inspiring landscapes. Claire Porter and Bear Paulsen both love travelling at high latitudes. Before they started dating, each explored southern latitudes. For their first long trip together they journeyed to the Yukon. Two years later, on their honeymoon, they spent 16 days exploring Auyuittuq National Park in Nunavut. Join them for beautiful photos, great stories, and travel information.

Good wilderness gear is important to making our trips safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable. When you practically live out of a canoe pack every summer, you learn what works out there and what doesn't. Get the latest scoop on what gear makes the cut for this wilderness guide. Stu will help you zero in on the equipment that performs trip after trip, year after year. The Midwest Mountaineering Spring Expo is the perfect place to get started on upgrading your own personal canoe tripping outfit! Saturday, April 29, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Claire spent her childhood backpacking with her parents throughout the Rockies. As a college student she spent summers studying the nomadic Hadza, a huntergatherer 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 five seasons in Antarctica. Bear Paulsen feels at home exploring wilderness areas throughout North America. He loves canoeing and winter camping because they allow him to take long, extended trips into remote areas. He happily backpacks too. 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. Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

BWCA: Everything You Need to Know Bear Paulsen Find out everything you need to know about paddling in the BWCA. 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 basecamping or travelling daily. He’ll also share ways to avoid the two most threatening parts of canoe country – bugs and bears. Saturday April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102


by presenter’s last name

Raven’s Return: A Voyage along the Viking Way Dean Rau In the summer of 2014, Raven, a sailing vessel out of Bayfield, Wisconsin, left Norway. Their intent was to reach home by following the old Viking routes across the North Atlantic. The intended route had a reputation for rough, unpredictable weather and … ICE. Come hear all the details of this great adventure! Dean Rau is the Raven’s skipper. Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm #L-110

National Parks Road Trip Jon Ringdahl You are invited on a journey through the west’s iconic scenery. Follow Jonathan on a 17 day road trip to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial through our beautiful national parks. We will visit Glacier, Yellowstone, Utah’s national parks, and several others on this incredible journey through the best of the west. Come learn how to make the most of your trips and do it on the cheap while seeing Jonathan’s award winning photography. Jonathan is a kayak instructor who seeks to explore and photograph remote areas. He seeks to inspire and help others do the same.

Learning the Language of the Birds Jonathon Poppele

Sunday, April 30, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Birds talk to each other and we can learn to understand them. Birds are the alarm system of the forest, broadcasting the whereabouts of hawks, owls, foxes and more through their calls and postures. Learning bird language allows us to see more wildlife and feel more connected to the natural world. This presentation will give you the fundamental tools for interpreting bird language to enhance your own birding and nature experiences, plus information about local bird language programs and gatherings. Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 106

Solo Wilderness Travel Bear Paulsen Are you sick of listening to your tent mate’s snoring? Are you tired of waiting for the group to get ready? Do you talk to yourself? If you answered yes, you’re a perfect candidate for solo travel.

Wildlife Tracking in the Twin Cities Metro Area Jonathon Poppele

Bear, a frequent solitary conversationalist, has completed many extended solo trips. He’ll discuss how solo travel differs, planning considerations, and safety concerns. He’ll examine solitude philosophically through personal experience and authors’ writings.

The Twin Cities Metro Area is home to a remarkable diversity of wild mammals. Though often illusive, they leave behind tracks and sign for us to see. Over the years, the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project has identified the tracks and sign of a wide range of mammals in the metro area including river otter, black bear, and even a transient mountain lion.

Sunday, April 30, 10:30am Midwest Mountaineering - Expedition Stage

Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Attempting the Northwest Passage Hywel Taff Roberts This 35-minute documentary in the attempted voyage of the vessel ‘Catryn' through the Northwest Passage, from Baffin Island to Nome, Alaska during the summer of 2014. Produced to inspire older adults to chase the dreams and aspirations they’ve had their whole lives, the film highlights the challenges faced by the crew including gales, high winds, ice, heavy seas and polar bears. Taff Roberts, the director, will be present at the film and host a Q&A after the showing. Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103



by presenter’s last name

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Rambling in Snowdonia along the Welsh Mountains and the Wales Coastal Path Hywel Taff Roberts Lonely Planet Guide picked North Wales as the fourth top destination to visit in 2017. The Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and the Wales Coastal Path is an undiscovered destination for North Americans. Come join us as we ramble along ancient pathways and mountainsides, staying in historic Inns along the way and learning about this magical land and the culture of its people. Hywel Taff Roberts, sailor, storyteller and avid hiker is a native Welshman, speaks Welsh and lives in Minnesota.

Tramping 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. Having just returned from a 3-week tour, she will share current info about less-visited treks, how to prepare for hut-to-hut trekking, and the facilities offered at the huts as well as car camping. Michelle will also touch on outstanding day hikes as well as NZ's 9 Great Walks. Friday, April 28, 6:15pm Midwest Mountaineering - Expedition Stage

Walking and Exploring Croatia and Slovenia Gary Scott Australian born adventure travel guide Gary Scott has spent the last eight summers leading tours in Europe, and a great deal of time hiking, sailing, biking and exploring all over Croatia and Slovenia. Gary will talk about the active adventure tours he leads and show slides and talk about some of the best places to visit, and maybe places to avoid in these fascinating and beautiful countries that are still “off-the-beatenpaths”. Sunday, April 30, 2:15 pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

The Primal Boreal Forest - Wilderness Paddling In The Heart Of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Harlan Schwartz

Getting the Most out of Your Time in the Great Outdoors Dan Ronken Whether you’re an elite trail runner, a gentle stroller, or simply prefer stillness, nature is medicine that positively influences your psychological well-being. In this talk, Psychotherapist Dan Ronken will delve deeper into the following topics: How spending time outdoors reduces chronic stress. Why the mental benefits of being active in the outdoors far outweighs the gym. To unplug or not to unplug on your adventures. Does it matter?

Trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal Gary Scott

Journey deep into this wild and virtually untouched wilderness of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park as you discover one of Ontario's last paddling frontiers. A land of wild Caribou and Moose, clear waters, Boreal Forests and World Class Fishing. With 20 years of wilderness paddling experience across Canada, Harlan Schwartz fell in love with the boreal forest of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and founded Red Lake Outfitters in 2011.

There is something magical about trekking to the base of the highest point on the planet – Mount Everest. With a vast knowledge and love for the mountains and the people of Nepal, adventure travel guide Gary Scott will share his knowledge and insight from his many experiences while completing over 40 treks in Nepal - including 20 successful treks to Mount Everest Base Camp, and two mountaineering expeditions to the 29,035-foot Mt. Everest.

Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm Midwest Mountaineering, Expedition Stage

Saturday, April 29, 11:45am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107

Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy Gary Scott

Discover YOUR Quetico EcoAdventure Michelle Savoie Come discover Quetico’s pristine wilderness of international acclaim! Unplug from life’s hectic pace & experience eco-adventure canoe travel that excites & soothes your soul. Let us share down to earth experiences on Canada’s historical waterways of Quetico’s backcountry canoe routes, with incredible lakes, waterfalls, portages, campsites and wildlife. Get inspired to create your memories that’ll last a lifetime on your Quetico Eco-Adventure. Friday, April 28, 5pm Midwest Mountaineering - Expedition Stage


Australian born adventure travel guide Gary Scott has spent the last eight summers leading tours in Europe, and personally guided over 100 tours in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Nature Site in northern Italy. One of the world’s leading experts on the Dolomites, Gary will talk about the walking tours he leads there and about the geology, geography, history, culture, traditions, food and the incredible hiking trails for people of all levels and abilities he has discovered there. Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

Bikepacking: Off-Road Bicycle Touring Henry Slocum Bikepacking has taken traditional bike touring to more remote locations over more challenging terrain. Whether you're looking to explore just a little further down your favorite trail, or experience a long-distance route in some far-off place, bikepacking is an excellent way to access locations that standard touring equipment wouldn’t allow. Henry Slocum, from the Hub Bicycle Coop, will discuss essential bikepacking gear, trip planning basics, and some easily accessed destinations to get you ready for a season full of bikepacking adventures! Henry is a mechanic at the Hub who loves bikepacking, whether it’s a last-minute overnight trip after work, or a multi-day long-distance adventure. Saturday, April 29, 3:30pm Midwest Mountaineering, Expedition Stage

Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

The Iditarod by Bike and Packraft Joe Stiller Most people have heard of the legendary Iditarod dog race, but in this presentation, Joe Stiller will talk about what it takes to complete this unforgiving trail on a bike. He’ll talk about the many obstacles he encountered and how, through dreaming and determination, he made this cold weather pedal/paddle happen. Joe Stiller is an adventure bike racer who competes in endurance racing events all across the United States. In February 2017 he attempted to ride 1,000 miles across Alaska, from Knik to Nome. Sunday, April 30, 10:30am U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm L-110

Trail work on the Superior Hiking Trail Han Taylor Last year, 8,000 volunteer hours went into the Superior Hiking Trail – will you be part of the effort in 2017? Han Taylor will share tips and techniques on the maintenance of trail sections and campsites. Check out the tools used in maintenance and learn easy ways anyone can improve the trail. Learn about upcoming opportunities to work on a variety of projects. Everyone is welcome! Han Taylor is the Trail Maintenance Supervisor for the Superior Hiking Trail. He and his assistant Charlie Bronstein are responsible for the northern 200 miles of trail.

Paddling the Mississippi River's National Park Lyndon Torstenson Learn where and how to paddle in the only national park focused on the Mississippi River – the surprising and diverse 72 river miles through the Twin Cities metro! Find out about suggested routes, locks, barges, landings, eagles, otters, other wildlife, geology, historic sites, invasive carp and safety. Learn how to rent a kayak through Paddle Share and bike back, and how to get around the now-closed Upper Saint Anthony Falls lock. Maps provided. Lyndon Torstenson is the Manager of Educational Partnerships for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service, and an avid paddler.

Writer, photographer and outdoor guide Tommy Thompson, with paddling expert Russ McCallister, will lead you on a visual tour of Natural North Florida (, a 14-county region home to the world's largest concentration of first-magnitude freshwater springs, the mighty Suwannee River, and the longest stretch of undeveloped saltwater coastline in the continental U.S. Thompson is a veteran outdoor writer, photographer and guide, covering all aspects of north central Florida. Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 104

Traveling to Alaska by Ship/Bus/Train Jim Umhoefer From taking a boat up through the Inland Passage, to taking a train through the White Pass on the the Yukon Railway, there are more ways to explore the Last Frontier than you think. Jim will show you the many affordable and stunning ways to travel through Alaska and experience its countless natural wonders. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you’ll discover that Alaska is greater and grander than words and images can express. Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Saturday, April 29, 9:15am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 109

Basics of Outdoor Photography Jim Umhoefer 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. 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. Saturday, April 29, 9:15am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 103

Explore Natural North Florida Tommy Thompson


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Planning to Go Fast and Light: Doing More with Less Adam Vachon Considering going Ultralight but intimidated by the logistics? Ever finished a trip with the nagging thought that if you had just a little more time you could have gone further? In this presentation Adam “Chip” Vachon will discuss the basic tenets of Ultralight philosophy, strategies for lightening up your packing list, and logistics for planning ultralight adventures. Topping off the presentation: Adam’s logistics for his sub-70 day 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt! Adam is an artist, designer, and avid ultralight adventurer. Heavily influenced by Taoist philosophy, he tries to approach life with the mantra, “Keep it Simple” Saturday, April 29, 9:15am Midwest Mountaineering, Expedition Stage

Backcountry Cabins and Lookouts Jim Umhoefer 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.

Fire & Flood: Paddling Canada's Teslin and Yukon Rivers John Van Barriger

Jim Umhoefer is a travel/outdoor writer and photographer who has written over 300 articles and had thousands of photos published around the world. See his work at

The Yukon River is a bucket-list destination, but even in summer this immense waterway can offer challenging conditions for paddlers. John Van Barriger will offer tips on how you can access this river, as well as stories from his 500-mile trip down the Teslin and Yukon Rivers, a journey that began with floods and ended in a forest fire!

Saturday, April 29, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Sunday, April 30, 2:15pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 107



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Outdoor Adventure Expo Presentations

Packing the Perfect Emergency Kit John Van Barriger

Climbing in Kashmir Mark Wilford

Whether you're planning a pond paddle or a multi-week adventure, a solid emergency kit can get you safely back home after trouble arises. Van Barriger will discuss the contents of his oft-used "Oh S***" emergency bag, as well as critical items that should be added to most first-aid kits. Van Barriger, who has discovered a multitude of ways to injure himself while paddling and camping, will share plenty of stories to illustrate how he’s relied on these items.

Follow Mark as he and his partners venture into the Kishtwar Himalaya region of Northern India, an area closed for 30 years to Westerners due to security issues. The area offers scores of unclimbed peaks. You'll hear some incredible stories and see what it takes to approach, reconnoiter and then climb one of these mountains.

John Van Barriger is an award-winning writer/photographer and chair of the campaign, which aids first responders in rural and wilderness areas and educates outdoor enthusiasts on the prevention of wildfires and other emergencies. Saturday, April 29, 1pm Midwest Mountaineering, Expedition Stage

Minnesota Camper Cabins Tom Watson Tom’s latest guidebook project, “Minnesota’s Best Camper Cabins” took him to camper cabins throughout our state, county and regional park system. He’ll share an overview of this wonderful collection of over 100 cabins, their surroundings and nearby attractions - all of which are featured in his latest, just released, guidebook. A frequent EXPO presenter, Tom is a freelance writer, columnist and author and an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Saturday, April 29, 10:30am U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105


Mark Wilford has been climbing all over the world for the past four decades. He is a well rounded climber and enjoys bouldering, rock climbing and alpine climbing. When asked what his favorite climbing area is he replies "One I've never been too yet." Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

Planning Your Fishing-based Wilderness Canoe Trip William Richardson Rich aka ‘Old Salt,’ a seasoned Quetico vet, conversationally discusses the planning process and decisions that can enhance or undermine the success of a trip before it begins. Several questions need clear answers well ahead of departure. Who? When? Where? Which lake(s) will we fish? Learn how to gather pre-trip intelligence. Suggestions will be shared for using recent technology to enhance fishing success. Come to hear some practical advice and tips to maximize your fishing time in your favorite wilderness. Saturday, April 29, 4:45pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Volunteering in the Superior National Forest and BWCA Laurel Wilson In this presentation you’ll learn how you can get involved with volunteer and stewardship efforts in northeastern Minnesota, the crown jewels of Minnesota’s northwoods. With plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure, volunteers play a vital role in creating sustainable recreational opportunities and healthy forests on these public lands. Volunteering can teach you new skills, provide you with a fresh perspective and give you the chance to give back. Laurel Wilson is the Executive Director of the Northwoods Volunteer Connection, a non-profit dedicated to coordinating volunteer efforts on public land. More information at Saturday, April 29, 1pm U of M Hanson Hall, Room 105

Cycling the U.K. Tom Yuska It's highly satisfying to complete a cycling trip across an entire nation. Cycling the length of the UK is highly doable in a month or less. Learn about undertaking an 1100-mile journey through city, village and country, across Britain, Wales and Scotland, that samples the history, prehistory, topography, culture, food and weather of this island. Equipment, routing, lodging and other logistics will also be discussed. Tom Yuska has been a self-supported bicycle tourist for three decades. His journeys include a Continental Divide honeymoon trip and Trans-America crossing. Sunday, April 30, 3:30pm U of M Carlson School of Management - Rm #L-110

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Western Mountaineering Slinglite: With the Slinglite, Western Mountaineering has brought their sleeping bag experience to bear in the form of a hammock underquilt. Like all Western Mountaineering products, the Slinglite is made with great care in California using the highest quality materials.

MSR TrailShot: The MSR TrailShot is a pocket-sized water filter that provides clean water anywhere along the trail where there is a water source. Given the small pack size and 5 oz. weight, the TrailShot is perfect for trail runners, mountain bikers, and ultralight backpackers.

Jackson Mayfly: As it's name might suggest, Jackson Kayak's newest 2017 model is a fly fishing-oriented siton-top. The hull is built for efficiency and supreme stability, making standing and fishing a breeze. The Mayfly includes design features that tackle the unique challenges faced by the fly fisher. A snag-free deck, fly rod storage options and a massive standing platform help to make fishing a breeze.

A favorite of both customers and staff alike, the Kammok Roo was redesigned for 2017 to improve comfort and overall user experience. The integrated stuff sack is now large enough to accommodate a set of Kammok Python hammock suspension straps.

Osprey Tempest and Talon: From front to back and top to bottom, the Osprey Tempest and Talon daypack series were completely redesigned for 2017. Two notable improvements include the updated hipbelts and Airscape backpanel, which together provide greater ventilation and load carrying comfort.

Werner Algonquin Paddle: The 12 oz, Ultra-light carbon Algonquin will change your canoe experience. The increased stiffness of a carbon fiber blank and shaft leads to greater paddle efficiency, and the lightweight material will leave your arms and shoulders rested and ready to tackle any portage the BWCA has to offer.


Breathability – that’s the name of the game in the Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket. With stretch insulation in the front, and a stretch breathable fleece in the back, comfort and mobility are dialed in. Great for climbing & higher exertive activities.

Northstar Trillium: Northstar's Trillium is a smaller version of the Northwind Solo, built for those who want to paddle everywhere. Although it's only 14'6" long, it is a performance-oriented canoe with all of the premier paddling characteristics that one would expect out of a Ted Bell-built boat.

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Keen Rialto Made in USA Sandal: Keen isn't as old as most people guess. Founded in 2003, Keen exploded on the market with their innovative hiking line. Now they're building new styles on United States soil. Try the high quality Rialto line from Keen.

Columbia OutDry Extreme: Outdry Extreme is a durable waterproof breathable technology from Columbia Titanium eliciting wows. The rugged waterproof membrane is on the outside of the jacket and ---microscopic perforations allow water vapor to escape. This jacket will stay dry in a deluge with great features like armpit vents & a storm hood. No more wet out!

Mountain Khaki Camber 106: The brand from Jackson Hole, Wyoming Mountain Khakis is back in Midwest Mountaineering. Stocking their Camber 106 pant for Men & Women, this pant, with rugged strength and stretch, is perfect for kicking into hikes and taprooms alike.

Chaco Z Cloud Sandals: Chaco has made the sandals we love to take outside for many years and now they've come out with the Cloud, which takes the same great design and adds a new layer of comfort to the footbed; you've gotta try it.

Scarpa Drago Climbing Shoe: Scarpa has taken climbing footwear game to another level. If you climb hard and want to push yourself further, this is one of the best options on the market for you to achieve your goals.

Black Diamond Headlamps: Black Diamond managed to make their headlamps brighter for 2017, and even the simplest headlamps project at least 100 lumens of light. The best selling Black Diamond Spot fits in the palm of your hand and provides 300 lumens of adjustable light, making it the perfect headlamp for most activities.


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JUST EXAMPLES! Many more canoes, kayaks and SUPs in stock. Recreation/Touring Kayaks Wilderness System Focus 150 – Retail $1,425.95

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Wave Sport Mobius 5.7 – Retail $1,425.95 Jackson Rockstar – Retail $1,249.95 Jackson 2 Fun – Retail $1,199.95

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Sea Kayaks Aries 150 – Retail $3,699.95 Cetus LV – Retail $3,999.95

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Test paddle boats and SUPs (stand-up paddleboards) with our expert staff. We bring the boats, paddles and personal floatation devices. You come dressed to play! No registration required.


Thursday, April 27, 3-7pm Lake Nokomis - The big one! Canoe, Kayak and SUP

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Fishing Kayaks 2015 Kraken 15 – Retail $1799.95 2015 Thresher 140 – Retail $1449.95 Kilroy DT Tandem – Retail $1899.95 A.T.A.K. 140 – Retail $1799.95 Kraken 13.5 – Retail $1349.95 Cuda 12 – Retail $1439.95

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