Overnight in Banning State Park

Let's get fresh air and spend 24 hours across from Banning State Park!

Aside of getting exercise, the purpose of this outing is to prepare for the upcoming snow camping trip in the BWCA.  Bring your stove to check in cold weather and learn how to melt snow w/o scorching your pot.  We will be practicing winter skills:  Hydration, ventilation, self-awareness, self-leadership staying warm at night in camp.  Bring cocoa, jello or cup of soup as well as a days rations (breakfast, lunch, and dinner.)  Also consider some snacks, 1 qt. of water, extra clothing to wear during stops and camp, sunscreen, sunglasses, toe heaters (depending on temps.), snowshoes, ski poles.

Anyone is welcome to attend even if you are not planning on going on the trip the following weekend. (This trip would help get you pre-approved for any future winter trips.)

Duration: 24 hours.

Small print:  Please turn off your phone during the outing or at least put it in "airplane mode" if you would like to use it for pictures.  This camp is pets and tobacco products free.  Some scrambling may be required, so please comely physically fit.

If you are interested in car pooling please contact the participants via post below. Car pool parking available at north burbs.

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  • Karlyn D.

    I'd love to go on a training trip like this if you do another one. Looks great. Give me a shout if you do! Thanks!

    January 18, 2013

  • Martin K.

    It was less than 24 hour training trip, what could possibly go wrong? The answer: "Don't worry about the river, worry about the big black swamp." Who would have guessed???

    January 14, 2013

  • Brian F.

    Thanks for the help getting out of the swamp bottomless hole. Perfect training trip for winter preparedness.

    January 14, 2013

  • Martin K.

    Great trip! Looking forward to next adventure, hopefully not as exciting but as much fun. See trip photo essay at www.bwac.homestead.com

    January 13, 2013

  • Martin K.

    That could be tough - Joel lives in Duluth. Joel came to the presentation about Pow Wow - we can follow up by phone.

    January 9, 2013

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