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Meet other people interested in Boundary Waters Canoe area. This group is for volunteers who want to help maintain the wilderness hiking trails in the BWCA. What's it like? Go site seeing at www.bwac.smugmug.com or visit www.bwac.homestead.com

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Snowshoe Deep Snow and Teamwork at Tamarack Nature Center

Tamarack Nature Center

Join us for a snowshoe hike at TNC. We will take the path less traveled and brave the deep powder snow, for what you could call it a character building experience! Bring your snowshoes or contact TNC for rental information here https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/parks-recreation/tamarack-nature-center/skiing-snowshoeing Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Medium + Terrain: Restored prairie, gently rolling hills, several small lakes, streams and wooded areas. Dress: in layers for 20 degree temperature. Bring day pack with 1 quart of water or beverage of your choice, Sorel boots or snow boots, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra mittens, ski poles may come handy, and a backpack if you like to make this hike a work out. Arrive 15 minutes earlier if making a showshoe rental (but start rental at 1 pm). Information on BWAC spring trail clearing trips will be available from the guide. Small print: This hike is pet and tobacco free, please turn your cell phones to airplane mode during hike. Contact Martin Kubik [masked],[masked] c

You can do it! Volunteer for BWCA Wilderness Powwow Trail in 2019.

About the presentation: See yourself in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this spring as part of a clearing crew on the historic Powwow Trail in the Superior National Forest. Are you a first-time visitor to the Boundary Waters? Experienced crew leaders will get you prepared and confident for wilderness travel. Are you already a hiker or paddler? Expand your skills and share your expertise with other outdoor enthusiasts in the wonder of a post-megafire healthy forest. The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC) has been organizing volunteers to steward wilderness trails since 2002. We invite you to be one of our hundreds of amazing, all walks-of-life volunteers giving back to the wilderness. In 2019 your help is needed as we “open the loop” of the thirty mile Powwow Trail north of Isabella, Minnesota. BWAC will hit the ground running with early season day trips, overnight backpacking, and canoe-in-to-the-trail crews this May, using Japanese landscaping saws and loppers to liberate a fire-damaged historic trail. Training, tools, gear lists, tales of the trail, tired muscles, and the reward of a hikeable trail are included on all BWAC adventures. Join BWAC at the Duluth Folk School to meet crew leaders, hear about a day in the life of a trail volunteer, and learn more about visiting this remote and beautiful trail in 2019. Co-sponsored by Frost River. More info: https://www.boundarywaterstrails.org/, Trips listing: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/ https://duluthfolkschool.com/events/private-event-bwca-presentation/ Coffee will be available at the Duluth Folk School to keep you awake during the presentation (courtesy of BWA Committee). After the presentation join the BWAC crew leaders for Boundary Waters experiences round table and a pint at the Bent Paddle. Door Prize: Brand new bandanna map of the Powwow Trail from True North Map Co. "It's more than just a map." Presenter bio: Martin Kubik is the founder of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, the Kekekabic Trail Club, and the 3M Club Outdoor Club. Martin was instrumental in saving the Kekekabic Trail in 1990 and again in 1999 after the Storm of the Century; and the Powwow Trail in 1993 and more recently after its devastation in the Pagami Creek Fire of 2011. He is an enthusiastic BWCAW volunteer organizer and outdoor skills mentor. Martin is recipient of several environmental awards, including from American Hiking Society and 3M Co. His other pursuits are photography and sewing camping gear. Contact: Martin Kubik, [masked][masked] cell

2019 Backpacking Season Kickoff

Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center (Lebanon Hills)


You can't get there by canoe! Many beautiful and remote campsites await the wilderness hiker in Minnesota's Boundary Waters. This backpacking kickoff event will inspire you to travel the BW by foot, carrying what you need to be safe and comfortable on your back, experiencing the intimate setting of a forest path. The photo above was taken at a BWCAW designated campsite on the Powwow Trail, Pose Lake. © Zach Thorson September 2018. Attend BWAC's fourth annual backpacking kickoff to learn about the 200+ miles of hiking and backpacking trails just a half-a-day drive from the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Highlights-- * Immerse yourself in BWCAW trails : Kekekabic, Border Route, Sioux Hustler and Powwow. * New this year: "The importance of trail advocacy in age of shrinking budgets." * Pizza lunch - load up on carbs for your next hike adventure! * We are working to deliver popular clinics: Stoves, Water purification, Freeze dried food, and "What's in my pack" * Resources, what to know before you go, how to get started Attendance limited to 50. This event to benefit all wilderness trails is sponsored by the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee. The $5 per person charge will offset lunch and venue rental expense. Plan to visit a wilderness trail in 2019. This event will get you on your way.

Crew Orientation for 2019 BWAC Volunteers

Midwest Mountaineering - Expo Room

This meeting is mandatory for all volunteers who are registered for 2019 spring Powwow Trail maintenance trips. Outdoor enthusiasts who want to learn more about volunteering with a trail clearing crew are also welcome. This event is an introduction to volunteering and trail maintenance trips in the BWCA Wilderness with the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, where safety is our #1 priority. If you are a 2019 crew volunteer and are not able to attend, contact your crew leader to make alternative arrangements. TIME: 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Arrive early if you can. The store closes at 8:00 p.m. on April 11. We will need to start and end our training on time. Presentations: -- History of BWAC and trail clearing trips -- Trip overview -- Tools and safety -- Gear -- Apparel and layers for a spring trip -- Food and menu suggestions for backpacking Crew Breakouts: -- Meet your crew and crew leaders -- Forms: liability release, emergency contact, medical form -- Gear: individual or group; sharing, needs or concerns -- Timing, scheduling, trip plan, carpools Those registered for a May trip will receive a McKenzie BWCAW map for the Powwow Trail. BRING WITH YOU: Emergency contact information and medical history relevant to participating in a trip (confidential, for your trip leader only). Thank you for choosing to volunteer with the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, an all-volunteer Minnesota nonprofit that has been keeping wilderness trails on the map since 2002. We look forward to meeting you and enjoying a rewarding wilderness experience with you.

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