• Short hike with a pack at Wood Lake Nature Center

    Wood Lake Nature Center

    Labor Day weekend is only six weeks away. The Trail Committee has recently met and identified several clean up sections on the Powwow Trail. Trip leaders are writing up the trip post as you read this. We will need you, one of the sixty volunteers to help this fall to "Open the Loop!" A circumnavigation trip is planned in October. Let's get ready by hiking together and learning something new (packs, gear, food and more). This hike will feature short presentation on "What's in my Cuben Fiber nitty-gritty bag (necessary small items: compass, pocket knife, matches, lighter, moleskin, headlamp, small first aid kit, cording, TP, electrolytes, etc). Optional social and breakfast together after the hike at Local Roots not far away. http://localrootsmn.com/ Hike length: 2 miles - one hour on level terrain Bring: Hiking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, one qt water, training pack if you like. Small print: Participants are expected to complete the hike (we will return to parking lot by 9:15 am or so), please turn your phone to airplane mode for wilderness like experience and this hike is tobacco and pet free. We will hold a 10 minute orientation/safety talk prior to hike. Are you OK with this? Arrive 5-10 minute early because of construction in the area. Link to Wood Lake Nature Center >>> http://www.richfieldmn.gov/around-town/wood-lake-nature-center Questions? Contact the organizer, Martin Kubik.

  • Prime up for BWCA Wilderness trips at Afton

    Afton State Park

    NOTE: Due to a race that may attract 1,000 at afton on Saturday, I am rescheduling for Sunday instead. Hope this works for everyone. Regards, MartinJoin us for a stress free pace (what does that mean?) hike at Afton this Saturday. We will cover 4-5 miles in about 3 hours plus with couple of breaks. Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, bug dope, water (2 qts), electrolyte pills or tablets, snacks, cap with visor, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear etc. Be ready to go up and down and possibly for unconventional hiking in a stream bed. Ideas for conversation: what drives volunteers to give their time to clear trails in the Boundary Waters?, when would you like to go up north to hike or clean up Powwow Trail with BWAC? What is your favorite food on the trail? How do I sew my own Cuben Fiber 40 liter ultralight 12oz backpack? For these and other mind challenging questions, join us this Saturday. Small print: Participants are expected to complete the hike (we will return to parking lot by 12:30 or 1 pm at the latest), please turn your phone to airplane mode for wilderness like experience and this hike is tobacco and pet free. We will hold a 10 minute orientation/safety talk prior to hike. Are you OK with this? Arrive 5-10 minute early to change shoes etc. Questions? Contact the organizer, Martin Kubik.

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  • Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour and Pint Night @ Midwest Mountaineering

    Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour will visit Midwest Mountaineering on June 13th, 2019 for an evening of trail tested tips, regional trip advice, backpacking gear reviews, and outdoor gear giveaways. Staff a BWAC table for an hour or so with other volunteers. Greet visitors, hand out brochures, and invite those who stop to sign the BWAC guest register to learn more about our all-volunteer non-profit. Bonus: if you have been part of a BWAC clearing crew, tell visitors first-hand about the adventure that you lived through and (hopefully) rewarding time on trail. It's Pint Night, too--free glass of beer or root beer for all guests.

  • Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour and Pint Night @ Midwest Mountaineering

    Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour will visit Midwest Mountaineering on June 13th, 2019 for an evening of trail tested tips, regional trip advice, backpacking gear reviews, and outdoor gear giveaways. Staff a BWAC table for an hour or so with other volunteers. Greet visitors, hand out brochures, and invite those who stop to sign the BWAC guest register to learn more about our all-volunteer non-profit. Bonus: if you have been part of a BWAC clearing crew, tell visitors first-hand about the adventure you lived through and your (hopefully) rewarding time on trail. It's Pint Night, too--free glass of beer or root beer for all guests.

  • Spring Accomplishments on the Powwow Trail and Design Your Next Adventure

    Celebrate the BWAC spring clean up crews accomplishments and start planning your next adventure on the Powwow Trail this summer and fall! In this meeting you will: (1) See on map the many miles of trail cleared by volunteers like you in 2019! (2) Learn about which segments are in need of attention - locations and tree fall count (3) Meet like minded, pumped up and ready to go back volunteers like you and start laying plans for summer and fall trips on the Powwow Trail. Reopening the Powwow Trail for hiking was a challenge you met head on. Your enthusiasm, drive and eating up the trail in spite of snow, rain and freezing temps with Katana Boy and loppers changed the BWCAW wilderness trail forever (or at least for a long time to come). Whether you are a novice camper or experienced outdoor enthusiast, our experienced crew leaders and aspiring co-leaders will be there to guide you. Learn how - Join us on June 5th at Midwest Mountaineering. Thank you - Martin Kubik, BWAC pres., Susan Pollock, VP and Trail Committee chair and the entire BWAC team.

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  • Trip #10. Rebirth of the New Powwow Trail (end of Jack Pines blocking the path)

    Be a member of the crew to clear the last of the jack pines blocking the hikers path on the Powwow Trail! On this BWAC adventure you will paddle from Kawishiwi Lodge on Lake One to Lake Three (only two short portages!) camp overnight on Lake Three and then backpack three miles to Mirror Lake where we will start trail clearing. Through your unselfish investment in time you will create a tangible wilderness value for the society. And that should put you right on the top of the Maslow's triangle. Itinerary Departure day, Friday, May 24: We will car pool and drive to the Kawishiwi Lodge on Lake One, and put it canoes provided by the US Forest Service. We anticipate to canoe to Lake Three and stay overnight. Saturday, Day 2: We will paddle to a designated point on the Powwow Trail near Lake Three shore line and stash the canoes in the woods. Now, phase two of the trip will be to backpack to Mirror Lake. Here we will set up base camp. After lunch, we will start trail clearing south toward another BWAC crew working their way north from Superstition Lake. Safety will be our number one goal. Sunday, Day 3: After a good nights sleep and nourishing breakfast, we will be doing more of the same. Hopefully we will meet up with the Superstition Lake crew at some point. Monday, Day 4: If our job south of Mirror Lake is complete, we will clear treefalls going back to Lake Three. Tuesday, Day 5: Extract to Kawishiwi Lodge and then off to Ely for 1,500 calorie cholesterol award winning Moose Burger at Ely steak house or another establishment. Believe me, after several days of freeze dried food you will be ready to compromise on your caloric intake. Gear: Gear list will be provided Anticipated temperatures: TBD Risks and their mitigation: TBD Food: Bring your own, we will advise on how many meals. Cost: Registration $25, car pool cost, greatly discounted bunk house cost on the night of the arrival (about $20/person). Trip leader will provide: BWCAW permit at no cost, canoes, paddles, PFD's, McKenzie maps for the area of operations, safety glasses, water purification devices for the group, tools and when available, some camping gear (stove, cook pot, steripen and possibly a tent/sleeping bag). Gear is available at REI or Center for Outdoor Activities. You will need to provide leather work gloves. Prerequisites and small print (i.e. READ this). This trips is tobacco, drugs and pet free. Participants will need to attend crew member training on April 11 (see Meetup), and 1-2 training/ shakedown hikes. RSVP for crew orientation here: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/events/258743287/ Must be a amiable team member, self motivated, goal oriented with individual and team safety in mind. Participants are required to sign a liability release and photo video waiver, USFS self certification health form, and BWAC medical form prior to trip. Participants will be required to follow organizer's directions, and to wear safety glasses and leather gloves when on the trail clearing or hiking. Organizer has the right to refuse participation to anyone for any or no reason. Participants need to contact the trip organizer for permission prior to registering for the trip. For more info email the organizer with your contact information.

  • Trip #9. Dream trip for distance hikers. The Powwow, May 23-27, 2019

    INTRODUCTION AND ITINERARY Distance hikers, head's up. Join wilderness backpackers Tom and Susan on this trip from the Powwow trailhead toward the wild west edge of the Powwow and mysterious Superstition Lake. The route is an eleven mile walk in the post-fire healthy woods. Participants will leave only footprints--and a hikeable trail--on over 1/3 of the historic Powwow loop. Thursday afternoon, May 23, we will carpool from the Twin Cities area to BWCAW entry point 86, the Powwow Trail. We will night hike one mile in on an old logging road-turned trail to a designated campsite and set up camp. Friday up and at 'em for the now ten mile hike to Superstition Lake to set up our three night base camp. Saturday and Sunday we will use Japanese landscaping saws and Fiskars loppers to liberate the fire burned trail, picking up where a May, 2018 crew left off. Monday, Memorial Day, will see us packing out and returning to the Twin Cities, tired but rewarded by the knowledge of leaving a safe trail and experiencing the camaraderie of our unique crew. WHAT TO EXPECT Each participant will carry their own pack, shelter, sleep system, food, personal gear and a clearing tool. BWAC may have gear to share or borrow. Participants should be in good physical shape and have a "can-do" attitude for unknown trail and weather conditions. Plan to attend the BWAC crew member orientation on Thursday, April 11 at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis. RSVP here for the orientation and safety training: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/events/258743287/ Trail clearing experience is not required or expected. BWAC provides all tools and safety training for our crews. We will have a hike locally during April to meet each other and conduct a gear check for major gear components: footwear, pack, rain gear, layers, sleep system, tent. Your crew leaders will make sure you bring what you need to be safe and comfortable, and will have suggestions for lightweight gear. Gear list here: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/pages/23715529/August_16-20%2C_2017_Canoe-in_to_the_Powwow_Trail Depending on holiday traffic and trail conditions on Monday, return to Twin Cities will be anywhere from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. WHY VOLUNTEER? You will meet other like-mined hikers, share your skills and learn new skills from your crew, and have an unforgettable experience helping restore a fire-damaged legacy trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. BEFORE RSVPing FOR THIS EVENT: Novices welcome; if you are new to backcountry camping contact Susan Pollock before RSVPing to discuss whether the trip is a good match for you. Message me through this Meetup or use my non-Meetup email, Susan.Pollock at BoundaryWatersTrails dot org or call me at[masked]. Thank you for volunteering and we look forward to hiking with you-- your crew leaders, Tom and Susan

  • Trip #7. Backpack to South Wilder - Powwow Trail Restoration May 16

    Help us "Open the Loop" and enjoy backpacking along some of the most picturesque scenery on the Powwow trail. With your help, we'll connect the northern portion of the trail from the West to where other crews have been working from the East to make the trail completely navigable from trail head to Horseshoe Lake and beyond. We'll carpool Thursday from the metro area about 5:00 pm. Once at the trail head, we will hike in about about a mile to spend the first night at the Isabella river campsite. Friday we'll hike through some of the most scenic areas of the Powwow Trail to South Wilder Lake to set up camp for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we'll clear trail Westward along South Wilder to connect where previous crews have cleared from the East. Monday morning will be coffee & breakfast, hike out (~11mi), and return to our cars and the metro area, tired, happy, and rewarded with a job well done. Participants should be fit and able to carry their own pack, tent, sleep system, food and personal gear. Gear list will be provided; BWAC has suggestions for rental and may be able to share or lend some gear. Plan to attend the spring crew member orientation/safety training on Thursday, April 11, at Midwest Mountaineering, and a local hike. RSVP for crew orientation and training here: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/events/258743287/ Cost: $25 Meetup registration and about $15 shared gas cost. The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee has been advocating for and restoring wilderness trails since 2002. We need volunteers like you to transform the Powwow Trail into the hiking and backpacking destination it once was. Your crew leaders promise a productive, rewarding and memorable trip! For questions or to learn more about what a trail clearing trip is like, contact the crew leader, John Mattson. Message me through this Meetup site, email mattsokj (at) g mail dot com or call[masked]

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  • Trip #8. Powwow Trail Clearing by Canoe (Where the Wilder Things Are)

    Midwest Mountaineering

    $25.00

    Join Bryan and Zach on this 4 day backcountry trail clearing combining canoeing and backpacking. We will be paddling through 6 unique lakes before ending with a mile hike to set up camp between the Wilder Lakes. We will be working to help clear parts of the trail that haven't been touched in years in our effort to open the loop. WHY VOLUNTEER? You will meet other like-mined hikers, share your skills and learn new skills from your crew, and have an unforgettable experience helping restore a fire-damaged legacy trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. PLAN: We will be departing the Twin Cities @ 5:00pm on Thursday, May 16th and returning late evening on Monday, May 20th. We plan to be back in the metro area by 8:00 p.m. however flexibility is required due to unknowns of wilderness travel. We will be staying in an Ely area bunkhouse the evening of May 16th for a 7:30am Friday morning departure from the Lake One landing. We will be paddling and portaging for about 5-7 hours to the Harbor Lake portage where we will store the canoes. We will continue on by foot to our camping area, a less than one mile hike. Saturday and Sunday will give us two days of clearing the abundant new growth and old tree falls as we make our small section of the trail hikable again. Come Monday morning, we will head out early to retrace our canoeing and make the drive back to the cities. WHAT TO EXPECT: Thick brush and tree falls, cool and possibly wet weather, very remote area, working with a good group of people, working hard to reopen the Powwow Trail for everyone to enjoy. Each participant will carry their own pack, shelter, sleep system, food, personal gear and a clearing tool. BWAC may have gear to share or borrow. Participants should be in good physical shape and have a "can-do" attitude for unknown trail and weather conditions. There is a required crew safety and orientation meeting on Thursday, April 11 at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis. Trail clearing experience is not required or expected: BWAC provides all tools and safety training for our crews. We will have a hike locally prior to the trip to meet each other and conduct a gear check for major gear components: footwear, pack, rain gear, layers, sleep system, tent. Your crew leaders will make sure you bring what you need to be safe and comfortable, and offer advice and suggestions. A sample gear list can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/pages/23715529/August_16-20%2C_2017_Canoe-in_to_the_Powwow_Trail COST: Cost: $25 Meetup registration, $20-30 first night bunkhouse cost, and about $15 shared gas cost. BEFORE YOU REGISTER: If you're new to backcountry camping you will need to contact one of the leaders before signing up. Due to the remote nature and weather variables, this trip could turn into an advanced trip. Crew leaders will balance the number of novice participants with more experienced members. Thank you for volunteering! Powwow Trail: Open the Loop in 2019.

  • Trip #5. Powwow Trail Clearing by Backpacking and Canoe

    Midwest Mountaineering

    $25.00

    Join Paul and Susan on this 4 day backcountry trail clearing combining canoeing and backpacking. We will be departing the Twin Cities @ 5:00pm on Thursday, May 9th and returning Monday, May 13th. We plan to be back in the metro area by 6:00 p.m. however flexibility is required due to unknowns of wilderness travel. We will be staying in an Ely area bunkhouse the evening of May 9th for a 7:30am Friday morning departure from the Lake One landing. We will be paddling and portaging for about 5 hours to the Harbor/ North Wilder lake portage where we will store the canoes. We will continue on by foot to our camping area, a less than a one mile hike. What to Expect: Thick brush and tree falls, cool and possibly wet weather, very remote area, working with a good group of people, working hard to reopen the Powwow Trail for everyone to enjoy. Cost: $25 Meetup registration, $20-30 first night bunkhouse cost, and about $15 shared gas cost. RSVP here for April 11 crew member orientation at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis: https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-BWCA-Trails/events/258743287/ Before you register for the trip: If you're new to backcountry camping you will need to contact one of the leaders before signing up. Due to the remote nature and weather variables, this trip could turn into an advanced trip. Crew leaders will balance the number of novice participants with more experienced members. Thank you for volunteering! Powwow Trail: Open the Loop in 2019.

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