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Crew Leader Training
Please join the North Country Trail Association, Border Route Trail Association, Northwoods Volunteer Connection, and Superior National Forest for a trail crew leader training session at Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail northwest of Grand Marais. Because of remote nature and frequent natural disturbances, the Kekekabic Trail (“Kek”) & Border Route Trail (BRT) need a lot of annual maintenance and spring trail clearing trips are the normal vehicle for making that happen. Fortunately, it’s not hard to recruit volunteers to participate in these trips as people love visiting the BWCAW and helping out when someone else organizes the logistics. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find enough crew leaders to pull together the trips required. Hopefully, that is where you come in! We are offering this training to enable more people to lead trail clearing trips on the Kek & BRT as well as for other sections of the NCT in Minnesota. Training session details: When: September 21-23; Friday noon through late Sunday noon with an optional Sunday afternoon field session hiking / canoeing / trail work Where: Gunflint Lodge – 50 miles northwest of Grand Marais, MN (all meals and lodging are provided) What: We’ll go over everything you would need to know in order to lead a trail clearing trip or trail crew on the NCT / Kek / BRT. Topics include: • Safety & dealing with potential emergency situations • Successful crew leadership • Breakout sessions for 1) front-country/day trips and 2) remote/ multi-day trips. • Topics will include: Trip logistics – e.g. volunteer recruitment & communication, planning your trip route, buying food, gear packing, etc. o The canoeing in, setting up, and running a group camp o The trail clearing work – trail standards, tools, volunteer management, etc. • The training will include both classroom sessions and sessions in the field. We will send out a list of what you need to bring. You MUST pre-register (required) by 9/14 at (scroll to the bottom). If you have questions about the training session, contact Matthew Davis at (701)[masked] / [masked].

Gunflint Lodge

143 South Gunflint Lake Road · Grand Marais, MN

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    The Friends of the Border Route Trail was formed as a means to acquaint North Shore hiking and backpacking enthusiasts with the BRT and to give them a means of getting together to help promote its use, maintenance, and long term preservation. It is an affiliate of the Twin Cities based Border Route Trail Association ( with connections to the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club ( and the Twin Cities Hiking Meetup Group (

    For those of you not familiar with the Border Route Trail, the BRT is a 65 mile wilderness and semi-wilderness hiking and X/C ski trail built by the Twin Cities based Minnesota Rovers Outing Club in the '70s. It connects with the Kekekabic Trail on the West and the Superior Hiking Trail on the East. Along with these trails it, hopefully, will soon become part of the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs from the Hudson River in New York State to the Missouri River in North Dakota. It is nationally recognized as one of the most scenic hiking trails in the Midwest.

    We welcome you to become part of the enthusiast support group for this fine trail. Enjoy!!

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