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Trip policy reminders: Membership is required to go on all overnight trips (except the Extravaganza or trail clearing trips); Waiver forms must be signed by non-members on day trips; Both trip coordinators and participants are responsible for sharing/discovering information related to each others’ experience, capabilities, and expectations.

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Saturday – Sunday, September 27 – October 5   
Rock Climbing, Colorado Front Range. Bored of MN single pitch climbing? Had enough Pieces of Pie and Pieces of Cake? Come join us in Colorado's Front Range for some of the best rock and mountain climbing a quick hop from Lindbergh Terminal can get you.

Ryan and Sarah are inviting you to come visit them at their home in Lyons, CO and spend the week climbing. There will be floor space to set up your mat and sleeping bag at the house. There is a campground in town that may be up and running by fall (it is currently closed for repairs); if so, we will reserve some campsites. Meals can be in town, at the house, or on the face of the Third Flatiron.

There are thousands of routes within an hour's drive from Lyons--hundreds within a half hour. The climbing includes all types for all skill levels. There might even be time for an alpine climb in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Nearby climbing areas (and nearby cities) include:

Please note that this is not a beginner's trip. Participants should have their own equipment and basic knowledge related to rock climbing and rope safety. If you would like to join us but are new to rock climbing, there will likely be a few Beginner Climber Days over the summer that can get you prepared, such as the Friday night weekly climbing at Taylors Falls.

The estimated cost (minus transportation) is $250 with a $25 deposit. The deposit will cover whatever campsites we reserve or other accommodations we might find.

Trip size is limited to 20 people, so act fast! If you would like to sign-up, please email Ryan to coordinate the deposit. Once he has received your deposit you will be invited to another website with further information. If you are unsure about your skill level or have climbing or route questions, email Sarah.

Estimated cost: $250. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 20.

Sarah K. • 952-607-8210  |  Ryan S. • 612-743-0968



OCTOBER 2014

Sunday, October 12     DAY TRIP
Breakfast and Hike at Afton State Park. How about loading up a Saturday or Sunday (TBD) morning with a hearty breakfast then burning off the calories with a 7-mile hike at Afton State Park to view fall colors? Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sail Away Cafe in Afton for breakfast. Carpool (or not) to Afton State Park at 10:15 a.m. Meet at the visitor center. Start hiking at 10:30 a.m. and end hiking at roughly 2-2:30 p.m. A shorter loop of about 3.5 miles is possible. Post-hike ice cream social at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour. This activity is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed. Water, snack, lunch (if you burned off your breakfast calories or skipped breakfast), hiking boots recommended, $5 vehicle fee or annual pass if you're driving your vehicle into the park, breakfast/ice cream money (optional).

Estimated cost: $0-$5 + breakfast/ice cream option. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: none.

Ron H. • 651-774-9151  |  Jon Burns



Friday – Sunday, October 3–5    BEGINNERS & FAMILIES WELCOME!
Hike and Bike in Mankato area. Relish autumn in southern Minnesota! We will be at a group site at Minneopa State Park (just outside Mankato). What is there to do? Bike the Red Jacket Trail, Sakatah Trail, or other trails around Mankato (a bronze "Bicycle Friendly Community"). Paddle the Minnesota River. Hike at Minneopa or nearby Flandrau. This will be one of your last chances to hike the prairie at Minneopa before the DNR relocates some trails so bison can be reintroduced in 2015! Possible side trips to Mankato or New Ulm.

Bring your own food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. Rovers members may borrow equipment from the Rovers, but you will need to make arrangements with the cage coordinator to reserve and pick up. Rovers membership is required for this overnight trip, and you must be a current member to sign up or be on the waiting list. (Joining is easy and is just $25 per year.)

Beginners and families are welcome; 2 spaces will be reserved until September 24th for new members who have joined in the past year. We’ll arrange carpooling, group gear, and a possible potluck on Saturday evening or other group meal as the weekend gets closer. If you would like to help co-coordinate, please contact me.

Estimated cost: $15. Deposit: $15. Max trip size: 10.

Stacey G. • 612-207-2806



Saturday, October 4     DAY TRIP
Bike Ride — Plum City, WI. Meet 10:00 a.m. in Plum City at the trout pond across from Mollie's on Main. We'll bike about 50 miles to Lake Pepin and back on the Fall Fresh Art Tour weekend. Shortcuts are possible, but hills are unavoidable in this Bluff and Coulee country (with spotty cell reception), just over an hour east of the Twin Cities. Pack a lunch to eat halfway, though we'll also pass bakeries and cafes along the way.

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.

David B. • 612-214-3219  |  Julie R. • 651-354-9737



Saturday, October 4    DAY TRIP
Paddle Cannon River. Fall Color Cruise on the Cannon River! We will put in at Faribault and take out in Dundas. I’ve been asked to reschedule this, and it should be a beautiful day on the river. The Cannon River is wild, fairly wide, lots of bends in the river, and quiet. We often see eagles overhead and gray herons wading in the shallows. There are a few riffles and small Class I rapids just to keep things interesting without a huge challenge. Enjoy a lovely day on a peaceful meandering river. It’s been two years since we’ve had a paddle like this one — so come and join me!

Meet in Faribault at 10 a.m. and do the car shuttle

ADDRESS: Two Rivers Park at 1819 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault, MN. 5502 Length of paddle: 15 miles All day trip (4-6 hours) - BRING LUNCH & LOTS OF DRINKING WATER & SUNBLOCK Lunch at a sandbar or on top of the bluff Take out in DUNDAS

ADDRESS: County Road #1 bridge in Dundas at the circle drive just off the south side of the bridge. The parking lot is across the river in a park. Our old take out by the ball park in Dundas is no longer in use. The one we will use was just cleaned up for Dundas Days in August and has a sandy beach take out.

If you need a kayak or canoe, please contact the MN Rovers cage people or arrange to rent one.

What to bring:

  • Clothing for cool weather if needed
  • Rain Gear
  • Sun hat, sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses
  • Old tennis shoes or sandals or aqua socks, etc.
  • Lunch, snacks, plenty of water or other beverages
  • Money for carpooling and maybe going out to eat afterwards
  • Life jacket, paddles, canoe or kayak

If you haven't done this before, the whole shuttle thing can take awhile, so the plan is to get moving and get on the water as soon as possible. Watch for emails on day before paddle if weather requires cancellation of the trip.

Estimated cost: gas money + supper if we eat out. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 20.

Joannie J. • 612-812-6445



Friday – Sunday, October 10–12    
Hike-Bike-Kayak/Canoe Wisconsin Ice Age Chippewa Morraine Area. Arriving on Friday at 6:00 pm at Blue Moose Restaurant (dinner on your own) on west side of Hwy 53 exit for Bloomer WI, approximately 2 hours from Bloomington, MN. After dinner, leave for the cabin near New Auburn WI. For those that arrive later, detailed instructions can be given to find the lake house.

Saturday, hiking and kayaking if you bring a kayak. For those that just want to hike, later in the morning we go to Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center for the 4.5 miles trail of glacial lakes and hills. For those that want to kayak/canoe on the morraine lakes, they will leave earlier. The kayakers can join us for the hike after lunch.

The morraine area has many little lakes and plenty of small hills. Also, the cabin is on a chain of lakes that can be kayaked/canoed. There is one canoe at the cabin.

Saturday night dinner at the cabin will be a coordinated meal. Jim provides the main course of pasta. Others hopefully bring side dishes/dessert/drinks, etc. Breakfasts consist of oatmeal, milk, brown sugar and coffee unless others want to contribute more. Lunches are on your own.

Sunday, hike/bike in the Blue Hills, a little known Shangri-La about 30 minutes from the cabin, close to Bruce WI. There is a short hike at the Christie Mountain ski area that gives a great view of fall foliage. The grass should be short enough for great mountain biking at the Blues Hills trails. Otherwise you can stay at the cabin to relax, canoe the chain of lakes.

There is the option to return to the cabin Sunday after the hike to shower and eat or to leave directly for the Twin Cities. The Chippewa Morraine Ice Age Center is 5 miles away from the cabin if you wish to return there also.

The $30 deposit covers the food that I provide for breakfasts, the main course for the meal on Saturday plus the septic tank emptying and expenses. Other costs are for on-your-own stuff like Friday dinner, gas, etc. Bring a sleeping bag.

Estimated cost: $80. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 12

Jim H. • 612-290-1857



Friday – Sunday, October 24–26    
Fall “Phenology with Larry Weber” Weekend. One Minnesota's favorite naturalists will be teaching a weekend full of fall phenology at the Audubon Center of the North Woods just outside of Sandstone. Drive up early after work on Friday, program concludes Sunday at 1pm. Plan to dress for all types of weather and enjoy the outdoors. All meals and lodging included. Accommodations for a double room is $235 or quad for $155.

Estimated cost: $155–$235 + gas.

Sponsoring organization: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004



Saturday, October 25    DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
2014 Loppet Trails Day. Please join me at Theodore Wirth Park from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Through REI, we will be helping the Loppet Foundation prepare the trails for the upcoming cross-country ski season. You know, the "w" word ;-) You have to register separately for the event. Let me know if you decide you want to join me, but please register with them. Hope to see you out there! | more info | register |

Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

Sponsoring organization: REI / Loppet Foundation

Brian B. • 952/210-1501



Thursday – Sunday, October 30 – November 2    
Whitewater State Park Halloween Trip. Registration is open for the Annual Whitewater State Park Halloween Trip in SE MN (2 hrs south of the TC). Activities may include: biking, hiking, geocaching, fishing, paddling, socializing AND celebrating Halloween — complete with decorations, a costume party, pumpkin carving, even prizes!

The Whitewater Group Center has cozy heated cabins for sleeping (sorry, no tents); modern bathrooms with hot showers; and a kitchen/dining hall with fireplace. So, we are ready for any weather Mother Nature delivers. Come for all or part of this 4-day weekend.

Looking for Rovers to help with meals/activities — no experience necessary and a great opportunity to learn coordinating skills. Come and help us set up the camp after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday! There will be spontaneous group activities all day Friday, with organized activities on Saturday & Sunday. Cost includes hearty meals begin with soup/sandwich/desert dinner Friday (6-8pm). To register for this trip: Call or e-mail Jen or register at any Tuesday evening Rover meeting.

Estimated cost: $65. Deposit: $40; refundable if you cancel before Oct. 25. Max trip size: 50.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Register with: Jen O. • 612-202-6806



NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday – Sunday, November 1–2    
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI. I am taking the Wilderness First Aid class run by WMI/NOLS at REI in Bloomington. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This class is a good way to be prepared to take care of yourself or a friend when there is an accident in the wilderness. It is fast moving and fun, with a lot of information, hands on activities, and realistic scenarios to practice the skills you have learned. It would be great to have some more Rovers join in! This class does not include CPR. Register on REI website.

MN Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. More info ...

Estimated cost: $225 for REI members.

Jane P.



 NEW 

Saturday – Sunday, November 8–9    
Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. The BRTA has teamed up with Active Source training to offer Red Cross CPR/AED and Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification good for two years. Note that CPR/AED is optional, however, current certification is required for WFA attendance. Active Source is a local training provider for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. They have been providing training for scouts and scoutmasters over the last 8 years. The training includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on scenarios to reinforce and practice your skills. CPR / AED runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday. WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Minnesota Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. Registration and additional information is available on the Active Source website.

Estimated cost: $40 for CPR/AED, $70 for WFA ($110 combined).

Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc and Red Cross

Don S.



DECEMBER 2014
 NEW 

Saturday – Sunday, December 6–7    
Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. The BRTA has teamed up with Active Source training to offer Red Cross CPR/AED and Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification good for two years. Note that CPR/AED is optional, however, current certification is required for WFA attendance. Active Source is a local training provider for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. They have been providing training for scouts and scoutmasters over the last 8 years. The training includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on scenarios to reinforce and practice your skills. CPR / AED runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday. WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Minnesota Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. Registration and additional information is available on the Active Source website.

Estimated cost: $40 for CPR/AED, $70 for WFA ($110 combined).

Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc and Red Cross

Don S.



Thursday, December 25–28    
Bear Head Lake State Park Winter Cabin Trip. Enjoy this favorite park of the Northland over the holidays! Situated between Ely and Tower, Bear Head Lake State Park offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing and even ice fishing! Nearby Ely also offers opportunities for exploration, including the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, as well as small-town shopping and dining.

We’ll stay in the Birch camper cabin, which has electricity and heat. Vault toilets are a short walk across the road. Cooking by crock pot and hot water kettle can be done indoors, while outside the cabin there is a firepit and picnic table. The cabins have two double sized mattresses below and two single bunks above, a table & benches, and a front porch. Bear Head Lake is a short walk down the road for easy access.

The park has a brand new trail center nearby for skiing and snowshoe rental. Seven miles of ski trails are groomed inside the park and the Taconite Trail runs through the park adding nearly unlimited mileage for both skiing and snowshoeing. Ely has groomed trails around Miner’s Lake and at Hidden Valley.

An optional half-day of dog-sledding with Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge can be arranged on Sunday. Cost will be approximately $125. Reservations must be made early for this option in September or October. Payment must be made to the outfitter ahead of time.

Trip size is limited to 6 with 2 spots held until November 1st for new members who joined in 2014. You must be a current member to SIGN UP for this trip, and your membership must be current as of the trip.

Estimated cost: $85, including food. Deposit: $45 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6.

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321



JANUARY 2015

mid-January, 2015 – mid/end February, 2015    
New Zealand. Seeking folks interested in joining two other Rovers for all/part of 1+ month New Zealand trip with outdoor focus mostly on South Island. Activities may include: bird watching, kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and "other." Accommodations in hostels, lodges, farm stays, shearing huts, and "other." Limited urban exposure. High cost trip with RT airfares currently >$2,200 USD.

Estimated cost: $6-$7,000. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 4.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Mike S. • 651-283-4477



FEBRUARY 2015

Wednesday – Monday, February 11–16   
Winter Camping by Dogsled. Rovers are once again ready to winter camp and dogsled again on this trip of a lifetime! This is the fourth trip with Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Travel the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by dogsled, camp by firelight, and enjoy one of the most popular areas in Minnesota free of crowds, bugs, and bears. This trip is arranged through Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, owned and operated by famed polar explorer Paul Schurke.

We’ll spend Wednesday night at the Wintergreen Lodge on White Iron Lake, then set off for a guided adventure in the BWCA with Wintergreen guides, freighter sleds and dogs. We’ll spend three nights on trail, then return either to the Wintergreen Lodge or another Ely area lodge on Monday.

All personal and group gear is included: skis, snowshoes, polar sleeping bags and bivy sacs, tents, meals, even water bottles, bowls and silverware! All you need to bring is your winter clothing and boots. Even boots and winter outerwear can be rented in Ely. All meals and snacks are included, prepared by Wintergreen guides. With advance notice, special diets are easily accommodated.

Cost is $1,175 per person. Tips for guides and gas costs to travel to Ely additional. Rovers membership is required for this trip.

Registration form  |  Gear lists, rental forms and refund policies

Please email Audrey for more information or to register.

Estimated cost: $1,175+. Deposit: $100 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6, minimum 4.

Sponsoring organization: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321



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