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Upcoming Trips

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.

OCTOBER 2014

Thursday – Sunday, October 30 – November 2    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
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.



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.



Saturday, November 15 • 9am – 12pm    DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Volunteer to Clean (or fix) Bikes for Kids. Remember the joy of getting a bike? Well, you can help local kids experience that same joy! Come volunteer to clean (or fix bikes) for the Free Bikes 4 Kidz program. Rovers have had so much fun doing this the past few years — that we are doing it again! No experience necessary — anyone can clean a bike! And if you know how to fix bikes — they have work for you too!

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noonish

Location: 5736 Main Street NE, Minneapolis MN 55432 (near 694 & University Ave NE) (carpooling available from my house in Uptown, if you want)

Option to grab lunch together afterward! Let's show Free Bikes 4 Kidz how committed MN Rovers are to supporting a biking community! (And if you can't make this time, they take individual volunteers too — 7 days a week. Check their website to sign up if you are coming outside of this group time.)

Estimated cost: your time. Max trip size: 15.

Sponsoring organization: FB4K (Free Bikes 4 Kidz)

Debra G. • 612-812-6905



 NEW 

Friday – Sunday, November 21 – 23    DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo. With over 85 free presentations on outdoor activities and adventures, and over 70 exhibitors you are sure to find something to get you excited about your next outdoor adventure. The semiannual Outdoor Adventure Expo can help you find your true passion for the outdoors, new sports, places to go, and people to do them with. | directions |

NON-MEMBERS — want to play outside? Visit the Minnesota Rovers booth in the Exhibitor's Hall to see photos of Rovers in action and meet Rovers who will introduce you to the many benefits of our club.

Check the Special Events page for more information and directions.

MEMBERS — We need you! Love Rovers and want to tell the world about our awesome club? Sign up for a 2-hour time slot to staff our booth and tell visitors about the new friends you've made, the fun trips you've participated in, and all the other benefits of our club.

You're going to be there anyway, right?

Please contact Kim L. to sign up.



Friday, November 28 • 10:00 a.m.    DAY TRIP
Hiking at William O'Brien State Park. Black Friday Get-Away — get away from the pre-holiday mall madness with a hike at William O’Brien State Park and work off your Thanksgiving Day indulgences at the same time. Meet at the Visitors’ Center at 10:00 am to plan which of the park’s 12 miles of trails we’d like to hike. Bring a trail lunch (perfect way to enjoy those turkey leftovers!), water, appropriate clothing, and your 10 essentials. If there’s enough snow, we’ll ski or snowshoe instead. Non-members are welcome on day trips, so bring a friend! Children and dogs on leashes also welcome. $5 park entrance fee if you don't have an annual permit.

Estimated cost: $5. Deposit: $0.

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321  |  Venke D. • 612-655-5702



DECEMBER 2014

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



Wednesday, December 31 – Saturday, January 3    
Nordic Skiing on the Birkie Trail, Hayward, Wisconsin. Nordic ski on the 107k of rolling and challenging hills of the American Birkibeiner Ski Trail. Stay at a cozy cabin at Grand Pines Resort, share breakfast and dinner meals together and relax by a fire in the evening.

Estimated cost: $112 for lodging, shared food expenses, $10/daily ski pass or $50 for annual ski pass. Deposit: $112. Max trip size: 10.

Venke D. • 612-655-5702  |  Chris D. • 612-751-8671



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



Friday – Sunday, January 9–11    
Candelight skiing at St Croix State Park. Ski and snowshoe at St. Croix State Park east of Hinckley, about 1˝ hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the 2 modern, but quite simple, guesthouses in the park. We'll head up Friday evening and leave after lunch on Sunday. Ski/Snowshoe on Saturday and go to the candlelight ski in the evening on 2˝ miles of lighted trails. Dinner and breakfast is provided; bring your own lunch. Also bring your own bedding and towels. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required, $6 daily and $20 annual, as well as a state-park sticker for cars.

Estimated cost: $80. Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 20.

Debra G.  |  Beth G.



Friday – Monday, January 16–19    MLK WEEKEND
XC Skiing, Snowshoeing at National Forest Lodge in Northern MN. Spend Martin Luther King weekend — Friday dinner through Monday lunch — at the National Forest Lodge within the Superior National Forest, approximately 4 hours from the Twin Cities.

Includes all meals & clean-up, 30k groomed Classic XC ski trails, snowshoeing on & off trail, sledding, sauna, hot tub, and for those dare — the polar plunge.

Accommodations:

  • Modern Home sleeps 10 (has plumbing)
  • Rustic Cabins sleep 2-8 (BYO bed sheets) depending on the unit The HIDEAWAY sleeps 6-8, has indoor plumbing, and requires skiing across the lake and this year meals are not included ($10 each meal).

I will hold 10 spots for FIRST YEAR ROVERS, otherwise the first to pay their deposit is first to choose housing. Couples should act fast. Additional information will be sent out to the Rover mailing list soon. E-mail Jamal if you are not on the list and would like the additional info.

Estimated cost: $275-$375. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 73.

Jamal L. • 651-263-9716



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



Thursday – Monday, February 12–16    
Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Porkies. This trip was so fun last year, we are heading back! Ski and snowshoe at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, five hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the 1945 stone-and-log park lodge on Lake Superior and ski on 87 miles of trails. There should be will be a naturalist-guided snowshoe trek on Saturday and a lantern-lit ski that evening. Another option is the ski hill (42 downhill runs). Meals will be a group effort. Bedding is provided. A Michigan state-park vehicle pass is required, $9 daily and $31 annual (paid as a group expense for cars with 3 or more passengers)

Note: at time of posting, there are 2 spots left new (2014) Rovers, who have not yet experienced a winter Rover trip. "Bonus points" if you offer to prepare a meal, and/or drive a carpool with a 4-wheel drive vehicle!

Estimated cost: $140, not including gas. Deposit: $70. Max trip size: 12.

Debra G. • 612-872-4939



MARCH 2015
 NEW 

Friday – Sunday, March 6–8    
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Deep Portage ELC. Come to Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack (north of Brainerd) for a pleasant, carefree weekend of winter fun.

Activities include skiing (11 miles of groomed trails for traditional cross-country), snowshoeing, ice fishing (you just need your license), climbing wall, stargazing, reading or socializing by the fireplace with a glass of wine, enjoying the outdoor campfire ring. Ski equipment or snowshoes available, free of charge, for the weekend. Other nearby ski trails include Hiram Ski Trail and Goose Lake Trail (in Chippewa National Forest).

Dorm-style rooms (with bunks) have their own bathroom with shower and sink area. (Four or so people in each room.)

The cost is $135 per person. This fee includes 2 nights lodging, activities and 5 delicious home-cooked meals (Breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday). $100 for kids 5 and up; no charge for toddlers.

$60 deposit will be due in early February. Remainder due weekend of event. Carpooling to be arranged closer to the event. Contact by e-mail preferred.

Estimated cost: $135. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: 35-40.

Sharon A. • 952-913-8595  |  David R. • 651-955-4292



Friday – Saturday, June 5–7    SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Extravaganza at Banning State Park. This is Rovers' spring "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at beautiful Banning State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. More details to follow closer to the date.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.



OCTOBER 2015

Friday – Saturday, October 2–4    SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Extravaganza at Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park. This is Rovers' fall "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at fascinating Forestville / Mystery Caves State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. and this time will probably include caving as well. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.



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