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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.


Friday – Sunday, November 21 – 23    
Winterer's Gathering. This trip is in development.... Travel to Grand Marais for North Folk School Winterer's Gathering. There is a variety of activities: classes, gear swap, arctic films and more. See link below for program. The house I am looking to rent when I have enough people confirmed is in town. Also, within walking distance of the School, downtown, and lake.

Estimated cost: $80 house rental+gas. Deposit: . Max trip size: 4-6.

| Program |

Cathy H. • 612-722-4793

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.

Adopt a Wood Lot Buckthorn Removal at Elm Creek Park. KILL BUCKTHORN!!! Rovers has adopted a wood lot in Elm Creek Park. This year we will be concentrating on removing buckthorn. We will be working from 9am to about 3pm. You can join us for as much of that time as you like. We will be pulling small buckthorn and cutting up and piling larger trees that are already cut. You should bring gloves, eye protection, water, snacks, and a lunch if you will be there that long. If you have nippers or a bow saw we will need a few of them for the cut trees. We will be parking just north of the dog park (map to be posted soon). Please join us so we can get off to a good start.

Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: unlimited.

Sponsoring organization: Three Rivers Parks

Tom H. • 651-338-7028  |  Cheryl B. • 763-566-1197

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

Friday – Sunday, November 28–30    
Cold Weather Backpacking. This is a short 2-mile backpack to a campsite, with a day trip the next day. This is a backpack trip not a ski trip, the idea is to walk, not ski. So I'll have to find an area that doesn't have a lot of snow, in the BWCA or outside of it.

Estimated cost: ? Deposit: No Deposit. Max trip size: Open.

Sponsoring organization: Joint outing with the Northstar Sierra Club

Basil L. • 651-774-2640


Saturday – Sunday, December 6–7   BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Beginner Winter Camping. Beginner winter camping at Banning State Park, about 100 miles north of the cities. We will be camping in the regular car campground which will allow you to bring plenty of gear and extra clothes in the car so you can spend your first winter night out comfortably. The Rover cage has a couple of winter sleeping bags, tents and snowshoes.I can help you with advice on clothing and camp equipment choices. The idea for clothing is to dress in layers, no cotton garments allowed. Footgear should be snowmobile boots or better, borrow if you have to.

Banning is a fine park with ski trails (If you choose to ski buy your ski pass in the cities ahead of time). The highlight of the trip is a walk down to the Kettle river to visit the historic rock quarry and the geologic features, kettles and cliffs which have many different types of icecicles and sheet ice on them. We will have a campfire, and a group supper with a Dutch oven cake, you'll supply your own lunches and breakfast. We can leave as a group or you can drive up later if you choose. We will split park entry and campsite fees, and the cost of some firewood.

Estimated cost: $20. Max trip size: No Limit.

Sponsoring organization: North Star Sierra Club

Basil L. • 651-774-264

Saturday, December 6    DAY TRIP / SOCIAL EVENT
Annual October/November/December Birthdays Celebration. All are welcome, birthdays are just an excuse to get together. Meet at Karen's house anytime after 7:30 p.m. (after dinner). Bring a dessert or appetizer to share as well as your own beverage! Contact Karen to RSVP, get directions, and to let her know if you are a birthday boy or girl and your birth date, and what you are bringing.

Estimated cost: $0.

Karen G. • 763-591-9623

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.

Friday – Sunday, December 12–14    
Beginner Winter Camping / Sandstone Ice Fest Festival. Join us for the annual Sandstone Ice Fest Festival. There will be ice climbing clinics from beginner to advanced, winter camping clinics, family nature walks, guest speakers, gear swap, and more! Check out the event details.

As part of the festival — winter camping is available, encouraged, and free! There is plenty to do even if you choose not to climb! Camping will be in Robinson Park in Sandstone MN. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. I will plan to have a pre-trip meeting to cover camping gear, clothing, and can coordinate with the cage to provide sleeping bags, tents, etc. Meals on your own or I can cook, depending on comfort levels of participants.

Estimated cost: gas+food. Deposit: none.

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004  |  Thomas J.

Thursday, December 25–28    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
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


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    TWO SPOTS LEFT FOR NEW ROVERS!
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.


  • 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

Saturday, January 31 • 1–5pm    DAY TRIP
Crew Ski Loppet. Willing to be silly, have fun and raise money? Team skiing for a cause! Teams of six compete head-to-head on 25’ long skis. Teams compete for giant Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls.

Email Deb if you want in! I am sure participating in this will create stories for years to come!

Up to sixteen teams compete in head-to-head matches. Each team is guaranteed at least two races. Winning teams move on to the Final Four under the lights at the Loppet Finish Area.

Proceeds: The Crew Ski Loppet is a fundraiser for the Loppet Adventure Program. Help underserved youth and families gain a passion for outdoor activities and nature.

Cost: $500/team, with option to raise more. Either pay up front or enlist family and friends to “sponsor” the team and help the Loppet Cause. Giant Salted Nut Roll for team that raises the most, and for fastest team.

Prizes: The winning team takes home a giant Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll. The team that raises the most for the Loppet Adventure Program takes home a giant Salted Nut Roll. The Pearson’s Department of Funergy will award special prizes to consolation bracket winners and to the “best dressed” team.

Estimated cost: $100 (fundraising per person). Deposit: $85. Max trip size: 6.

Debra G. • 612-812-6905


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    ONE SPOT LEFT FOR A NEW ROVER!
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

Friday – Monday, February 13–16    ANNUAL HOSTEL TAKEOVER
Ski and Snowshoe Itasca State Park. Join us for A LOT of skiing and a little Valentine's hilarity in the historic and cozy Itasca Hostel. This is by far, the most affordable winter trip on the Rovers books and a tradition; 3 nights lodging and 7 meals (Saturday – Monday breakfast), for $105 dollars. Last year we skied on fresh snow by day, hiked by moonlight, played games, went snowshoeing, ate fantastic food, made art and enjoyed good books in comfy chairs by the fireplace. Don't wait, there are a limited number of beds and this trip is always full. We will reserve 4 beds for 4 new Rovers. You should come. It's gonna be great.

Estimated cost: $105 no cleaning this year! Deposit: $75 ($35 is non-refundable). Max trip size: 31.

Holly B.  |  Teri V.


Wednesday – Sunday, February 25 – March 1   
Skiing in Utah. Please join us for the third annual Big Mountain Skiing ski trip! We will be renting a house in Brighton, UT. It is a ski in/ski out rental and has a hot tub! The ski resorts in the area are: Alta/Snowbird (dual ticket available) Solitude/Brighton (dual ticket available) Additional places to ski within an hour: The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City, Sundance Please contact me for more information!

Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $216. Max trip size: 8.

Amy C.

MARCH 2015

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.


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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