2013 Rovers trips

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  1. Tue
    Dec 31
    • Day trip

    Fort Snelling State Park New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk

    Get outside and get some exercise before the parties start by volunteering at the New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk! We will help set out candles and build bonfires. The park will provide soup and bread from Panera for volunteers. This event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., but the public activity goes from 4:00 to 8:00. You can stay and partake in the public activity or go on your own hike. Cross-country skiing may be available if we get more snow.

    If you can help or want more details please contact Barry. You will need a MN state park sticker. Meet at visitor center at 12:45 p.m.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 6.

    Sponsoring organization: Fort Snelling State Park

    Barry S.

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  2. Tue
    Dec 31
    • Day trip

    Urban Hike and New Year's Eve Party

    Join us for a hike and New Year's Eve potluck at our home in South Minneapolis. Bring something to share and your own beverage. We will leave our house at 6:30 p.m. and hike around Lake Nokomis which is approximately 3 miles. Don't forget your hats and gloves! The potluck will begin around 7:30 p.m. Email for directions.

    Estimated cost: $0

    Quentin S.

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  3. Sat - Mon
    Dec 21 - 23

    Cabin Trip to Bearhead Lake State Park

    Early cabin camper trip to Bear Head Lake State Park west of Ely. Leaving Saturday morning and returning Monday. Cabins have electric lights and heat but require that we cook outside. This cabin is suitable for a group of four and is a nice inexpensive way to experience a winter cabin trip. The cabins are located next to the campground and you can look on the Minnesota DNR website to get a good idea of their appearance. Bear Head Lake state park is a small park with approxinatly 8 miles of trail, some hilly, additional sking is probably available in Ely & the BWCA, I'll find out more about that.

    You'll need a park car pass, yearly or just for the weekend and a ski pass which you should get in the cities. Remember this trip is very close to Christmas so have your shopping done!

    Estimated cost: $55 plus transportation. Deposit: $40. Max trip size: 4.

    Basil L.

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  4. Sat - Sun
    Dec 14 - 15

    Beginner Winter Camping

    Beginner winter car camping at a state park within 100 miles north of the cities, location undecided at this time. Leave the cities on Saturday and return Sunday. This will be a good opportunity to learn about winter camping by camping in the regular car campgrounds which will allow you to bring as much gear/sleeping bags as you choose, to spending your first winter night out comfortably. I will help you questions about clothing/equipment choices, the Rover cage has camping gear and a couple of winter bags. Snowmobile type boots are required, borrow if you have too.

    I'm supplying supper and Dutch oven desert, you bring your lunches and breakfast. We will walk, snowshoe, or ski the trails if we have enough snow. If you choose to ski, buy you ski pass in the cities ahead of time. You may choose to drive to the park any time you wish, the important thing for you is to see how spending the night out in the winter works for you. Some of us will leave Saturday morning and hike trails.

    Estimated cost: $20.

    Basil L.

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  5. Fri - Sun
    Dec 13 - 15

    Sandstone Ice Fest

    This is a great opportunity to try out ice climbing at the Sandstone Ice Festival! Only a hour and a half north of the Twin Cities, you can stay for the whole weekend, or just come up for the day. Events include climbing and winter camping clinics, a family nature walk (new this year), a gear swap, guest speaker Joe Tebbe (a sometime Rover), raffle, and lots of socializing. Free camping right at Robinson Park, or get a hotel room nearby. I can't make it until Saturday evening, but I would be happy to help with making connections or answering questions for people who want to go up earlier. Some demo gear is available, so all you really need to climb is a harness and a helmet. However, you can get more climbing in if you bring your own gear, especially mountaineering boots, which can be rented from the Center for Outdoor Adventure at the University. Clinics fill up fast, so register on the festival website as soon as possible.

    Estimated cost: Food & gas on your own.

    Jane P.

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  6. Tue
    Dec 10
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  7. Sat
    Dec 7
    • Day trip

    Annual October/November/December Birthdays Celebration

    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. 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.

    Karen G.

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  8. Sun
    Dec 1
    • Day trip

    Volunteer to Clean (or Fix) MORE Bikes for Kids

    Remember the joy of getting your own bike? You can help local kids experience that same joy! Free Bikes 4 Kidz has a goal of readying 100+ bikes a day for their early December giveaway day. Let's help them do it!

    A group of Rovers had so much fun earlier this month that I decided I had to get in on the fun and hope you can join me. 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: 2425 Enterprise Dr, Suite 300, Mendota Heights (carpooling available from my apt near Downtown Mpls, 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 inidual volunteers too — 7 days a week. Check their website to sign up if you are coming outside of this group time).

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 12.

    Sponsoring organization: Free Bikes 4 Kidz

    Stephanie S.

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  9. Fri - Sun
    Nov 22 - 24

    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 Heidi S. to sign up.

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  10. Sat
    Nov 16
    • Day trip

    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. A group of us had so much fun doing this 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: 2425 Enterprise Dr, Suite 300, Mendota Heights (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 inidual 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: 12.

    Sponsoring organization: Free Bikes 4 Kidz

    Debra G.

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  11. Fri - Sun
    Nov 15 - 17

    Snowshoe Lacing Weekend at Wild River State Park

    I have reserved 2 camper cabins at Wild River. Join me for a snowshoe lacing weekend. The workshop is $75 for the snowshoe kit and $25 for the bindings. Registration for the workshop is up to you. If you are not interested in the workshop, you can still join us for a weekend of whatever Mother Nature allows us, hiking, skiing or snowshoeing! The cabins have heat and electricity. We will plan some kind of crock pot meal for Saturday night. The sleeping arrangements are a couple of double beds with single bunks so I can take two couples and a few more singles.

    Estimated cost: Cabin camping $35 Workshop $100. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 9 or 10.

    Kim L.| Shelly G.

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  12. Tue
    Nov 12
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  13. Sun
    Nov 10
    • Day trip

    Hike and Weenie Roast

    Let's squeeze in one more hike during the "shoulder season," and why not have a weenie roast after? Baker, Elm Creek or Theodore Wirth are being considered for the location. Bring your own dish to share and beverage to drink, I'll bring the weenies and charcoal. We'll hike at least an hour, so wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes/outdoor gear.

    Estimated cost: $0/potluck. Max trip size: n/a.

    Holly B.

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  14. Sat
    Nov 9
    • Day trip

    Social Dance Studio

    Join me for a dance class at the Social Dance Studio in Minneapolis. Saturday at 11:00 a.m., there is a beginners level, drop-in class to learn the Cumbia step, which is a type of Salsa dance. No experience or partner required. I've attended the class once before and laughed … a lot.

    Leather soled shoes work best for dancing and the cost is $5 for this drop-in class.

    The Chatterbox is located nearby for a before-dance beverage for bravery or post-class eats and discussion. Hope to see you there!

    Estimated cost: $5/drop-in class fee. Max trip size: n/a.

    Holly B.

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  15. Sat
    Nov 2
    • Day trip

    Beat Back the Buckthorn at Silverwood!

    Help Three Rivers Park District "Beat Back the Buckthorn" at Silverwood! Meet at the Silverwood Visitor's Center at 8:45/8:50 a.m. Dress for the weather (it could be chilly) and for the work. Expect to get dirty and wear comfortable, sturdy closed-toe shoes with long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring water, a morning snack, if desired, and work gloves (if you have them).

    Must be 8 or older to participate. Youths must be accompanied by an adult and must have a permission form filled out. General information and the youth permission form are available at this link.

    We'll battle the buckthorn from 9:00 - 12:00 noon, then head indoors to Silverwood's Visitor's Center (possibly the most beautiful in the Three Rivers system) for a hot drink and snack at their coffee shop. (If we're lucky, maybe we can gather around the fireplace.) Silverwood focuses on arts and the environment, so we can also check out their newest Gallery Exhibit (Geometry in Nature). For directions to Silverwood, click here.

    Estimated cost: Optional hot beverage/snack after buckthorn removal. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: No limit.

    Stacey G.

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  16. Sun
    Oct 27
    • Day trip

    Hike at Frontenac State Park

    Hike approximately 3 hours over sometimes steep terrain along the bluff overlooking Lake Pepin. Should be good for fall colors and bird watching. The park looks like about 1 hour and 20 minutes driving from downtown St. Paul. Goal is to arrive at park: 10:30 a.m.

    Send me your carpooling preference and I'll do my best to coordinate carpooling.

    Carpooling option #1: 9:00 a.m. — Meet at my house in east St. Paul at I-94 and Hwy. 61. I have a state park sticker on my car and can take 3 passengers.

    Carpooling option #2: 9:30 a.m. — Meet at Cottage Grove Kohl's parking lot off Hwy. 61. Kohl's: 7990 Hardwood Ave., Cottage Grove, MN.

    I have mapped an approx. 7-mile route that should take approx. 3 hours. It goes through hills, woods, prairies, and along the Mississippi shore. Bring: water, snack/lunch, hiking boots, maybe rain gear, $5 vehicle fee (or annual sticker) if you're driving your vehicle into the park.

    Post-hike social: Visit Liberty's restaurant in Red Wing on the way home for a beverage, ice cream, pizza, or whatever.

    This trip is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed.

    Estimated cost: Carpooling fuel contribution, possible $5 park vehicle fee (if you're driving your car without a park sticker), post-trip food/drink. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: None.

    Ron H.

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  17. Sat - Sat
    Oct 26 - Nov 9

    Photographing Southern Utah

    Photograph and visit the National Parks and Wilderness areas of Southern Utah. We will be doing mostly car camping along with some backpacking. The trip is in the early planning stage so a good time for trip members to give feedback on where to go.

    Estimated cost: TBA.

    Chris F.

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  18. Tue
    Oct 22
    • Day trip

    Rock Climbing Before the Meeting

    Meet for climbing at the Minneapolis Vertical Endeavors every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. before the Rovers meeting. Beginners are welcome. I will see if I can get access to the cage gear occasionally for shoes and harnesses, but otherwise plan to either rent or bring your own.

    Address: 2540 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Phone: 612-436-1470

    Pat E.

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  19. Sat - Sun
    Oct 19 - 27

    Red Rocks Climbing

    Want one more shot at warm weather rock climbing before winter? Come join us in at the Red Rocks Conservation Area (RRCA) just outside Las Vegas for lots of climbing fun! The rock in the RRCA is sandstone and is quite unlike the rock here in Minnesota. There are tons of route for all skill levels and climbing styles. For example, there is a multi-pitch trad route that includes climbing through a cave in the rock. There are challenging single pitch sport routes. Whatever your climbing fancy, I bet you can find something you'll enjoy.

    We have a reservation at a group campsite that can accommodate 20 people (but if more are interested we'll find someplace for you). The trip will not be a beginner climbing trip. However, there will be plenty of opportunities during the summer to amass the requisite skills in time to go. The estimated minimum cost is about $500. However, this is only a guess and may be more depending on airfare/gas prices.

    If you would like to sign-up, please email Ryan Sommers to coordinate the deposit. Once he has received your deposit you will be invited to the website with all necessary information about the trip. If you are unsure about your skill level or have climbing questions, please email Sarah. If you have questions about the trip in general, please email Ryan.

    Estimated cost: $500. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 20.

    Ryan S. & Sarah K.

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  20. Fri - Sat
    Oct 18 - 19

    Howl with Wolves

    Ever wanted to howl at the full moon? Ever wanted to howl with a pack of wolves? We can do just that on an overnight at the Wildlife Science Center (WSC), just north of the Twin Cities in Columbus. This is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in Minnesota wildlife, photographers or families to learn more about the predators in our state.

    We’ll spend the night in the safety of the common area, while surrounded by as many as 43 wolves and other wildlife (kept in secure enclosures). Naturalists will introduce us to the wolves, bears, mountain lions, lynx, raptors and other wildlife that live at the WSC. We’ll have a bonfire in the evening and sleep in tents, (or on the floor of the Visitors Center where there are flush toilets). We’ll cook our own BYOB: Bring Your Own Breakfast in the morning, then have another presentation by the WSC naturalists. We’ll depart after the presentation in the morning. WSC staff will be on site at all times during this event. Family members are welcome at this event.

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

    Audrey S.

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  21. Sun
    Oct 13
    • Day trip

    Breakfast and Hiking at Afton State Park

    Meet at Sail Away Cafe in Afton at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast (optional) or 9:45 a.m. to arrange carpooling into Afton State Park (this will save $5 for people who don't have a state park sticker). I have a sticker and can carry 4 passengers.

    Or, meet at 10:00 a.m. in Afton State Park at the FIRST parking area. The road to the parking lot is a little long, but keep going and you'll see parking on your right. I have a blue Subaru Outback and I will open my tailgate so I'm easy to spot.

    10:10 a.m. - Start Hiking! Trails are hilly and mostly unpaved. Wear hiking boots. The longer loop is around 7-7.5 miles and will take about 3 hours. A shorter loop of about half that distance is possible that would take about 1.5 hours. We will take a break at the swimming beach (you can swim if you're daring).

    Bring: Water, snack/lunch, hiking boots, $5 vehicle fee (or annual sticker) if you're driving into the park. Optional post-hike ice cream/socializing at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour in Afton. This trip is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed.

    Estimated cost: $0 to $5 (plus optional breakfast and/or ice cream). Max trip size: None.

    Ron H.

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  22. Fri - Sun
    Oct 11 - 13

    Bicycling and Camping at Nugget Lake

    Nugget Lake County Park is a gem on the rim of Wisconsin's driftless area, just over an hour's drive away. We'll camp here and bike loops of up to 60 miles on quiet back roads through bluff and coulee country to historic waysides, UFO sites, Lake Pepin, and challenging hills! Wide tires needed to take the (optional) shortcut on a Rustic Road with 4 water crossings. We have reserved a camper cabin (#17) and an adjacent campsite (#18) close to the shower building. We'll provide the Saturday night meal. $5/day vehicle permit.

    Estimated cost: $30. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  23. Sat
    Oct 5
    • Day trip

    Beginners Rock Climbing

    This will probably be your last chance to try rock climbing this year! Join us at Taylor's Falls for a beginners rock climb, we will provide the equipment, belayers, and help. We will be climbing from 10am to about 2pm, please sign up by contacting Tom. We will be limiting the beginners to 8.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 8 beginners.

    Tom H.

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  24. Fri - Sun
    Oct 4 - 6

    Bike, Hike, and Paddle at Sakatah Lake State Park!

    Join us at nearby Sakatah Lake State Park for biking, hiking, and paddling! What is there to do in this part of the state? First of all, the paved Sakatah Singing Hills Trail passes through the park and several small towns on its way from Faribault to Mankato. Besides biking the Sakatah Trail, we can go (bike or drive) to Mankato for “Bier on Belgrade” (their Oktoberfest) and hike or bike some of that city’s trails, possibly visiting Minneopa State Park and checking out some waterfalls! We can also hike in Sakatah Lake State Park, paddle on Upper and Lower Sakatah Lakes (part of the Cannon River State Water Trail), and just relax.

    You 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; 4 spaces will be reserved until September 20th for new members who have joined in the past year. We’ll arrange carpooling and a potluck on Saturday evening as the weekend gets closer. If you would like to help co-coordinate, let me know.

    Estimated cost: $10 (excluding gas, food, state park pass). Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20.

    Stacey G.

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  25. Fri - Sun
    Oct 4 - 6

    Culture, Biology, Ecology, and Camping in Western MN

    Each year, communities in western MN in the Upper Minnesota River Valley have an art crawl, the Arts Meander, where artists display their creations at their studios and in downtown displays. This year is special as it's the tenth anniversary of the art crawl. The communities add music and pomp and by golly, we then have culture. Being Rovers, we are interspersing that event with timely birding, hiking and camping at Laq qui Parle State Park—cabin camping that is. We will dovetail our early morning & evening bird watching adventures with hiking and art viewing at various points between Granite Falls & Ortonville on Saturday & Sunday.

    There are five miles of hiking trails in the State Park & we'll take a short hike to the largest Cottonwood tree in Minnesota. We might also spice it up with some canoeing or kayaking on the Minnesota River, if the weather seems right.

    We'll stay in a rustic camper cabin with sweeping views of the prairie & minnesota river valley. Meals will be eaten out at local restaurants. Join us as we explore all the wonders & beauty of western MN, the Upper MN River Valley AND get some holiday shopping done early!

    Estimated cost: $40 not including art purchases, gas or meals eaten out. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 5.

    Christy J. & Mike S.

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  26. Fri - Sun
    Sep 27 - 29

    Fall Extravaganza at Jay Cooke State Park

    Want a glimpse of what it's like to be on a Rovers trip? This event takes place twice a year and will enable everyone and anyone to try various activities as well as partake in our Saturday night dinner at the campfire. Activities include biking, hiking, paddling, climbing etc. All levels from beginners to advanced are welcome. Find more details on the special events page.

    Estimated cost: $8–$20. Deposit: $8–$20. Max trip size: 50.

    Registration ends on Tuesday, September 24.

    Rosmarie D. & Kim L.

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  27. Wed
    Sep 25
    • Day trip

    Hike at Battle Creek Park WEST

    Summer may be over, but hiking season is still here! Join us as we hike the hills and woodland trails of Battle Creek Park West. Meet at the Battle Creek Recreation Center parking lot at 6:00 p.m., we'll begin our hike at 6:10.

    This is a gem of an urban park with a mix of prairie grass trails, wood chips on the hills and vistas of the Mississippi river & downtown St. Paul. We'll hike for an hour - 1.5 hours, so bring a headlamp as the latter part of the hike will be just after sunset & we'll be hiking the hills in the woods. Dogs on a leash OK. Bring water. This is a great hill-hike work out! Rovers membership not required for this hike.

    Directions: From Hwy 61 take Lower Afton Rd to the east. Turn left onto Winthrop Street (the third left after turning onto Lower Afton Road. Go up the hill & turn left into the parking lot. Meet on the left side of the parking lot, next to the park & the sign with trails of the park.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Christy J.

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  28. Sun
    Sep 22
    • Day trip

    Beginners Rock Climbing

    All experience levels are welcomed. Join us at Taylor's Falls for a beginners rock climb, we will provide the equipment, belayers, and help. This is a great way to give rock climbing a try on real rock. We will be climbing from 10:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. The group size will be limited to 6-8. You will need to purchase a state park pass.

    Betsy S.

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  29. Fri - Sun
    Sep 13 - 15

    Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail

    Backpack on the Superior Hiking Trail, route to be determined later. Backpack approx. 6–10 miles per day. Beginners welcome but must be in fairly good shape and have a good pair of hiking boots that are broken in. The Superior Hiking Trail can be quite strenuous at times.

    Estimated cost: $35. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 8.

    Frank T.

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  30. Thu - Sun
    Sep 12 - 15

    Wait List Trip for Backpacking Superior Hiking Trail

    Since Frank T’s backpacking trip was so popular (please see below), we are taking the wait list and making a trip out of that for backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail. Currently we have 4 people, looking for 1-4 more. We are looking at tentatively leaving Thursday! Similar expectations apply to this trip. We would like people to be comfortable walking 5–10 miles a day with a full pack (approximately 35–50 lbs). If you can jog 5 miles or bike 30 miles easily, you should be just fine. Leave Thursday morning or mid-day (tentative), camp that night, and start hiking Friday morning. Saturday hike. Do a short hike Sunday and then head home after a shower. Tentatively looking at a trip around Gooseberry / Split Rock / Tettegouche / Beaver / Silver Bay area. Tentatively planning on bringing your own food

    Estimated cost: $35–$55. Max trip size: 8.

    Mike L.

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  31. Sun
    Sep 8
    • Day trip

    St. Paul Classic Bike Tour

    Join me for the The St. Paul Classic Bike Tour on Sunday, Sept 8. This ride is a beautiful tour of the city of St. Paul, with a variety of route lengths to choose from & rest stops that include music, food & fun! I will be doing the 30 mile St. Paul Grand Round loop. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. on Summit Avenue, close to St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

    People are responsible for registering themselves for the bike tour. Let me know if you will be joining us so we can coordinate a place to meet before the ride.

    Early bird registration ($30) ends July 23. After the 23rd, it's $38. T-shirts cost extra. Details are on the St. Paul Bike Classic website.

    Estimated cost: $30 - $61 For registration & T-shirt.

    Christy J. • 612-963-0467

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  32. Sat - Sun
    Sep 7 - 15

    Backpacking in Sierras

    Backpacking in the Ritter Range between Mammoth and Yosemite NP for 7 days and 6 nights. Trip close to full, perhaps one more experienced backpacker, preferably woman, to balance 9 guys and 2 women already on trip.

    Estimated cost: $800. Deposit: $400. Max trip size: 11 or 12.

    Mike • 651-696-0926

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  33. Fri - Sun
    Sep 6 - 8

    Root River Cleanup + Camping and Biking

    Eagle Cliff Campground on the Root River will be sponsoring a river cleanup for its 15th year. Canoes and shuttle are provided, and they throw a free bbq afterward for volunteers, who also get a free T-shirt. Let's make a weekend of it.

    Arrive Friday evening and set up camp at our group site by the river. This is a large privately run campground with lots of RVs (and showers!), but the tent area is quiet.

    The cleanup is Saturday. In the a.m., we'll be shuttled to the put-in and find trashy treasures in the river. Last year's volunteers got prizes for best find but I make no promises.

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  34. Fri - Wed
    Sep 6 - 11

    Fall BWCAW Trip

    This will be a fast & light trip. I'm planning minimal gear, breaking camp daily (weather permitting) and trying to visit as many lakes, campsites and portages as possible. It will likely be a pretty physically demanding trip. Though the feedback that I've received indicates that the portages are "not bad" we will still be logging miles.

    I have Kevlar canoes to accommodate 1–2 more people as well as most of the group gear we'd need. You would need sleeping bag, pad, personal gear & your own food. Due to this being last-minute, I am not going to try to coordinate group meals.

    Trip Itinerary:

    Friday: Leave for Duluth (I'm in Chippewa Falls) Pick up permit at Duluth Pack Travel north to Grand Marais, and up the Gunflint Bunk Fri. nite at the Tuscarora Lodge bunkhouse

    Saturday: Put in at Ham Lake, (Entry Point 50) paddle to Cross Bay Lake & check in at the ranger station Continue south to Long Island Lake Camp first night at Long Island Lake

    Sunday – Tuesday: Visit; Muskeg, Kiskadinna, Omega, Hensen, Pillsbery, Allen, Gaskin & Winchell lakes. Return to Long Island Lake via Omega, Kiskadinna & Muskeg. Camp at Long Island Lake Tues. night.

    Wednesday: Paddle to take out at Ham Lake. (Itinerary subject to change due to weather or the needs of the group) Cutoff for registering is Sunday, September 2.

    Estimated cost: $16 plus your own food, gas. Deposit: 0. Max trip size: 3.

    Mike F.

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  35. Fri - Sun
    Sep 6 - 8

    Biking and Hiking at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

    Camping, hiking, and biking! A group site is reserved at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park near Northfield for Friday through Sunday. Spend your time doing what you love, but one option will be to bike the Jesse James Bike Tour, which travels through the lakes region of Rice County and rolling rural hills, on Saturday (routes range from 10 to 100 miles). Explore Nerstrand Big Woods and Northfield. Check out the Jesse James Reenactment.

    You bring food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. You 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. (Joining is easy and is just $25 per year.)

    Beginners and families are welcome; 4 spaces will be reserved until August 16 for new members who have joined in the past year. We’ll arrange carpooling as the weekend gets closer. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. If you would like to help co-coordinate, let me know.

    Estimated cost: $10. (Gas, food, state park vehicle pass extra). Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20.

    Stacey G.

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  36. Fri - Sun
    Sep 6 - 8

    Cuyuna Lakes Unathlon/Duathlon/Triathlon

    You get to choose the activities for the weekend. We will be camping in a park near Crosby, MN and enjoying all the great outdoor activities this area has to offer. Options include the best singletrack mountain biking in the state (for all ability levels), miles of paved road biking, SUP, kayaking or canoeing (bike, board, boat rentals available), swimming, hiking, amazing fishing or stupid human games (the only mandatory event!).

    I plan on spending most of the time exploring the amazing singletrack and then washing away the soreness with a beverage and comparing bumps/bruises/stories from the various activities from the day. The campsites are first come, first serve at Portsmouth Campground. Supply your own food, plan with your buddies, bring beads, or be ready to perform more stupid human tricks to trade for food.

    Join us for a little adrenaline, a little water time, a little chilling by the fire and a lot of fun...and perhaps a few shenanigans! Estimated cost: ~$15 + rentals or anything else you choose to do. Seth D.

    Estimated cost: $15 + rentals or anything else you choose to do. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 157.

    Seth D.

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  37. Sat - Sat
    Aug 31 - Sep 7

    Diving and Snorkeling in Roatan, Honduras

    Come join me on a dream trip to Roatan, Honduras. Sleep over the water in a cabana. Enjoy world class ing and snorkeling. Swim with the dolphins! Kayak around the island. Visit the butterfly garden. Zip line in the canopy. And they do have internet, so you can tease your friends back home. I am going with a group that goes every year. Please contact me for more information.

    Estimated cost: Land Part (meals included) approx $1,300, Air part depends. Deposit: $200 ($150 dollars refundable by April 1st 2013).

    Chad H.

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  38. Fri - Mon
    Aug 30 - Sep 2

    Hiking, Biking, and Paddling at Itasca State Park

    Lodging in the Hostel within Itasca State Park — across the park road from the lake where you can rent bikes, kayaks and canoes (or bring your own). Probable games or music around the campfire in the evenings or a short night hike over the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River.

    This popular trip fills quickly so 5 spots will be saved until August 15 for Rovers joining in the last 12 months. This is a cooperative trip where everyone pitches in to help with meals and cleaning. Perks such as priority registration, call-ahead bunk preference, or my personal gratitude will be given to members who volunteer to coordinate a meal or event.

    Cost includes 3 nights lodging and 7 meals (what a deal!). Newer members — consider being a co-coordinator if you’d like to learn the ropes.

    Estimated cost: $100. Deposit: $50 (non-refundable if there are empty beds). Max trip size: 31.

    Sue W.

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  39. Fri - Tue
    Aug 30 - Sep 3

    Paddling in the BWCAW (Sawbill Entry)

    Labor Day weekend BWCAW trip. Enter at Sawbill out of Tofte. Stay Friday night at Sawbill campground (you can arrive at campground anytime on Friday afternoon or evening). Going in one or 2 lakes and base-camping. Then doing lots of fishing and day trips from there. Very relaxed, easy going trip. Cooking super — yummy healthy meals.

    Estimated cost: $100. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 8.

    Sponsoring organization:

    Kathy L. & Chris J.

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  40. Fri
    Aug 30
    • Day trip

    Kayak Lake of the Isles

    Staying in town for the holiday weekend? Beat the heat and join me for a Kayak on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Meet at 6:00 .p.m on Lake Calhoun just off shore from the boat rental facility. We'll take a leisurely paddle to Lake of the Isles then through the channel onto Cedar Lake. All levels welcome. Don't have a boat? Rentals available near the Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun. Please e-mail me if you intend to join us.

    Dori H.

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  41. Wed
    Aug 28
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Westwood Hills Nature Center

    Meet at St. Louis Park's Westwood Hills Nature Center parking lot at 6:50 to hike this little urban gem. We'll begin hiking at 7:00 p.m., light rain or shine. We'll do a couple figure-eights that will take us around the marsh and up into their lovely little woods. (Sorry, no dogs allowed on the Center grounds)

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

    Stephanie S.

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  42. Fri - Sun
    Aug 23 - 25

    Rock Climbing at Devils Lake

    Join us for Rock Climbing at Devils Lake State Park that contains some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. Over 1,600 routes are listed in the most recent guidebook. Two inidual campsites are reserved. We will climb Saturday and Sunday. There are many opportunities for both top rope and trad climbing. We can try to coordinate carpooling. You will be responsible for your own meals. There is a limited number of spots available for beginners (those who have never have climbed before or do not know how to belay).

    Estimated cost: $10 + gas. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 12, unless getting your own campsite.

    Sarah K.

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  43. Wed
    Aug 21
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Lake Calhoun

    What’s summer without a walk around Lake Calhoun followed by Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? We’ll meet at 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Calhoun Executive Center (3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis). Park as close to the lake as you can and look for a red Subaru Impreza. It’s about three miles around the lake, and then we’ll walk across Excelsior Blvd afterwards for some ice cream. Dogs and kids welcome.

    Estimated cost: Ice cream $. Max trip size: no limit.

    Sue W.

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  44. Tue - Sat
    Aug 20 - 24

    BWCAW Duncan Lake

    Low-key base camp trip, especially for Rovers new to paddling or wilderness camping. New members welcome!

    Drive up Tuesday, camp at Flour Lake, enter BWCAW on Wednesday. We plan to set up a base camp on Duncan Lake (entry #60). Day trip options include visit to Stairway Portage and Rose Falls, hiking on Border Route Trail, fishing or just paddling on Duncan, Rose, or Partridge lakes. Partridge is stocked with lake trout.

    My goal for the trip is to do some photography, a bit of hiking, try a little fishing, and maybe...just relax.

    Trip cost will include BWCAW and camping fees plus shared food and gas expenses. You are responsible for obtaining a fishing permit if you plan to fish.

    Please e-mail me if you are interested or have questions. I expect to be at a couple of Rovers meetings prior to the trip to answer questions and for planning, but cannot attend the first Tuesday of any given month due to other obligations.

    Estimated cost: $125. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 6.

    Jan H. & Rosemarie D.

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  45. Sun
    Aug 18
    • Day trip

    15th Annual Summer in the Sticks

    Join us at Elm Creek Park Reserve for biking, hiking, inline skating, swimming, picnic, etc. If you’re willing to make the trek all the way to the NW ’burbs to this terrific park in Maple Grove, meet at the recreation area near the beach and we’ll start there. Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a road bike ride (Route TBA), or later for other activities (e.g., shorter bike rides, inline skating, hiking, volleyball, swimming, disc golf) (see agenda below).

    People willing to coordinate other activities would be appreciated*, otherwise just show up and decide amongst yourselves when you get there.

    If you can’t make it during the day, join us later (~5pm), for a pot-luck BBQ. Bring something to grill and something to share. We need people to bring grills and charcoal (gas grills welcome too).

    Elm Creek Park Reserve has 20 miles of paved trails that also connect to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park via the Rush Creek Regional Trail (7 miles) or Fish Lake Regional Park on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. These trails are all in excellent condition for biking and inline skating. There are also over 30 miles of turf hiking trails an AWESOME 12+ mile mountain bike trail system, plus the brand new Eastman Nature Center.

    Don’t forget swimwear! There’s a man-made, chlorinated, and filtered swimming pond ($2 fee) with sand beach in the park. For the kiddos, there's a new playground at the recreation area as well.

    Agenda

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  46. Fri - Sun
    Aug 16 - 18

    Hiking and Biking at Tettegouche

    Join us at Tettegouche State Park for biking, hiking, and general relaxing. A group site is reserved. Come up Friday and stay until Sunday. The Gitchi-Gami Annual Trail Ride, a fundraiser for the trail, will be held on Saturday (28- and 55-mile routes). A hilly ride, it will reward you with spectacular views of Lake Superior! (Register at the GGTA site.) For those who want to do something instead of or in addition to the ride, Tettegouche has 23 miles of trails. (The Superior Hiking Trail runs through the park.)

    Rovers membership is required for this overnight trip. (Joining is easy and is just $25 per year.) Beginners and families are welcome. We’ll arrange carpooling as the trip gets closer. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    If you would like to help co-coordinate, let me know.

    A few spots will be reserved through 7/26 for people who have joined within the past year.

    Estimated cost: $10. (Gas, food, state park vehicle pass extra). Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20ish.

    Stacey G.

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  47. Wed
    Aug 14
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Tierney Woods in Bloomington

    Come join us for a family friendly Wednesday night hike in Tierney Woods at 8163 Highwood Dr. in Bloomington. A nice little gem that is not too far from Hyland Lake Preserve! The trail is grass/wood chips and a bit hilly (for Minnesota) in spots so putting any little ones in a pack would be better than a stroller. It is a refuge so no dogs are allowed.

    Meet in the trailhead parking lot at 7:00 p.m. If you have not been to this neck of the metro woods lately there have been quite a few changes due to the 169 reconstruction. While it is nicely nestled in the corner of 494 and 169, there is no longer an exit off 169 to Highwood Dr. Your best bet if coming from the west is Marth Rd/Washington Ave/W. Bush Lake Rd. or from the east Bush Lake Rd/W. 78th St/W. Bush Lake Rd. Come share your choice of a root beer or real beer at our house up the hill from park afterwards!

    Michelle P.

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  48. Tue
    Aug 13
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  49. Tue
    Aug 13
    • Day trip

    Rock Climbing Before the Meeting

    Meet for climbing at the Minneapolis Vertical Endeavors every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. before the Rovers meeting. Beginners are welcome. I will see if I can get access to the cage gear occasionally for shoes and harnesses, but otherwise plan to either rent or bring your own.

    Address: 2540 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 Telephone
    Phone: 612-436-1470

    Pat E.

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  50. Sat
    Aug 10
    • Day trip

    MS Muckfest

    Join us at MS Muckfest in Dresser, WI under team MN Rovers in the 11:00 a.m. wave. It's a 5-mile mud run with 20 obstacles done at Trollhaugan ski hill site. Register at www.muckfestms.com. You do not need to fundraise to attend this event. There is no fire or electricity involved in the obstacles.

    Estimated cost: $65 if registered by 5/26/13. Deposit: pay MS Muckfest. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Cheryl B.

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  51. Sat
    Aug 10
    • Day trip

    Perseid Meteor Shower Watching

    One of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year producing ~90 meteors per hour provided the sky is dark. The meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 11-12, however, you will be able to see a good amount of meteors even in late July. This year (for the peak) the moon won’t be in the way as much as it will set during the evening, leaving the rest of the night dark.

    Location: Onan Observatory, 10775 Cty. Rd. 33 Norwood/Young America, MN |map|

    Please e-mail me so we can setup a car pool there and I can let them know if we have a group of 20 or more.

    Chad H.

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  52. Fri - Wed
    Aug 9 - 14

    Five-Day Border Route Trail Through Hike

    This trip is a through hike of the BRT which is a very rugged trail that skirts the border between Minnesota and Canada for 65 miles. We will be averaging 13 miles per day on a very rugged trail with lots of up and down. It is not a beginner trip.

    We leave the parking lot at Gander Mountain in Forest Lake at 4:00 p.m. on Friday for a 3.5-hour drive to Finland Campground. We spend the night there and get up at 5:00 a.m. to catch the 6:00 a.m. shuttle at Harriet Quarles Transportation in Grand Marais. She will take us to the Gunflint Trail side of the BRT and then shuttle our car to the Otter Lake side where our trail ends. When we finish the hike, we will then travel the 273 miles home on Wednesday. You are on your own for food on this trip. I can share my tent if needed for one person. I am bringing a tarp also.

    Estimated cost: $80. Max trip size: 4.

    Patrick E.

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  53. Tue
    Aug 6
    • Day trip

    Rock Climbing Before the Meeting

    Meet for climbing at the Minneapolis Vertical Endeavors every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. before the Rovers meeting. Beginners are welcome. I will see if I can get access to the cage gear occasionally for shoes and harnesses, but otherwise plan to either rent or bring your own.

    Address: 2540 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 Telephone
    Phone: 612-436-1470

    Pat E.

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  54. Tue
    Aug 6
    • Day trip

    Sail Pepin

    Sail Pepin for the day on a 35' sloop. Carpool down, board about 9, in about 4, eat at Liberty Cafe in Red Wing on way home. No experience necessary.

    Estimated cost: $61. Deposit: $61. Max trip size: 6.

    Geoff S.

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  55. Sun - Fri
    Aug 4 - 9

    Columbia Gorge Hike-Hot Springs

    If you like big trees, waterfalls and hot springs; this is a fabulous place to visit. In 2010, National Geographic Traveler magazine rated the Columbia Gorge the world's sixth-best sustainable tourism destination.

    We fly into Portland Oregon on Sunday arriving by later afternoon (tickets on your own). We’ll hike Monday through Friday with a shorter hike Friday when we fly back later afternoon. There are plenty of hiking trails in the Gorge and around Mt. Hood. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights we stay at Mazama Lodge (mountaineering club) with bunk beds on Mt Hood. Then Thursday and Friday we stay at McMenamins Edgefield Inn (bunk beds) on the eastern side of Portland. Both are inexpensive lodges with a lot of character. We will also visit the famous Timberline Lodge a bit higher up Mt. Hood for some beer on the terrace or dinner. One of the days we will hike to Bagby Hot Springs, a natural hot springs in an old-growth forest. We will travel in a mini-van.

    There is food at both lodges available for sit-down eating, but this is not included in the lodging; on your own. Lunch will probably be eaten on the trail so bring what you might want to eat or we will make a stop at a grocery store in Portland. At Mazama Lodge they can also prepare the lunch to take along. Dinner $12.60 Breakfast and Lunch are both $8.40 at the Mazama Lodge. You can see the food options at McMenamins on the web link below

    Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $300. Max trip size: 6.

    Jim H.

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  56. Sun - Thu
    Aug 4 - 8

    Explore Madeline Island

    Camp, bike, kayak, swim, photography, fishing, bonfires and dining on Madeline Island August 4-8. Campsite is located on Big Bay Town Park. There are bike and kayak rentals on the Island, or bring your own. Limited parking spots at the campsite. Bring food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. You may borrow equipment from the Rovers, but you will need to make arrangements with the cage coordinator to reserve and pick up.

    Apostle Island Tours | Area Attractions

    $24 for ferry of vehicle To and From Bayfield to M.I. $13 round trip for each person.

    Estimated cost: $20 plus additional for ferry. Deposit: N/A. Max trip size: 10.

    Regina R.

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  57. Thu
    Aug 1
    • Day trip

    Hiking at French Regional Park

    This week’s Wednesday night hike will take place on Thursday at French Regional Park located at 12605 Rockford Rd in Plymouth. This little gem of a park is on the north end of Medicine Lake. The terrain here is varied, from open meadows and ponds to wooded hills and moraines overlooking Medicine Lake. Some of the trails at French are lighted, allowing for hiking later into the evening. Meet at the visitor center at 6:45 p.m. and hike as long as people want. We'll hike rain or shine. Bring water and rain gear if needed, bug stuff if desired. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

    Audrey S.

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  58. Mon - Sat
    Jul 29 - Aug 3

    Kayaking Lake Nipigon

    Enjoy the beautiful clear waters of Lake Nipigon for 2 weeks in the rugged Canadian wilderness. Kayak rental will be a little more, and if you have your own kayak, the fee does not change. This is a beautiful trip you will never forget.

    Estimated cost: $600. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 14.

    Joshua F.

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  59. Sat - Sun
    Jul 27 - Aug 4

    Copper Triangle Road Bicycle Ride

    A spectular 78-mile bicycle loop which crests three Colorado Mountain passes–Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10,424) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666). This is the area of the famous 10th Mountain Division. Total elevation gain for the course is 5,981 ft. We'll take cars out early to acclimate and do some day hikes/bikes while there to get used to the elevation. People can fly out if they like but should show up 3 days early to acclimate. There is camping available nearby or we can lodge it. Register for the event early as it fills up!

    Estimated cost: $120-$135 registration fee for the event plus transportation and camping/lodging costs. Deposit: $135. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle

    Cheryl B.

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  60. Sat - Sun
    Jul 27 - 28

    Mississippi River Challenge

    Friends of the Mississippi River is having their 10th year of the Mississippi River Challenge, and new this year, they're having a team option. Any fellow Rovers out there who would like to paddle? If so, we can form a team! Information regarding the paddle can be found at http://mississippiriverchallenge.org/.

    You can choose to paddle 1 day (22 miles) or 2 days (44 miles) and you get to camp inside Fort Snelling! Volunteers are also needed if you would like to donate your time. Hope to see you out there!

    Estimated cost: Registration fee and minimum $250 in fundraising. Deposit: registration fee. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Friends of the Mississippi River

    Kelly N.

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  61. Fri - Sun
    Jul 26 - 28

    Cycling on Lake Wobegon Trail

    Check out Birch Lakes State Forest and the Lake Wobegon Trail. We have the entire private group camp area reserved (five sites tucked into a heavily wooded area). The park has seven miles of multi-use trails (hiking and mountain biking). Cycling outings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with lunch stops in small town cafes. We’ll break into smaller groups for short/long rides and fast/slow paces.

    If you’re not interested in cycling, there’s still plenty to do! Big Birch Lake is walking distance away, has 12 miles of shoreline and is well known for fishing. Crystal clear water for kayaking. The El Rancho Manana riding stable is a short drive away in Richmond or you could visit Whispering Oaks Winery in Melrose. On the drive home Sunday we could stop at Lake Maria State Park for some hiking.

    Bring your own food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. You can borrow tents and sleeping bags from the cage, but you’ll need to make arrangements with a cage coordinator to reserve, pick-up and return items. Meals will be on your own, with a pot-luck on Saturday evening. A small charcoal grill will be available. I’ll take sign-ups and deposits now. Carpooling will be arranged as the trip gets closer. There’s no entry fee for state forests, but you’ll need a state park sticker for hiking at Lake Maria State Park.

    Estimated cost: $15 plus gas & food. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20ish.

    Sue W.

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  62. Thu - Sun
    Jul 18 - 21

    Sailing Apostle Islands

    Sail Apostles for 3 days. Drive up Thursday, board, sleep, stock the boat. Sail Fri, Sat, Sun, in at 4, back in cities about 9pm. We basically sail, anchor at noon somewhere, lunch, swim, beach time, sail to another anchorage, swim, dinner, hike if you prefer. Basically a no drinking boat, beer at dinner fine, and music provided by wind, sails, and sea. No exp. necessary. Gas and food about $75. Wind determines where we go and how far.

    Estimated cost: $375. Deposit: $303. Max trip size: 8.

    Geoff S.

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  63. Wed
    Jul 17
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Minnehaha Park

    It's a fantastic park and they have done some maintenance of the park in the last few years. They actually removed a lot of buckthorn and I'm kind interested to see the results of that effort. There is a new boardwalk on the south side of the creek. Let's meet on the bridge just above the falls at 7:00 p.m. We can start by walking downstream to the Mississippi River and then return to the bridge or continue on top the bluff.

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

    Jim B.

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  64. Tue - Wed
    Jul 16 - 24

    Kayaking Pukaskwa on Lake Superior

    Kayaking Pukaskwa on Lake Superior. Kayak Lake Luperior, from Marathon to Wawa Ontario. Pukaskwa National Park, on Lake Superior north shore. Kayak rental is extra, if you have your own kayak you have no rental fee. The park is awesome and magical, and perfect time of year.

    Estimated cost: $600 plus kayak rental. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 10.

    Joshua F.

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  65. Fri - Mon
    Jul 12 - 15

    Experience Mountaineeering

    Experience mountaineering in the Cascades with an introductory hands-on mountaineering course along with summit attempt of Mt. Baker. We may be able to negotiate an additional discount if we get 8 folks signed up. Here is the pricing breakdown.

    Airfare to Seattle – $400 as of 12/27 on Sun Country
    Course fee – $600 (may decrease by $100 if we get a group)
    Hotel – $100 (estimated)
    Gear Rental – $100 (crampons, boots, tools, etc)

    All meals while in the mountains, except snacks and lunch, are covered by the course fee. Please e-mail or call if you have any questions.

    Estimated cost: $1,200. Deposit: TBD. Max trip size: 8.

    Sponsoring organization: KAF Adventures

    Lenny K.

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  66. Fri
    Jul 12
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W. • 612-377-5985

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  67. Wed
    Jul 10
    • Day trip

    Hike At Elm Creek Park

    Kid-friendly hike. Come to beautiful Elm Creek Park, in Maple Grove, where there's an extensive scenic trail system. Meet at 6:20 p.m. in the Winter Recreation Area parking lot near the skiis rental and chalet on James Dean Pkwy. We will start the hike promptly at 6:30 p.m. Bring water (and rain gear if needed). Kids aren't required, but are welcome. We'll bringing ours along.

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

    Sam & Kelly N.

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  68. Tue
    Jul 9
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  69. Sat - Sun
    Jul 6 - 7

    Paddling and Folk Music Festival

    Join me for a day of paddling followed by the first Yellow River Folk Music Festival at Fort Folle Avoine in Danbury, WI. For more info visit www.theforts.org.

    We will put in at Jeffries Landing on Big Yellow Lake and paddle around the Lake through the channel to Little Yellow Lake. After a stop for lunch we will paddle back. I am going to check out the possibility of paddling through Little Yellow down the river to get to the the music festival by boat. After the music festival we can relax around a bonfire followed by camping at my place.

    Bring your camping gear and I will provide breakfast on Sunday morning. For anyone interested we could do another short paddle on Sunday before you head home. I am also right off the Gandy Dancer Bike Trail if anyone would prefer to bike Saturday morning.

    Beginners and families are welcome. Kayak rentals are available in Danbury. If you want to make a longer weekend out of it, contact me— there's a lot going on given it’s a long holiday weekend- parades, a 5K, fireworks, music etc.

    Estimated cost: $20 for the festival ticket and food costs. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 8 or so.

    Sponsoring organization: Members from Anytime Fitness will be joining us for the paddle

    Maggie P.

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  70. Thu
    Jul 4
    • Day trip

    Paddle, Bike, Walk, and Socialize in South Minneapolis!

    Join fellow Rovers in a "Your Choice" July 4th! See below for all of the available fun options. Chris and I are coordinating a paddle down Minnehaha Creek. Meet at Gray's Bay in Minnetonka at the canoe/kayak parking lot at 7:30 a.m. to float down Minnehaha Creek. Bring your own water craft. We will be using small river kayaks.

    If you would prefer not to paddle you are invited to socialize in my backyard and my next door neighbor and fellow Rover Kathy Litt's backyard any time after 1:00. Feel free to enjoy the neighborhood's bike and walking paths with fellow Rovers as we live a 1/2 block from Minnehaha Creek and a 5 minute walk from Lake Nokomis. The creek paddlers will show up eventually.

    Bring your bike or walking shoes and enjoy the neighborhood with a fellow Rover, or sit in our back yards enjoying the sunshine and shade. Chris Davis and Venke Hauge will also coordinate a late afternoon (4:30-5:00?) bike ride to Lillydale or Harriet Island and back. Approx. 20 miles on bike paths. Bring a cooler with your food, a chair and if you have one, a small folding table. Two gas grills will be available all day and into the evening. RSVP to Venke H. about paddling and RSVP to Kathy L. for address information.

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

    Venke H. & Chris D. & Kathy L. & Chris J.

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  71. Wed
    Jul 3
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington

    Meet at the Visitors Center at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. The hike will start at 7:00 p.m. We will hike for approximately 90 minutes and 4 miles. (The park web site has a link for getting directions.) For those who are interested and want to continue the evening, the Bloomington Fete at the nearby Normandale Lake Bandshell will have music and, at dusk, fireworks.

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

    Stacey G.

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  72. Mon
    Jul 1
    • Day trip

    Sail Pepin

    Sail Pepin for the day on a 35' sloop. Arrive about 8 out about 9, in about 4. Stop at Liberty Cafe on the way back. No exp. neccessary.

    Estimated cost: $61. Deposit: $61. Max trip size: 6.

    Geoff S.

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  73. Sat
    Jun 29
    • Day trip

    Warrior Dash Mudrun

    Join fellow MN Rovers in a mudrun involving obstacles such as hurdles, trenches, walls, valleys, etc. I assume this run is no more than 5k or 3.1 miles though it doesn't actually say. This race is held at Afton Alps in Hastings, MN. You must register through the Warrior Dash website.

    Estimated cost: $60 if register before April. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Warrior Dash

    Cheryl B.

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  74. Sat - Sun
    Jun 29 - 30

    Basic Wilderness First Aid Course

    In an effort to encourage our members to obtain Basic Wilderness First Aid certification, the Border Route Trail Association and the MN Rovers Outdoors Club have located a woman who is willing to teach the class for a very reasonable sum.

    This will be a 16 hour course held from 9:00AM to between 5 and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th. SICO, Inc., 7525 Cahill Rd., Edina, MN will be donating the use of their conference room. The cost will be a very reasonable $150/person. The class is open to all interested parties with rebates of $40/person available to current Rover members and to those who have participated in a BRTA trail maintenance trip during 2012 or 2013.

    Registration is limited to 25 total with 10 spots reserved until Saturday, 6/15 for Rover members. To sign up, please send an email to Ed Solstad along with your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.

    You may also sign up and pay online.

    If there is sufficient demand we will schedule a followup Advance wilderness Firstst aid Course.

    Estimated cost: $150. Deposit: $150. Max trip size: 25.

    Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association

    Ed S. & John E.

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  75. Fri - Sun
    Jun 28 - 30

    Family-Friendly Camping at Carver Park Reserve

    Stay one night or two. This is a great opportunity for those with kids to bring them out and introduce them to camping. If you don’t have children borrow a niece, nephew, or a friend’s kid/s! Cage items are available if needed. Carver Park Reserve is a beautiful park on the far side of Lake Minnetonka. Activity options including: hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and bird watching. The park also is home to the Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary, The Meals are on your own but the shared cost will include camping, firewood and s’mores. In the spirit of Rovers, we encourage you to bring reusable utensils. No pets.

    Estimated cost: $5 per person per night. Deposit: $10 per person. Max trip size: 35.

    Kim K.

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  76. Wed
    Jun 26
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Lone Lake Park and Bryant Lake Regional Park

    Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Lone Lake Park Lower PLAY AREA parking lot in Minnetonka. Located on Shady Oak Rd., Minnetonka, North of Crosstown 62.

    The hike will leave the lower parking lot at Lone Lake Park at 7:00, hike the park's 1.5 loop trail through a wooded area and prairie grass section. We will take the connecting path to Bryant Lake Regional Park and then return to our parking area at Lone Lake. Estimated hike length 3.5 miles with a moderate pace. Rain or shine, bring water. Join us for a beverage at Scoreboard Bar and Grill on Shady Oak Rd., following the hike.

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

    Venke H.

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  77. Fri - Sun
    Jun 21 - 23

    Whitewater State Park Camping along with the 1st Annual Parsnip Pull

    Spend a weekend at one of Minnesota's best parks. Also participate in the 1st Annual Parsnip Pull. The event will pull wild parsnip from campsites and trails in the park. Wild parsnip is a noxious weed that can cause severe blisters, discolored skin and sensitivity to light. It is common all over Whitewater.

    The 1st Annual Parsnip Pull is designed to start the process of removing this noxious weed from areas where people will come in contact with it. The 1st Annual Parsnip Pull will start at 9AM on Saturday. With a break for lunch, it will end at 4PM. Please remember however that this is a Volunteer event. You can work as much or as little as you like. Even an hour's work is 1 hour more than what would otherwise get done. A potluck supper for participants will happen that evening. Parsnip dishes are encouraged.

    I have reserved at group campsite at Carley State Park (all the Whitewater ones were booked).Carley is just 10 miles away. If you plan to stay overnight and want to stay at the group camp let me know. There is room for 25 people in the camp. Or if you want you can get a campsite at Whitewater.

    You will also need to register for the 1st Annual Parsnip Pull event by sending an email to sara.grover@state.mn.us or call 507-932-3007 ex. 226

    Please note that I am looking for someone to help coordinate this event for Rovers. I will be extremely busy during the parsnip pull event since I am the organizer of the event. Please let me know if you are willing to pick this up.

    Estimated cost: $5 two nights camping plus food. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

    Please contact me if you are coming.

    Steve P.

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  78. Fri - Sun
    Jun 21 - 23

    Rock Climbing on the North Shore

    Join us for climbing along the North Shore in Minnesota. We will spend at least one day climbing at Palisades Head over Lake Superior. Based on interest, we may also climb at a different climbing area, including Shovel Point, Carlton Peak, or Mystical Mountain Zone. We'll camp Finland campground about 3 miles west of Hwy 61 on Hwy 1, and will probably reserve the group campsite. Each climber/group is responsible for their own meals, climbing gear, and safety. We can try to coordinate some carpooling and meal sharing as appropriate. Those planning on going should know how to belay, and preferably should also know how to top-belay. Beginners (those who don't know how to belay or need harness, helmet, or shoes) may be welcome on a case-by-case basis by contacting Sarah.

    Estimated cost: $20 (gas and food). Deposit: 0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

    Sarah K. & Ryan S.

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  79. Wed
    Jun 19
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Reservoir Woods in Roseville

    We'll begin hiking at 7:00p.m. rain or shine at Reservoir Woods in Roseville. Bring your mosquito repellent because they're out in full force! Park in the lot on Larpenteur Avenue about 2 blocks east of Dale Street. The lot is on the North side of Larpenteur and is next to the off leash dog park. The lot has about 15 or so spaces, and if that is full, then park on the South Side of Larpenteur on Macubin Street across from the townhomes. This is a dog friendly walk as long as your dog likes OTHER dogs and also people! After the walk we'll head over to the Dairy Queen for treats.

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

    Karen N.

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  80. Sun
    Jun 16
    • Day trip

    Hike and Romeo and Juliet at Lake Harriet

    Take a hike — and then see "Romeo and Juliet"! Meet at 12:35 p.m. at the corner of East Lake Harriet Boulevard and Roseway Road (near the Lake Harriet Rose Gardens). I'll wear my Rovers cap. 2.8 mile hike will leave at 12:45. We'll return at 1:45 in time to find a spot for "Romeo and Juliet" at 2:00 in the Lake Harriet Rose Gardens. Bring a blanket and a picnic snack. Join us for the hike and/or the play. Parking can be difficult. Consider biking or walking to the park.

    Estimated cost: $0 (Donations will be accepted by the troupe). Deposit: $0. Max trip size: No limit.

    Stacey G.

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  81. Sat
    Jun 15
    • Day trip

    Hike and Opera Under the Stars

    The Minnesota Opera is performing "La Boheme" outdoors at the Lake Harriet Bandshell at 7:30! Hike around Lake Harriet and then settle down with a blanket and your picnic dinner for a cultural evening. If you want to hike, meet at 5:50 near the entrance to the "Bread and Pickle" (formerly, the Refectory?). Look for me in my Rovers cap. 2.8 mile hike leaves at 6:00. We'll get seats in the Bandshell area — or find room on the grass — after we finish our hike (7:00ish). Sung in Italian with English translations. Run time is approximately 2 hours. This is part of their 50th anniversary and is free.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: No limit.

    Stacey G.

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  82. Fri - Sun
    Jun 14 - 16

    Wreck Diving along the North Shore

    Join us for scuba ing two amazing shipwrecks along the shore of Lake Superior. Each participant will have to have their own gear and tanks, either their personal gear or rental. The temperature of the water will likely be in the range of 36-48 degrees F, so bring an appropriate exposure suit. One shipwreck is located at a depth range of 70-90 feet. Each er/buddy group is responsible for their own safety. We will be camping. Details regarding itinerary, food, and the like will be determined later.

    Estimated cost: $40 - $100. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 8.

    Sarah K.

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  83. Fri
    Jun 14
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W.

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  84. Tue
    Jun 11
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  85. Sat
    Jun 8
    • Day trip

    Rugged Maniac 5k Mudrun

    Join the MN Rovers team by registering at www.ruggedmaniac.com and experience the fun and challenge of a muddy obstacle course at the Wild Mountain Ski Area. We'll be in the 9:00 a.m. wave. Obstacles do include hopping over fire, climbing walls, running through mud, etc. All obstacles are optional, however, except you can't win if you don't do them all. This will be primarily geared towards fun.

    Estimated cost: $63 if register by Feb 22. Deposit: $63 to Rugged Maniac. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Rugged Maniac

    Cheryl B.

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  86. Fri - Sun
    Jun 7 - 9

    Crystal Cave Sleepunder

    Crystal Cave (Spring Valley, WI) is hosting their 2013 sleepunder! There will be caving expeditions all weekend (including commercial tours, wild caving, door-to-door trips, digging), dinner in town (at your own cost), and a bonfire. Camping is free and you can camp above ground or below.

    You must bring your own caving gear. New cavers will be assigned to an experienced caver. You must be a current member of the Minnesota Speleological Survey (MSS), WSS, or Iowa Grotto (on-site memberships are available — joining the MSS costs $20/year). Cavers must follow NSS cave conservation, care, and safety guidelines. Also, please be familiar with current WIDNR rules regarding caving gear (e.g., no gear that has been used in a White Nose Syndrom (WNS) confirmed area may be used in Crystal Cave).

    Please email Sarah to sign up. More details will be sent to those signed up as the date approaches.

    Estimated cost: $20. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Crystal Cave, Wisconsin Speleological Society

    Sarah K.

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  87. Fri - Sun
    Jun 7 - 9

    Paddle the Nakegon River

    I will be having some elective surgery that will keep me out of the boats for 6 weeks or more. I would like to propose a paddle/camp on the Namakagon River in Wisconsin for the first or second weekend in June. I will do two breakfasts and one dinner for all.You bring snack lunches. I'm new to Rovers but have done trip organization before.

    I have listed two weekends. It will not matter to me which one. Namekagon River is in Wisconsin approx. 2.5-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Drive up Friday evening, camp at the landing. Saturday morning, shuttle cars, load gear in the kayak/canoe, and paddle down the river and camp Saturday night. I have done this trip several times. Water levels are up. Would be a trip anyone with basic gear can do.

    Camping is free, trip costs will be for food and gas.

    Estimated cost: $10 plus gas. Max trip size: 8 people, 3 tents.

    Paul B.

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  88. Thu - Sun
    Jun 6 - 9

    Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail

    Spring is a great time to be on the SHT with the forest coming to life again after a long winter and I'm looking forward to having a few fellow Rovers join me on this backpacking trip.

    The route will probably be around the Lutsen/Lake Agnes area. (18-20 miles) We will leave Thursday by late morning, start hiking Friday morning, and return on Sunday. This is not a beginner trip, as you will be responsible for your own food and be willing to tent with another person if necessary. If the snow isn’t gone (or almost gone) in that area in a couple of weeks, I will move the trip to early June. If interested give me a call.

    Estimated cost: $45 + meals up and back. Deposit: $25. Max trip size:6.

    Jim M.

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  89. Wed
    Jun 5
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Wirth Park

    Dog-friendly hike. Come to beautiful Wirth Park, just west of downtown Minneapolis, where there's an extensive trail system. We'll hike trails around Wirth Lake and through the nearby woods in the southern half of the park. Meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Wirth Beach parking lot (located on Glenwood Av, just east of the intersection of Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood). Bring water (and rain gear if needed). Dogs aren't required, but friendly dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Deb M.

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  90. Sat - Sun
    Jun 1 - 2

    Weekend Canoeing on the Crow River

    Overnight canoe trip on the Crow River in Hennipen County. Leaving on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and returning Sunday at 4:00 p.m. We will paddle about 20 miles over the weekend and camp at a DNR campsite on the river. You will supply your own food. I have an extra canoe if you need it.

    Basil L.

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  91. Sat
    Jun 1
    • Day trip

    Beginner Rock Climbing at Interstate Park

    Beginner's rock climbing day trip to Interstate St. Park on the Minnesota side. This trip is open to all climbers, but is limited to 6 beginners (unless we get some help from other experienced climbers). Rovers will provide gear including helmets, harnesses, and shoes to beginners. Please contact Sarah (prefer e-mail) before the trip so there is enough gear along and she can let you know if weather forces a cancellation. We plan to have climbs set and ready to go by 11:00 a.m. Will be meeting beginners at 11:00 by the drinking fountain on Minnesota side.

    Estimated cost: $0 + gas & food. Max trip size: 6 beginners.

    Sarah K. & Rohan

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  92. Fri - Sun
    May 31 - Jun 2

    Mountain Biking — CAMBA Festival of the Trails

    Weekend of mountain biking for all levels on single-track trails in the Cable/Hayward area of NW Wisconsin. Fun, food, and prizes too!

    Over the past few years Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) has added over 70 miles of new single track mountain bike trails to the 300 miles of mapped CAMBA trails in NW Wisconsin.

    The Festival of the Trails includes a variety of events to introduce mountain bikers of all levels to these fun and scenic trails. Events throughout the weekend include: meet & greet, night ride, learn skills/technique, lunch on the trail, demos, ladies hour, party, BBQ, and raffle.

    Read full details/schedule of events and register for the Festival of the Trails on CAMBA's website. Registration is limited to 200 participants, so sign up early!

    Did I mention prizes? During the event, you'll earn points for raffle tickets for the swag-fest drawing, plus a chance to win one of 5 grand prizes!

    New this year is the Mt. Borah Epic, a 30-mile point to point race on the CAMBA singletrack trails. This race requires a separate registration of $80 and is limited to 300 participants. All proceeds go to support CAMBA.

    Estimated cost: $75–$125 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  93. Fri
    May 31
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W.

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  94. Fri - Mon
    May 24 - 27

    Bicycling & Paddling in Trempealeau County, WI

    Camp, Bike, and Paddle in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin (near Winona), where 382 miles of paved rolling backroads yearn to be ridden. Camp at Pietrek County Park on the Trempealeau River. Arcadia Boiler Dairy Days is a small town festival, 5 miles from our campground, which will provide optional entertainment opportunities throughout the weekend. Food will be on your own and pot luck for Sunday dinner.

    Saturday: Memorial Bike Tour. Four route options range from 10 to 60+ miles, with the long tour being a metric century with a mile high of cumulative climbing. $20 Registration includes Gold ’n Plump Chicken!

    Sunday: Paddle the intimate, wild, woodland environment of the Trempealeau River.

    Monday: Bike another backroad loop on our own.

    Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 12.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  95. Fri - Mon
    May 24 - 27

    Root River Trail Biking/Camping

    Camp at Isinours State Recreation area. Right on the trail 1/2 mile from the Old Barn Resort. Several camp sites including walk in sites. Opportunities for multiple bike rides. Hiking, canoeing, tubing, ropes course. Many lodging opportunities for those who don't want to camp.

    Estimated cost: $50.

    Jerry C.

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  96. Fri
    May 24
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W.

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  97. Wed
    May 22
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Fort Snelling State Park

    Meet in the interpretive center parking lot at 7:00 p.m. We will hike the 3.5-mile Pike Island loop that goes through the woods and follows along the rivers. We should finish around 8:30 p.m. We hike rain or shine, so bring your rain gear. Bring bug repellent and water also if you’d like. Note: You must have a valid state park sticker to enter the park. Also, depending on the flooding this Spring the location of this hike may change.

    Directions to Fort Snelling State Park: From Hwy 5 by the airport, take the Post Road exit and enter the park at the stone gate. Follow the main road approx. 2-3 miles. The road will end in the interpretive center parking lot.

    Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip, so bring a friend or two!

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

    Jen O.

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  98. Sun
    May 19
    • Day trip

    Beginner Rock Climbing

    Beginner's rock climbing day trip to Interstate St. Park on the Minnesota side. This trip is open to all climbers, but is limited to 6 beginners (unless I get some help from other tech leaders). Rovers will provide gear including helmets, harnesses, and shoes to beginners. Please contact (prefer e-mail) me before the trip so I have enough gear along and can let you know if weather forces a cancellation. I plan to have climbs set and ready to go by 10:00 a.m.

    Estimated cost: $10 (gas). Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 6 beginners.

    Sarah K.

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  99. Sat - Sun
    May 18 - 19

    Weekend River Canoeing/Camping

    Weekend canoeing/camping on a river within 100 miles of the cities. We will canoe approx. 20 miles over two days on a river with a safe water level, and camp at a DNR campsite along the river. Trip difficulty is modeate to easy. Leaving time is Saturday May 18 at 7:00 a.m. and return time is Sunday afternoon. For meeting place, camping details and meal planing, call Basil.

    Estimated cost: $20. Max trip size: Open.

    Basil L.

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  100. Fri - Sun
    May 17 - 19

    Mountain Bike Ride/Race in NW Wisconsin

    The Cable Area Off Road Classic consists of two courses, an 20-mile and a 25 mile point-to-point mountain bike ride/race in and around the Chequamegon National Forest, Sawyer and Bayfield County Forests including some of the famous nationally recognized CAMBA trails, the Best in the Midwest & the Cable Area of Northern Wisconsin.

    Leave Friday afternoon getting to Cable in time for bib pickup and carb loading at the spaghetti feed. Race starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, have a beer at the end, then relax the rest of the day. On Sunday we'll ride some of the other CAMBA trails before heading home.

    Estimated cost: $40 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people who are willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  101. Fri
    May 17
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W.

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  102. Wed
    May 15
    • Day trip

    Family-Friendly Picnic/Hike

    Join us for an everyone-is-welcome picnic at Hyland Park, before the Wednesday night hike. We will try to grab the picnic tables located behind the park building/adjacent to playground. I will have a balloon marking our spot. Picnic dinner is on your own—kids can enjoy the massive playground. Afterward (6:30 p.m.) we will hike the trails meandering through Hyland park. There will be options to loop back earlier for those who want a shorter option, as well as longer loops for die hards.

    This hike is especially kid-friendly, which is why we are starting a bit earlier. Hike we be leaving from the Hyland visitor building—meet in front. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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

    Tess Y.

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  103. Tue
    May 14
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  104. Sun
    May 12
    • Day trip

    Paddle Middle Rice Creek

    The forecast for Sunday is sunny and 60. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Rice Creek Regional Trail parking lot located in the NE quadrant of I-35W and County Road I. It is across the street from the MnDOT and state highway patrol facility. From there we'll head to the put in point (Aqua Lane). The route will be Aqua Lane to County Road I and is 7.4 miles. This will take several hours.

    Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, life vest, paddle, and something to paddle. I kayaked most of this route yesterday and found it very doable in a shorter boat (mine is 10 feet). Could be extra challenging for long boats. There was one place where clearance between water surface and bridge was tight – a canoe might have to make a short portage if water isn't down by then. The creek was swollen but the current was mild.

    There are also nice bike trails along Rice Creek. Bring a bike if you'd like to take a ride after the paddle.

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

    Steve P.

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  105. Fri - Sun
    May 10 - 12

    Nugget Lake Bike & Camp

    Nugget Lake County Park is a gem on the rim of Wisconsin's driftless area, just over an hour's drive away. We'll camp here and bike loops of up to 60 miles on quiet back roads through bluff and coulee country to historic waysides, UFO sites, Lake Pepin, and challenging hills! Wide tires needed to take the (optional) shortcut on a Rustic Road with 4 water crossings. We have reserved two adjacent campsites (#18 & 19) and a camper cabin (#17) close to the shower building. We'll provide meals. $5/day vehicle permit. | previous trip report |

    Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  106. Fri - Sun
    May 10 - 12

    Devils Lake Rock CLimbing

    Join us for Rock Climbing at Devils Lake State Park that contains some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. Over 1,600 routes are listed in the most recent guidebook. A group site is reserved. We will climb Saturday and Sunday. There are many opportunities for both top rope and trad climbing. We can try to coordinate carpooling. You will be responsible for your own meals. There is a limited number of spots available for beginners (those who have never have climbed before or do not know how to belay).

    Estimated cost: $10 (campIng). Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 20.

    Betsy S.

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  107. Fri
    May 10
    • Day trip

    Slow and Go Bike Ride

    Every Friday morning from May 3 to early October. Bike ride on trails in and around the Twin Cities. Speed: About 10 mph. Distances: 10 to 20 miles. We stop for lunch. Non-members are welcome to check out our club on any day trip. Helmet required. Contact Dennis for more information.

    Dennis W.

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  108. Wed
    May 8
    • Day trip

    Hiking at French Regional Park in Plymouth

    Join us at French Regional Park at 12605 Rockford Road in Plymouth for an evening spring hike. The unpaved trails will go through woodland,grassland and wetland habitats. Meet at the main building, across from the play area, at 7:00 p.m. We'll hike for an hour and a half or so then head to Freziac, a frozen yogurt shop at 494 and Rockford Road. We'd love to see you on May 8!

    Estimated cost: $ for post hike refreshments.

    Lori L. & Don L.

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  109. Wed
    May 1
    • Day trip

    Border Route Trail BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing

    The wilderness sections of the Border Route Trail run above and along several lakes along the US/Canada border and provide spectacular overlooks to those lakes. Trail clearing consists of removing brush and downed trees and in the wilderness is done with hand tools: crosscut saws, loppers, and scythes.

    Most trips travel up after work on Thursday and return on Sunday. On canoe trips, day after arrival the canoeing crew will paddle 2 or 4 miles to a campsite, set up a base camp and start clearing the trail. Trail clearing will continue the next day and the crew will paddle out and return home on the last day. The tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back.

    All paddling equipment and tools will be provided. A suggested personal gear list will be provided and carpool arrangements developed once registrations start coming in. Registration consists of selecting your trip, answering some basic experience questions, and reading and signing the liability waiver. Fee payment can be made by using Paypal or by sending a check. Please go to the sign up on the Border Route Trail web site. Contact Tom Suter if you have questions.

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  110. Sun
    Apr 28
    • Day trip

    Ironman Bicycle Ride

    Do you need motivation for training this winter/spring? Do you want to start off the cycling season with a bang? Do you fancy a scenic tour of the St. Croix River Valley via bicycle...or tricycle or unicycle? Join Team MN Rovers and hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts for the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride.

    I started a MN Rovers team for the event. I have a Duathlon the day before the ride, so my ride length will depend on how successfully I destroy myself in the race and on what other Rovers wish to do. There are ride lengths suitable for pretty much anybody, so we can do whatever fits the mood and the motivation of the day.

    Ride Location: Starts @ Washington Co. Fairgrounds, Stillwater, MN
    Routes: 100 | 75 | 50 | 25 | 15 miles

    Cost is $30 if you register by 2/28, or $35 after that date if you register as part of the MN Rovers team. Register online as a team entry using using the password teammnrovers.

    Note this is not a race, but a leisurely ride at your own pace with plenty of hydration/food stops (with candy!). Meeting time and place TBD.

    Estimated cost: $35. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Seth D.

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  111. Fri - Sun
    Apr 26 - 28

    Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

    With over 120 free presentations on outdoor activities and adventures, and over 100 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.

    We also need volunteers to help with the canoe/kayak auction (details TBA).

    You're going to be there anyway, right?

    Please contact Heidi S. to sign up.

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  112. Sat
    Apr 20
    • Day trip

    Welcome Spring Party

    Welcome Spring Party! Lets welcome spring and reconnect! Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share and BYOB. Meet at Karen's after 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to get directions, and specify appetizer or dessert.

    Karen G.

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  113. Thu - Sun
    Apr 18 - 21

    Border Route Trail Maintenance (Mechanized) — Pigeon River Cliffs Section

    “It's fun, it's great exercise, it makes you feel good, and the scenics and camaraderie are unbeatable.” Join members of the Border Route Trail Association for an early spring trip to the Pigeon River Section of the BRT. We'll leave from the van pool meeting spot at 3701 Pillsbury Ave. So., Mpls with a stop in Duluth for dinner followed by a drive up the North Shore to the McFarland Lake campground on the east end of the BRT.

    This part of the trail hugs the Canadian border, with incredible views from the ridges overlooking the Royal and Pigeon River valleys. Along with some of the best scenics in the Upper Midwest, you'll be treated to great food and camaraderie such that you'll be ready to immediately sign up for the next trip.

    Over the three days we plan to do dead-fall sweeps from our McFarland Lake camp ground and heading east along the ridge overlooking the valley of the Royal River to the Stump River bridge. We've received reports of a fair number of deadfalls from a late fall storm. We'll split up into two crews with one chain saw and two brush-cutters per crew followed by 3 to 4 people per crew to throw the cut items off the trail to the side.

    Beginners are welcome as long as they've had camping experience and can hike up to 6 to 7 miles per day over occasionally rugged terrain with altitude variations up to 450 ft. Certified saw operators, brush-cutter operators and BRTA crew chiefs receive priority.

    Estimated cost: $55. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: 12.

    Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association, BRT Meetup Group, & TC Hiking Meetup Group

    Ed S.

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  114. Sun
    Apr 14
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Willow River State Park

    Willow River State Park is 35 miles east on 94, and a bit North on US -12. It is located on the Willow River in WI, it is a 2,900 acre state park. It has 10 plus miles of hiking trails through woods and prairies. One of the highlights is a large waterfall with several overlooks.

    Meet in the town of Burkhardt at 10:00 a.m., a few miles north of the park entrance on US-12, (also know as A) in the large parking across from the BP gas station, if you want to pile into as few cars as possible to save on the $10.00/vehicle entrance fee). Otherwise drive directly into the park off of A into the park's main entrance and follow the park's road to the beach parking lot. RSVP for a google doc for car pooling.

    We will begin our hike at 10:30 from the beach parking lot. There are bathroom facilities at this parking lot. Be prepared to hike rain or shine! Bring a bag lunch. Hope to hike 3 -4 hours or so. There are options to get back to car on your earlier with many hiking loops available.

    Estimated cost: gas, plus day parking permit. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Venke H.

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  115. Sat
    Apr 13
    • Day trip

    St. Paul Spring Parks Cleanup

    The Rovers will again help The Friends of Henry Park with buckthorn removal, a project we've been involved with for several years now. Work will likely include moving and stacking pre-cut buckthorn, with breaks for * donuts. * It's always a lot of fun, and the Friends really appreciate our efforts. Last year, we got to admire some spring ephemerals in bloom and there was plenty of fresh young edible garlic mustard available for the picking.

    We will meet at Henry Park in St. Paul at 8:30 a.m. Wear your work clothes, and bring protective eyewear/sunglasses and work gloves. If you forget, there are always supplies available. Henry Park is located between Skyway Drive and Ogden Street in St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently, the best access is from 2120 Skyway Drive (just south of Battle Creek Regional Park on the Mississippi River bluff.) Please e-mail Annie to sign up.

    Annie S.

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  116. Fri - Sun
    Apr 12 - 14

    Crane Meadow Refuge Spring Hike Trip — Little Falls, MN

    Cabin Fever? Let’s have a change of scenery! The Crane Meadows National Refuge in Little Falls is a good place to view the crane migration and other wildlife activity this spring. Little Falls is also home to the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park which has 8 miles of trail to explore. The cranes have already begun moving so we can’t be sure how many we’ll see but I’ve been told Rovers are very lucky with these things… Lodging will be at Campfire Bay Resort in nearby Cushing. There are three cabins which sleep 8-16 people and all are available. The larger group we have the better the rates. For a group of 8, the lodging cost per person for the weekend will be $60. We can eat at a local e on Friday night, either at the Black & White Cafe in Little Falls or across from the resort at the Hitchin’ Rail. Both are popular with the locals. Or you can bring a dinner. Breakfasts and lunches are on your own. The cabin has a full kitchen and there are already three crockpots signed up for the trip and we’ll use those to rustle up a tasty group meal for Saturday evening. Estimated cost: $60/lodging + Sat. dinner. Deposit: $35. Max trip size: 16. Holly B. & Rosie D.

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  117. Tue
    Apr 9
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  118. Sun
    Mar 24
    • Day trip

    Skiing at Welch Village

    Close out the slopes for the 2013 season! Welch will close for the season this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Let's do one last ski/board/potluck to close out the season right.

    Meet at the bottom of the Dan's Dive lift at 10:30 or over by the firepit at noon for a potluck. Let me know if you plan to come so we can coordinate food and keep an eye out for you. Keep in mind that many people don't have cell reception at Welch.

    Melissa H.

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  119. Tue
    Mar 12
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  120. Sun
    Mar 10
    • Day trip

    Snowtubing at Theo Wirth Park

    Want to get out and enjoy the snow before the March melt! Join us for tubing at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis (1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422). We will go during the 1:30-4:30 pm time slot and possibly grab food/drinks nearby afterwards. Come for part of the time or the whole thing. Families, kids and friends are welcome! Day trip, so non-members are OK! They have a chalet to get ready and warm up in.

    Estimated cost: $10-$20. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: None.

    Rahul D.

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  121. Sat
    Mar 9
    • Day trip

    Annual Grill and Chill at Afton Alps

    Downhill Ski, Snowboard, Telemark. Enjoy one of the last days of winter on the slopes at Afton Alps. Tailgate BBQ for lunch. Bring a lawn chair, something to grill, something to drink, and something to share. I will provide the grill and charcoal. Meet at the parking lot in front of the Meadows Chalet (far end, lower lot) at 9:00 a.m. Eat lunch at around noon. Ski some more after lunch and stay as long as you feel.

    Estimated cost: $43. Max trip size: Unlimited (just show up).

    Tom M.

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  122. Thu - Mon
    Mar 7 - 11

    Skiing/Snowboarding in Big Sky, MT

    First annual trip to Big Sky Mountain Resort in Montana! This trip is designed for experienced (intermediate or advanced level) skiers and/or snow boarders who plan to be on the slopes all day. If you are new to skiing but would still like to come, try and find someone who is at a similar level as you so you are not skiing by yourself all day.

    There are additional activities (e.g., snowmobiling, snow shoeing) available that people are more than welcome to coordinate if they would like to.

    The price quoted includes airfare and rentals but if people want to drive out and/or bring their own gear, they are more than welcome to do that. Also, if you are not flying, then you can exclude the cost of the car rental/gas estimate.

    We will fly in Thursday, ski Friday through Sunday, and fly out on Monday. We will stay four nights at a cottage about 15 minutes from the slopes. The cottage has a fireplace, hot tub, washer/dryer and full kitchen. Three group dinners are included in the price otherwise food will be on your own. We will stop at a grocery store for supplies once we arrive in Bozeman.

    Cost Breakdown:

    Airfare - $515
    Lodging (4 nights) - $200
    Lift Ticket (3 days) - $257
    Ski Rental (3 days) - $105
    Car Rental/Gas - $90
    Food (3 group dinners) - $24
    Estimate Total - $1,191/person

    A deposit of $200 must be paid to reserve a spot!

    Estimated cost: $1,191. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 8.

    Amy C.

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  123. Fri - Tue
    Mar 1 - 5

    BWCA Winter Camping Trip

    We will be heading into the BWCA for some winter camping and exploring. The tentative plan is to set up a hot-tent base camp and do day trips to hiking/snowshoe trails and other lakes. If the weather or the group desire is different, a loop route and/or cold camping is an option. Let Seth know if you have any questions.

    Estimated cost: Tent rental, food, gas. Deposit: NA. Max trip size: 5.

    Seth D.

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  124. Fri - Sun
    Mar 1 - 3

    Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center

    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 for $10 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.) $115 for weekend includes Friday and Saturday night’s lodging, activities, and five delicious home-cooked meals (breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and Saturday dinner). $80 for kids 12 and above, $50 for 5 to 11, and 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: $115. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: ~35.

    Stacey G.

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  125. Fri
    Mar 1
    • Day trip

    Evening Ski at Lake Elmo

    Winter is not over yet! Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the new Nordic Center at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.16 km of trails are groomed for both skate and classical (9k are lighted!).

    Cost: $5 vehicle permit plus MN Ski Pass: $6 daily or $20 annual. Purchase annual at Holiday gas stations or online.

    Bring snack (or $1s for vending machines) and call or email if coming.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  126. Thu - Sun
    Feb 28 - Mar 3

    Winter Camping in the BWCA

    We will leave early Thursday morning for entry point 14 (Little Indian Sioux River) on the Echo Trail. The plan is to then ski, pulling sleds, into the southern part of Loon Lake and set up a base camp from which we will explore the hills and lakes of the region. Sunday we will pack up and head for home, returning sometime that evening. Dinners will be provided, but bring your own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Some winter camping experience required.

    Estimated cost: $50. Max trip size: 6.

    Bill D.

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  127. Sat
    Feb 23
    • Day trip

    Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding at Welch

    Join us for downhill skiing/snowboarding at Welch. Meet by the main ticket window at 11:30a.m. or by the fire pit to the right of Mad Jax (if you are coming off the hill) at 1:00p.m.

    We'll do a potluck BBQ mid afternoon. Since the last time I suggested a potluck we ended up with 5 people bringing brats or hotdogs, and not much else, I'll put together a potluck and carpool doc. Let me know if you plan to come and I'll send you the link.

    Please let me know BY FRIDAY night if you plan on joining us. Many people do not have cell reception at Welch.

    Lift TIckets and Rentals:

    Lift ticket at window: $49
    Print at home ticket: $39

    If you need rentals, let me know and we will hook you up with a season pass holder who can get discounts on rentals and tickets.

    Estimated cost: $39 with print at home ticket.

    Melissa H.

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  128. Fri - Sun
    Feb 22 - 24

    Snowshoe Lacing Workshop and Skiing, Lac Qui Parle State Park

    Visit this Western MN State Park to make your own snowshoes, ski 5 miles of trails pending snow, and stay in a heated camper cabin.

    As workshop participants, you'll learn how to string the laces on your very own prebuilt wooden snowshoe frames (pointed end Ojibwe-style) and how to use them. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 registration fee includes the snowshoe kit and materials. Bindings are not included in the kit, but park staff will explain how people can make their own rubber bindings.

    After the workshop, there'll be a little time to ski and explore before nightfall, when we can play games and have a roaring fire outdoors. Meals on your own. Bring bag lunch for the workshop. Potlucks both nights if everyone wants.

    Camper cabins are heated single rooms with bunks (coed) and a dining table but no cooking inside. You will register for the workshop on your own. As of 12/18, there's only 5 spots left in the workshop, so let me know soon.

    Estimated cost: $30 + $75 Workshop Fee. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 6.

    Annie S.

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  129. Mon - Sun
    Feb 18 - 24

    Dogsledding & Winter Camping in the BWCAW

    Rovers are ready to winter camp and dogsled once again on this trip of a lifetime! 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 Monday night at the Wintergreen Lodge on White Iron Lake, then set off for a guided adventure in the BWCA. We’ll spend four nights on trail, then return either to the Wintergreen Lodge or another Ely area lodge (frequently Timber Trail on Farm Lake) on Saturday where an optional sauna and plunge in the lake await.

    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. Wintergreen Lodge boasts 5-star French chef Bernard Hermann for lodge meals, and trail meals are prepared by wonderful Wintergreen guides. With advance notice, special diets are easily accommodated.

    Tips for guides and gas costs to travel to Ely additional. Non-refundable deposit is $100, due October 1 (made out to Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge). Balance is due by December 18. Rovers membership is required for this trip.

    An additional bonus outing, available through the International Wolf Center, is an aerial telemetry flight to track collared wolves in the BWCA on Sunday, Feb. 24. The cost for this option is $85, with a minimum of 8 participants.

    Estimated cost: $1,075. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 12.

    Audrey S.

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  130. Sat - Sun
    Feb 16 - 17

    Candlelight skiing at St. Croix State Park

    Ski and snowshoe at St. Croix State Park east of Hinckley, about 1½ hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the modern guesthouse in the park and go to the candlelight ski in the evening on 2½ miles of lighted trails. We'll meet in the park at 1 p.m. Saturday for skiing or hiking (and maybe some geocaching) and leave after lunch on Sunday. 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: $40. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 10.

    Beth G.

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  131. Fri - Mon
    Feb 15 - 18

    Skiing and Snowshoeing at Itasca State Park

    Enjoy a winter wonderland at Itasca State Park Hostel. Ski in/ski out and snowshoe on groomed trails both classic and skate ski. Hike to the headwaters of the Mississippi nearby, take a night walk on beautiful Lake Itasca, enjoy a good book in a comfy chair by the fireplace in the evening or join in games that usually take place in the large dining room. One of the best value Rover winter trips...3 nights lodging and 7 meals (Sat-Mon. breakfast)! Hard to beat...this popular trip will fill so sign up quickly.

    Estimated cost: $100. Deposit: $70 ($35 non-refundable). Max trip size: 31.

    Barb S. & Shelly G.

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  132. Thu - Sun
    Feb 14 - 17

    Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, and Snowshoeing at Giant's Ridge

    60k of scenic, well-groomed cross-country ski trails weave through the Superior National Forest at Giants Ridge. There is also great downhill skiing and snowshoeing. We will be staying 3 nights at the Sports Dorm, where we have reserved 2 rooms, each with 2 bunk-beds. It has a limited kitchen facility, where we will make our own breakfasts (i.e., oatmeal or cereal), sack lunches, and crock-pot dinners. One evening, we may out for dinner at the resort or in Biwabik, just a few minutes away.

    Estimated cost: $100 + dinner out, ski passes, and transportation. Deposit: $70. Max trip size: 8.

    Jodi & Scott S. Photos from last year's trip

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  133. Tue
    Feb 12
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  134. Sat
    Feb 9
    • Day trip

    Potluck and Movie Night

    Come join us for a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Lori and Don Leininger's townhome. Contact Lori for address and to let her know what you are bringing. After dinner we will watch the movie "The Way" at our place and eat tons of buttered popcorn. The movie tells the story of walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain. Don and Lori will also share stories about their recent experience walking the Camino. New members welcome and encouraged.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 25.

    Lori L. & Don L.

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  135. Fri - Sun
    Feb 8 - 10

    Cross-Country and/or Downhill Ski Wisconsin Ice Age Area

    Arriving on Friday at 6:00 p.m. 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 Hoeppner lake house near New Auburn WI. For those that would arrive later, detailed instructions can be given to find the lake house. BRING A SLEEPING BAG.

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  136. Thu - Sun
    Feb 7 - 10

    Downhill Skiing and Boarding

    Three days skiing and boarding on the slopes of Lutsen, overlooking Lake Superior. Includes three days lodging and three days lift tickets. Ski trails are two blocks from the Mountain Inn; can be walked or take free shuttle. Optional whirlpool and sauna after day on slopes. We'll have lunches on the slopes, evening dining out. Some experience necessary.

    Estimated cost: $271. Deposit: $271. Max trip size: 8.

    Norm S. & Barb S.

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  137. Wed
    Feb 6
    • Day trip

    Skiing on Lighted Trails

    Join us each Wednesday at 7:30p.m. at French Regional Park in Plymouth to ski the lighted trails. They have both skate and classic trails — we usually skate ski, but may classic every now and then for something different.

    E-mail before 5:45 p.m. if you plan on coming so we know to look for you! We'rethere for ski training through Gear West so you'll find us among a large group of people wrapping things up after class.

    If conditions are not good at French, we'll be at Elm Creek Park instead. Check skinnyski.com or Three Rivers Park District for current trail reports.

    Estimated cost: $4 daily or $50 annual ski pass

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  138. Sat
    Feb 2
    • Day trip

    Candlelight Snowshoe

    Candlelight walk and snowshoe at Afton State Park. Call 651-436-5391 for information about equipment rental. The 3-mile trail will be illuminated for hiking and snowshoeing. Meet at the The event takes place between 6–9pm — we'll meet at the visitor center at 6:30 p.m. Since this is not an overnight trip, non-members are welcome to join us to check out the club.

    Estimated cost: State park pass. Max trip size: open.

    Sponsoring organization: Afton State Park

    Les T.

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  139. Fri - Sun
    Feb 1 - 3

    Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing in Bayfield, WI

    Join us for 2 or 3 days of cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing, watch the start of a dog sled race, and if Lake Superior is frozen we will go to the ice caves and drive out to Madeline Island. We are in an old bed and breakfast (which has a 4-person sauna) that Seagull Bay Motel bought. It overlooks Lake Superior and you can snowshoe from the motel. There are also five motel rooms that we will be occupying. We have the option of staying an extra night (Sunday, Feb. 3 for the Super Bowl). It's a fun trip that fills up fast!

    Estimated cost: $65 (Fri. - Sun.) or $90 (Fri. - Mon) + gas (each car takes care of the cost; encourage carpooling) + 3 meals (lunch and supper on Friday and a meal on the way home). Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 24.

    Frank T. &Lori M.

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  140. Fri - Mon
    Feb 1 - 4

    Snowshoeing, Skiing, Relaxing on the North Shore

    We'll stay at Castle Haven Cabins on the North Shore right on the lake. Two bedrooms, each with queen beds and a fold-out couch. Full kitchen and fireplace. We can snowshoe, ski, read or nap by the fire; maybe drive to Grand Marais or Grand Portage for a day or go up the Gunflint Trail. We'll decide on food as date gets closer.

    Estimated cost: $130 + gas and food. Deposit: $75. Max trip size:4.

    Marsha C.

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  141. Fri
    Feb 1
    • Day trip

    Snow Tubing

    Come enjoy an evening of snow tubing at Elm Creek Park. 10 story hills, and a moving carpet to bring you back to the top! Meet in the Elm Creek chalet 6:30-6:45. We will tube for about 2 hours then continue socializing at a local bar and restaurant.

    Estimated cost: $12. Deposit: N/A. Max trip size: N/A.

    Jane P.

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  142. Wed
    Jan 30
    • Day trip

    Skiing on Lighted Trails

    Join us each Wednesday at 7:30p.m. at French Regional Park in Plymouth to ski the lighted trails. They have both skate and classic trails — we usually skate ski, but may classic every now and then for something different.

    E-mail before 5:45 p.m. if you plan on coming so we know to look for you! We'rethere for ski training through Gear West so you'll find us among a large group of people wrapping things up after class.

    If conditions are not good at French, we'll be at Elm Creek Park instead. Check skinnyski.com or Three Rivers Park District for current trail reports.

    Estimated cost: $4 daily or $50 annual ski pass

    Jodi & Scott S.• 763-954-0820

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  143. Sat - Sat
    Jan 19 - 26

    Kayaking and Sightseeing in South Florida

    By kayak and car, we will explore some wild and semi-wild, but still-interesting, areas from the Everglades to the Keys. Lodging will mostly be in hostels; the specific itinerary will be built over the next month with input by participants. Flight reservation and cost will be made by each inidual. Estimated cost is very rough and will depend on itinerary developed by participants well before January.

    Estimated cost: $1,300. Deposit: $150. Max trip size: 5.

    Mike S. & Shelly G.

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  144. Fri - Mon
    Jan 18 - 21

    Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, etc. at National Forest Lodge

    Three nights at the National Forest Lodge (NFL) within the Superior National Forest near Isabella, MN (~4.5 hours from the Twin Cities). Trip starts with hot dinner served on Friday evening.

    Activities: 30km groomed, single-track XC ski trails & 5 miles marked showshoe trails. Potential broomball and snow kiting too! Sledding hill, outdoor hot tub, lakeside sauna, and "polar plunge" opportunity in hole in the ice. Bring all your snow sport gear & your craziest winter hat (photo op).

    Sleep in log cabins (2–8 persons $205) or the log cabin home (sleeps 10 $270). Must provide your own bedding/linens. All meals (served in the lodge) are included—Friday dinner through Monday breakfast.

    Reasons to come on this trip: Because I sleep better after playing hard all day with old and brand new friends, eating great food (not doing the dishes), and listening to wolves howl me to sleep as I lay in the midst of pine forest, cozy and warm—that's why.

    Other: I've asked NFL not to provide entertainment Saturday evening as is their tradition. Maybe some of you would like to perform for the group? Otherwise we'll have the lodge to play games and socialize in.

    All Rovers are welcome but 15 spots and waiting list preference will be reserved for first-year Rovers (joined 2012 or later). Deposit of $100 must be received to reserve your spot. Contact Rob or Lori for address to send a check.

    Estimated cost: $205 – $270. Deposit: $100/person. Max trip size: 50.

    Rob C.& Lori C.

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  145. Wed
    Jan 16
    • Day trip

    Skiing on Lighted Trails

    Join us at 7:30p.m. at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove to ski the lighted trails. They have both skate and classic trails — we usually skate ski, but may classic every now and then for something different.

    E-mail before 5:45 p.m. if you plan on coming so we know to look for you! We'rethere for ski training through Gear West so you'll find us among a large group of people wrapping things up after class.

    We will not be skiing on January 23, but join us again on the 30th at French Regional Park. If conditions are not good at French, we'll be at Elm Creek Park again. Check skinnyski.com or Three Rivers Park District for current trail reports.

    Estimated cost: $4 daily or $50 annual ski pass

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  146. Sat
    Jan 12
    • Day trip

    Winter Trails Day

    Help others experience the joy of winter by volunteering at the 18th annual Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park! Minnesota Rovers will once again assist REI and Fort Snellingstaff with free activities that showcase how much fun winter can be! In the past, we've been crucial in helping visitors with snowshoes. Other activities will include geocaching, naturalist-led hikes, cold weather camping information, skijoring & dogsledding information. There is a shelter available to get warm by a cozy fire and sip cocoa!

    This event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but you may volunteer for just part of that time. If you can help, please contact Kim or Stacey for more details.

    Estimated cost: 0. Deposit: 0.

    Sponsoring organization: REI

    Kim L. & Stacey G.

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  147. Fri - Sun
    Jan 11 - 13

    Snowshoeing in Maidenrock, WI

    Join me for a weekend of snowshoeing in lovely Maidenrock, WI. We will use trails on the property at Journey Inn and a nearby park. Snowshoes are available at the Inn or you can get them from the equipment cage. Beginners encouraged to join us. Meet Friday evening at the cottage and plan for a full day of snowshoeing on Saturday and Sunday morning. If there is not enough snow this is still a lovely area and we will hike. The owners of Journey Inn also offer massage/energy therapy and life direction coaching (not included in the price). Priority will be given to anyone willing to promote the trip at the Rover meetings. The deposit will hold your place.

    Estimated cost: $110. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: 6-8.

    Maggie P.

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  148. Tue
    Jan 8
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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