During the Tuesday program, a presentation is featured following the discussion of upcoming activities and other announcements. Presentations range from multimedia and informative discussions on topics such as past trips, wilderness preservation, equipment demonstrations — to tips & techniques such as bicycle maintenance, backpacking for beginners, how to hang a bear bag, wild flower identification and other outdoors-related topics.
If you would like to schedule a presentation or have ideas/requests for a future Minnesota Rovers presentation, contact Barry S.
If you have any other questions about Minnesota Rovers, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- January 17: Rogue River, Wild and Scenic
This summer I went on a wilderness trip down the Rogue River in Oregon. We were on the river for 5 days and slept under the stars every night. The Rogue River Wild and Scenic Area is a wonderful place for hiking, rafting and kayaking. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure sort of place, where you can go full wilderness or stay in comfort at lodges along the way. Come see some beautiful pictures and whet your appetite for your next adventure.
Presented by Megan C.
- January 24: Long-distance Hiking in the Alps
Hiking is part of the culture and history in Europe and hiking in the Alps is different from anything in the U.S. It feels like luxury when you hike from Alpenhuette to Alpenhuette (small, often historical, private homes or hostels) that anchor day-long hikes and offer you shelter and hot food after very challenging hikes. The focus will be on two 7-day, 60+ miles well know hikes, the Meraner Hoehenweg and portions of the “Dreampath” (Munich to Venice) through the central Alps and Dolomites. Hear stories about the wonderful people I encountered, overcoming physical and mental challenges and see photos of amazing sights. Oh and … cultural challenges for most Americans and how to do these hikes on a budget.
Presented by Heide E.
- January 31: Trekking in Nepal
Nepal offers arguably the best trekking opportunities in the world. See images of the beautiful scenery, cultural sites, and wonderful people from the Annapurna, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo, and Langtang Valley treks also the interesting cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Learn how to plan and the costs for a do-it-yourself trip.
Presented by Steve Mueller
- February 7: Hiking on the footstep of ancient salt merchants along the Italian Appennine Mountains
The Salt Paths are part of a vast network of ancient trading routes leading from the Mediterranean Coast to small villages and cities of Northern Italy in the Italian Appennine Mountains.
Hiked for thousands of years since prehistory and during Roman times, since the Middle Ages they had been used by salt merchants transporting salt from the coast to the main land. Mule herders carrying precious salt from ports of the Ligurian coast would make the arduous 80-mile journey across the Apennines to exchange goods with the people in the villages of Italy.
Abandoned after World War II, these trails are being rediscovered now.
The Salt Paths can be hiked in 8-9 days from the lush vineyards of Piedmont to the rugged coast of the Mediterranean Sea, for a total of about 60-80 miles. Along the way one can meet friendly locals and spend the night at family run quaint B&Bs in the countryside.
Among the hikes highlights are the delectable local, home-made food and delicious Italian wines, the beautiful landscapes, the opportunity to experience authentic Italy and its culture.
Presented by Cinzia Gallia Schlicksup.
- February 14: Lions and Otters and Bears, Oh My! The Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project
The Twin Cities metro area is home to a remarkable diversity of wild mammals. Though often illusive, they leave behind tracks and sign for us to see.
The Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project is dedicated to helping people connect more deeply with nature by sharing the art and science of wildlife tracking. We host a monthly Tracking Club, and conduct tracking surveys for the University of Minnesota and the National Park Service. Over the years, we have identified the tracks and sign of a wide range of mammals in the metro area including river otter, black bear, and even a transient mountain lion.
Our programs are free, and everyone is welcome to join us. We learn together as we explore in the field. Fair warning, however: documented side effects of tracking include sniffing animal scat, kneeling in mud puddles, and developing a strange fascination with the feet of passing dogs.
Come learn a bit about animal tracks, hear stories about adventures in the field, and find out how to get involved in tracking wildlife in the Twin Cities.
- February 14: ALSO - Annual Membership Meeting & Election
Members please come and participate in the running of your club and vote for the 2017-2018 Board. We need to have a quorum of 46 members in good standing for the election. The election will take place during the business section from 7:00 to 7:30.
- February 21: An Minnesota outdoors journalist’s perspective
Bob Timmons, Minneapolis Star Tribune Outdoors Weekend editor, on the back-stories behind some of the most-interesting projects in the paper; on the paper’s approach to the evolving Minnesota outdoors scene; on ways Rovers can add their voices to Strib Outdoors coverage.
- February 28: Birding/Adventure Travel and Conservation in Honduras: a Minnesota/Honduras Migrant Birds Connection
I’m a birding enthusiast living in the metro area but grew I up in Honduras. This presentation will highlight the connections between Minnesota and Honduras related to the migratory birds that are common here in our Spring/Summer but spend Winter in the Central/South America region.
It will also showcase various opportunities for birding and adventure travel as well as local conservation efforts to preserve habitats in the country. Honduras offers several habitat types, from rainforest, pine-oak forest, mangrove, sandy beaches to cloud forests. That diversity in ecosystems explains the huge variety of birds, nearly 800 species have been observed in the country.
Presented by Wilmer F.
- March 7: The Gitchi-Gami State Trail – A Great Trail on Our Great Lake
Bike, hike or roll—the Gitchi-Gami State Trail offers plenty of ups and some really fun downs. With 29 of 89 miles completed, the current segments of trail have a lot to offer. Join the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association’s Michelle Pierson as she presents the Association’s Interactive Map Tour, shares photos and videos, highlights upcoming construction projects, and more!
Executive Director, Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
- March 14: A Tour of the Emerald Isle; as experienced by four exuberant, circulean haired grannies
Explore the City of Dublin and learn why the Temple Bar is not just a pub. Then sojourn to the historical fishing village of Howth to experience the hiking trails and vistas from the peak of Howth Head Peninsula. Eight kilometers from the city of Cork we’ll amble about the well sculpted grounds of Blarney Castle. Have a desire for the gift of Blarney? Climb the medieval stairs and give the magical stone a smooch. Killarney is where we’ll trek the 11 kilometer Gap of Dunlow and embark on a tour of the renowned and stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula. Our expedition to Galway offers traditional Irish music, talented street buskers, the Aran Island of Inisheer, Jaunting Cars, and Cliffs of Moher. The grand finale for two of the four grannies is a three day sodden bike ride through the mountains and moors of the Connemara region. But don’t let the rain stop you from delighting in every minute of it. We didn’t!
Presented by Dori H.
- March 21: Minnesota Rovers Cooperative Living in the City - RoverTown: a presentation and discussion
With the Rovers experience in living together on trips, always a mix of self-sufficiency, cooperation and interdependence on communal activities, the Rovers have already practiced cooperative living outdoors in sunny and rainy times. Cooperative Living, having a complete private residence and shared community spaces like kitchen, dining and other living spaces, could be a natural fit for Rovers who’d like to live together in the city. There will be a short presentation and discussion of interest.
Presented by Mark Anderson
- March 28: Year 3 Progress and struggles: Update on Buckthorn Removal on MN Rover Woodlot
What does 2 1/2 years get us on buckthorn removal on the woodlot? What have we learned, how far have we come.? How important can it be to know the history of the area you are trying to improve? What are the plans for 2017? How can we as a club and you as an individual help?
Presented by Cheryl batson
- April 18: Kayak Circumnavigation of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Great Barrier Island is the 6th largest Island in New Zealand. It lies about 100 km NE of central Auckland. About 60% of the island is a nature reserve. Most of its less than 1000 inhabitants live from farming and tourism. The west side of the island is sheltered and calm and has hundreds of tiny secluded bays. The eastern coast has long clear beaches, wind-swept sand dunes and heavy surf. Inland has wetlands, rugged hill country, and old growth and regenerating kauri forests.
Presented by Fran L.
- April 25: Hiking in the U.K. - Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Glen Way
Hadrian’s Wall was once the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and extends coast to coast across 73 miles. Heidi hiked it one week in the summer of 2015. In September 2016, Heidi and Doug spent a week hiking the Great Glen Way in Scotland, 79 miles from Fort William to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal and three lochs, including Loch Ness. They will share their photos and discuss the geography and history of these areas in Great Britain.
Presented by Heidi and Doug
- May 2: Iceland - No Place Like It
More information to follow.
Presented by Jen and Barry
- May 9: Spring Intro Show
This event is an introduction to MN Rovers and will include a slideshow of photos from Rover trips. This will be held at REI in Bloomington.
- May 16: Gear Swap
Quality Gear from people who know their stuff. Got Gear?
Spring cleaning? Unused gear cluttering your house? Sell it at the Swap! Need Gear? Trying a new sport? Looking for advice? Find it at the Swap! Set up starts at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public, feel free to bring friends and family.
This is the first outdoor meeting of the season at Como Park. Please check here for directions.
Past Programs & Presentations
- January 10: Exploring China: A 3-week adventure
China is the world’s most populous country and the second-largest country by land area. Learn more about the country as travelled by air, rail and bus through some of China’s major cities. On this adventure, I saw local sites such as the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, a panda breeding center, the Leshan Buddha, biked through karst mountains and hiked the Leaping Tiger Gorge.
Presented by Amy E.
- January 3: Adventures in Southern Africa
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a month camping in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; from Cape Town to Victoria Falls? See what it’s like to go from the Cape of Good Hope; to temps of 125 degrees in the Namib Desert; to wild game reserves and rain forests. Come hear all about it so you can make plans to do it too!
Presented by Karen Nikolai.
- December 27: Isle Royale National Park: The Least visited, Most Re-visited
- Copper mining, relics abound
- Moose, Wolves
- In Michigan waters yet closer to Minnesota
- Expensive access
- Intermediate skill
- SHT is great prep
Interested? Come by for my presentation. It is based on my trip in 2006 and research I did for a series of REI talks for the National Parks anniversary.
Presented by Jerry W.
- December 20: Walking England’s Coast to Coast Path
Stretching 192 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, England’s Coast to Coast path combines stunning scenery with the charm of small British villages.
Over half of the path is in three National Parks containing incredibly scenic “fells, dales, moors, tarns, becks and gills”. The path passes through or near 33 English villages providing the potential for a pub or tearoom along the way and a variety of lodging opportunities including camping, hostels, hotels and wonderful B & B’s.
This has become the most popular long distance hike in the U.K. with upwards of 10,000 walkers completing it annually!
The Langlands will review their recent trip and provide information on planning your own self-guided adventure on this wonderful path
By Jim and Penny Langland
- December 13: Vacationing by Bicycle: a Puffer’s Guide
A “puffer” is a bicyclist who doesn’t have an expensive bike or equipment but still enjoys taking multi-day biking trips. Having been a “puffer” since 1980, I will show photos and speak about a variety of bicycling vacations I have taken and offer tips on getting the most from them. Please join me in a conversation about what makes longer bicycling adventures a pleasure for YOU!
Presented by Doug J.
- December 6: Red-headed Woodpecker Nesting Ecology
Red-headed Woodpeckers were once common across the United States and Minnesota, but in the last 50 years their population has shrunk by a disturbing 70%. Learn how nest camera technology is informing conservation efforts within Minnesota, and through photos and video get an up close look at the lives of these charismatic birds.
Presented by Brittney Y.
- November 29: Canoes: A Natural History in North America
Dr. Mark Neuzil, who is the coauthor along with Norman Sims of Canoes: A Natural History in North America, will speak on canoes and canoeing and show images from their book. He will discuss the canoes of the First Peoples, as well as the development of wood, wood-and-canvas and synthetic canoes. Neuzil is professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas, a former summer park ranger, USFS-licensed guide, and the author or co-author of several books with environmental themes.
- November 22: South India’s Harvest Festival
India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu is primarily a land of farm fields punctuated by hills, villages, and towns. In this agricultural land the biggest yearly event is the Pongal harvest celebration. See photos and videos of this colorful and boisterous village festival.
Presented by Ted U.
- November 15: Backpacking and Hiking in the Philippine Cordilleras
We backpacked the scenic Kibungan Circuit and camped on Mt. Pagpaya in the heart of the Cordilleras. The campsite is next to Tabaw Peak. Also we, day hiked on rice terraces that were 2,000 years old.
Presented by Mike & Nori.
- November 8: Bicycling From Prague to Berlin
Travel through the former East Germany with Rovers Beth Gauper and Torsten Muller, who bicycled along the Elbe River and Euroroute R1 between the Czech and German capitals. The route is lined with dramatic natural and historic landmarks: Saxon-Switzerland National Park; Lutherstadt Wittenberg, gearing up for next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation; and Cold War museums, especially interesting to visit now as Europe’s far right gains traction.
- November 1: Hiking in Patagonia
Patagonia, the perfect hiking destination. Mountains, glacial lakes, well marked trails, long days for hiking and interesting flora and fauna. Learn about the areas around El Calafate and El Chelton in Argentina and the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with a bonus of penguins on Magdalena Island. Photos and travel suggestions.
Presented by Amy A.
- October 25: Storm-Proofing Your Camp
Storm-proofing your camp is a mixture of choosing a good campsite, rigging your tent with storm lines before the rain (!); pitching tight tarps that won’t blow down in wind, and effectively waterproofing your gear. In this fast-paced seminar you’ll learn how to recognize and cope with campsite dangers, pick a good tent and storm-proof a bad one; pitch single and double rain tarps; waterproof your gear for rain or a capsize; sleep comfortably in chilling rain and sweltering heat, and dry wet clothes when you don’t have a campfire and the sun isn’t shining.
References: CAMPING’S TOP SECRETS, by Cliff Jacobson, and THE FORGOTTEN SKILLS video, by Cliff Jacobson. If you can do everything in the video you’ll be a big hero to your friends!
Presented by Cliff Jacobson.
- October 18: 310 Miles on the Superior Hiking Trail
Two years ago, my friend Sharon invited me to attend a talk by Cheryl Strayed about her book “Wild”. With nothing on my calendar that night I said yes, and figured I should probably read the book first. I hadn’t camped or really hiked in over 15 years. I had never backpacked, yet those pages were filled with challenge and possibility. Cheryl’s words kindled within me a love affair with wilderness trails and led me to a wonderful group of friends and kindred spirits in the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club. With that as a backdrop, I invite you to take in the next seven chapters of my story, from the miserable trudge through Silver Bay to the victorious finish on Oberg Mountain a year later. A word of caution though…you never know where a story might lead you!
Presented by Alison H.
- October 11: Exploring Norway by planes, trains, & automobiles…plus buses, boats and hiking boots!
From temperate Oslo in the south, to Arctic Honningsvåg in the far north, and many points in between, see some of Norway’s spectacular scenery. Also see a lot of good places to hike along the way.
Presented by Jen O. & Barry S.
- October 4: How to Avoid Waterborne Diseases
Every year the Minnesota Department of Health receives reports of diarrhea illnesses among backcountry users who report drinking improperly treated surface water, including three outbreaks of giardiasis among hikers since 2013. Learn how to avoid being the next reported case of illness! This talk will provide an overview of the different types of microorganisms that can be found in backcountry water and discuss the effectiveness of various water treatment methods and lessons you can learn from previous waterborne disease outbreaks.
Presented by: STEPHANIE GRETSCH, MPH, Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health - Foodborne, Waterborne, Vectorborne & Zoonotic Diseases
- September 27: International Travel Safety
Are you planning a vacation outside the U.S.? Will it be done safely?
This discussion will cover how to dress, act in public, restaurant visits, hotel stays, where to sit on a bus and plane in order to minimize yourself to crime and other threatening situations.
Presented by Mark Dugger