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 Beth G.
If you have any other questions about Minnesota Rovers, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- July 7: All about folding bikes
The world is full of wonderful bicycle trails and routes — but it’s not always cheap or easy to get to them with your own bike. That’s why it’s so nice to own a bike that can fold into a suitcase that qualifies as checked luggage.
Martha Garces, brand manager for Calhoun Cycle in Minneapolis, will demonstrate a Brompton, a folding bike that’s still hand-made in London, and Rovers Beth Gauper and Torsten Muller will show their Bike Fridays, hand-made in Eugene, Ore. This program will go on rain or shine! (Rescheduled from May 26.)
- July 14: Bikepacking 101
You may know what to take on a backpacking trip, but how about a bikepacking trip? Long-distance bicyclist extraordinaire David Byrne, who has cycled around the world twice, will show us what he’s putting in his panniers for his upcoming weeklong Rovers trip from St. Paul to Galena, Ill., on the Mississippi River Trail. (And if you want to go on the trip, places still are available; see Trips page.)
- July 21: The Big Boil-Off
If you’ve got to have coffee in the morning, you know the most important piece of backpacking gear: the campstove. Two Rovers who really know their stoves, Ben Warpeha and Rich Hunt, will go burner-to-burner in a competition to see which of six lightweight stoves performs best. How? With heats, of course.
Past Programs & Presentations
- June 30: How to thwart a bike thief
Are you afraid to lock up your bike in a public place? Bicycle thieves are increasingly brazen and often carry crowbars and power tools. So how to thwart them? Dave Bole, owner of the Bicycle Chain at Larpenteur and Lexington in Roseville, will show us the best locks and defensive techniques to keep our bikes from being stolen.
- June 23: Backcountry cook-off
Celebrate the longest days of summer with a cook-off in the park. Show off an old favorite, try an interesting new recipe before you take it on the trail . . . and win prizes! Recipes should be suitable for backpacking, take no more than 20 minutes to prepare and use a single-burner stove. We’ll need lots of yummy entries, so please plan to enter. We’ll also need tasters, so bring plates/bowls and utensils to sample the goodies, find new ideas for Rovers trips and vote for your favorite entry.
- June 16: Show off your favorite camping hack
Let’s share ingenious ways to make camping easier and more fun. One favorite: creating a tent lantern by strapping your headlamp onto a gallon of water. Learn from others and show your own MacGyver-like techniques for being safe, light and happy on the trail.
- June 9: How to save a life: CPR and defibrillators
Could you save a life if you had to? Many of us have had CPR training, but a long time ago. Learn the best current techniques from retired teachers and cardiac-arrest survivors Gene Johnson and Bruce Wizik and Rover Fran Lesicko, who (half) jokingly call themselves “the walking dead.’’
They’ll also show us how to use a portable defibrillator. Let’s be prepared out there!
- June 2: Yoga for active people
Ever wondered how you can be less sore after a hard day of climbing, hiking, biking or paddling? Sheila Burns, founder and owner of Bliss Yoga Studio at Como and Snelling, will show us the best yoga poses and stretches to do before and after vigorous exercise. Bring a mat or blanket.
- May 19: Gear Swap
Here’s where you’ll find quality gear from people who know their stuff. Are you trying a new sport and need gear? Find it at the swap!
Do you have unused or extra gear and it’s cluttering your house? Sell it at the swap!
Set-up starts at 6:30 p.m. in Como Park in St. Paul (first outdoor meeting of the season). The swap is open to the public; feel free to bring friends and family.
- May 12: Spring Intro Show
Find out more about all the fun things Rovers do at this digital slide show set to music. Afterward, meet club members and ask questions about the club and the kinds of trips and activities it offers. Held at the Bloomington REI store starting at 7pm.
- May 5: Sailing on a tall ship
Only a lucky few get to sail on a full-rigged, oceangoing ship like the Sorlandet. Built in Norway in 1927, it served as the Norwegian pavilion at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago and, during WWII, as a leisure vessel for German submariners.
It’s now a sail-training ship, and when it visited the Great Lakes in 2013, it accepted short-term trainees. A local sailor will tell us what it was like to be part of the Sorlandet crew on a Lake Michigan voyage and how people can sign up when the tall ships visit again in 2016. Presented by Arne Stefferud.
- April 28: New Zealand by Bike
The South Island of New Zealand provides a smorgasbord of venues for outdoor adventures — seashores, plains, rainforest, mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, vineyards, fiords, grasslands, waterfalls. Join Sue for a whirlwind photo tour of how she explored the island by bike, plane, train, boat, helicopter, foot and van. Presented by Sue Wittkop.
- April 21: Adventure in Nepal
In 2011, two Rovers traveled to Nepal on a photo tour with a company called Grasshopper Adventures. They visited the Kathmandu Valley, the Chitawan Tiger
Sanctuary and a part of the Annapurna circuit, in the company of a professional travel photographer. Presented by Bob and Noel Jarvis.
- April 14: Pannier Bike Tour on the Mississippi
Six Rovers biked 400 miles along the Mississippi River Trail from the Lake Itasca headwaters to St. Paul. This is the initial segment of Route 45 of the US Bicycle Route System, which runs all the way to New Orleans. This summer, we plan to go downriver from St. Paul to Galena or Quincy, Ill. Presented by David Byrne.
- April 7: Las Vegas’ Big Secret
The secret is not how to beat the slots or the blackjack dealer, but how to find a wilderness hike nearby. Less than an hour from the Vegas strip are the Spring Mountains, which include a lot of hiking trails and Mount Charleston, their highest peak at 11,900 feet. This is a picturesque but harsh environment, with a giant mummy and gnarly zombie trees! Presented by Jen Oberg and Barry Shillingford.
- March 31: America’s Greatest Adventure — A Through-Hike of the Appalachian Trail
It is a common dream to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), and people come from all over the globe to hike it. Wally Miars ( aka Silver Streak) will discuss his experience on the AT. You will hear funny stories and learn interesting facts about hiking the world’s greatest trail. Silver Streak found out that hiking the Appalachian Trail is not about a walk in the woods. Come and learn what he found out it was all about. The old and young alike will enjoy hearing this story. Presented by Wally Miars.
- March 24: The Border Route Trail
The Border Route Trail (BRT) is a not-to-be-missed hike along the Minnesota / Ontario border. With incredible views from many overlooks and 65 miles of trail through the BWCAW and semi-wilderness, plus an additional 20 miles of connecting trails, the BRT is often cited as one of the top trails in the United States.
We’ll show photos to inspire you, let you know how to do a moderately paced BRT through-hike in five days and provide tips on day hike and combined canoe/hike opportunities on the BRT and connecting trails. You’ll get advice on when to go, where to find the best stands of old-growth timber and most spectacular overlooks and, if you promise not to spread the word, where to find that hidden mine shaft. Presented by John Elliott and Ed Solstad.
- March 17: Nice Ride Minnesota
Hopping on a bike for a joy ride or a quick trip to a meeting is fun, easy and convenient, thanks to Nice Ride Minnesota. Find out how to check out one of those green bikes you see all over Minneapolis and St. Paul, so you always have a bike handy. You can also learn how Nice Ride is working locally and nationally to bring more people to biking through community-based equity programming, a bikes-by-prescription program, a Greater Minnesota vision and development of bike share’s first industry association. Presented by Tami Traeger, Director of Outreach and Sponsor Relationships for Nice Ride Minnesota.
- March 10: Hiking in Patagonia
Tag along on a trip to these rugged plains in Argentina and Chile, at the southern end of the Andes mountain range. Gretchen will share a snapshot of an REI trip in January with 14 other adventurers, including photos, the route traveled and lodging arrangements. Presented by Gretchen Zunkel.