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
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. I think it’s as beautiful as the Grand Canyon, and I hope everyone goes away planning their own trip.
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
- 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 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 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
- 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
- September 20: 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 Larry Matthews, Bruce Wizik and Rover, Fran Lesicko. They (half) jokingly call themselves “the walking dead”.
They will also show us how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is actually very easy to use.
- September 13: What it takes to Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail (1st indoor meeting)
An AT thru-hike doesn’t take any specialized outdoor skills. Over 16,000 people have done it. With the release of “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods”, more people are trying it.
This presentation is based on observations from my 2015 AT thru hike. I claim there are six requirements you need to successfully thru-hike the AT. They are: Time, Energy, Money, Motivation, Knowledge, and a final item to be divulged last to give this presentation some suspense.
By Paul “Good Enough” Ebert
- September 6: Fall 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. For more information go here.
- August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
This date is National Toasted Marshmallow Day so how can we celebrate it…hmm…how about we set up a couple of fires, get some bags of marshmallows, get some toasting sticks and start toasting! Add some chocolate and Graham crackers and we’ll have s’mores. We’ll provide the basics; you bring any little extras you think might taste good with melted marshmallows.
- August 23: Gear Swap
Quality Gear from people who know their stuff. Got Gear? 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.
Examples of some of the items available: food dehydrator (6 trays), Ski Wax Iron, Ultegra 6700 triple 39 tooth bike sprocket, dura ace 10 speed 11-21 cassette, 6 egg travel carton, Keen water shoes, set of 2 plates, camping dustpan & brush, lightweight fry pan, all purpose clothesline, Stuff sacks, 48 ft Nylon Cord, inflatable pillow, Kelty kids backpack and other stuff