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.
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Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- October 24: Galapagos Islands—An Epoch Journey
In the spring of 2017, two Rovers traveled to and among the Galapagos Islands, trying to replicate the experiences of Charles Darwin. While those experiences are not really possible, their planning and visit resulted with some rewarding experiences and insights that may help planning and expectations of others.
Presented by Jennifer Frost and Mike Sweet
- October 31: The Loppet Foundation, The Trailhead and the World Masters Cross Country Ski Championships
Marin Byrne and Nancy Nelson from the Loppet Foundation will present a program on Loppet Foundation programs, the new Trailhead building at Theodore Wirth Park and what it will mean for outdoor activities in Mpls. and also the upcoming World Masters Championships in January 2018 - how you can participate either as a racer or a volunteer.
- November 7: Cambodia Revisited
Mike first when to Cambodia while in the military during the Vietnam War. The presentation is about traveling back to Cambodia years later on three separate trips to three different areas of Cambodia and the experiences he had.
Presented by: Mike Smith
- November 14: DIY: Trash to Tools
With the cost of any fuel stoves and lightweight pots making your own from readily available “trash” makes you not only green but also frugal. In this presentation I will show how to make some any fuel stoves and a lidded pot from empty food cans. In addition I will show how to make an insulated cozy to wrap around you new pot or adapt to any other thing you want a custom cozy.
References to how to videos will be provided.
Presented by Rich Hunt
- November 21: Boats, boots, baps, and beer: Roving the English canals
Eleven intrepid Rovers explored the Four Counties Ring in the West Midlands of England. Along the way, we discovered tranquil landscapes, dramatic viewpoints, ancient castles and churches, and intriguing remnants of bygone industries. Presented by the crew of the narrowboat “Riverdance”.
Presented by Bob Jarvis
- December 5: North Circle Route and Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park
Backpacker Magazine calls the North Circle Route the best alpine hike in America. Besthike.com calls it one of the best in the world. Typical itineraries range from 45 to 75 miles and pass through many of the most storied areas of Glacier National Park including Fifty Mountain, Stoney Pass, Ptarmigan Tunnel, the Highline, and Many Glacier. Wildlife is plentiful and views are stunning. Paul did a 56-mile version of the North Circle with his family in late August, capped by a stay at Many Glacier Hotel, and he is excited to share their itinerary and photos, suggest an ideal itinerary, and discuss the planning process.
Presented by Paul Stearns
- December 12: Winter Camping Principles
Bob Gagner will share the principles for enjoying winter camping including layering, food, shelters, winter first aid and answer the two big questions: why winter camp and how to stay warm.
Bob is the founder of the Northwind Winter Adventure program for the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA Winter Adventures program. The programs were designed for introductory winter campers and give over 800 campers an outdoor winter camping experience each year.
- December 19: Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch
6 lucky, adventurous Rovers tested their limits by hiking down Paria Canyon in Utah. Only 20 people a day are given overnight permits for this hike through the slot canyon. All 6 returned to tell the tale of the first day: a thirteen mile, twelve hour hike/swim/scramble. Come see the amazing pictures, get some tips for your own adventures, and maybe see me get heckled by my tripmates.
Presented by Megan C.
- April 3: Experience the Beauty of Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Thunder Bay, Ontario and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park are only about six hours north of the Twin Cities, and it’s worth the effort to visit because there is so much to see and experience. Fur trade and Native American history at Grand Portage and Fort William, a Native American powwow, Ouimet Canyon, the thunderous Kakabeka Falls, scaling the Sleeping Giant, amethyst mines, and wildlife galore. Grab your passport because you’ll be making plans to cross the border once you see what the area has to offer!
Presented by Shelly G. & Stacey G.
Past Programs & Presentations
- October 17: Mount Kilimanjaro
Bob Gagner and Chris Bennett-Gagner climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa this past winter and will share their “Trip of a Life Time.”
They will share the challenge, beauty, routes, best times to go, training, costs and equipment. They’ll also throw in some ideas on a post-climb safari.
- October 10: Turdlos and Dvorak: Boating and Biking in the Czech Republic
In this illustrated presentation, Rovers Heidi Hammond and Doug Johnson will share their experiences on a 10 day trip to the Czech Republic they took last July. The majority of the trip was spent on a “boat and bike” cruise from Prague to smaller towns along the Elbe and Vltava River. Biking from 18 to 30 miles per day while the boat followed, the presenters visited castles, cathedrals, town squares, ossuaries, and a concentration camp in both Prague and small Czech villages during the week. Get some tips on enjoying biking in Europe. And learn what a turdlo tastes like!
- October 3: St. Petersburg to Moscow by River
Cruising Lake Onega, Volga-Baltic waterway, Moscow canal, with stops at St. Petersburg, Mondrogy, Kizhi Island, Yaroslavl, Ugliich and Moscow.
Presented by John Elliott
- September 26: 1,100 Miles Across Britain by Bike, Tent, & Hostels
The longest diagonal across Britain is from Land’s End, in Southwest England, to John O’Groats in Northwest Scotland. Steven Malikowski cycled this route while carrying camping gear. At the time, life was easier by owning a folding bike, so he used that for the trip. This presentation will show the many landscapes of the UK in pictures and videos, and contain some funny moments of the misadventures along the way. Steven’s cycle blog is here.
Presented by Steven Malikowski
- September 19: Just Add Hot Water
This is an introduction to making your own dried camping food, but it is not a comprehensive how to laboratory exercise. I will cover the tools required, foods which can be dried and used. It will show some examples of home dehydrated foods and some commercially available just add water mixes which can form the foundation for different meals. There will be a short overview on how to prepare the foods in the field.
You will be given find references for two books on the topic and sources for the necessary tools.
Presented by Rich Hunt
- September 12: Interesting Places to See and Trails to Hike in Britain
Come to hear about some interesting places in England, Scotland and Wales shaped from over 5,000 years of history. You will also hear about some good hiking opportunities if you want to travel by foot.
Presented by Barry Shillingford
- September 5: Fall Intro Show
Full information here.
- August 29: Fall Gear Swap
Quality used 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. in Como Park in St. Paul (first outdoor meeting of the season). Open to the public, feel free to bring friends and family.
Here are some of the items available:
- MSR Water Filter Hand Pump, like new
- MSR Whisper-lite stove and cook set for 2, good condition (uses isobutane fuel)
- 2005 Giant OCR 1 Road Bike 48cm frame
- Specialized stump jumper mountain bike hardtail 15 1/2” frame
- 18 foot Wenonah Sundowner tandem canoe 18 foot tough weave foam core
- August 22: Camping Hacks
Show off your favorite tips or handy items that make camping easier and more fun. One example: creating a tent lantern by strapping your headlamp onto a gallon of water.
Learn from others and show your own MacGyver-like techniques or handy products/items for being safe, light and happy when camping.
Facilitated by Barry Shillingford
- August 15: Camp Stoves
An REI representative will discuss the various aspects of the latest and most popular camp stoves. Also if other people have old or new stoves you really like please bring them along to show them off.
Presented by Chris Fothergill
- August 8: Roller Ski 101
Great skiers are made in the summer. Come and see and check out roller skis from Hoigaards.
Presented by Andy T.
- August 1: National Night Out
There will be no presentation tonight because many people go to their neighborhood gatherings. If you do want to meet with Rovers there will be the usual discussion about trips and socializing. If you do go to your neighborhood gathering maybe you can chat to people about Rovers and get some Rover business cards to hand out.
- July 25: Orienteering with Map & Compass
Come and learn how to stay found in the wilderness (as opposed to getting lost!). We’ll talk about how to read a map, use a compass, use reverse terrain association (huh, what’s that?), and other tricks to stay found on your next outdoor adventure.
Presented by Don L.
- July 18: 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, Gene Johnson 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.
Anyone who does a brief pre-test and post-test can receive a free CPR Anytime kit, with a training video and CPR practice dummy. This is supported by the American Heart Association to encourage people to learn CPR and teach it to friends and family.
- July 11: Backpacking 101
If you’re interested in trying out backpacking or improving your skills, this presentation is for you. Learn what to take, how to pack it and how to secure your pack. Also if you have a backpack and want to make sure it is fitted correctly please bring it along.
Presented by Mike H.
- July 4: Independence Day
We will not have a meeting this evening.