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 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
Six 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 trip mates.
Presented by Megan C.
- December 26: Cycling the World
42 years ago when I was 18 I left home to pursue a dream of Cycling the World. My journal of the first year of that journey is now posted online with photos here. 18 years ago I showed slides of that trip when I was a new Rover. This will be a repeat performance by an old Rover.
Presented by David Byrne
- January 2: A Guide to the Geological History of The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The Apostle Islands offer a wide range of some outstanding geological features. Most of these are easily found if you know what to look for and where. Learn about the 1 billion year geological history of the National Lakeshore: how the islands were formed, how different features were formed, what these features look like, and where you can find these features. Enhance your experience in the Apostle Islands by joining Dan in a geological treasure hunt.
Presented by Dan Morrison.
- January 9: Kolarbyn: Sweden’s Most Primitive Hotel
One of the strangest adventures I’ve ever been on was visiting a hotel with no electricity or cell service in the middle of the Bergslagen Forest in Sweden. A mere two hour drive or ride on public transportation will give you a once in a lifetime experience of sleeping in the Swedish wilderness surrounded by wolves, moose and capercaillie. The staff takes you on excursions to view wildlife and learn how to survive on the food and shelter resources around you. A unique and fulfilling outdoor experience!
Presented by: Sharon S.
- January 16: Hiking in Wales (Heicio yng Nghymru)
Taff Roberts will talk about hiking in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, and along the Welsh Coastal Path. Wales is the only country in the world that has a coastal path the entire 870 miles of the country. Taff will also talk about walking along ancient pathways and visiting holy wells along the way.
Recently Taff started his new business “Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts”
- January 23: Biking 4,300 Miles across the U.S. on the TransAmerica Bike Trail
From the Atlantic to the Pacific the TransAmerica Bike Trail was developed in 1976 to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial. It follows low traffic roads through scenic and historic areas. It was a “bucket list” adventure Rover Steve Mueller and a friend had to check off. Hear about, see photos and learn the planning and costs involved with this exciting self-supported trip.
Presented by Steve Mueller
- January 30: The Art of BWCAW River Snowshoeing (or How I Broke through Ice in Winter and Lost a Snowshoe)
Join us as veteran snowcamper Martin Kubik pushes his luck and physical limits during a winter journey on and along the incredibly beautiful Cascade River.
Martin carefully picks the route, crosses the river back and forth guiding novices to Shrike Lake and then ascends Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota, via the tenuous “Czech Direct”/SW face route.
Whether it is twenty above or twenty below, Martin, survivor of many plunges into icy water, has many tips and a humorous story to tell that will make you want to follow the snowshoe tracks in white snow.
- February 6: Solo Cycle Tour of Small French Towns & WWI Battlegrounds
Steven Malikowski previously presented about his cycle trip across Britain. This time, he’ll describe a cycle tour through small French towns and WWI battlegrounds. The battlegrounds still show the scars from that war, in the landscape and in history. In contrast, this presentation will also show quiet French towns and farms, between the battlefields. If time is available, Steven will also share pictures and stories of a peaceful bike tour in Belgium.
- February 13: The Portuguese Camino Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient spiritual pilgrimage dating back to the middle ages. Nowadays the many routes have become popular with hikers and bikers from around the world. Jeff Nelson completed the Portuguese route from Lisbon Portugal to Santiago de Compostela Spain in October of 2017. He will speak about, the historical significance, how to prepare for the trip, the unique lodging and culinary opportunities, and the amazing scenery along the entire route.
- March 6: New Zealand
More info to follow.
Presented by Fran L.
- March 13: MN Rovers Trailhead Adventure Recap & Prize Drawing
This past winter MN Rovers Trailhead Adventure was set up to encourage people to get outside, discover, and explore 9 destinations in the state. Winter can’t hold you down! Come hear about the adventures of the participants, enjoy submitted photos, learn a bit more about the locations, and - of course - be present for the prize drawings!
Presented by Shelly G. & Debra G.
- March 20: Tops 10 Things to Experience at Voyageurs National Park
At 218,000 acres, Voyageurs National Park has places for everyone to explore. Voyageurs is known for its amazing water-based recreation and camping experiences, pristine lakes and world-class fishing, boreal forests, calling loons, winter ice roads, and starry skies.
Come hear Christina Hausman, executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association, share ways you can make the most our of a visit to Minnesota’s largest national park.
Voyageurs National Park Association is the nonprofit partner of Minnesota’s National Park. VNPA works to connect more people to the park through education, stewardship, and outreach efforts, and to protect Voyageurs through restoration and conservation initiatives.
- 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
- 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
- November 28: Seen in North Korea
I landed in Pyongyang in Spring 2016 amidst North Korean rhetoric of ‘sea of fire’ on the South Korean presidential office.
Places I visited include the Panmunjom, USS Pueblo, and the Cemetery for the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army, etc…..
It had been a struggle on whether or not to share this experience with the public. I have decided to do so.
The presentation will be of a landscape nature, not a political one.
Presented by: Eva Cheng
- 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
- 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 7: Cambodia Revisited
Mike first went 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
- 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.
- 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 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