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 email@example.com
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- 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.
- September 5: Fall Intro Show
More info to follow.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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.
- April 10: 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
Past Programs & Presentations
- 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.
- June 27: Backcountry cook-off
Participate in our 2017 Backcountry Cook-off and help other outdoor enthusiasts expand their backcountry cooking repertoire! Show off your “old reliable” or try an interesting new recipe before you take it out on the trail. The rules: It’s day four of a wilderness backpacking trip. Ingredients/recipes should be appropriate for the backcountry. Recipes should take no more than 30 minutes to prepare and require only a single-burner stove. We’ll need lots of delicious entries, so we hope you’ll consider entering! Tasters— bring your plates/bowls and utensils to sample the goodies and vote for Best Breakfast, Best Dinner, Best Side, Best Dessert, The Dish You Are Most Likely to Make, and People’s Choice!
We need YOU to share your backcountry recipes! If you plan to enter, send Stacey Grimes the following information:
1. Your name
2. What you will make
3. If you do not own a stove and will need a stove burner
Please bring everything you need (ingredients, pots/pans, water, etc.).
Cooking will begin as soon as the meeting part of our night is concluded (around 7:20). Sampling and voting should start by about 7:50.
Will YOU be a Minnesota Rovers 2017 Backcountry Cook of the Year? There will be PRIZES!
- June 20: Different Techniques to Load a Boat on Your Vehicle
Learn various ways to haul canoes & kayaks on your vehicle. Including the ‘hullavator’ (which does the high lifting for you), and the equipment the Rover Gear Locker offers.
Presented by: Rob, Dann, Fran & Stephanie
- June 13: Trailside Flat Repair
Flat bike tires can ruin a beautiful ride, if you don’t remember how to fix them. Join us for a demonstration on how to repair a flat, and be back on the road in no time. Bring a wheel and your toolkit if you want to practice, before you actually need to know!
Presented by Tom H.
- June 6: What’s the big FATBIKE deal?
The fat bike movement has gone from a fad to a full blown community and lifestyle of riding. Extremely versatile fat bikes are a great bike for just about anything. If you have a fat bike please bring it to show it off, so people can see a variety of bikes.
Presented by: Alicia Vin Zant, Mom, Owner, Seven Spokes Bike Shop
- May 30: Yoga for active people
Yoga is a great way to take a break and get energized for the next leg of a long hike, bike ride or paddle. It can be done in the outdoors without any equipment - a mat is truly optional. You probably know that yoga increases balance, flexibility, and strength, but did you also know it protects the spine, cartilage and joints so we can continue to pursue an active lifestyle?
Bring a mat or blanket if you don’t want grass or dirt on your clothes and Tammy N. (4 year Rover member) will lead us in some yoga poses and stretches.
- May 23: Basic Bike Maintenance
An introduction to maintaining your bike. Topics covered will include lubrication, adjusting both caliper and disc brakes, fiddling with your derailleurs (even while cycling!), and wheel balance. Feel free to bring your bike so you can follow along with it.
Presented by David B.
- 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.
- 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. More information is here.