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.
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Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- February 9: Annual Meeting
Before the presentation (below) vote in the 2016 Board of Directors.
- February 9: Hiking in Western Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known more for beaches and bird-watching than for hiking, and for good reason: Only some of its many national parks have trails worth hiking.
But a few are spectacular. Rovers Torsten Muller and Beth Gauper will tell you where to find them, how to make your way around the country and how not to end up on the wrong side of the volcano.
- February 16: Hiking in the Sierra Nevadas
Between wildfires and heavy rain, four Rovers squeezed in a week of hiking and camping in California’s Sierra Nevada Range, John Muir Wilderness and King’s Canyon National Park in August 2015. Presented by Joe Bornong.
- February 23: Mother-Daughter Adventures in the North and South Islands of New Zealand
Join us for a presentation that will highlight our adventures in the air, water and below ground. Learn about Maori culture, the 2015 World Cup champion rugby team (go All Blacks!), glowworms, glaciers, mining and much more. Presented by Darcy Amnuel.
- March 1: 28 Days of (Mis)adventure in the BWCA and Quetico
Enjoy pictures, planning tips and highlights of a 28-day, no-resupply trip to the BWCA and Quetico, featuring Mooserider, Cap’n E and the intrepid J! Our trip took some unexpected twists and turns as we paddled from Tofte to the border and into central Quetico!
Learn the thrilling details at this talk! Was cannibalism necessary? How could we possibly live without Internet access for a month? What were the locals like? Which portage has most definitely NOT been improved by new maintenance? Is it possible to eat too many blueberries? Presented by Elisha Polomski.
- March 8: Everything you need to know about ticks (and how to avoid them)
Regular ticks are bad enough, scuttling into hidden niches on the human body and gorging themselves on blood. But their ick factor pales next to the danger posed by deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme and other diseases — and not just in late spring and summer.
Don’t stop hiking in the woods, but find out what you need to know to prevent infection: when and where you’re most at risk, how to identify nymph and adult deer ticks, symptoms of tick-borne diseases and what to do to protect yourself. Presented by Franny Dorr, epidemiologist for the Vectorborne Disease Unit for the Minnesota Department of Health.
- April 12: Hiking to Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida
On the northern coast of Colombia, the jungles and mountains that separate Ciudad Perdida — the Lost City — from civilization make getting there a hike worthy of Indiana Jones!
Rover Doug Johnson completed the five-day hike to these fantastic ruins, which predate Macchu Pichu by 600 years, just this January. He will illustrate his presentation with photographs and maps of the hike and give details about transportation, costs and tour groups.
Rescheduled from Feb. 2.
Past Programs & Presentations
- January 26: Diving, Snorkeling and Hiking in Bonaire
The tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire has some of the best shore diving and snorkeling in the world. It’s also home to more than 150 species of birds, various cacti, a national park, salt pans and even a distillery!
Rovers Randy Donelson and Christy James will present pictures from their underwater and topside explorations as well as provide tips on equipment, preparation and transportation to this tropical paradise.
- January 19: Outward Bound and Wilderness Tips
Learn how Outward Bound changes lives through challenge and discovery, generally in wilderness. Dan Stark, program coordinator for Voyageur Outward Bound School in St. Paul, also will tell us about dog-sledding and cross-country skiing courses for adults and offer tips for traveling through the wilderness.
- January 12: Paddling Manitoba’s Bloodvein River
In July 2015, six Rovers flew into Manitoba’s Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and paddled 220 kilometers on the Bloodvein River to Lake Winnipeg.
Part of the Canadian Heritage River System, the Bloodvein passes through calm marshes and small lakes as well as narrow gorges with Class I to IV rapids. Along its shores, bedrock outcrops and massive boulders illustrate the retreat of the last glacier, and paddlers have a view of vegetation and wildlife that have evolved undisturbed and virtually free of non-native species. Tom Eckstein and fellow paddlers will provide a visual tour of the river, including GoPro footage of some of the rapids they ran.
- January 5: Cuba: The Forbidden Fruit?
Once off limits to Americans, the Jewel of the Caribbean is slowly opening up for travel. Experience pulsating rhythms of Cubano culture in the sultry cities of Santiago, Baracoa and Havana.
World traveler Jason Sprayberry will tell you how to legally travel there, live on the cheap with locals — and stay out of trouble. So hurry to Cuba, before Starbucks beats you there!
- December 29: Ice Playgrounds of Lake Superior
Snow isn’t always reliable in winter, but we can always count on ice. Wherever it is found — on cliff walls, in river canyons and along shorelines — it forms stunningly beautiful tableaux that are different each day.
Beth Gauper will tell you where to find the most beautiful icescapes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula (and the kind of cleats you’ll need to explore them).
- December 22: Wildlife encounters in New Zealand
For six weeks last January and February, two Rovers roamed through New Zealand. With a diverse landscape, New Zealand offers a variety of adventures. This presentation will emphasize our efforts to find and photograph the country’s unique wildlife, including such birds as weka and albatrosses and such animals as fur seals and tuataras.
It will also include mention of threats to wildlife and some of the efforts used by the country to reduce those threats. Presented by Mike Sweet.
- December 15: Hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim
In October, Rovers Barry S. and Jen O. hiked the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim over 4 days, camping along the way. This was a trip they had wanted to do for years and finally got the required permit this year. They also did a number of side hikes off the main trail. Enjoy spectacular pictures from their trip as well as hear about the logistics of putting the trip together and the best time to do it.
- December 8: Bicycling Through Winter
Join the hardy Minnesota cycling hordes and ride your bike throughout winter, to get to work or just to have fun. Learn basic winter-riding skills plus the kinds of clothing you’ll need and the tires that work best. Presented by CJ Lindor of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.
- December 1: Joining the Loppet Adventure
The Minneapolis-based Loppet Foundation is best known for organizing the big City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in February. But it’s active throughout the year, offering mountain-bike as well as ski training and monthly events and outings for members.
It also offers many opportunities for volunteers to help build and maintain the urban trail network and create passion for outdoor activities. Presented by Lindsay Henning and Emily Eastman of the Loppet Foundation.
- November 24: Outdoor Photography on a Budget
Would you like to be National Geographic’s next outdoor photographer, but you’re concerned about equipment costs? Learn how to capture the wonders of nature using equipment that won’t break the bank.
Rich Hoeg of Duluth built his own skills via a 365-day photo project where he forced himself to capture an image of a bird every day . . . even in blizzards! He’ll provide tips on equipment, exposure settings, photography project ideas and more.
- November 17: Adventure in Peru
Come along on a trip to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Lima and the Amazon Basin rain forest. We experience historic sites, villages, city and nature by foot, boat, horseback, raft and paraglider! Presented by Debra and Lauren Gagner.
- November 10: Sightseeing in Delhi
Learn about the biggest attractions in India’s capital—the famous monuments, such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and, of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra—as well as the sights and sounds of old and new Delhi and the best places to shop. Presented by Preethi Haran.
- November 3: Hiking California’s John Muir Trail
The John Muir Trail is one of the top trails in the United States, and you don’t need a car to do it. See some great pictures from the trail and learn what you need to know for a successful hike, such as what bear canisters to use, how to plan food drops and even how to make a cathole. If you have a gear list, you can get it critiqued. Presented by Kim Fishburn.
- October 27: Exploring Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island
Prince of Wales Island, located west of Ketchikan, Alaska, is the third-largest island in the United States. Accessible only by float plane, ferry or private boat, it includes 12 small communities that are surrounded by Tongass National Forest, a rain forest.
POW has Alaska’s largest caves, waterfalls, totem poles and forests. It has great hiking, camping, boating, fishing, kayaking and wildlife-watching (black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, seals, whales, birds). What the island lacks is easy access, hotels and crowds.
New Rover Sue Nokleby will offer tips on how to get to POW and what to do there. It is a fantastic trip!
- October 20: The Twin Cities’ own national park
Did you know there’s a national park in our midst? The 72-mile-long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area runs right through the Twin Cities, and its staff operates a Visitor Center in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul. Park ranger Gordon Dietzman will tell us about paddling, bicycling, bird-watching and hiking opportunities in the park and offer tips on planning a canoe trip.
- October 13: Climbing Volcanoes and Trekking in Luzon, Philippines