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
- 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!
- July 4: Independence Day
We will not have a meeting this evening.
- 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.
Presented by Mike H.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 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
- September 5: Fall Intro Show
More info to follow.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- May 2: Iceland - No Place Like It
From Reykjavik to Þingvallavatn and Öxarárfoss to Hið Íslenzka Reðasafn, Iceland is a like no other country on the planet. Come and see photos and hear stories from a whistle stop trip to this Nordic island.
Presented by Jen and Barry
- 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
- April 18: Kayak Circumnavigation of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Great Barrier Island is the 6th largest Island in New Zealand. It lies about 100 km NE of central Auckland. About 60% of the island is a nature reserve. Most of its less than 1000 inhabitants live from farming and tourism. The west side of the island is sheltered and calm and has hundreds of tiny secluded bays. The eastern coast has long clear beaches, wind-swept sand dunes and heavy surf. Inland has wetlands, rugged hill country, and old growth and regenerating kauri forests.
Presented by Fran L.
- April 11: A Year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Instead of having our usual program tonight we are encouraging Rovers and guests to go over to Dave & Amy Freeman’s presentation in the John B. Davis lecture hall, Campus Center at 7:30 pm. Here is the description:
The annual Sigurd Olson Lecture Series in 2017 features Dave and Amy Freeman. Through images, video and words, Dave and Amy will deliver a story filled with perseverance, joy, hope and their unwavering commitment to wilderness protection. These stories revolve around the work that the Freemans have done with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters over the last three years. Come to be inspired and learn how to take further action for the Wilderness you love.
- April 4: Waterscape Designs for Attracting Wildlife
I have been building water features for wildlife since I was 12 years old. This passion led me to start my first business, Aqua Eden, where we specialize in creating waterscapes that enrich life - from wildlife to people. I will talk about some of the design principles we like to use to make these features appealing to wildlife and low maintenance.
Presented by: Jake Langeslag “The Pondologist”
- 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 and Tom Harris
- March 21: Minnesota Rovers Cooperative Living in the City - RoverTown: a presentation and discussion
With the Rovers experience in living together on trips, always a mix of self-sufficiency, cooperation and interdependence on communal activities, the Rovers have already practiced cooperative living outdoors in sunny and rainy times. Cooperative Living, having a complete private residence and shared community spaces like kitchen, dining and other living spaces, could be a natural fit for Rovers who’d like to live together in the city. There will be a short presentation and discussion of interest.
Presented by Mark Anderson
- March 14: A Tour of the Emerald Isle; as experienced by four exuberant, circulean haired grannies
Explore the City of Dublin and learn why the Temple Bar is not just a pub. Then sojourn to the historical fishing village of Howth to experience the hiking trails and vistas from the peak of Howth Head Peninsula. Eight kilometers from the city of Cork we’ll amble about the well sculpted grounds of Blarney Castle. Have a desire for the gift of Blarney? Climb the medieval stairs and give the magical stone a smooch. Killarney is where we’ll trek the 11 kilometer Gap of Dunlow and embark on a tour of the renowned and stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula. Our expedition to Galway offers traditional Irish music, talented street buskers, the Aran Island of Inisheer, Jaunting Cars, and Cliffs of Moher. The grand finale for two of the four grannies is a three day sodden bike ride through the mountains and moors of the Connemara region. But don’t let the rain stop you from delighting in every minute of it. We didn’t!
Presented by Dori H.
- 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