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7 Day Boundary Waters Snowshoe Expedition – All-Inclusive

January 23, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am


In the spirit of snow walkers and arctic explorers from the past, this is a real high-adventure expedition for anyone who absolutely loves the cold.

Join us for a week-long snowshoeing expedition through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. We travel by snowshoe and toboggan during the day and sleep in large canvas “hot tents” at night. We warm the tent, cook meals, and dry clothes with a wood burning stove. Even if the temperature drops to -40F outside, we can be comfortable with light layers in the tent. Local wildlife includes moose, otter, wolves, beavers, eagles, lynx, and more.

Our winter expeditions are fun, challenging and help you hone your skills for extended travel in extreme cold and deep snow conditions, including:

• Dressing appropriately for conditions
• Maintaining proper hydration
• Selecting, harvesting, and processing firewood
• Using snowshoes
• Packing toboggans
• Axe and saw use
• Ice chisel use
• Winter cooking and baking
• Winter fire building and stove use
• Ice safety
• Winter survival skills

Drive up Sunday, January 23rd and meet at the designated lodge around 3 pm (you can arrive Saturday night for an additional lodging cost). We will bunk that night indoors and go over gear. In the morning Jan 24th, we head to the put-in to start our journey!

This is a loop trip with 5 travel days and 1 layover day (itinerary may change due to weather or other variables). We will travel roughly 25 miles in total. If you plan to fish, we will be in some prime waters for walleye, lake trout, northern pike and bass. There are lots of places to explore such as waterfalls, artifacts from the old logging days, and ancient Native American pictographs. We will hike out Saturday January 29th and pack up. You can head home or spend the rest of the day relaxing and stay at a local lodge.

All meals and snacks on trail are included. We will accommodate special diets as best we can.

Difficulty: Challenging
Total Miles: 25
This trip is for experienced winter campers. You should be very comfortable camping and working in sub-zero conditions. You should be able to provide sufficient personal gear as per the provided gear list. Everyone will be provided a toboggan outfitted with tanks to hold your gear. In addition, everyone is expected to carry some of the group gear such as food, stove, axes, etc. A toboggan will weigh roughly 100 pounds at the start of the trip depending on group size and gear needs. Everyone will help with camp chores.

AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list and details will be sent to you upon payment.

Price: Early bird $1,120 if paid by Dec. 1st. Regular price $1,220 due January 10th.
>A $350.00 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot.
>Spaces are limited and filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP without payment will not hold your spot. The trip may fill before the payment deadline.
>Send Paypal and Venmo payments to info@nowoutdoors.org.
>Credit cards, checks, and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details.
>Please include your full name, email, phone number, and what the payment is for in a comment in Paypal/Venmo or a letter with your check.

• Permits
• Snowshoes
• All meals on the trail
• Group tents
• Toboggans
• Packable wood stoves
• Group med kit
• Lodging nights of January 23rd & January 29th
• Group kitchen
• Water purified daily
• Axe and saws

Not Included:
• Personal gear (clothing, sleeping bag, etc.)
• Transportation to/from the BWCA

Please send all questions to info@nowoutdoors.org

Nick Gordon, Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.


January 23, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am
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Nick Gordon


Ely, MN

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