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7 Day Boundary Waters Snowshoe Expedition – All-Inclusive

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - January 30 @ 7:00 am

If you think winter trekking is all about survival, frozen toes, and frosty nylon tents, Think again! In the spirit of snow walkers and arctic explorers from the past, this is a real high-adventure expedition for anyone who loves the cold. 

Join us for a week-long snowshoeing expedition through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. This will be an intermediate-level trip with incredible scenery including ancient pictographs on towering cliffs and icy waterfalls. One of our layover day campsites will be located on a lake with three sets of falls. We travel by snowshoe and toboggan during the day and sleep in large canvas “hot tents” at night. We warm the tent, cook our meals, and dry our clothes by the heat of a wood burning stove. Even if the temperature drops to -40F degrees outside, we can be very comfortable with light layers inside the tent. Local wildlife include moose, otter, wolves, beavers, eagles, and more.

Our winter expeditions are not only fun and challenging but they will help you build a strong set of skills required for extended travel in extreme cold and deep snow conditions.

Some of these skills include:
• Dressing appropriately for conditions
• Maintaining proper hydration
• Selecting, harvesting, and processing firewood
• Using snowshoes
• Packing toboggans
• Ax and saw use
• Using an ice chisel
• Winter cooking and baking
• Winter fire building and stove use
• Ice safety
• Winter survival skills

Plan to drive up Sunday, January 24th and meet at the designated lodge around 5pm. We will bunk the first night indoors and go over gear. In the morning, we head on down to the put-in and start our journey!

This is a loop trip with 4 long travel days and 1 layover day (the itinerary may change due to weather or other variables). We will travel roughly 30 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 take-out on day 6 and spend the last night back at the lodge.

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

Difficulty: Intermediate
Total Miles: 30+
This trip is not for first-time 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.

AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list specific for this trip and other details will be sent to you upon payment.

Price: $1,100 (Deadline January 11)
>A $350.00 deposit will hold your spot. This is fully refundable up to 7 days after the deposit is received. After that, it becomes a credit.
>Paypal address is info@nowoutdoors.org
>Checks are also accepted. Please pm for details

Price includes:
• BWCA permits
• All meals on the trail
• Group tents
• Toboggans
• Packable wood stoves
• Group med kit
• Lodging/camping fees
• Group kitchen
• Water will be boiled and purified daily
• Ax and saws

Not included:
• Personal gear (clothing items, sleeping bag, etc.)
• Transportation to and from the BWCA (carpooling options available)

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 24 @ 5:00 pm
January 30 @ 7:00 am
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