Programs, Classes and Events

Upcoming Events
(Partial listing – more events coming soon.)

Winter Camping: The Basics

Winter Camping: The Basics

Jan 23, 6:30pm - Jan 23, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Don't let cold weather stop you from traveling outdoors for half the year. Learning how to camp comfortably in the winter will allow you to see a whole new world.

Please join Bear Paulsen for an evening of learning about how to stay warm in the cold. He'll cover how to dress, different clothing strategies and share tips and tricks from hundreds of nights of winter camping. He'll also discuss food, water and give some basic safety information.
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590 interested  ·  52 going
Iyengar Yoga [Free]

Iyengar Yoga [Free]

Jan 27, 9:00am - Jan 27, 9:50am

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Iyengar Yoga, named after the late B.K.S. Iyengar, is Hatha Yoga with the aid of many props and attention to detail. It is a slower-paced class that focuses on alignment within the poses which creates stability in the joints while strengthening the muscles. This method helps to cure and prevent injuries, allowing it to be accessible to all despite age or physical limitation.

Shannyn Joy Potter is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, one of only twenty-six in the state of Minnesota.

The store opens at 10:00, but a manager will let you in between 8:50 and 9:05a.m
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44 interested  ·  3 going
Crevasse Rescue (on the Grassy Knoll)

Crevasse Rescue (on the Grassy Knoll)

Jan 27, 10:00am - Jan 27, 2:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Crevasse rescue is an essential practice to remain safe on a mountain​. If you or your climbing partner fall into a crevasse or over an edge, you need to know how to get out before weather, injury, or muscle fatigue sets in, further reducing your chances of getting off the mountain alive. Nearly every crevasse rescue requires a level of improvisation based on the gear you have and how and where the fall occurs. Only a principled understanding of the method can help you in these scenarios. Once a fundamental knowledge of this technique is attained, rescue will be fast, safe, less stressful.

Join Midwest Mountaineering climber, Ian, for a hands on, practiced crevasse rescue scenario just outside the store, where you will get a fundamental understanding of crevasse rescue technique.

You would benefit to attend the clinic with the ability to tie the following knots: figure eight, butterfly, prussik, water knot and/or double fisherman's, however, this isn't necessary for attendance. If you would like to bring your own mountain gear, you are more than welcome.

By attending this clinic, Midwest Mountaineering and its associates are not held accountable for any accidents of relation to crevasse rescue.
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45 interested  ·  8 going
Moving Through Nature

Moving Through Nature

Jan 29, 6:30pm - Jan 29, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Strengthening and stretching for the outdoor adventurist!

Join Matt Wiest from The Center in learning the fundamentals of Foundation Training, this primal movement system creates universal strength by using muscles that are less active in modern, convenient habits and postures like sitting, driving, use of devices, & work environments. This system of strength building has you covered and will supplement everything you do from hiking and rock climbing to rowing and canoeing.
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49 interested  ·  7 going
Winter Camping: Beyond the Basics

Winter Camping: Beyond the Basics

Jan 30, 6:30pm - Jan 30, 8:00pm

This clinic is for those that have already attended Winter Camping: The Basics or those who have winter camped a few times and are looking to expand their knowledge.

Bear Paulsen will discuss choosing a campsite, shelter options and the all important – how to sleep comfortably through the long winter nights. He'll cover winter travel from backpacking on foot to pulling a pulk sled through the BWCA. Sled design will also be covered.
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24 interested  ·  8 going
Long-Distance and Thru Hiking Basics

Long-Distance and Thru Hiking Basics

Feb 1, 6:30pm - Feb 1, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Our National Scenic Trail system spans thousands of miles of ecologically and geologically diverse terrain, providing a protected backcountry experience for hikers. Spending weeks or months walking through such inspiring, and often challenging, terrain is an unforgettable adventure for those who desire an extended wilderness experience.

Henry “Righteous” Slocum will be discussing some of the fundamentals for planning a self-supported hiking adventure, and sharing experience-based tips for achieving your hiking goals. He will advocate Leave No Trace, Hike Your Own Hike, and other backcountry ethics with the goal of encouraging experienced and prospective hikers alike to embark on challenging adventures while preserving the experience for those who follow in our footsteps.

During his Southbound (SOBO) thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2013, Henry knew that it couldn’t just stop there. In 2017, he completed SOBO thru hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Arizona Trail. With nearly 6000 miles on his feet, Henry has experienced the ups and downs of long distance hiking and come back looking for more. He has written about his experience on the Pacific Crest Trail for the hiking blog The Trek.

There will be plenty of photos and stories from the trail!
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96 interested  ·  11 going
Iyengar Yoga [Free]

Iyengar Yoga [Free]

Feb 3, 9:00am - Feb 3, 9:50am

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Iyengar Yoga, named after the late B.K.S. Iyengar, is Hatha Yoga with the aid of many props and attention to detail. It is a slower-paced class that focuses on alignment within the poses which creates stability in the joints while strengthening the muscles. This method helps to cure and prevent injuries, allowing it to be accessible to all despite age or physical limitation.

Shannyn Joy Potter is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, one of only twenty-six in the state of Minnesota.

The store opens at 10:00, but a manager will let you in between 8:50 and 9:05a.m
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22 interested  ·  3 going
Winter in the Boundary Waters

Winter in the Boundary Waters

Feb 6, 6:30pm - Feb 6, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

How do you choose which entry point to start your winter camping trip in the BWCA? Which access roads are plowed? Where won't you hear snowmobiles? In addition to entry points, there will be a discussion of ice travel and how to do it safely on lakes and rivers. Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, will also explain the bane of all ice travelers – slush, and suggest ways to avoid it.... See MoreSee Less

75 interested  ·  2 going
MWM Book Club Meeting

MWM Book Club Meeting

Feb 7, 6:30pm - Feb 7, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Like to read? Like to be outside? Love to read about being outside? Come join our community of outdoor book enthusiasts on the first Wednesday of every month for the MWM Adventure Book Club meetings.

Meetings include a discussion and presentations about the previous month’s book and an introduction of the next month’s book. New members always welcome!
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14 interested  ·  1 going
Climbing 101

Climbing 101

Feb 7, 6:30pm - Feb 7, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands on experience in our Climbing Cave. Learn the basics of bouldering, top roping and what you need to know to get started in this invigorating sport from Midwest Mountaineering employee and climber Malaz! All equipment provided. Wear comfortable clothing!

All climbers must have a completed liability waiver on file at Midwest Mountaineering. Liability waivers expire at the end of the calendar year and must be re-submitted every year. Pre-registration required – limited to 10 participants. Cost $5, no refunds. Minimum age 15.
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15 interested  ·  2 going
Volunteer on Trails and Be Part of a BWCAW Legacy in 2018

Volunteer on Trails and Be Part of a BWCAW Legacy in 2018

Feb 8, 6:30pm - Feb 8, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Are you looking for an adventure? A challenge? And gaining new skills? If so, please join us at Midwest Mountaineering! After the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011, most of the historic, 30 mile Pow Wow Trail was left in ashes and impassable. Shortly thereafter volunteers, inspired by a shared vision, began to clear treefalls with hand saws, re-opening the trail for hikers. To date volunteers cleared 15 of the 30 miles long trail.

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978 in 2018 volunteers are pulling out all the stops to finish the job! Will you lend your helping hand when the wilderness forest is calling? In this presentation you will see the incredible difference that Minnesota volunteers make, changing a jungle of treefalls into a new trail!

The Pow Wow Trail in the BWCAW was prized by hikers for its unmatched solitude, unlike other trails because many campsites are not accessible by a canoe! You can help to make it prized again, by joining a 3-4 day trail clearing trip this coming season as a crew member on a wilderness adventure, while making a historic difference. Join us and be a part of the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978 Legacy! Attend and get a map of trail.
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22 interested
Ladies Bouldering Night

Ladies Bouldering Night

Feb 12, 6:30pm - Feb 12, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454 Map

Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Midwest Mountaineering employee and climber Malaz will be on hand to answer questions and help provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere. All abilities welcome from the, "I've never done this before", to those who want to set routes, and everyone in-between.

All climbers must have a completed liability waiver on file at Midwest Mountaineering. Liability waivers expire at the end of the calendar year and must be re-submitted every year. Minimum age 15. Climbing shoe rental is $3.
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38 interested  ·  1 going