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Climbing 102

Climbing 102

Feb 24, 6:00pm - Feb 24, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

The Climbing 101 clinic is a prerequisite for this clinic. American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader will provide this opportunity to expand your technical skills and help prepare you for more advanced climbing. We’ll review knots, commands, and belaying, along with more in-depth explanations and uses of climbing gear. Don’t worry; we will still have time to climb!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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Climbing 101

Climbing 101

Mar 2, 6:00pm - Mar 2, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 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 American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader. 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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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24 interested  ·  1 going
Big City Mountaineers Volunteer Information Session

Big City Mountaineers Volunteer Information Session

Mar 5, 7:00pm - Mar 5, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

For over thirty Big City Mountaineers has provided opportunities for under resourced youth to experience wilderness areas through weeklong expeditions. Through outdoor experiences we teach critical life skills that help students grow as individuals, leaders, and members of their communities.

We rely on adult volunteer mentors to participate on our expeditions and both connect with students as well as be engaged members of the group. In this session you’ll learn more about what volunteer opportunities look like and how to get involved and help us ensure all young people can have a positive wilderness experience.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.
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For more information please contact Fred Sproat at [email protected]
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34 interested  ·  1 going
Ladies Bouldering

Ladies Bouldering

Mar 9, 6:00pm - Mar 9, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Shannon, member of the American Alpine Club, 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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20 interested  ·  2 going
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

Mar 11, 6:30pm - Mar 11, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Join SHT expert Kim Fishburn and learn about the Superior Hiking Trail. He will cover what you need to know for a backpacking trip and the many volunteer opportunities available for maintaining our Minnesotan trail systems!... See MoreSee Less

48 interested  ·  4 going
So you want to visit the Canadian Rockies?

So you want to visit the Canadian Rockies?

Mar 12, 6:30pm - Mar 12, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

First time up to Banff? Want to visit the Canadian Rockies, but not sure where to start with planning? Join us to get the need-to-know on Canada's mountainous gems.

The Canadian Rockies are home to three National Parks and a World Heritage Site. Join Ward, (who has over 25 trips to the Canadian Rockies under his belt!), to get the rundown on must-sees, an overview of parks, where to stay and logistics of your next adventure!
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73 interested  ·  3 going
Exploring Isle Royale NP: Wolves, Moose, & Wilderness

Exploring Isle Royale NP: Wolves, Moose, & Wilderness

Mar 18, 6:30pm - Mar 18, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Learn everything you need to plan an adventure to this remote wilderness island, and hear updates on the island's charismatic and somewhat-famous wolf and moose residents.

Isle Royale National Park is a 45-mile-long island surrounded by smaller islands in Lake Superior, almost entirely designated wilderness, and open to the public from April to October.

The talk will be led by Liz Dengate, an ecologist and science educator who worked as a park ranger on Isle Royale for three seasons.

How does one get to the island? What are the highlights of this wild archipelago? When to go, what to pack, and how many wolves are there now? Get all of your questions answered, and meet other island enthusiasts!
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259 interested  ·  20 going
Join a Trail Crew on the "Kek"

Join a Trail Crew on the "Kek"

Mar 19, 6:30pm - Mar 19, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Will you consider volunteering on this historic Boundary Waters trail that is a vital link in the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail?

The Kekekabic Trail Chapter is looking for volunteers for trail maintenance crews on the "Kek” in May. You can play a role in keeping this historic trail open for hikers looking for a unique wilderness hiking experience.

Trail maintenance trips:
· range from 3-8 days;
· feature canoe-in, backpack-in, and day hiking options;
· are led by trained crew leaders experienced in BWCAW travel.

Join us to learn more about the “Kek”, the 2020 volunteer opportunities, and the basics of basic trail clearing.

More information about the Kekekabic Trail Chapter:
Website: kek.org
Facebook group: fb.com/groups/kekekabic/
Join the chapter: northcountrytrail.org/membership
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66 interested  ·  2 going
Women's Climbing 101

Women's Climbing 101

Mar 23, 6:00pm - Mar 23, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by member of the American Alpine Club, Shannon. Sign up early because these classes are popular!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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32 interested
Climbing 102

Climbing 102

Mar 23, 6:00pm - Mar 23, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

The Climbing 101 clinic is a prerequisite for this clinic. American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader will provide this opportunity to expand your technical skills and help prepare you for more advanced climbing. We’ll review knots, commands, and belaying, along with more in-depth explanations and uses of climbing gear. Don’t worry; we will still have time to climb!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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6 interested  ·  1 going
Grand Canyon's Remote Side Presentation

Grand Canyon's Remote Side Presentation

Mar 24, 6:00pm - Mar 24, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

The Grand Canyon’s South Rim offers many scenic, uncrowded backpacking options. The Tonto Trail is one of the only trails to traverse the Canyon lengthwise. Her route gets you to Phantom Ranch as well as a night on the banks of the Colorado River, with giant cliffs towering above. Michelle Schroeder, Founder of Backpack the Trails LLC with share tremendous photos, tips about permits, when to go, water access and food storage.

Michelle has been an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years and was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man. Her favorite backpacking trails include the JMT, Grand Canyon, The Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier), Mt. Robson (Canada), California’s Lost Coast, and New Zealand. Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS-Certified Wilderness First Responder.
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45 interested  ·  2 going
BWCA: What You Need to Know

BWCA: What You Need to Know

Mar 25, 6:00pm - Mar 25, 7:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Find out everything you need to know about paddling in the BWCAW. Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, will share his knowledge of permits, routes, wilderness tripping techniques, and mix in a dose of BWCA history. He'll give you hints on avoiding the crowds whether you're base-camping or traveling daily. He'll also share ways to avoid the two most threatening parts of canoe country – bugs and bears.... See MoreSee Less

69 interested  ·  12 going
Canadian Rockies: Backcountry Edition

Canadian Rockies: Backcountry Edition

Mar 26, 6:30pm - Mar 26, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

From Jasper, the "Gentle Giant" of the Rockies all the way down to the rugged peaks of Banff, there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore.

Join Ward (who has over 25 Canadian Rocky trips under his belt!) to gather the information you need for your next adventure. You will walk away with trail options, info on how to navigate the backcountry permit system, what to do if you don't initially get the permits you want and much more!
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18 interested
Map & Compass Navigation

Map & Compass Navigation

Apr 2, 6:00pm - Apr 2, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

In the Backcountry wilderness you should always carry a compass and the appropriate maps, and know how to use them. But this can be a pretty daunting task if you have never been taught the correct methods in map reading and compass technology. Join Long-time Employee Robert who has navigated all over the globe, in this clinic will ensure to provide you with the features and use of a compass, map interpretation, how to locate yourself on a map, how to plot a bearing, and tips for following it; all so you know exactly how to navigate through your next backcountry adventure.... See MoreSee Less

61 interested  ·  7 going
Climbing 101

Climbing 101

Apr 6, 6:00pm - Apr 6, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 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 American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader. 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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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10 interested
Ladies Bouldering

Ladies Bouldering

Apr 13, 6:00pm - Apr 13, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Shannon, member of the American Alpine Club, 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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10 interested
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

Apr 15, 6:30pm - Apr 15, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Join SHT expert Kim Fishburn and learn about the Superior Hiking Trail. He will cover what you need to know for a backpacking trip and the many volunteer opportunities available for maintaining our Minnesotan trail systems!... See MoreSee Less

7 interested  ·  1 going
Lost Coast Trail Presentation

Lost Coast Trail Presentation

Apr 16, 6:30pm - Apr 16, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Northern California’s Lost Coast Trail, the most remote western coastline in the Lower 48, features precipitous 4,000-foot mountains dropping straight down to the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves. The beautiful 55-mile trail encompasses King Range National Conservation Area and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

Backpackers encounter a breathtaking, rugged landscape of sea stacks, remote coves, sweeping views, while crossing or camping in the “Impassable Zones” using tide charts. Witness Roosevelt Elk, sea lions and harbor seals, and perhaps migrating whales, sea otters, and bears.

Michelle Schroeder, Founder of Backpack the Trails LLC, will share tips about permits, planning, resupplying, and what to expect on the spectacular Wonderland Trail.

Michelle has been an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years and was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man. Her favorite backpacking trails include the JMT, Grand Canyon, The Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier), Mt. Robson (Canada), California’s Lost Coast, and New Zealand. Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS-Certified Wilderness First Responder.
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Women's Climbing 101

Women's Climbing 101

Apr 20, 6:00pm - Apr 20, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by member of the American Alpine Club, Shannon. Sign up early because these classes are popular!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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4 interested
Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo Boat Demo

Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo Boat Demo

Apr 23, 3:00pm - Apr 23, 7:00pm

Lake Nokomis Main Beach5001 Nokomis AveMinneapolis, MN55417 Map

Need help picking a canoe, kayak or SUP? Try before you buy! Test-paddle canoes, kayaks & SUPs with our expert staff at the Expo Paddlesports Demo Thursday April 23rd 3-7pm. We bring the boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices. You come dressed to play! Join us out on the waters of Lake Nokomis.

The demo will be on the northwest end of Lake Nokomis. Bring extra warm clothes, the water may be cold. Expect to get your feet wet.

Gather and get geared-up to enjoy your next outdoor adventure with family and friends. Visit midwestmtn.com/mailinglist - and join the Midwest Mountaineering community.
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Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo

Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo

Apr 24, 2:00pm - Apr 24, 9:00pm+2Apr 25, 9:00am - Apr 25, 6:30pmApr 26, 10:00am - Apr 26, 5:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Midwest Mountaineering is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year! Join us April 24-26 for our Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo featuring 100 free outdoor adventure presentations, 50 exhibitors, beer & gear raffle, canoe/kayak and SUP auction, Banff film festival and SALE!

Friday April 24th: 2-9:00pm
Saturday April 25th: 9am-6:30pm
Sunday April 26th: 10am-5pm

For more information about Midwest Mountaineering's 50th Anniversary celebration and the Outdoor Adventure Expo - join our mailing list: www.midwestmtn.com/mailinglist/
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Climbing 102

Climbing 102

Apr 27, 6:00pm - Apr 27, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

The Climbing 101 clinic is a prerequisite for this clinic. American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader will provide this opportunity to expand your technical skills and help prepare you for more advanced climbing. We’ll review knots, commands, and belaying, along with more in-depth explanations and uses of climbing gear. Don’t worry; we will still have time to climb!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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2 interested
Exploring Isle Royale NP: Wolves, Moose, & Wilderness

Exploring Isle Royale NP: Wolves, Moose, & Wilderness

Apr 29, 6:30pm - Apr 29, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Learn everything you need to plan an adventure to this remote wilderness island, and hear updates on the island's charismatic and somewhat-famous wolf and moose residents.

Isle Royale National Park is a 45-mile-long island surrounded by smaller islands in Lake Superior, almost entirely designated wilderness, and open to the public from April to October.

The talk will be led by Liz Dengate, an ecologist and science educator who worked as a park ranger on Isle Royale for three seasons.

How does one get to the island? What are the highlights of this wild archipelago? When to go, what to pack, and how many wolves are there now? Get all of your questions answered, and meet other island enthusiasts!
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71 interested  ·  5 going
Climbing 101

Climbing 101

May 4, 6:00pm - May 4, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 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 American Alpine TC Chapter Leader, Steve Schreader. 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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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11 interested
Backpacking 101 w/ Backpack the Trails

Backpacking 101 w/ Backpack the Trails

May 5, 6:30pm - May 5, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Want to learn backpacking basics? Want to avoid common rookie mistakes? Join this hands-on classroom training that is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come learn the ins-and-outs of backpacking with Backpack the Trails!

You will gain information about what to bring (and what not to bring), how to pack a backpack, keep food safe on trail, filter water, operate a stove, trail permits and more!

These events are hosted by Michelle Schroeder, former Midwest Mountaineering employee and founder of Backpack the Trails. Michelle has been an outdoor enthusiast for 40+ years and was raised by a father who wished to be a mountain man. Her favorite backpacking trails include the JMT, Grand Canyon, The Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier), Mt. Robson (Canada), California’s Lost Coast, and New Zealand. Michelle teaches people how to backpack and is a NOLS-Certified Wilderness First Responder.

Learn more about Backpack the Trails on their website: www.backpackthetrails.com
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CureSearch's Ultimate Hike 10th Anniversary Information Meeting

CureSearch's Ultimate Hike 10th Anniversary Information Meeting

May 6, 6:30pm - May 6, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

CureSearch's Ultimate Hike is celebrating 10 years of telling children's cancer to take a hike! Join the Ultimate Hike team to learn how you can lace up and hike 25.5 miles in one day. Whether you're an experienced backpacker or just looking for motivation to get off the couch, our local coaches will explain how they'll prepare you for what may be the most impactful weekend of your life. Lace up for the adventure, the lifelong friendships, and to save kids' lives.

Visit www.ultimatehike.org/sht20 to learn more or to RSVP.
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Ladies Bouldering

Ladies Bouldering

May 11, 6:00pm - May 11, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Shannon, member of the American Alpine Club, 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.
... See MoreSee Less

4 interested
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) w/ Kim Fishburn

May 13, 6:30pm - May 13, 7:30pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Join SHT expert Kim Fishburn and learn about the Superior Hiking Trail. He will cover what you need to know for a backpacking trip and the many volunteer opportunities available for maintaining our Minnesotan trail systems!... See MoreSee Less

3 interested
Map & Compass Navigation

Map & Compass Navigation

May 14, 6:00pm - May 14, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

In the Backcountry wilderness you should always carry a compass and the appropriate maps, and know how to use them. But this can be a pretty daunting task if you have never been taught the correct methods in map reading and compass technology. Join Long-time Employee Robert who has navigated all over the globe, in this clinic will ensure to provide you with the features and use of a compass, map interpretation, how to locate yourself on a map, how to plot a bearing, and tips for following it; all so you know exactly how to navigate through your next backcountry adventure.... See MoreSee Less

15 interested  ·  1 going
Women's Climbing 101

Women's Climbing 101

May 18, 6:00pm - May 18, 8:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by member of the American Alpine Club, Shannon. Sign up early because these classes are popular!

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.

Note: If no one has registered for the class by 12pm the day-of, we will cancel the class. Register early!
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4 interested
BWCA: What You Need to Know

BWCA: What You Need to Know

May 20, 6:00pm - May 20, 7:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering309 Cedar Ave SMinneapolis, MN55454 Map

Find out everything you need to know about paddling in the BWCAW. Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, will share his knowledge of permits, routes, wilderness tripping techniques, and mix in a dose of BWCA history. He'll give you hints on avoiding the crowds whether you're base-camping or traveling daily. He'll also share ways to avoid the two most threatening parts of canoe country – bugs and bears.... See MoreSee Less

12 interested  ·  2 going
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