Snowshoe Card Chase

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Interested in a fresh idea on how to engage a large group of people during a snowshoe event? You’ll need a basic understanding of card poker and an interest in tromping around the woods to find the best hand. On a crisp sunny February day in the Wisconsin north woods we pulled 24 Read More

Enabler of Memories

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Up until Groundhog Day, February 2nd 2016, Minnesota has just been eeking by with enough snow to classify as winter. But today we’ve all been sent home early from work and after school events cancelled. That’s what a foot of oncoming snow will do for ya! Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring by Read More

El Nino and the Minnesota Snowshoeing Season

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Minnesota has suffered a very slow start to winter for the second consecutive year. In good snow years our snow dancing brings measurable snow in early December, sometimes as early as Thanksgiving. Snowshoeing, along with other winter fun, is well underway way with a foot or more of snow.

For the 2015-2016 winter season Read More

Ingredients

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Ingredients: Group morale on the trail, why it’s important, how to recognize
when it’s leaving and how to get it back.

 Tolerance for physical exertion, the environmental extremes of heat, cold and rain, level of conditioning, group make-up and comfort level in being miles from civilization can all have an impact on a person’s Read More

Apostle Islands Winter Adventure

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

It’s certainly been a challenging year for snow fall local to the Twin Cities (MN). We had a nice snowfall early in November and everyone was optimistic for another big snow year. Slowly that began to fade however with a brown Christmas and a lack of interest in our first scheduled outing on Read More

Planning Season

Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

October and November is pre-season planning time for me. Structured group trips are over for the year so I have the chance to catch up on photo processing and begin sketching out new adventures for the 2015 season! How is the schedule built? On the trail we are always sharing stories from cool Read More

Ambassador Profile: Tim

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Where do you live?
Lino Lakes, MN

Top 3 things we should know about you?
The majority of my vacation time is spent getting people into the outdoors; The wilderness is my best medicine; Winter is my favorite season.

Favorite aspect of snowshoeing?
Solitude – the trails, parks and backcountry are void of most other outdoor enthusiasts Read More

Thoughts on Mt. Rainier

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Authored By Tim T., Backcountry Ambassador

Successfully summiting Mt. Rainier seems likes a daunting, near impossible endeavor from the flatlands and “thick air” of the Midwest.  Literature, blogs and the wisdom of those we spoke to who had been on “The Mountain” suggested that if the weather cooperated there was always the clear reality of succumbing Read More

Ambassador of the Quarter

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Ambassador of the Quarter, Tim T., Backcountry Ambassador

Tim hails from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, an area that received more than their fair share of snow and below freezing temperatures this snowshoeing season. Not only is Tim an adventurous weekend backcountry explorer, but he also spends most of his weekends voluntarily guiding people in outside excursions ranging Read More

The Diehard Reward

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Tim T., Backcountry Ambassador

Just at a time when the office is filled with people expressing disdain for one more day of cold weather, contempt for the “S” word in the forecast, I silently nod and smile knowing all the while that diehard winter lovers head for the wilds and receive just reward!

This was our experience Read More