Duluth Pack Welcomes Six New Experts to Discuss Outdoor Experiences – Free Public Event
Every year Duluth Pack brings expert adventurers to Duluth to share their extraordinary experiences with the public for free. 2014’s Outdoor Adventure Series starts on February 4th. On 6 separate nights, we will hear stories from 6 unique individuals with experiences ranging from kayaking in New Zealand, to hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Join us at the Duluth Pack retail store at 365 Canal Park Drive to attend this free event on 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, & 3/11 at 7:00 PM. There is free parking in all of Canal Park.
Comment below on which one you are most excited for! Read on for a description on each of the presentations:
Julie Buckles, February 4, 2014
“Paddling to Winter”
Fourteen years ago on May 1, Julie Buckles and Charly Ray embarked on a rather unusual honeymoon, starting one mile from their front door. Dipping their paddles into Lake Superior, they paddled their handmade wood-canvas canoe 1,700 miles north and west to Wollaston Lake in Saskatchewan and landed at Estevan Island—where they lived for eight months. This presentation will also include a book signing of Julie’s book, Paddling to Winter.
Sara Mowchan, February 11, 2014
“Appalachian Trail – A 6 month Thru-Hike”
In April of 2013, Sara Mowchan set out to do the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail extending between Georgia and Maine. She would complete the trail in 6 months, hiking through a total of 13 states. The Appalachian Trail has grown in popularity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. On average in 2013, 4,000 hikers started the trail intending to finish. Only 25% of those people were successful. Sara will talk about the physical/mental endurance, adventure, and minimalist lifestyle required to complete the journey and share many of her photos taken along the way.
Mike and Kate Link, February 18, 2014
“New Zealand-A Search for Closure”
In 1990, Backpacker Magazine featured an article highlighting the conversations that Mike Link and his son, Matt, shared over campfires before Matt’s untimely death while kayaking in New Zealand, in 1989. This presentation will follow Mike and Kate Link’s journey to New Zealand, nearly two decades later, to discover additional meaning of Matt’s passion for outdoor adventure and the inherent risk we all accept in pursuing our passions.
Mark and Katya Gordon, February 25, 2014
“Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids – A Decade of Gordon Family Sailing Adventures”
The Gordon’s are a bona fide sailing Family. Together, Mark and Katya Gordon have sailed well over 15,000 miles on Lake Superior and beyond with their two daughters, Cedar (11) and Lamar (8). Their sailing vessel, the Amicus II, is a custom-built 40′ steel cutter. In June 2013 they completed their second sailing cruise to the Bahamas and back from Lake Superior, logging just over 5,000 miles in 10 months. The Gordon’s will share their stories of sailing the high seas and big waters of Lake Superior while studying climate change and raising a family.
Erik Bruhnke, March 4, 2014
“Preparation for Raptor Migration”
Have you ever wondered what kind of hawk that is… hanging out in the woods, or circling overhead? Birds of prey tend to be one of the most difficult varieties of birds to identify. Join Erik Bruhnke as he shares an exciting assortment of field identification techniques and personal experiences for learning raptors both up close and at a distance. Throughout the past six fall seasons, Erik has captured the hearts of visitors at Hawk Ridge through teaching others about the subtleties of avian field identification. He is ready to get you hooked on the thrilling world of raptors, using a combination of his raptor photography, identification tricks and his love for teaching others about birds.
Martin Kubik, March 11, 2014
“Pow Wow – The Wounded BWCA Trail/Year II”
Would you go in if you knew that you might not come out? The Forest Service built the Pow Wow Trail after the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978 was passed. Thirty-three years later, the Pow Wow Trail nearly vanished in the inferno of the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011. Kubik speaks about the hikers’ ordeal on the Pow Wow last summer while they climbed over 1,200 tree falls blocking the trail. In this presentation you will be able to hear how quickly nature takes over: scores of lost rock cairns, fireweed growing shoulder high, impenetrable wall of aspen going wild after the fire. Forest Service crews worked to resurrect the trail, but Martin Kubik shows that much more needs to be done. He offers simple and yet effective ideas on how to help to bring this BWCAW treasure trail back so that hikers like you can enjoy the Pow Wow again.