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How to Chase the Northern Lights – A Short Story

March 28, 2023

Article writing can be a process for me. I usually have five or six partial articles in the queue and sometimes take long breaks from one before coming back to it again. Sometimes there are complicated graphics or illustrations to put together or lots of research to be done. Very rarely is an article reactionary…


Dogs That Love Winter – From Alaskan Malamutes To Samoyeds

February 17, 2023

If you’re looking for a dog that loves the snow and cold temperatures of winter, then look no further! Winter-loving breeds like the Alaskan Malamute and Samoyed make excellent family companions, and they also excel in dog sports like sledding and skijoring. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best breeds of dogs to…


Five Ways to Make the Most of BWCA Permit Day

January 20, 2023

With BWCA permit day just around the corner, plenty of people are waiting in eager anticipation of how opening day will set the trajectory of their summer trips. Some people will log on the moment that permits open to try to reserve a premium entry point on the dates that they are available to go.…


The Best BWCA Entry Points for Every Winter Activity

December 12, 2022

With lake ice quickly becoming travelable, many of us are dreaming about where in the BWCA we’ll head this winter. Winter is a peculiar contrast to summer in this neck of the woods. A whole different gear set is required to travel and stay safe (more on that in future articles.) Accessibility becomes much harder…


How to Start Wilderness Winter Camping on a Budget

December 7, 2022

The wind howls around the steep rocky palisade displacing snow which softly blanketed the lichen-speckled crag the night before. The cold wind bites the face as the eyes turn upwards towards brilliant hues of pink and orange igniting the morning sky. The evening dark and long makes the dawn all the more magical. And with…


8 Great Places to Canoe/Kayak Camp this Fall in Minnesota

September 29, 2022

Fall is a magical time of the year to get out and enjoy nature. And for me, I think it’s my favorite season to head out in a canoe to relish in the fleeting days of open water. The Boundary Waters are so special this time of year, and next week’s article will cover how…


How to Plan a BWCA Route: The Treebear Way

July 12, 2022

From Riley Smith Amidst guiding, outfitting, and plenty of personal trips in between, I have been blessed to “cross the line” into the BWCA 88 different times. I look back at all those incredible memories and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Boundary Waters still has plenty of surprises in store and…


Trail Stories: Why I Love to Share the Wilderness

June 28, 2022

  In my time in the Boundary Waters, I have come to love sharing the experience with people who are completely new to it all, yet there is so much potential for things to be frustrating when introducing people for the first time. Perhaps you won’t be able to travel as quickly as you normally…