The 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Are About to Set Out On Their Most Important Journey Yet

Dave and Amy Freeman to spend a year in the wilderness in support of permanent protection for northeastern Minnesota land

Ron Doctor

Educators and explorers Dave and Amy Freeman kick off "A Year in the Wilderness" next month, continuing their efforts to gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. 

Their expedition will continue efforts to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from the proposed sulfide-ore copper mines on the edge of the Wilderness and support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.

Starting Sept. 23, the two will launch their canoe in the Kawishiwi River and paddle into the Boundary Waters and become immersed in the Wilderness for a full year, camping at approximately 120 different sites and traveling more than 3,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. This trip is dedicated to bearing witness to the very land and water they are fighting to protect.

To promote the cause, the Freemans are scheduled to appear at the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters booth in the Dairy Building of the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 4-5, 2015. 

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a beloved 1.1 million-acre canoe region featuring 237.5 miles of overnight hiking trails, 1,200 miles of canoe and kayak routes and 2,000 designated campsites.

Dave, 38, and Amy Freeman, 33, have traveled more than 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. They are 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.

The Freemans also run the Wilderness Classroom Organization, an educational nonprofit geared towards inspiring kids to get outside and explore their world. Wilderness Classroom's current reach is 100,000 elementary and middle school students, and 3,200 teachers around the world.

Throughout the project, the Freemans will invite others on resupply missions that will allow them to personally witness the beauty of the Boundary Waters and what's at risk from the proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.

For more information: Ellie M. Bayrd, 612 616 2149, ellie@savetheboundarywaters.org, www.SavetheBoundaryWaters.org

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The above story originally appeared in Expedition News.

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