On September 23, Dave and I will launch our canoe in the Kawishiwi River and paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We will then remain in the Wilderness for a full year.
We hope you’ll follow our journey.
During this Year in the Wilderness, we’ll be camping at approximately 120 different sites, exploring more than 500 lakes and streams, and traveling more than 3,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team.
This trip is about bearing witness to the very land and water we are fighting to protect.
We are wilderness guides and educators, and this is our way of working to help keep this Wilderness wild. We care deeply about this place and we will do everything within our power to ensure that it is protected from sulfide-ore copper mining and remains intact for the next generation.
We look forward to sharing our experience with individuals who will join us in the Boundary Waters, and with all the folks who will follow A Year in the Wilderness and take action online.
We need your help along this journey. We’re asking you and everyone you know to follow along and participate in the adventure in any way you can.
Dave and Amy Freeman 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. In 2014, they journeyed from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, DC, by canoe and sailboat on the Paddle to DC. That same year, they were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.