Couple Plans to Spend a Year in the BWCA

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They were named ‘2014 Adventurers of the Year’ by National Geographic and have traveled more than 30,000-miles by canoe, kayak and dog sled over the last decade.

Now, an Ely couple will embark on one of their greatest trips yet in the Northwoods of Minnesota.

In this week’s Great Outdoors we meet Dave and Amy Freeman.

The couple is set to spend an entire year in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.

“We want to visit as many of the lakes as possible and try to share this amazing place with people,” said Adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman.

The hope to raise awareness about the proposed sulfide ore mines in the watershed of the BWCA.

“We are very concerned about the pollution and the negative impacts it could have on the area,” explained Dave Freeman.

During their 365 day adventure they’ll camp in 120 different locations and travel upwards of 4,000-miles.

“We’re hoping that we can travel to about 500 lakes. There are over 300 lakes in the BWCA that have no portage trails to them at all, blank spots on the map, so we want to visit many of those,” said Dave Freeman.

Along the way the Freeman’s will gather water quality data in all the lakes they visit.

“We just decided that we needed to act and this is a way we can act. We can use the skills we’ve learned as guides to travel through the wilderness and try to share it with people in every season and help them understand what a special place it is and why we need to protect it,” said Dave Freeman.

It’s just another testimony of their love for the wilderness.

The Freeman’s will have access to the internet during their trip and will be uploading picture and blog entries.

Every two weeks they will resupply with food.

As the water freezes they’ll switch to traveling with three sled dogs.

They leave for their trip September 23rd.

To follow their journey: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/

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