This article follows a winter Boundary Waters trip in 1990, including stories of bone-chilling temperatures, jumping in frozen lakes, and the anticipation of a wolf howl in the night. Spending the days of this trip with a collection of individuals with and without disabilities, this trip was eye opening to writer Tom Dixon. Watching as people of all different abilities managed the trek just the same, he experienced the growth of a group that can come only from experiences such as this.
“WHY?” That’s how friends respond when you tell them you went winter camping. Cooking, sleeping, and living outside can be a good time, but why do it in the snow?
It’s not a question easily answered. Winter camping, like jogging, is done to make you feel good afterwards. But it is also fun in its own right. By enduring occasional periods of cold, winter campers can ski, snowshoe, and sled in areas few others reach in the spectacular scenery of the frozen North Woods. Winter activities take on an extra edge of excitement when done in the wilderness.
“We went for the adventure and the challenge of it,” said June Calm, 70, Minneapolis. June and her friend Esther Solberg, who is 75 and from Eau Claire, Wis., were part of a group of 12 that spent four days last winter in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. “Esther saw the ad in the Minneapolis paper and said to me, ‘Are you game to go?”…
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Minnesota DNR January 1990