Dave and Amy Freeman depart on A Year in the Wilderness

A Year in the Wilderness

September 23, 2015 - September 23, 2016

On September 23, 2016, explorers Dave and Amy Freeman completed their adventure advocacy expedition after 366 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to help protect the area from the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.

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About A Year in the Wilderness

On September 23, 2015, Dave and Amy Freeman embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters’ efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge. On September 23, 2016, they returned after 366 days. Since they departed on their Year in the Wilderness, Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. In 2014, Dave and Amy traveled by canoe and sailboat from Ely to Washington, DC, on the Paddle to DC as a first step in their efforts to protect the Wilderness.


A Year in the Wilderness -- The Book

Out September 23, 2017 from Milkweed Editions

In A Year in the Wilderness, published by Milkweed Editions, explorers and guides Dave and Amy Freeman share about the 366 days they spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During their year in this northern Minnesota Wilderness Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. The Freemans embarbed on this expedition in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters’ efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.In A Year in the Wilderness, published by Milkweed Editions, explorers and guides Dave and Amy Freeman share about the 366 days they spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During their year in this northern Minnesota Wilderness Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. The Freemans embarbed on this expedition in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters’ efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.

In A Year in the Wilderness, published by Milkweed Editions, explorers and guides Dave and Amy Freeman share about the 366 days they spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During their year in this northern Minnesota Wilderness Dave and Amy camped at approximately 120 different sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team. The Freemans embarbed on this expedition in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters’ efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.

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In the Media

Press Release:
September 23, 2016: Year in the Wilderness ends at River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. in Ely, MN
July 15, 2015
Explorers to Spend Year in the Wild to Prevent Mining Threat

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Minnesota News Network: Minnesota Matters (August 2, 2015)

Minnesota News Network: Minnesota Matters (September 27, 2015)

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PHOTOS: Bryan Hansel, Ellie M. Bayrd and Van Conrad

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Meet Dave and Amy

Learn more about Dave and Amy Freeman, a pair committed to protecting the Boundary Waters through adventure advocacy.

"Shortly after completing Paddle to DC, our 100-day, 2,000-mile expedition to raise awareness about the threat of proposed copper mines in a sulfide ore body on the edge of read full blog postthe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the realization set in that we still have a lot of work to do to protect the Boundary Waters watershed from sulfide-ore copper mining. So we stayed engaged in the work of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and came up with a new plan."
-- Amy Freeman

Dave and Amy
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Support the Campaign

Please help in any way that you can! Learn how to get involved in the campaign.

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Questions & Media Inquiries

For media inquiries or more information about Dave and Amy Freeman, contact Scott Beauchamp.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Generous support from donors makes A Year in the Wilderness possible.