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Midwest Mountaineering will host the 23rd annual Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo on November 21st-23rd. The Expo boasts over 75 free presentations and 60 exhibitors as well as two nights of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
The featured speaker of the Expo is Dr. John Francis. He is known the world over as the Planetwalker. When two oil tankers collided in San Francisco Bay, he protested the lack of environmental regard by not using fossil fuel based transportation. He continued that protest for 22 years. He also took a vow of silence and did not speak for 17 years. During that time he earned a doctorate, and taught without speaking at the University of Montana and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr Francis’ talk â€˜Redefining Environment’ will discuss how the current environmental crisis is a reflection of world wide social and economic inequity, and that any attempt to resolve the crisis must not only address the scientific issues, such as climate change and deforestation, but also the humanitarian issues. Dr Francis is the author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking: 17 Years of Silence. Planetwalker the movie is scheduled for 2009 production by Universal Pictures.
The Expo will host many other notable speakers as well. Mike Farris and Dave Watson were on separate K2 expeditions when tragedy struck this summer. Lonnie Dupre, John Huston and Tyler Fish will discuss their separate polar travels. Stephen Regenold, the Gear Junkie, will present the Top Ten Gear of the Year Awards. Rod Johnson, the owner and founder of Midwest Mountaineering, and his wife Sharon will speak on their recent trip to Patagonia, as well as a previous trip to Kilimanjaro.
Many local organizations and clubs use the Expo as a way to promote themselves and attract new members. Some of the groups represented are: the Sierra Club, Friends of the Boundary Waters, Minnesota Rovers and a number of YMCA camps. Midwest Mountaineering warmly supports the missions of these organizations.
About Midwest Mountaineering
Midwest Mountaineering is a prominent outdoor specialty store located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The store has been serving residents of the Upper Midwest for 38 years.
Midwest Mountaineering hosts two Outdoor Adventure Expos annually. The Spring Outdoor Adventure is held in late April.