Frank Bures is a writer based in Minneapolis. He is the former trips director and camp naturalist at YMCA Camp Olson, and was on the support crew for the Mile Marker Zero team, which paddled the entire Mississippi River in a world record 17 days, 19 hours and 46 minutes in 2021. He writes for Outside Magazine, the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine and the Star Tribune Outdoors, where he first wrote about his canoe capsizing on the Mississippi. More at frankbures.com.

Meg Duhr is the Research Outreach Specialist for the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center where she works to translate AIS research into action and serves as a bridge between researchers and managers, supporting decision-making and implementation of research-informed management. Website: https://maisrc.umn.edu/

Pete Rozeboom is an adventure seeker, stand up paddle boarder, mountain biker, skier, hiker, Jeeper, photographer, videographer, healthy eater, traveler, camper, unconventional trainer, and the list goes on! Find him at Rozyboom Adventures LLC (https://www.rozyboomadventures.com/) or on Instagram at@rozyboom

Kristin lives year round on the Gunflint Trail and works at a nonprofit that aims to get kids paddling in the Boundary Waters. She loves using her degree in anthropology to analyze the culture of the BWCA and shares her findings on Instagram at @northwoodsfeminist. Kristin loves exploring her own backyard with her husband and their two rescue hounds.

Alex Messenger is a Duluth, Minnesota, author, marketer and photographer who, at seventeen, was mauled by a grizzly bear. His best-selling memoir, The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra, is available wherever books are sold. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Parks magazine, Outside Online, and Backpacker magazine. Find him at http://www.AlexMessenger.com and @amessengerphoto.

Cary Griffith is the author of three non-fiction books and two novels. His non-fiction includes Lost in the Wild (Borealis: 2006), Opening Goliath (Borealis: 2009 – winner of a 2010 Minnesota Book Award), and Gunflint Burning (University of Minnesota Press: 2018 – Finalist for a Minnesota Book Award). His novels include Wolves (Adventure Publications: 2013 – winner of a Midwest Book Award, Finalist for a Minnesota Book Award), and Savage Minnesota (Star Tribune: 2014 – the Star Tribune’s 2014 Summer Read). He loves in Rosemount on the edge of a 47-acre wood.

Since Maura Marko and her husband Bobby met in 2007, outdoor recreation has been at the center of their lives. They love hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling, and rock climbing. Together, they share their adventures at https://wefoundadventure.com, where they give detailed trail and trip reports of their adventures as well as travel reports from the international travel.