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 ( 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 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, where they give detailed trail and trip reports of their adventures as well as travel reports from the international travel.

Bryan Hansel is a professional landscape photographer living the dream in Grand Marais, Minnesota. In addition to selling fine-art prints and stock photography, he makes his living teaching photography workshops across the country. Among his sponsors, he counts Northstar Canoe. You can learn more about his work and his workshops at He also blogs about canoeing and kayaking at

Rob Crist is a South Carolina transplant who has made Minnesota his home for the past 12 years. He’s an avid fisherman with a love of the outdoors and a goal of paddling every entry point in the BWCA. Over 10 years and two dozen trips to the Boundary Waters has given him an insatiable drive to be in the Boundary Waters. Each summer he can be found navigating his red canoe throughout the Boundary Waters with his lovely wife and Springer Spaniel.

Bear Paulsen feels at home exploring wilderness areas throughout North America. He spends his longest trips canoeing and winter camping, as these methods of travel allow extended trips into remote areas. He also happily backpacks too. He’s spent almost four years of his life hiding from the real world in tents. Bear is the General Manager of Northstar Canoes.