Year in the Wilderness

ROAM with Amy and Dave Freeman

Outdoor educators Amy and Dave Freeman spent 366 days living in the Boundary Waters’ maze of pristine lakes and rivers. Their goal was to share what’s at stake if sulfide-ore copper mining is allowed in the watershed. The pair spent a year exploring 500 lakes, rivers, and streams, and camping at 120 sites—even when temperatures dropped to -30 degrees. They went through 120 chocolate bars, 135 pounds of pasta, 750 tortillas, 110 pounds of cheese, and were supported by 300 volunteers. “Living outside for a year taught us to slow down and appreciate what we really need to be happy—food, water, shelter, companionship, and purpose,” says Dave. Their book, A Year in the Wilderness, on the adventure hit the shelves this month. See more at

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