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    Summit Academy Builders – 2018 Summer Wildlifer Log

    For two weeks, 8 students and 2 instructors from the Summit Academy OIC of North Minneapolis worked alongside the summer residents to design, frame, and put together two massive wall tent structures that will house future Summit builders in summers to come.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 02

    At the start of the summer, the Steger Wilderness Center staff assess the quality of the land’s natural resources and keep track of their progress in rewilding and utilizing what the wilderness has to offer.
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    Dispatch 01 – Summer Wildlifer Log

    In the summer's first Wildlifer Log, we'll meet a baby robin fallen from a tree, clean "Mixy" the cement mixer, burn an aspen smudge pot to discourage the bugs, "build character" with stump removal, and stroll to the lake at the end of the day.
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    Barren Lands – May 30 – Day 72

    “I just landed in Dave’s ski plane on wheels at Yellowknife so I’m officially back in civilization right now. I’m on pavement and talking on a cell phone so I have to get back to the real world now and get caught up on emails. I wanted to thank everybody for following me for the last two months. It’s been a great personal trip for me.” - Will Steger, May 30, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 72
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    Barren Lands – May 28 – Day 70

    “It was a two hour flight back. It really put me in touch with how much winter I was actually immersed in… By the time I got to Great Slave Lake, there was some water on the ice. Some of the rivers had rapids and falls in them, although the quieter areas of the rivers were still frozen.” - Will Steger, May 28, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 70.
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    Barren Lands – May 27 – Day 69

    “I expected a lot of thin ice and rapids and all sorts of adventures of that sort. But it was more of a harder slog, which is a different type of experience. I have no disappointment at all. You always get what you get whatever you do. ” - Will Steger, May 27, 2018. Day 69.
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    Barren Lands – May 26 – Day 68

    “The pickup is scheduled for tomorrow. I’d say it’s about 50-50 maybe, getting the plane in here. This weather is getting a little better, but it just goes on and on… I’ll check in tomorrow. I should be at Dave Olsen’s house on the Great Slave Lake or back in th tent here.” - Will Steger, May 26, 2018. NWT. Day 68.
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    Barren Lands – May 25 – Day 67

    “Had real heavy rains here, about 3 hours worth. Some of the heaviest rains I’ve ever seen on snow… It was unusual. It was raining hard, but the temperature was below freezing. It all froze on the surface. Just a spring diamond.” - Will Steger, May 25, 2018. NWT. Day 67.
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    Barren Lands – May 24 – Day 66

    “I traveled about 20 miles today, pulling my sled with all my gear, exploring these areas. Within this pass in a small gorge, I found a grove of spruce trees, which is really rare on that side of the divide… I’ll be back to my small lake that I’m gonna use as an airstrip tomorrow.” - Will Steger, May 24, 2018. NWT. Day 66.
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    Barren Lands – May 23 – Day 65

    “The day was just a stunning, clear, calm day - skied all day without a shirt. I regretted that actually right now. I got a bad sunburn, but it was worth it… It looks like a summer day in Minnesota.” - Will Steger, May 23, 2018. NWT. Day 65.