“Along the trails, I saw the usual animals – ptarmigans, red squirrels, rabbits, and a lone wolf that was here and there. When I turned back, I saw the wolf was walking on my tracks on the portage trail.” – Will Steger, March 23, 2018 

Black Lake: 22°F  /  Baker Lake: 4°F  /  Ely, MN: 22°F


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“Three days it took me to cross the 20 miles of Black Lake. Three really tough days… The last hour or so, I just had this incredible energy again. I don’t know where it came from.” – Will Steger, March 22, 2018

Black Lake: 8°F / Baker Lake: -16°F / Ely, MN: 31°F


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“I had a tent fire this evening… It was a real wake up call. The inside of the tent was frosted, so that kept the walls from burning.” – Will Steger, March 21, 2018

Black Lake: 7°F / Baker Lake: -22°F / Ely, MN: 28°F


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“I left town at noon… The small trail I was following was hard to see in the whiteout. Made about 10 miles, which was a good day to begin with.”– Will Steger, March 20, 2018

Black Lake: 26°F  /  Baker Lake: -17°F  /  Ely, MN: 23°F

Today, Will began his 1,000-mile, 70-day solo canoe-sled expedition through the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic.


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“There’s supposed to be somewhat of a snow storm tomorrow… I’ll be vulnerable to the wind, but the wind is actually good news because it’ll keep the snow off the trail.” – Will Steger, March 19, 2018.

March 19, 2018 Temps:
Stony Rapids: 19°F / Baker Lake: 12°F / Ely, MN: 20°F

Tomorrow, Will begins his 70-day, 1,000-mile solo canoe-sled expedition in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic.

“It’s been a very cold winter up here, which is great for me – but really deep snow, which is not so good for me… The trip is on.” – Will Steger, March 18, 2018.

Will arrives in Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan, 10 miles from the starting point of his 1,000-mile, 70-day solo canoe sled expedition in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic.

March 18, 2018 Temps:
Stony Rapids: 8°F  /  Baker Lake: -9°F  /  Ely, MN: 27°F

“My past life is now left behind in the States. I’m not thinking about anything now except what lies ahead.” – Will Steger, March 17, 2018.

Will travels north to begin a 1,000-mile, 70-day solo canoe sled expedition in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic.

“Still within cell range for the next day or two… It just feels great to hit the road.” – Will Steger, March 16, 2018

Will crosses the border into Canada to begin a 1,000-mile, 70-day solo canoe sled expedition in the Arctic’s Barren Lands.

 

Steger Wilderness Center board chair Julie Ristau has a proven track record of clarifying a vision and then making it happen in practical terms. Her extraordinary background dovetails well with the mission of the Center.

A few of her start-up projects have included helping launch and lead Utne Reader magazine; serving as co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis, the local food initiative for the mayor’s office; holding an endowed chair as part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; and founding Regeneration Partnership, a strategic problem-solving collaborative for communities in southern Minnesota. As current chief operating officer for The Main Street Project in Northfield, Minn., she’s spent more than two years building a research and demonstration farm.

“I definitely know what it’s like to embark on a very large project that requires concentrated focus, resources and commitment over time. That’s what we’re doing at the Center, too,” Ristau said.

She lives in Minneapolis and has worked closely with Will Steger as a senior advisor for the Center since 2012. During that time, she’s built its nonprofit platform, coordinated its communications strategy and website, assembled a public relations team to introduce the Center’s microgrid, and works with Steger and the board on strategic planning. She became board chair in 2015.

Ristau said the Steger Wilderness Center is important as a place where people can gather to reimagine the future, re-skill and reconnect to the elements. “Our future really relies on us tending to and taking care of the resources that we all must share. Will’s work is a testament to that. His commitment to future generations is inspiring.

“I believe that interacting with the Wilderness Center is life-changing for anybody who connects with it. I am honored to be playing a role to bring it to its next phase of completion.”