Testimonials


We are a family with close to no camping experience, but were excited to go on an adventure with young kids to the Big Horn mountains and stay in a fire lookout tower. Michelle walked us through a list of the basics we needed to bring and provided so many great tips for getting ready and enjoying our trip. Michelle’s advice provided a great foundation of knowledge and made us more relaxed and confident in our abilities - and yes, our trip was fabulous!
— Elizabeth Glidden – Former Minneapolis City Council Vice President

Sarah Risser - on beautiful Wildflower Hill  on the Superior Hiking Trail

Sarah Risser - on beautiful Wildflower Hill  on the Superior Hiking Trail

I signed up for a July 2018 trip with Michelle to hone my skills - I’m hoping to do a lot more backpacking in the near future. Michelle empowers her clients by ensuring they thoroughly understand pre-trip planning, selecting gear, setting up camp, respecting nature and the backpacking community, and more. In addition to all of that, she is a delight to be with on trail - positive and fun.
— Sarah Risser - Photographer

Dario on the Superior Hiking Trail ~ September 2014

Dario on the Superior Hiking Trail ~ September 2014

The best teachers are passionate about their topics and Michelle’s love for the outdoors is contagious. She is a very experienced backpacker and camper, and is also extremely knowledgeable on gear: whether it’s a weekend trek or month long-expedition, Michelle knows what you will need! I spent three days with Michelle on the Superior Hiking Trail, her stomping grounds, and it was a real pleasure to be out with her. I was impressed with her confidence and attitude, Michelle will enjoy each single step she takes on the trail, but behind the scenes she will have it all meticulously and professionally planned. Michelle is an environmentalist who does what she loves the most with passion and consciousness.
— Dario Bilardello, University Research Scientist

Michelle showed me the basics of backpacking on a 3-day trip along the Superior Hiking Trail in early Summer 2018. Any questions I had (of which there were many) were readily answered with confidence. I recently got back from a solo backpacking trip in the Fjords of Norway, using much of the information and skills she shared with me. Had I not had such an excellent instructor, I likely would not have had the confidence to plan such a trip. Thanks, Michelle!
— Erik Grinde - Metal Fabricator
Erik Grinde - by Bear and Bean Lakes on the Superior Hiking Trail

Erik Grinde - by Bear and Bean Lakes on the Superior Hiking Trail


Michelle helped make my first and second backpacking trip dreams come true. Her expertise with maps, gear, safety, and other essentials made for a great experience. And her enthusiasm for being outdoors has inspired me to do more. Thanks!
— Lynette – Disaster Relief Worker