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The youngest known all-women team sets out to circumnavigate Lake Superior in kayaks and write about the journey.
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We're setting out to be the youngest-known team of women to circle Lake Superior. We have paddled 1500 miles and spent over 110 days in the backcountry together in the Apostle Islands, the north shore of Superior and Inside Passage of Alaska. We've both guided commercially and lead trips for outdoor leadership programs. We've been dreaming of this trip for 7 years!

​Superior is the largest lake in the world by surface area and the trip will take 90 days, covering more than 1160 miles. The coastline ranges from large industrial harbors at the end of major shipping lines to ragged and wild cliffs and beaches absent of human presence. We plan to take on the waves and wind, practice Leave No Trace camping and be respectful of the powerful water and its history.

We need your help in this endeavor! As students our funds are limited to what we can earn through part-time jobs. As women who've planned and done big adventures through programs and on our own, we want to make the experience of big trips more accessible and possible for others. We plan to self-publish a book with our trip logs, guides for the process of planning an expedition, and essays and drawings from the (water) trail. If you are passionate about the outdoors, and getting everyone outside, help support the trip!

http://superiorwomenexpedition.weebly.com/

A rough budget break-down of how we will spend expedition funds:

  • $3000 (food and resupply costs)
  • $700 (safety  repair equipment)
  • $1000 (permits)
  • $500 (book/ materials production)
  • $200 (charts)
  • $200 (white gas for stoves)
  • $400 (essential gear, ranging from solar charging to parachute-cord)

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk we've taken with this trip is the fundraising process itself! If our Kickstarter campaign fails, then our trip won't run.

Additional risks that we run after funding are unexpected events, such as injuries or personal emergencies. If one of us broke an arm (knock on wood!) we would obviously would not be able to undertake the trip and would either return funds to supporters, or commit to doing the trip the following summer.

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