Adventurers, authors, and educators — Amy and Dave Freeman are paddlesport enthusiasts turned passionate sailors.
Since 2001, Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak, canoe, dogsled, and sailboat through some of the world’s wildest places — from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Dave and Amy Adventurers of the Year in 2014, and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.
The Freemans use their wilderness journeys to inspire, educate and entertain people around the world, from armchair adventurers and K-12 students to business leaders and seasoned wilderness travelers. They use their exploration to highlight life lessons, conservation issues, and to educate on useful backcountry skills.
They currently run the Wilderness Classroom — an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places around the globe. They actively engage thousands of elementary and middle school students in their expeditions through online educational resources and virtual school assemblies. The North American Odyssey, the lengthiest of many such educational expeditions, actively engaged over 85,000 students during a nearly 12,000-mile, 3-year trek across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.
During A Year in the Wilderness, the Freemans spent 366 consecutive days in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, traveling by canoe and ski with the assistance of 3 sled dogs bearing witness to this unique region while highlighting its fragility and beauty.
After years of long distance travel primarily by canoe and sea kayak, they’ve come to appreciate the sailing lifestyle. They can currently be found sailing and living aboard their 35 ft steel gaff cutter, Iron Bark, which they’ve sailed from Grenada to Newfoundland and Labrador, and many points in between.
Fast Facts (and Personal Achievements):
- Have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.
- National Geographic Adventurers of the Year in 2014
- Wrote a book called A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters where they spent 366 consecutive days in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, traveling by canoe and ski with the assistance of 3 sled dogs.
- Their honeymoon was a 3-year, 12,000 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.
- Currently sailing the Atlantic Ocean on their 35 foot steel gaff cutter, Iron Bark.
Amy's gear of choice: Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket
Dave's gear of choice: Meris Waterproof Bib
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