Amy and Dave Freeman returned to civilization in September, after a year spent living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to protest a mining project.
The couple started their journey in Ely on Sept. 23, 2015, setting a goal to visit 500 lakes, rivers, and streams. When they returned to the Kawisihiwi River at the end of it, they had traveled over 2,000 miles by canoe, dog team, snowshoes, skis, and on foot.
And now you can see what that year was like, in this video that documents their journey seas0n-by-season (sort of like the new Gilmore Girls).
Bear Witness: A Year in the Wilderness was posted by the group Save the Boundary Waters, which – like the Freemans – spearheaded the public push to keep a Twin Metals copper-nickel mine from doing work right next to the protected lands. Twin Metals' plan was actually blocked by federal officials earlier this month, and more steps were taken to keep mining projects off the land for years to come.
The short film had screenings around the state this the fall, and there will be another Jan. 19 at Midwest Mountaineering. But it made its online debut a few days ago.
The Freemans weren't silent during their trip, either. They documented the adventure on social media with daily blog posts, podcasts, and plenty of photos.
We are excited to debut Bear Witness, the short film following Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman's Year in the Wilderness. Bear Witness captures the beauty of the Boundary Waters and Dave and Amy's dedication to protecting the Wilderness from sulfide-ore copper mining through their yearlong adventure advocacy. Please SHARE this video and take action to urge for permanent protection of the Boundary Waters: http://bit.ly/BearWitnessAct
Posted by Save the Boundary Waters on Monday, December 19, 2016