Amy & Dave Freeman




Amy and Dave Freeman (Grand Marais, MN)

National Geographic Adventurers of the Year (2014) and authors of A Year in the Wilderness


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Named one of 20 Big Indie Books of Fall 2017 by Publishers Weekly

Featured by the Wall Street Journal

From National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurers of the Year, a beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Since its establishment as a federally protected wilderness in 1964, the Boundary Waters has been recognized as one of our nation’s natural treasures. And yet the struggle to preserve the vitality of this exceptionally beautiful and fragile place goes on.

When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of toxic mining proposed within the area’s watershed, they decided to take action—by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos, and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake.

With the magic—and urgent message—that has rallied an international audience to the campaign to save the Boundary Waters, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this special region.


Amy and Dave Freeman are the authors of A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters. They have traveled over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic, and National Geographic named them Adventurers of the Year in 2014.


  • Witness Activism: The importance of getting out and listening to wilderness
  • Pedal to DC: Biking 1,750 miles from Ely, MN to Washington, D.C., to Save the Boundary Waters
  • The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters: The Drumpf administration has renewed sulfide-ore copper mining leases for Antofogasta that threaten the BWCA watershed and outdoor/tourism jobs in the area
  • Adventurers of the Year (National Geographic, 2014): Together, Amy and Dave Freeman have traveled over 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places
  • What the Freemans learned during their year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Why winter is the most underappreciated season for outdoor adventures
  • An adventure bucket list inspired by the Freemans: cold water cliff-jumping, canoeing with your dog, dogsledding, cooking holiday meals over the campfire
  • Protecting the moose, deer, black bears, wolves, mink, otters, squirrels, chipmunks and birds that call the BWCA home
  • The Wilderness Classroom: The Freeman’s work connecting students to global expeditions in order to improve students’ core academic skills and appreciation for the environment

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