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Winter 2003 Outdoor Adventure Trips for People of All Ages, Backgrounds and Abilities.

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2002

Wilderness Inquiry announces canoe trips to tropical Florida

Everglades' 10,000 Islands beginning at $675; ski and

dogsled Minnesota's Boundary Waters for $595

Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit organization that integrates people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through outdoor adventure, today announced its winter 2003 outdoor adventure trips: "Tropical 10,000 Islands Canoe" in the Florida Everglades and "Boundary Waters Ski & Dogsled Adventure" in northern Minnesota near the Canadian border.

Both adventures are scheduled for February and March 2003 and require no previous canoeing, skiing or dogsledding experience. Wilderness Inquiry provides all necessary gear and equipment at no additional cost to those who need it.

"The 2003 winter trips offer everyone -- including people with disabilities -- a chance to experience the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending meaningful time in the wilderness," said Greg Lais, executive director and founder of Wilderness Inquiry. "Our adventures allow participants to explore at their own pace and accommodate a variety of skill levels -- from the outdoor novice to the wilderness enthusiast. Our trained staff goes out of their way to make sure each trip is an unforgettable and positive experience."

"Tropical 10,000 Islands Canoe" participants will paddle through a maze of tropical islands and vegetation where saltwater and freshwater meet -- from the Blackwater River of the Florida Everglades to the Gulf of Mexico's Gullivan Bay. Dolphins, manatees and pelicans are examples of wildlife that can sometimes be spotted. Camp is set up on the beaches of the subtropic wilderness.

For those who prefer a winter-weather excursion, Wilderness Inquiry offers the "Boundary Waters Ski & Dogsled Adventure" in northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. It includes instruction on how to harness and handle sled dogs, as well as dogsledding through snow-covered pine forests to spectacular lakes, such as Rose Lake with its steep, 200-foot palisades. Participants also can choose to take day trips from the base lodge, such as skiing or snowshoeing to Caribou Rock for a view of West Bearskin Lake. Lodging is provided at YMCA's Camp Menogyn, which is a modern lodge set into the hillside and surrounded by red and white pines.

"This trip was one of the top ten experiences of my life so far," said David Brown who participated in Wilderness Inquiry's skiing and dogsledding trip in 2000. "I discovered the stereotypes I had about people with disabilities was way off the mark. I also found a desire to reach out and connect with people on a deeper level than I had before."

Following are the trip schedules and costs:
-- "Tropical 10,000 Islands Canoe"

-- Five days--Feb. 16-20, 2003. $675 per person.

-- Six days--includes a day at the Shark Valley Nature Preserve inside Everglades National Park-- Feb. 24-March 1; March 8-13; and March 16-21, 2003. $745 per person.

-- "Boundary Waters Ski & Dogsled Adventure"

-- Five days--Feb. 5-9; Feb. 19-23; and Feb. 26-March 2, 2003. $595 per person.


Trip fees include all meals, equipment, gear, trip planning, permits and staff.

Wilderness Inquiry's winter 2003 trips are part of a series of canoe, kayak, ski, snowshoe and dogsled expeditions the organization leads in the Americas, Europe and Australia. For more information or to sign up for a trip, visit www.wildernessinquiry.org or call 612-676-9400.

About Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. It was founded in 1978 to provide people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the chance to explore the wilderness in a safe, cooperative environment. Since then the organization has led more than 1,800 extended trips worldwide. Wilderness Inquiry is nationally recognized in the development and implementation of outdoor adventure programs that are universally designed for all people -- including those with disabilities. For more information, visit www.wildernessinquiry.org or call 612-676-9400.

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