Official Sponsors: Source of Confidence Expedition
Frost River, Duluth, MN, USA
Frost River crafts softgoods that are generation-proof. Bags that are tough, and difficult to wear out. Packs built to the standards of those who came before.
Lisa & Alyce, in Duluth, MN. Modeling the portage packs Frost River is generously contributing to our expedition!
K’ul Chocolate, Minneapolis, MN, USA
K’up Chocolate creates great tasting, good for you, functional chocolate and energy bars with the finest all natural ingredients. The name, K’ul (pronounced cool), comes from the Mayan word for energy, which is what our bars provide you with – the ability to do more and do it better. At their store you can see how they create their chocolate and make your own customized bar of chocolate!
Lisa and Alyce, eating K’ul Chocolate while dogsledding in Ely, MN.
Simply Native, Western, WI, USA
We are looking forward to starting our mornings with Simply Native Quick Cooking Wild Rice Hot Cereal! Packed with protein and antioxidants, Simply Native’s wild rice, a roasted grass kernel, is harvested in Minnesota. Each morsel is carefully cultivated for your enjoyment. Juliet, Prescott, and their two sons, Cameron and Colin, founded Simply Native Foods through their love of foraging indigenous foods like wild plums and wild rice near their organic family farm.
GoMacro, Viola, Wisconsin
GoMacro believes in feeling good about what we eat- how it tastes, how it’s made, and how it sustains the environment. Family owned and based in a small rural community, our wholesome food maintains goodness on all levels. Small in size but big on impact, we are a big picture company. GoMacro. We will be eating GoMacro bars for the seven months we are canoeing and we couldn’t be more excited to be getting much needed calories from such a delicious and nutritious source!
Trailtopia, Rochester, Minnesota
Trailtopia is a team of family, friends and fellow adventurers dedicated to providing outstanding, nutritious and convenient eats for your outdoor adventures. We are inspired by the great outdoors. We carefully source the finest ingredients and prepare them for you in our kitchen before shipping them your way. We believe it’s easier to eat out of our bags than anything else, ever. We live for Trailtopia moments and the SOC expedition will have plenty of those! We are excited to get to eat Trailtopia’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare meals. They will be crucial for long paddling days!
Dunn Brothers Coffee, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Official Home of Taste started in 1987, by two brothers, Ed and Dan Dunn in St. Paul, Minnesota. Committed to flavor and freshness, their model was simple: roast the beans in the store and eliminate the usual channels that compromise how delicious a cup of coffee could actually be. Mornings can be a rough time in the wilderness, especially if it is raining. The joy of having a hot cup of Dunn Brothers Coffee will pull us out of our warm sleeping bags and get us paddling on the river in the early hours.
Lisa and Alyce at the Patagonia store in St. Paul, modeling the rain jackets.
Patagonia, St. Paul, Minnesota
Patagonia makes high quality, durable and long lasting clothing. We are thrilled to be using the Patagonia Men’s Super Alpine Jacket, that can withstand adverse weather conditions! As we paddle 4,000 miles down the 4th longest river system in the world, we know we will stay dry in our Patagonia Rain Coats.
All of our boats are handmade, by a small team of local craftsmen and women. Although the idea remains simple, we have been developing our techniques, materials, and designs for over 15 years to create the lightest, most durable, and effective packrafts in the world. Our designs and innovation have completely redefined the sport, and with the help of adventurers all over the world, pushed packrafting further than we ever thought possible. Through their Demo Program, we are now equipped with 2 Yukon Yak packraft’s, which we need to paddle the first 135 miles of small creeks and rivers. Without these packrafts we would not be able to paddle the 4th longest river system in the world.
Western Canoeing and Kayaking, Abbotsford , BC, Canada
Western Canoeing and Kayaking is Western North Americas premier paddle sports dealer. Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, stand up Paddling, whitewater or flat water.
We can outfit you with the best gear for any type of paddling trip, come in and check out our 1000+ boat inventory. Since we will be portaging well over 100 miles, we needed a portage cart that would be strong enough to handle those miles and the rugged terrain. Their Expedition Canoe Cart is exactly what we needed!