Rod Johnson is the owner and 1970 founder of Midwest Mountaineering, your locally owned outdoor adventure outfitter. With his wife, Sharon, Rod has traveled the globe in search of great outdoor adventures which can be shared with you each Outdoor Adventure Expo!
Their programs provide resource sheets giving you the information you will need for planning your own adventure: how to prepare, where to go, what to bring, how to keep your gear weight down, getting visas and permits, and how to keep the cost down.
They truly love helping others have fun and safe outdoor experiences. Come catch their enthusiasm!
Rod and Sharon have seen National Parks with more spectacular single features like El Capitan, the Grand Teton, Angel’s Landing and Old Faithful, but none of the areas they’ve visited have been more consistently beautiful than Glacier National Park.
They’ll have resource sheets addressing where to go, weather, reservations, recommended trails and information about bears.
Rod and Sharon Johnson will show slides of backpacking the Teton Crest and Paintbush Trails. They will answer your questions about Grand Teton National Park. This is one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges and is only an 18-hour drive away.
Find out what it is like and how to experience it in this information packed show!
They will hand out resource sheets addressing where to go, weather, reservations, recommended trails and information about bears.
Rod Johnson, owner of Midwest Mountaineering, and his wife Sharon traveled to the Sacred Valley in Peru. They explored the ancient Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, and then hiked a less-traveled trail to the ruins at Choquequirao. Choquequirao is a ruined Inca city similar to Machu Picchu, but much less visited. It sits high above the Apurimac river, solitary in its ancient splendor. Excavations at the site began in the 1970’s and continue today.
From Choquequirao they completed a circuit that brought them finally to Machu Picchu. Everywhere they found evidence of the amazing Inca civilization – from remote, but still usable Inca roads, to ruins of cities and terraces still being uncovered today.
Visit the colorful local markets, ancient salt mines and the mysterious terraces at Moray. You’ll see the dramatic beauty of the Andes, the challenge of the multi-day trek, the incredible features of Machu Picchu, and the charms of Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Cusco. Costs in Peru are really affordable; you don’t have to travel with an expensive adventure travel outfitter.
As always, Rod and Sharon will have handouts showing you how they created their trip, with recommendations of what to bring, what to see, and ideas for guides and accommodations.
Most lists of the world's classic hikes include the dramatic and beautiful Torres del Paine Circuit and the Fitz Roy area. This is Rod's third trip to Patagonia (the southern part of Chile and Argentina). He keeps coming back to this wild place.
Some of the world's most spectacular mountains, huge glaciers, penguins, lots of wind, great food and wine at reasonable prices and many trekking options are standard for Patagonia. Rod and Sharon backpacked, hut-hopped and day hiked from hotels.
They'll distribute resource sheets so you can do the treks on your own!