MATTI ERPESTAD - Head guide, co-owner
ABOUT: Matti is a native of Duluth, who began guiding at Wilderness Canoe Base in the Boundary Waters during college. After college, he moved to Finland where he got a college degree in Nature Tourism as well as a Professional Wilderness Guide Degree. Returning to Minnesota, Matti taught as a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center for two years, guided Wolf Ridge trips for three summers, and worked as a Naturalist and Songbird bander at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth for three fall seasons. Matti received his Master's Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Matti is a naturalist and jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the outdoors and guiding world.
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Matti really enjoys skiing, biking, paddling, bird watching, and learning about the natural world.
LANGUAGES: English, Finnish, (some) Spanish
CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certified, CPR and AED certified, Wilderness Water Safety certified for wilderness lifeguarding and life saving (& co-teaches certification course), Professional Wilderness Guide degree graduate (Finland), Masters of Environmental Education graduate from UMD