- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ELY, Minn. (AP) - Two Minnesota adventurers are preparing to head into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a full year.

Dave and Amy Freeman plan to paddle out of Ely via the Kawishiwi (kah-WISH’-uh-wee) River, accompanied by a flotilla of supporters on Wednesday afternoon. They don’t plan to return from the wilderness until Sept. 22, 2016. They plan to camp at about 120 sites and travel over 3,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog sled. Supporters will resupply them.

The Freemans are seeking to call attention to the threat they say copper-nickel mining poses to the BWCA. They paddled, portaged and sailed 2,000 miles from Ely, to Washington, D.C., with that same message last year.

Mining supporters say the minerals can be mined safely and the area needs the jobs.

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