Max Pittman
Wilderness Guide
Following his studies at Northland Max joined
Wilderness Inquiry (WI), a non-profit that
specializes in wilderness travel for people of all
abilities. With WI he guided BWCAW canoe trips,
sea kayaking trips in the Apostle Islands of Lake
Superior and followed the Lewis and Clark
expedition route on the Missouri River through
Montana. He is also directly involved with WI’s
Youth Adventure Leadership and Urban Wilderness
Canoe Adventure (UWCA) programs, which aim at
building confident young leaders in the community.
Guided and fully outfitted canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) near Ely, Minnesota
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Max has a long history with northern
Minnesota. Growing up in the Twin Cities
area, he spent much of his childhood
summers exploring the serenity of the Iron
Range. With a cabin on Lake Vermillion, he
fished walleyes, northern pike, and
smallmouth bass with his uncle, took family
trips to nearby Bear Head State Park
exploring hiking trails and more great
fishing, along with many other trips to the
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There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance,
adventure, solitude and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost
forgotten, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.
– Sigurd Olson
Out of high school, Max joined the workforce and
searched for his calling. After working jobs in corporate
banking, sales, small business ownership and
construction, he realized success for him meant
following what he was passionate about: the natural

He enrolled at Northland College and pursued a degree
in Outdoor Education. During his tenure at school,
Max found a community filled with others that shared
the same passions for the outdoors. He suddenly found
himself adventuring on rock climbing trips, canoing
adventures, paddling rivers on the south shore of Lake
Superior, surfing waves on Superior, and skiing in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With a small grant from
his school, he also planned and participated in a forty
day expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range where
he picked up fly fishing and improved his skill set of
rock climbing, backpacking and outdoor leadership.
These days you'll find Max romping around the
Boundary Water during the winter and summer.  During
winter he's on the dogsled trails teaching people how to
drive their own dog teams at Wintergreen Dogsled
Lodge.  During the ice-free season, you'll find him guiding
canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

A trip with Max is sure to be enjoyable as he brings a
relaxing environment and great sense of humor. Max
looks to customize his trips to fit your needs while
ensuring everyone stays safe and cheery.