Becoming the first all-female team to ever paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, Sierra Designs supported Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren finished the historic 2,250-mile route in 85 days.

Labeled as the “Hudson Bay Bound” adventure, the trip was inspired by the fur trade route outlined in the 1930 novel Canoeing with the Cree. Raiho and Warren were struck by the fact the trip had never been completed by an all-women’s team, and saw a potential journey as a way to inspire other women to plan and embark on their own multi-day adventures.

“We hoped that our trip would bring awareness and inspiration to women who do go on …or want to go on wilderness canoeing adventures. We did make it, so the first part of our goal is fulfilled. Now we will work at spreading our story to inspire other people to get out there,” said Raiho during a post-adventure interview.

Raiho and Warren were not only the first women’s team to complete the arduous journey, but also were the fourth team ever to complete the trip.

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