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New Business Aims to Make Getting Outdoors Easier

Updated: 07/07/2014 10:11 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 5:24 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

A new business in Duluth aims to make adventuring outdoors more accessible.

Founder and co-owner of Day Tripper of Duluth, Jacob Boyce, said Duluth is full of outdoor activities but not everyone gets a chance to get outside. He said equipment can often be expensive, and some people may be nervous to try a new sport.

Day tripper hopes to change that and give everyone a chance to adventure.

Boyce is an avid mountain biker. Just about every day of the week, you can find the Duluth East graduate on the trails.

He works as a paramedic, but one day he realized he could turn his love for the outdoors into a business.

"You can hear people talk about how confusing the trails are and how great it would be to have someone to guide them around. So, I thought this could be kind of fun, this might work," he said.

He, along with his brother-in-law Matti Erpestad, who is also a native Duluthian, created Day Tripper of Duluth - offering guided outdoor adventures.

Boyce said they do everything from 2-hour trips to multi-day trips.

"We do kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, road biking, gravel-road biking," he explained.

In the winter, they take folks skiing and snowshoeing. Boyce said for the most part, they stick around Duluth.

"There is just so much here in town to enjoy that lets us show off what we have here, between Lester and Piedmont and Hartley," said Boyce.

And with Lake Superior out their back door, Boyce said they don't need to go far.

Day Tripper provides the gear and the expertise, but Boyce said the best part is they don't have fixed tours.

"So that way we can design tours to fit what they are interested in, where they want to go, what the sport is, whether they want to look at the trees more or look at the rivers more," he said.

Boyce said it's all in an effort to share their enthusiasm for the outdoors with Duluth.

To learn more about Day Tripper of Duluth, go to their website here.

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