Bryan Hansel

Bryan Hansel

Owner at North Shore Expeditions

Duluth, Minnesota Area

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Bryan Hansel's Overview

  • Activities Director at Lutsen Resort
  • Assistant Manager, Camping Line Leader at Scheels All Sports
  • Park Security, Forestry Aid, Maintenance Worker at City of Iowa City
  • Trail Crew Leader at Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Bryan Hansel's Summary

Bryan Hansel’s goal in life is to grow outdoor recreation participation. He’s worked most of his life in the outdoor field in jobs that range from trail building in Iowa’s State Park system, park law enforcement, forestry, leading the camping/paddling/climbing lines in one of the world’s 10 largest sporting good chains, as an outdoor photographer, as a writer, as an ACA kayaking instructor and as a guide. Among personal achievements, he counts thru-hiking the entire 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, climbing Devil’s Tower, paddling the American shorelines of Lake Superior and Lake Huron and solo paddling the old Voyager Route as his favorites. He’s paddled, climbed, and backpacked throughout the US.

Bryan’s photographs and writings have appeared in magazines and newspapers, including Ocean Paddler, Sea Kayaker Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Superior Outdoors, Backpacker, Paddler, Frogpond, Ladies’ Home Journal, North Star Port, Cook County Star, Cook County New Herald, Northern Wilds, Wine Spectator, Minnesota Monthly and Minnesota Today. His images appear on websites, including MPR's Minnesota Today and National Geographic, in brochures, in print advertisements and in commercial publications.

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Specialties: Outdoor, outdoor portraits and adventure photography, photography instruction, kayak instruction, retail sales and management, program management, purchasing, employee development, nonfiction and creative thinking.

Bryan Hansel's Experience


North Shore Expeditions

2012Present (2 years) Grand Marais, Minnesota

Owner of a kayak guiding company devoted to helping customers explore Lake Superior’s north shore by kayak. Developed and successfully executed business plan with stiff competition in the area. Developed risk management plans. Lived the dream.

Photography industry

May 2004Present (10 years 5 months)

Fine art landscape, stock, portrait and commercial photographer. Photography instructor for North House Folk School and run photography workshops through area resorts.

Activities Director

Lutsen Resort

May 2006May 2009 (3 years 1 month)

Guided people and ran a complimentary activities program for one of the largest northern Minnesota resorts. Activities included kayaking on Lake Superior, cross country skiing, hiking, fly fishing, and kid's programs.

Assistant Manager, Camping Line Leader

Scheels All Sports

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Retail industry

December 1997March 2004 (6 years 4 months)

Assistant Manager in a 105,000 square foot, $22 million dollar a year store responsible for an average of $1.5 million in yearly store sales. Lead the $7 million camping, climbing, and paddlesport lines across the 22 store chain. Negotiated with all camping, climbing, and paddlesport vendors. Awarded the corporate "E" for Excellence in management award in 1999 and 2001. Developed new leaders through an Assistant Manager training program.

Park Security, Forestry Aid, Maintenance Worker

City of Iowa City

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry

April 1993November 1997 (4 years 8 months)

Trimmed, planted, and removed trees in parks and right-of-ways. Enforced laws and city ordinances in city parks and public areas. Maintained parks.

Trail Crew Leader

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

June 1991September 1992 (1 year 4 months)

Designed, built trails at Mines of Spain. Supervised trail crew.

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Bryan Hansel's Skills & Expertise

  1. Kayak Instructor
  2. Digital Photography
  3. Portrait Photography
  4. Outdoor Recreation
  5. Outdoors
  6. Risk Management
  7. Program Management
  8. Kayak
  9. Photography
  10. Blogging
  11. Social Media
  12. Canoeing
  13. Landscape Photography
  14. Customer Satisfaction
  15. Customer Service
  16. Magazines

Bryan Hansel's Education

University of Iowa

BA, English, Religion


Bryan Hansel's Additional Information


outdoors, photography, kayaking, canoeing, biking, backpacking, ice climbing, adventure

Groups and Associations:

American Canoe Association

Honors and Awards:

Scheels "E" for Excellence in Management in 1999 and 2001.

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