Theo Theobold

Theo is a seasoned outdoor educator who has led outdoor trips throughout the US and Canada for the past 30 years. Previously, she directed programs for the Voyageur Outward Bound School and for Cornell University’s Outdoor Education program. Her first canoe memories were family outings in a wood canvas canoe in the Adirondacks. Since childhood, she’s always had a paddle in hand, whether for river running to slalom paddling, freestyle canoeing to sea kayaking.

Theo possesses a bottomless enthusiasm for exploration and taking the road less traveled. An educator at heart, she loves to inspire confidence in fellow wilderness travelers, be it through perfecting a new paddle stroke, learning to identify flora and fauna of the Boundary Waters, tying a useful knot or savoring a stunning sunset from the middle of the wilderness. Off trail, Theo can be found at Ely Outfitting Company; planning routes, sharing insights and helping craft memorable Boundary Waters experiences for guests, be it their first or fifteenth trip into canoe country.

At home in Ely, Theo balances a penchant for planting ambitious gardens and growing local food with winters as a dog sledding guide. She is a Wilderness First Responder who holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and can often be found exploring the north woods via canoe, bike, skis or dog team.

Theo Theobold

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