Pine Ridge, known informally as Base Camp, has been Wilderness Wind’s operational hub since the organization’s founding in 1986. Located six miles west of Ely, Minnesota, it is tucked back from the road and surrounded by forest. During participants’ stay at Pine Ridge, they sleep in platform tents or the bunk house and do most of their cooking over a fire. The bath house is wheelchair accessible and is located close to the tents.
Pine Ridge is home to full-time and summer staff and is used for the organization and operation of all Wilderness Wind’s programs. Other features of the Pine Ridge location include a yurt (a circular tent of Mongolian origin), a swamp walk, and a labyrinth which is used for reflection and centering. The (600) foot swamp walk offers participants an opportunity to view and learn from this moist ecosystem. Behind the tent sites is a long ridge with developed trails that offers explorers several vistas as well as another perspective of the North woods ecosystems.