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A participant's failure to physically and mentally prepare
for this adventure; acquire the necessary skills and equipment
for this adventure; or recognize, take responsibility for,
and avoid the unknown and unpredictable hazards and perils
that will present themselves on this adventure will likely
result in the participant's serious injury, paralysis, or
slow, painful death.
Wilderness adventuresespecially remote, foul-weather
travel; bushwhacking cross-country; cliff and steep slope
travel; climbing; canyoneering; cave exploration; river fording;
swimming; canoeing; portaging; skiing; snowshoeing; winter
camping; ice travel; ice crossing; deep cold; high winds;
etc.involve unknown and unpredictable hazards and perils.
|| Car accidents
|| Et cetera
Accidents, injuries, and problematic
incidents are not something that only happen on other people's
wilderness adventures or to other wilderness trippers. They
have happened in the past on Michael Neiger's adventures,
and they may happen on this adventure as well. Click
here to learn more about past accidents, injuries, and
and dental exams
As with any strenuous activity, it is strongly recommended
participants visit their physician to make sure he or she
approves of their participation in this adventure. A dental
exam is also highly recommended.
It is highly recommended eye protectionsafety glassesbe
worn on this adventure, especially while bushwhacking, as
several participants have suffered near-incapacitating eye
injuries in the past.
Avoid wearing or carrying cotton clothing on this adventure
as whenand not ifit gets wet, it will be extremely
difficult and time-consuming to dry.
On past adventures, wet cotton clothing and its tendency
to conduct heat away from the body much faster than other
fabrics has led to numerous cases of hypothermia, which is
the number one killer of wilderness trippers.
Clothing fashioned from nylon, supplex, polypro, fleece,
microfibers, wool, etc., are much safer and easier to manage
during prolonged bouts of foul weather.
An on-your-person (in-pocket), survival
kitfolding knife, waterproof matches, firestarters,
compass, mini-light, and whistlesecured with loss-prevention
lanyards should be carried during this adventure.
to bee stings
If you are allergic to bee stings, consult your physician
before participating in this adventure; inquire about carrying
an injectable epinephrine unitsuch as an EpiPen or Ana-Kitin
your first-aid kit.
The only first-aid equipment available on this adventure
is that which is carried by each participant. Consult your
personal physician to determine what items, including medications,
you should carry.
There will not be any doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics,
or other trained emergency medical personnel on this adventure.
No one will have first-aid or other emergency medical training.
At best, other participants may only be able to render the
most basic and rudimentary of aid.
No one on this adventure will have training in rope handling,
rappelling, climbing, caving, ice travel, high-angle slope
travel, swift-water travel, etc. N
No one will have training in rescue from these situations
No insurance coverage
of any sort is provided for participants on this adventure.
It is highly recommended that participants consider purchasing
their own insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Dental insurance
- Medical insurance
- Prescription insurance
- Evacuation insurance
- Disability insurance
- Life insurance
No emergency communications gear such as cell phones, satellite
phones, or satellite beacons (ELTs, PLBs, & EPIRBs) will
be carried during this adventure.
The only way to summon search and rescue personal or emergency
medical personnel during this adventure will be for another
uninjured participant to walk, snowshoe, paddle, peddle, etc.
to a point where help can be summoned.
The wait for assistance may be very longsometimes measured
in daysand could possibly be very painful, maybe even
Since the evacuation process will be both very difficult
and costly to arrange, participants should consider carrying
their own communications
gear as well as purchasing evacuation insurance, as noted
Current participant list:
Larry Bryan, Lansing, Michigan
Ewa Roszczenko, Livonia, Michigan
Mary Powell, Flint, Michigan
Dave Goodyear, DeWitt, Michigan
Gail Staisil, Marquette, Michigan
Cathy Susan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
John Rowling, Fort Gratiot, Michigan
Muir Watson, Houghton, Michigan
Don Watson, Houghton, Michigan
Mary Ann Hayman, Sault Ste. Marie,
Matt Acker, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Christopher Latta, Grand Haven, Michigan
Joseph Schwartz, Plymouth, Indiana
Michael Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
During this free, public adventure, we'll spend five
days exploring the Kingston Plains in central Upper Peninsula's Alger
Our leisurely-paced, unscripted route will consist
of off-trail, cross-country travel on snowshoes pulling cargo sledges
(five loaners sledges are available on a first-come, first-serve basis).
The trip will run from 9:00 a.m. Friday morning to
midday on Tuesday.
Thursday night's optional bivouac location and Friday
morning's assembly area will be the large snowmobile staging area and
plow turnaround on H-58, just west of Wolf Lake, and about 3.5 miles
south of Kingston Lake. A detailed driving map will be provided to participants
at a later date.
For the latest info about this trip, visit the trip
discussion thread on Backpacker
Magazine's Midwest Forum.
Journals from Michael's prior January trips
Photo albums from Michael's prior January trips
Participants should be adults (18 or over) who are
experienced, fully-equipped, deep-cold winter campers who enjoy wilderness
adventures without tobacco or alcohol.
Participants must be swimmers and in good physical
condition as this adventure is not suitable for the unfit or overweight.
Warming or cooking fires are welcome as long as they
are built on a steel cookie sheet setoff the ground with legs or atop
two logs, etc.
Bivouacs will be in pristine, non-campground settings.
Camping permits: State of Michigan law requires
a free DNR Camp
Registration Card be posted when bivouacking on state land.
- Breakfasts: 5 days
- Snacks: 5 days
- Lunches: 5 days
- Dinners: 4 days
- Backup: 1 day
USGS 1:24,000-scale quadrangles: Trappers Lake,
Michigan; Au Sable Point SW, Michigan; Au Sable Point, Michigan; Au
Sable Point SE, Michigan; Driggs Lake, Michigan; Sunken Lake, Michigan;
Driggs Lake SE, Michigan (ordering
here to learn more about land navigation gear.
you would like to participate in this free backcountry adventure, or
have any questions regarding it, please provide your full name, trail
name, city, state, e-mail address, and phone number to the organizer:
Registration: participants will receive a registration
form by e-mail prior to the trip.
Liability waiver: participants are required
to sign a liability waiver prior to the trip.
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