-- Extremely strenuous 100% off-trail
route; only suitable for those with good aerobic endurance and stamina.
-- Extremely isolated location.
Evac by helo only.
prior winter-camping experience with trip leader in Michigan.
This year's annual, advanced-level,
winter-camping trip will take us on a five-day snowshoe tour with sledges
(five, first-come, first-serve, $5-rental club sleds available by prior
arrangement) deep into the heart of Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario,
Canada. Final route depends on river ice conditions and snow depths.
Gary De Kock prepares
a snowshelter in anticipation
of a 40-below night
along the Little Agawa River,
deep in the Canadian bush,
(Photo by Michael Neiger)
This is not a basecamp trip. We will
move each day and bivouac in a different location deep in the bush each
night, far from roads, dry & level campsites, potable water, toilets,
and fire rings.
If you're a hard-core winter-camper
who's in peak physical condition and who has the equipment and proven
experience to handle arctic cold--minus 40-50 temps with windchills
exceeding minus 100--we want to hear from you.
On our '03 trip, we had between 4 and
5 feet of snow on the ground. Temperatures dropped to minus 40.
Participants must be: 18, have prior
winter-camping experience with leader, nonsmokers, experienced winter-campers
(2 recent trips) with extreme cold weather (-40) experience and gear,
very physically fit (good aerobic endurance and stamina), swimmers,
adventurous, & fully equipped, including bivouac gear, rations,
stove, and high-floatation snowshoes.
rescue picks required
8 a.m. Fri to midday Tues. $20
deadline: January 28
Topo maps for nav team:
-- 1:20,000 Ontario
Base Map No. 20-16-6600-52900
-- 1:20,000 Ontario Base Map No. 20-16-6600-52800
-- 1:50,000 Topographic Map No. 41N/15 (Michipicoten
-- 1:50,000 Topographic Map No. 41N/10--41N/11 (Old
trip journal and photos
from '02 winter trip
E-mail trip leader for a trip
application form at email@example.com.