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Chapter: Michigan (Mackinac)
Group: Central Upper Peninsula (CUPG)
Leader: Michael Neiger, Marquette,
Michigan (Web site; e-mail;
journal no. 1, photo
album no. 1, photo
album no. 2 from this completed trip.
March 4-8, 2004
winter camping & basic caving
Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners River Basin & Chapel River Basin
Upper Michigan, east of Munising
Very strenuous off-trail route; only suitable for those with good aerobic
Includes basic, non-technical ice cave and wilderness cave exploration.
explore a prime section of this beautiful area by snowshoe with either
backpacks or sledges (five,
first-come, first-serve, $5-rental club sleds available by prior arrangement).
Our itinerary will include the exploration of several, remote, little-known
caves and frozen waterfalls as well as ice caves and stacks along the
shore of Lake Superior, most likely in the area of the Miners River
Basin and the Chapel River Basin. Involves very strenuous bushwhacking.
Includes instruction in map
and compass use and snow shelter building for those interested.
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.
Mary Powell (in front of cave
on right side of photo) emerges
from an ice cave
along the shore of
near the mouth
of the Mosquito River
in the Pictured Rocks
(Photo by Mary Powell)
snowbelt area typically has four feet of snowpack in early March. On
our '03 trip, temperatures dropped to minus 30. On our '02
trip, it rained and then temperatures dropped to minus 10 as a blizzard
moved through the U.P.
Participants must be: 18, nonsmokers,
experienced winter-campers (2 recent trips) with cold weather (-20)
experience and gear, very physically fit (good aerobic endurance and
stamina), swimmers, adventurous, & fully equipped, including bivouac
gear, rations, stove, and high-floatation snowshoes.
Climbing/caving helmet required. Must be UIAA
(International Union of Alpine Associations) approved or CEN
(European Community Norm) approved. No biking or paddling helmets allowed.
Rental helmets available by prior arrangement.
rescue picks required.
8 a.m. Thursday to midday Monday.
Club fee: $15. Camping permits: $20.
deadline: February 17
1:24000 quads for land nav team:
-- Melstrand, Michigan
-- Indian Town, Michigan
-- Grand Portal Point, Michigan
-- Wood Island SE, Michigan
Topo map ordering
trip journal and photos
from '03 winter trip
trip journal and
photos from '02 winter trip
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