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Chapter: Michigan (Mackinac)
Group: Central Upper Peninsula (CUPG)
Leader: Michael Neiger, Marquette,
Michigan (Web site; e-mail;
no. 1 and photo
album no. 1 from this completed trip
April 30 to
May 3, 2004
North Country Trail area & surrounding
Eastern Upper Michigan, northwest of St. Ignace
a.m. Fri to midday on Mon.
Club fee: $10.
Signup by April 14 appreciated
We'll explore portions of the North
Country Trail as well as the adjoining wilderness around Brevort Lake
in the Hiawatha National Forest and the Lake Superior State Forest.
Highlights include Pointe aux Chenes
Marsh, Brevort Lake, view of Big Mac, and numerous creeks and streams.
Involves off-trail travel, river
fords, and swamp cuts.
Jay Hanks (Perry, Michigan), Mary Powell (Flint,
Michigan), Dan Soper (Flint, Michigan) Many Ann Hayman (Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario), Michael Neiger (Marquette, Michigan), and Gail Staisil
(Midland, Michigan) enjoying the Hiawatha National Forest on a November,
2003 trip. (Photo courtesy of Gail Staisil)
is not a basecamp trip. We will move each day and bivouac in a different
location each night, often deep in the bush and far from roads, dry
& level campsites, potable water, toilets, and fire rings.
Our Friday night bivouac area was a pine-needle-covered
ridge overlooking the North Branch of the Carp River, just downstream
of its confluence with Bissel Creek, deep in the interior of the non-motorized
Mackinac Wilderness Tract in Mackinac County on a November, 2003 trip.
(Photo courtesy of Gail Staisil)
Free wilderness skills and educational
opportunities, by prior arrangement:
- Hands-on GPS instruction--learn
how to configure your GPS unit
and use it to while under way in the bush.
- Hands-on map and compass instruction--learn
how to plot azimuths on your topo map with your compass, cut azimuths
through the bush with your compass, and solve complex navigational
challenges using a variety of tactics and strategies including ranger
pacing beads, aiming off,
- Tarp rigging--learn how to rig a
tarp and bivouac under it.
- River fording--learn
how to waterproof your rucksack and how to ford or swim waterways
crossing your route.
- Low-impact fire laying, where appropriate
only--learn how to build and maintain a small, Indian-style fire without
scarring the ground and without leaving any trace.
travel techniques--learn how to travel and bivouac "lightly"
in the bush while at the same time minimizing your impact on the wilderness.
please review the homepage on this Web site
for additional wilderness tripping information and requirements.
- 18 years old or older
- non-smoker and non-drinker
- physically fit (good aerobic endurance)
- adventurous spirit
- experienced, 20-degree-rated backpacker
- fully equipped with lightweight
backpacking gear including rucksack, bivouac gear, survival gear,
foul-weather gear, rations, stove, etc.
Specialized equipment required:
- In-pocket survival
kit (knife, matches, firestarters, compass, whistle, magnesium
firestarter); Sierra Club survival kits are also available free of
- River-fording footwear
Land Nav Team quads:
- 1:24,000 Brevort, Michigan
- 1:24,000 Kenneth, Michigan
Topo map ordering
nav gear recommendations
Review journals and photos from past
trips to this area:
trip leader for trip application form:
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