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Sierra Club Wilderness trips and expeditions
   Chapter: Michigan (Mackinac)
   Group: Central Upper Peninsula (CUPG)
   Leader: Michael Neiger, Marquette, Michigan (Web site; e-mail; bio)



Review journal no. 1, journal no. 2, photo album, found turtle shell from this completed trip

November 5-8, 2004

   North Country Trail area & surrounding bush
   Trout Lake & Strongs area
   Chippewa & Mackinac Counties
   Eastern Upper Michigan, northwest of St. Ignace

Experience level:
   Intermediate-level, 0-degree backpacking


Off-trail/on-trail rating:
   80 percent off-trail map & compass recon

Participant requirements:
   -- Notice: please review the homepage on this Web site
      for general wilderness tripping requirements
   -- 18 years old or older
   -- non-smoker and non-drinker
   -- very physically fit (good aerobic endurance)
   -- adventurous spirit
   -- proficient swimmer
   -- prior wilderness tripping experience
   -- fully equipped with lightweight backpacking gear
      including rucksack, bivouac gear, survival gear,
      foul-weather gear, rations, stove, etc.

Bivouac advisory:
   This 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.

Trip info:
   -- 8 a.m. Friday to late afternoon Monday
   -- Club fee: $10
   -- Sign up by Oct 21 appreciated
   -- Contact trip leader for sign up, or application form if new
   -- Review journals and photos from similar wilderness trips

Specialized equipment required:
   -- In-pocket survival kit (knife, matches, firestarters,
      compass, whistle); Sierra Club survival kits can be
      borrowed free of charge
   -- River-fording footwear

Rations required:
   -- Breakfasts--3
   -- Snacks--4
   -- Lunches--4
   -- Dinners--3
   -- Backup rations--1 full day
   -- Rations and stoves info

Additional destination info:
   Read "The North Country Trail in Upper Michigan" by Byron and Margaret Hutchins (Hutchins Guidebooks [815-633-1952], 1997)
   Read USFS North Country Trail brochures entitled "St. Ignace Segment" (906-635-5311) and "Sault Ste. Marie Segment" (906-643-7900)
   Read "Following the North Country National Scenic Trail," by Wes Boyd (North Country Trail Association [http://www.northcountrytrail.org]
   Search destination in http://www.google.com search engine

Travel info:
   -- Driving maps
   -- Road conditions and weather reports
   -- Tourism info
   -- Road trip gear

Wilderness skills and resources info:
   -- Backpacking skills
   -- Land nav skills
   -- River fording skills
   -- Water purification skills
   -- Lightning safety
   -- Low-impact skills
   -- Backpacking links, books, & vendors
   -- Ultralight backpacking links, books, & vendors

   -- Dressing warm skills
   -- Sleeping warm skills
   -- Winter-camping skills
   -- Ice-crossing skills
   -- Snowshoe links, books, & vendors
   -- Winter-camping links, books, & vendors

Emergency contacts:
   County Sheriff: Chippewa Co, 906-635-6355
   County Sheriff: Mackinac Co, 1-800-892-6156
   State Police: Sault Ste. Marie, 906-632-2216
   State Police: St. Ignace, 906-643-8383
   Hospital: Sault Ste. Marie, 906-635-4460
   Hospital: Newberry Hospital, 906-293-5181
   Hospital: St. Ignace, 906-643-8585
   Sierra Club Outings Department 24-hour help line: 1-888-outings

Land Nav Team Info:

   Topographic maps:
      1:24,000 Trout Lake, Michigan (primary map)
      1:24,000 Eckerman, Michigan (primary map)
      1:24,000 Strongs, Michigan (primary map)
      1:24,000 Hulbert, Michigan (limited use)
      1:24,000 Rexton, Michigan (limited use)
      1:24,000 Sullivan Creek, Michigan (probably not needed)
       --Notice, maps may lack UTM grid lines
       --Topo map ordering information
       --Topo map waterproofing & GPS prep

   County maps:
      Mackinac County
      Chippewa County
       --County map ordering information

   2004 Magnetic declination specs:
      Magnetic declination for Lat 46° 15'N, Lon 85° 00'W:
         06° 31' west
      UTM easting grid line to meridian line deviation:
         01° 24' east
      UTM easting grid line magnetic declination:
         07° 55' west

   GPS configuration specs:
      Grid coordinate system
         1000-meter Universal Transverse Mercator Grid (UTM)
      UTM grid horizontal map datum:
         1927 North American Datum (NAD 27 CONUS)
      UTM grid zone:
         Zone 16
      UTM grid hemisphere:
         Northern hemisphere
      Unit of measures:

   Misc nav setup:
      Roamer UTM plotter scale(s):
      Ranger pacing beads:
         Metric--9 100-meter beads; 4 1-kilometer beads
      Magnetic declination setting on compass:
         0° of offset

   More land nav team info




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