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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 trip journal and photo album from this completed trip

January 13-18, 2005
Winter camping

This trip will be a snowshoe tour pulling cargo sledges (five, first-come, first-serve, $5-rental club sleds available by prior arrangement) just as the Ojibwa travelled for 100s of years. We'll explore the Beaver Basin, which is up for Wilderness Designation in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, as well as shoe along the north end of the Fox River Trail and through the expansive, wind-swept Kingston Plains.


one of the more efficient
ways to move gear
in the winter.
Members of the
WomenQuest Polar Trek 2001,
an all-woman
North Pole expedition,
train with the Central Upper
Peninsula Group of
the Sierra Club
and Mary Powell of Flint
in the Pictured Rocks area,
March 2001
(Photo by Mary Powell)

   Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area:
      Beaver Basin, Kingston Plains, and Fox River Trail
   Alger County
   Upper Michigan, east of Munising

Experience level:
   Advanced-level, minus 30 degree wintercamping
   with sledge ($5 club rental) and snowshoes

   Requires prior wilderness tripping experience with leader

   Extremely strenuous

Off-trail/on-trail rating:
   100 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. Thursday to late afternoon on Tuesday
   -- Club fee: $15
   -- Rental of club sledge: $5
   -- Other fees: PRNL camping permits may be needed?
   -- Sign up by December 30 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
   -- Ice-rescue picks

Rations required:
   -- Breakfasts--6
   -- Snacks--6
   -- Lunches--6
   -- Dinners--5
   -- Backup rations--1.5 full days
   -- Rations and stoves info

Additional destination info:
   -- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore http://www.nps.gov/piro/ 1-906-387-3700
   -- Book: "Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - - A Guide" by Olive Anderson (1988, Bayshore Press)
   -- Book: "Scenic Highlights at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Adjacent Areas" by Richard W. Holzman (1990, Royal Gallery)
  -- Book: "By the Shining Big-Sea-Water - - The Story of Pictured Rocks 10,000 B.C. to 1966 A.D." (1989, Bayshore Press)
   -- Book: "Backpacking in Michigan" by Pat Allen and Gerald L. DeRuiter (1989 University of Michigan Press)
   -- Book: "Michigan Ice - - An Ice Climbers Guide to the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan" by Bill Thompson (1998 Michigan Ice)
   -- 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:
   -- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: 1-906-387-3700
   -- Alger County Sheriff: 1-906-387-4444
   -- Munising State Police: 1-906-387-4540
   -- Hospital (Munising): 1-906-389-4110
   -- Sierra Club Outings Department 24-hour help line: 1-888-outings

Land Nav Team Info:

   Topographic maps:
      1:24,000 Au Sable Point SW, Michigan
      1:24,000 Au Sable Point, Michigan
      1:24,000 Driggs Lake, Michigan
      1:25,000 Trappers Lake, Michigan
       --Topo map ordering information
       --Topo map waterproofing & GPS prep

   County maps:
      Alger County
       --County map ordering information

   2005 Magnetic declination specs:
      Magnetic declination for Lat 46° 30'N, Lon 86°15'W:
         05° 23' west
      UTM easting grid line to meridian line deviation:
         00° 35' east
      UTM easting grid line magnetic declination:
         05° 58' 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):
         1:24,000 & 1:25,000
      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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