What we're about

Join the group for hiking, backpacking and kayaking trips in northern Michigan. Weekend backpacking trips include the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, Manistee River trail, Jordan valley trail, North Manitou island, North Country trail, and Isle Royale. Weekend kayaking trips include the sturgeon, manistee, boardman, platte, au sable, 2 hearted, manistique and the pine. Weekend day hiking trips, (on the weekends when backpacking or kayaking trips aren't scheduled), include parts of the Jordan Valley Pathway, Shingle Mill Pathway, North Country Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Nordhouse Dunes, Hartwick Pines, Sand Lakes Quiet Area, and areas of the U.P. I'd also like to do some local small hikes or winter activities during the week after 5 pm, if there is enough interest. I also organize some snowshoeing and cross country skiing winter weekend trips.

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For those of you who would like packing list ideas for backpacking and kayaking events, please use these as a guide:

Backpacking Trip Checklist:


Overnight Kayaking Trip Checklist:


Core Values

•Spirit of adventure- We carry this in our heart always.
•Individuality- Feel free to be yourself, without any judgments.
•Determination- We use this to get through any challenges that we may face along the way.
•Relaxation- We come to relax, and to enjoy our time in the wilderness.
•Resilience- We weather the storms and any unknown elements that we may face along the way.
•Adaptability- Adapting to challenges that may arise help us to grow and to not fear the unexpected.
•Discovery- The sense of discovery is always within us.
•Respect- Always respect ourselves and respect others.
•Diversity- We can learn from each other, we are all unique.
•Ambition- This describes our strong desire to push ourselves when we need it the most.
•Safety- Be safe at all times, and help each other if we are injured.
•Encouragement- Offer this to others who may need it, and give this to ourselves when we need it.
•Environment- Respect and help protect the environment.
•Equality- This defines our relationships with each other.
•Exceed Expectations- Set new personal goals and strive to exceed them.
•Exploration- We set off to explore the places that we haven't seen, and to revisit the places which inspire us.
•Solitude- This creates inner peace and a feeling of being part of the wilderness.
•Open-Minded- Be open minded to changes and to new challenges.
•Perseverance- We persevere through the unknown obstacles in our way.
•Thoughtful- We remain thoughtful of others and to their personal space.
•Friendship- We seek this on our adventures, and we hope to develop lasting friendships.
•Cooperation- This helps us to remain cohesive and focused.
•Courtesy- We offer whatever we can do to help each person.
•Wonder- Our sense of wonder is an important element in our quest for adventure.

Upcoming events (3)

Tawas Cross Country Ski Weekend

Sand Lake Inn Waterfront Resort

Explore some of the 26 miles of groomed ski trails in the Huron National forest along the popular Corsair, Silver Valley and Wright Lake trail system, near Tawas, MI. These cross country ski trails have been known as some of the best in northern lower Michigan. https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-detail/corsair-trail-system-huron-national-forest/ . We'll meet Friday, March 1st in the evening at the Timberline cabins in Tawas, MI. 2 different cabins are reserved, with up to 8 people in the first cabin, and 6 in the 2nd one. If you need to rent skis, we'll head over to Nordic Sports in Tawas for rentals. http://www.n-sport.com/. The total cost is $30 for the weekend to rent skis/boots/poles. We'll ski Saturday, and stay in the cabins Saturday evening. There's a possible night hike to a 1941 abandoned truck in the Huron National forest, across a river (packraft required, and this is up to a local to help us out with his packraft! He showed us this last year.) We'll then ski Sunday morning, and then head out in the afternoon. The total cost of the cabins is $60 per person for both nights of lodging. Please pay the $60 lodging fee via paypal or check if you'd like to go. Google map of the cabins- https://www.google.com/maps/place/Timberlane+Resorts/@44.264784,-83.438447,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf4e224c74ad754af!8m2!3d44.264784!4d-83.438447 Timberlane Cabins- 532 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, MI 48730

Gaylord Snowmobiling Adventure


Ride over 100 miles of snowmobile trails through Gaylord, Elmira, Wolverine, Indian River, Alanson, Cross Village and Vanderbilt. Highlights include riding through the Jordan Valley, the Chandler Hill trail, and lunch in Larks Lake at Moose Jaw Junction (best burgers around!) http://www.moosejawjunction.com We'll meet Friday, February 8th in the evening and stay in an airbnb in Gaylord. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6243248?euid=e4947530-df70-4297-e099-2925abcca3ba&guests=1&adults=1 13 beds for up to 13 people, total cost is $45.73 per person for 2 nights of lodging if we fill the airbnb. (The total cost will be slightly more if we have less people.) The next day, we'll rent snowmobiles from Beaver Creek Resort in Gaylord, http://benjaminsbeavercreek.com/ , which is approx. 1 1/2 miles from the airbnb. The total cost is $291.50 per person for a single ride snowmobile, and $291.50 for a double snowmobile (share with 1 other person, so you'd split the cost, meaning $145.75 per person.) The total cost includes bibs, jacket and a helmet. This cost is for a full day rental, and we'll snowmobile back to Gaylord on the same day, Saturday February 8th. Prior snowmobile or ATV experience is a good idea to have, please message me if you don't have experience. I'd like to limit this to 13 people. Please paypal $45.37 for lodging+$100 snowmobile deposit=$145.37 (If you'd like a 1 person snowmobile. The remaining $191.50 will be paid directly to Beaver Creek resort on Saturday February 8th ), or $45.37+$50= $95.37 if you are sharing a snowmobile with someone else. (With the remaining[masked]/2= $95.75 paid to Beaver Creek resort on Saturday February 8th.) I've snowmobiled these trails before and this is a great route! If you've also snowmobiled in the area, we can fit in some other trails depending on how much time we have. On Sunday, February 10th, we'll turn in the snowmobiles in the morning and then we can head over to the Jordan River Pathway for anyone who would like to snowshoe or hike. Let's all enjoy a great weekend on the trails! If there's not enough snow to snowmobile, all paypal deposits will be refunded. Map of the airbnb in Gaylord- https://www.google.com/maps/place/1462+Pontiac+Dr,+Gaylord,+MI+49735/@44.9770153,-84.6980542,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4d354ee9265fc35b:0x10a1f4d6afe76073!8m2!3d44.9770153!4d-84.6958655 Map of the trails: http://michigantrails.us/michigan-trail-maps/northeast-lower-peninsula-snowmobile-trails.pdf

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes Hiking Trip

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Take in views of Mount Everest and more of the tallest mountains in the world on this 14 day hiking trip along the Everest base camp and Gokyo Lakes route. The culture here is unique and the scenery is breathtaking, and we'll experience some of the best views in the Himalayas. Highlights of the route include: Kalapattar, (Known for Everest panoramas), Gokyo Ri, (Alpine views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, all above 26,000 ft peaks.), Cho La Pass, (The high pass before Gokyo lakes), and many ancient monasteries along the way. We'll meet Saturday, April 6th in the evening in Kathmandu, Nepal (hotel to be determined, but our guide can get us a room for $9/ night per person for up to 10 people). The next day, we'll take a plane to Lukla, Nepal to start our 14 day journey. (See detailed day by day itinerary below. The trip is only 11 days if going to Everest base camp and back only.) We'll finish on April 20th, (or April 17th if doing the shorter route), and then fly back to Kathmandu. (Return flights home should be made for April 22, (or April 19th if doing the shorter route). We'll have a local guide for this trip, which will book our lodging for each night beforehand, and the guide will provide valuable insight along the way about the route and the culture. Total Costs: Round Trip flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal- TBD (Various US airports offer better deals, so flying to another US domestic location first may be key.) Lodging April 6th in Kathmandu and April 21st in Kathmandu: approx. $9 per night. Round trip plane ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla- $356 per person. (This can be booked by the guide to assure quicker flight times if flights get cancelled.) Total cost of tea houses/meals each night for 14 days: approx. $450. (Tea house stays each night: $5-7 each night, meals at tea houses each night: Approx. $7 per meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.) Total guide cost: $560 divided by the number of people going. (This can be around $56 if 10 people join.) Total: Approx. $880 (Including domestic Nepal flights, all meals and lodging, and guide for 14 days.) + flight to Kathmandu from US Total deposit- $200. I'll use this for each person's flight to Lukla. Please paypal or mail a check to me for this. Message me for paypal info or address. Detailed day by day itinerary: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s605/sh/098c8817-12a2-469d-ba93-77acbb68660e/baf6b525f36053f340387cf50945164d Notes: We can move this itinerary up or back a day or 2, depending on flight costs to/from Kathmandu, if everyone signed up agrees on this. If going to Everest Base Camp/Kalapattar only, then you'll arrive back in Lukla on Day 11. (3 days early.) If flight to Lukla is delayed by more then a day, we'll discuss a back up plan. Examples: Manaslu circuit or part of Annapurna circuit. Trip Requirements: Must be in good physical shape with previous backpacking experience, and must be capable of hiking 3-7 hours per day (this varies depending on the day), with a pack including a sleeping bag, water/food items, and clothing in high elevation, for 12 days (with 2 rest days for acclimating.) (No tent/hammock is required, and minimal food is required, since we'll be sleeping in tea houses which also offer food along the way.) The max number of people is 10. Info on the hiking company supplying the guide in Nepal http://www.manikangtreks.com/?fbclid=IwAR2hlJevholrJlgrbeWZtYyZQOY6Jx-D76khmFT1hvus9LEn5yUdwDrQsDs https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293890-d12590884-Reviews-Manikang_Nepal_Treks_and_Adventure-Kathmandu_Kathmandu_Valley_Bagmati_Zone_Centr.html Itinerary is based off of this, from a friend and former Nepal guide now living in Michigan: http://www.highcamptrekking.com/everest-region/the-everest-base-camp-cho-la-pass-gokyo-lake-trek/

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