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.

You can also join us on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/groups/northernmihikingbackpackingkayaking/

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 (2)

Ice Climbing Adventure

Down Wind Sports


Join me for an introductory Ice Climbing adventure! Spend the afternoon with an experienced guide, learning the sport of ice climbing. If we get 4 or more people (limit of 8 total), the cost is just $150/person, which includes all your gear rental. I did this last year and it is a lot of fun. Very worth doing. We will be climbing 20-60 feet. If you RSVP, I will send you my PayPal address, and we can make our group reservation. Hurry before the dates get filled up.

I will be in the area that weekend for the dog sled races, so if you want, you can make a weekend out of it. Eben Ice Caves are also nearby.

Boyne Highlands Ski Weekend

Needs a location

Hit the slopes this winter on some of the 55 ski runs at Boyne Highlands Resort https://www.boynehighlands.com. Beginners are welcome on this trip, no experience is necessary! We'll meet Friday February 24th at any time after 5 pm and stay in a 3 bedroom townhouse at the resort. There is a max of 10 people to stay in the townhouse, with 5 beds and then 3 with floor/couch space. The total cost is $125.60 per person for both nights of lodging. The lodging cost also includes 10 percent off daily ski passes, and a shuttle to a 50 person hot tub that we can use Saturday night. Ticket prices change frequently so please check the Boyne Highlands website https://www.highlandsharborsprings.com/ or other lift ticket websites for deals. We'll also do some tubing on Saturday evening- optional. Please pay the $125.60 deposit which covers both night's lodging via paypal ([masked]), or Venmo (@Chris-Gray-177). The first 7 to pay will get the bed spaces, with the last 3 the floor spaces.

Google Map of Boyne Highlands Resort:

Boyne Highlands Resort Map and Information:


Past events (122)

TC Annual Snowshoe Weekend

Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

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