Tag Archives: Backpacking

Camping fees increasing at Michigan State Parks

By Howard Meyerson The camping season still is some months away — unless you’re a die-hard, that is, or plan to spend a week in the Everglades. But if you are thinking to camp in Michigan this spring, be aware … Continue reading

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The Magnesium Fire Starter Scam

Maybe you’ve purchased one – just in case. But does it work? This informative piece by the Fortune Bay Expedition Team suggests that not all magnesium fire-starters are equal. When down to the wire, you’ll want the real deal. FBET also shows … Continue reading

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Trail guide sets new standard for books about hiking in Michigan

By Howard Meyerson When author Jim DuFresne first came out with his book, “50 Hikes in Michigan,” I didn’t think anyone could top it. DuFresne, a Michigan-based writer, instinctively seemed to know what hikers needed — a solid, well-crafted guide … Continue reading

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North Country Trail: Fife Lake loop trail now open

By Howard Meyerson FIFE LAKE, MI — The cool of early morning clung to the forest landscape and highway sounds carried through the trees, but Marilyn Hoodstraten and Deena Barshney were busy at their tasks, paint brushes in hand. Each … Continue reading

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Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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Gear Review: Solo Wood Stove |

Backpacking stoves are one of my favorite pieces of gear. I have to confess to owning many, going back far too many years. But this simple approach to cooking, using nothing but twigs, has a lot of appeal. Philip Werner … Continue reading

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Trail Towns: Communities adopting North Country Trail

By Howard Meyerson Saturday was National Trails Day, a celebration enjoyed by people all across the country. Hikers took to their favorite trails, venturing out with friends, family and organized groups. In Michigan, of course, there is reason to celebrate … Continue reading

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The right backpack: A good fit is essential to comfort, safety on the hiking trail

By Howard Meyerson Walk into any quality outdoor gear store these days and it’s likely you will find an overwhelming selection of packs for backpacking. There are big ones, small ones and middle-sized ones, too. Making the right choice isn’t … Continue reading

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Backcountry: Bear Spray

Last year was a bad year in terms of human/bear interactions at national parks. There are some who are suggesting that changes in climate may be contributing to the increase in attacks, having impacted the availability of natural foods. Whether … Continue reading

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Lightweight Haze Shaves Pounds for Backpackers

A 50-liter capacity seems awful small for a week on the trail, but there’s a lot to be said for a lightweight pack. The new Mountainsmith Haze weighs just 1.9 pounds, according to a post at Gearjunkie. If you are looking … Continue reading

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