- Mar 11, 2013 at 11:33 am #1964297
What a pack of snobs.Mar 11, 2013 at 11:34 am #1964298
Look up the Huron Mountain Club.Mar 16, 2013 at 5:21 am #1966199
2 inches of snow fell last night and its 24F here in Mid Michigan, last St. Patricks day it was 74f, it was 9F in Musing overnight.
Might still be bringing winter kit next weekend.Mar 17, 2013 at 8:16 am #1966633
Weather is *supposed* to be very nice.
We plan on doing low, causal milage and/or setting up a base camp probably around Chapel Rock area.
$5 per person/per night permit required.
Don't miss out on this trip as winter won't be here for much longer!Mar 17, 2013 at 10:00 am #1966658
rOg wBPL Member
deletedMar 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #1966662
Thanks, I'll check into that. Here's the wording on the website; I wonder if the park lets most winter backpackers just go free.
Backcountry camping regulations are different for winter. However, a backcountry permit is required year-round. The fee is $5 per person, per night ($15 reservation fee).
A snow depth of 6 inches or more is required for winter camping rules to take effect.
Winter camping is permitted in drive-in campgrounds without charge.
Winter camping is permitted off park roads beyond a distance of 100 feet.
Use of stoves is required – campfires are not permitted unless you build them in fire rings in developed front or backcountry sites.
Winter camping is permitted beyond 100 feet of a creek, river or lake.
Overnight camping in parking lots is not permitted.Mar 17, 2013 at 10:51 am #1966669
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Stop it! It's killing me watching this and not able to go:-)
Looks like there's still about 50 inches of snow up there (likely less next to the lake) with more snow forecast thru Wednesday and little or no thawing in the forecast.
And bluebird days forecast for the weekend … must … stop …. lurking …Mar 17, 2013 at 10:54 am #1966670
You are doing yourself an injustice looking at the thread, you need to hit that stop watching thread button ;-)Mar 17, 2013 at 10:56 am #1966671
Ok, that's mean. I'm sorry.Mar 17, 2013 at 11:02 am #1966674
You are a bad man Travis.Mar 19, 2013 at 11:39 am #1967460
I spoke with a park official today. Permits ARE required, but only one per group.
But now that I am typing this, I forgot to ask if each person still needs to pay the $5 per night.
At any rate, since it looks like I'll get up there a bit earlier than others, I can pick up the permit. We can meet at Chapel Road directly. If I need to pay for everyone, it will end up being $10 per person for the weekend.
On another note, since it looks like just Stephen and I are going (and our respective lovelies) we've worked out many details off the boards. If you're interested in coming along, please send either Stephen or I a PM. We'd love to have you!Mar 19, 2013 at 11:51 am #1967467
Don't forget Tim is coming also :-)Mar 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #1967559
Looks like the area will be getting another foot of snow.Mar 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm #1967564
Yeah, places up there are being modeled with up to 50-75 inches on the ground. Those depths look to be south and east of where we'll be.
If the reports are true, where we'll be will have 30-40 inches, which is the most I've ever seen.Mar 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm #1967573
Looks like snow shoes will definitely be the order of the day.
I am going to wait until tomorrow to decide what kit to bring.Mar 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm #1967641
My wife has been watching crap on the TV all night so it drove me up to the gear room to start getting kit ready for weekend.
Have some tough decisions to make
Hillie Soulo vs Trailstar and Bivy.
Winter bag and lighter insulated clothing vs 20f bag and medium weight insulated clothing.
Aquamira vs Steripen.
1.25ltr, 1 ltr or 850ml pot.
Pack Googles or not.
Satphone or plb (or both)Mar 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm #1969491
Joshua BBPL Member
I guess I missed out on this one. Looking forward to hearing how it went!Mar 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm #1969495
That's a shame, we will be organising another one later in the year.
We had a great time, as there was still 3 feet of snow on the ground we used snow shoes.
I didn't have my camera but I am sure Travis will post some photos.
StephenMar 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm #1969559
Bummer man! Yeah, Stephen and I met for the first time, and along with my wife and another fellow, we all had a great time. At least I thought so. :) I've never backpacked in snow this deep, and it was a good learning experience.
Keep and eye out for gatherings in the Midwest. There are some folks from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin that occasionally try to plan something. The most active group, at least for meet-ups, is the Michigan contingent, and their trips are mostly taken in the U.P.
I'll be getting some photos up at some point, so check back within the next few days.Mar 26, 2013 at 11:10 am #1969744
Here is a teaser photo showing the sign for Chapel Rocks campsite.Mar 26, 2013 at 11:29 am #1969750Mar 26, 2013 at 11:32 am #1969752
That pack makes me look fat.Mar 26, 2013 at 11:46 am #1969757
In the last photo, look right in front of my feet and you can see how far I shoved my poles into the snow.
(I'm on the left)Mar 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm #1969771
Very nice Travis :-)Mar 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm #1969774
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
Looks like you guys had a great time. Sorry I missed it.
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