Category Archives: Isle Royale National Park

On the Way to Adventure

Sometimes how you get to the trailhead is almost as exciting as the hike itself. In this Trail Talk blog entry Jim DuFresne says that Colorado has nothing on Michigan in terms of exhilarating entries into the backcountry. If you’re hoping to squeeze … Continue reading

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Outhouses: Taking A Load Off Your Feet

A smelly outhouse? Not to Jim DuFresne. Our Trail Talk blogger loves what a privy provides in the middle of the backpacking trip; a roof over your head and a seat to take a load off your feet. MichiganTrailMaps.com has … Continue reading

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Missouri Top Trails State! Show Me Why

Back by popular demand MichiganTrailMaps.com is staging its holiday sale again. Order a book and we’ll throw in one our trail maps, a $4.95 value! Order any book from our e-shop — maybe Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & … Continue reading

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Sally Jewell: She’s No James Watt

Sally Jewell, the CEO of REI, has been nominated to be the next Secretary of the Interior and that’s great because she’s one of us, somebody who maintains their sanity by escaping outdoors. Continue reading

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A Trusted Friend: My Dana Backpack

For 25 years and around the world Jim DuFresne used his Dana Design backpack to carry what he needed to survive in the wilderness. Continue reading

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First Time Backpacking? No Worries

A first-time backpacker wonders if she and her boyfriend will survive Isle Royale National Park. Just keep the pack under 40 pounds says Jim DuFresne. Continue reading

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