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Ritchey Ultra Mountain Bike Review

Ritchey Ultra Mountain Bike

Tom Ritchey builds good bikes. Seriously. The Ritchey Ultra is however beyond good. It should be, as Tom has building mountain bikes since the dawn of mountain biking. The Ultra is the newest distillation of Ritchey’s more than 40 years of experience. Between geometry and tubing selection, the Ultra serves…

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Upcoming 2019 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Kayak rescue

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 30th Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI May 24-27, 2017 Port Austin Kayak Symposium Port Austin, MI…

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Things to see on North Manitou Island

Lesser Known North Manitou Island Attractions

(Updated May 13, 2018) North Manitou Island is a popular backpacking destination due to its easy access and being one of only a few designated wilderness areas in the Midwest. Many backpackers who visit North Manitou try to hike as much of the island as possible and to see as…

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Things to do on North Manitou Island

Dimmick-Point-North-Manitou-Island

North Manitou Island is located eight miles off the coast of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. To get there requires a ferry ride, an overnight stay, and planning. With that in mind, visitors often ask, “What are the things to do on North Manitou Island?” Backpacking and Hiking on North…

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Tips For Preparing Dehydrated Meals

Mountain House Backpacking Food

Companies like Mountain House make great dehydrated meals. Yes, I said great. Some folks may have had bad experiences or perhaps recall their days in the service eating MRE’s. Well, dehydrated meals don’t have to be bad. Serious.Add a little extra water than called for. An ounce or two is…

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