100 Miles on the North Country Trail

In all of Michigan there is only one place to really stretch your legs and get some miles under your feet, and that place is the North Country Trail. The NCT, like the much more popular Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, is a National Scenic Trail. It runs for 4,600 miles from eastern New York to central North Dakota.
 

2017 Gear List

I've never done a gear list here before, but I think it would be helpful for some people to know what I am carrying every year on the trip reports that I am posting. As of this writing I have made a couple changes to what I carry in 2017.

Review: Osprey Exos 58

When shopping for a pack 2 years ago I was looking for something lightweight, durable and suitable for both overnighters and trips lasting up to a week without resupply. Like many people my first stop on this search was REI and that's where I stumbled upon the Osprey Exos 58. It seemed to fit the bill and to this day I am still very happy with my purchase.

Map: Art Loeb Trail - North Carolina

The Art Loeb Trail is a popular one. It goes over a series of knobs in Pisgah National Forest that provide 360 degree views of the landscape. I have yet to hike this trail, but it is on the ol' bucket list so I have the map saved to my Caltopo account for future use.

Map: Linville Gorge - North Carolina

I do not have mileage listed for this map because it is a spiderweb of unofficial trails and your mileage may vary. This map is not for the weak among us and unless you know how to use GPS mapping tools fairly well I don't recommend it. This is a wilderness area that is very loosely maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, but most trails are kept up by locals who just love hiking there.