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Backpack the Porkies: Intermediate Backpacking Clinic

Trip 1: Sept. 19-21


Trip 2: Sept. 21-23

Registration required by Aug. 29

Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy on a three-day hike for intermediate-level backpackers. This class will build on your existing backpacking knowledge and skill set while you experience the rugged landscape of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The Porcupine Mountains are a true wilderness, with more unforgiving terrain than most Michiganders are used to handling. Challenge yourself with a hike along the park’s escarpment, past Government Peak and Lake of the Clouds overlook, for a total of 19.6 trail miles through elevation changes rarely experienced in the Midwest.

Instructors will help you hone your gear list, improve your food planning and handling, reinforce the practice of conserving resources, introduce backcountry navigation skills, practice gear management, take a deeper dive into “Leave No Trace” principles and improve your basic wilderness first-aid skills.

There will be a mandatory Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to go over logistics, expectations and paperwork for this trip.

The class is for hikers age 16 and older. Cost is $105 per person. Participation is limited to 16 people.

To register, go to and click on the "Purchase a license" button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab.

For registration help, contact park interpreters Katie McGlashen at 734-475-3170 or Katie Urban at 906-885-5206.

Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download; caption information follows.

Lake of the Clouds: Register by Aug. 29 for an intermediate backpacking clinic at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This class with two sessions, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 21-23, will take participants on a three-day hike through rugged terrain and past scenic views like Lake of the Clouds. Photo taken by Michigan state parks photo ambassador Paula Liimatta.

Media contact: Katie Urban, 906-885-5206