Wolverine Hikes

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. I was the first to hike the Baja Divide Trail in Mexico but failed miserably to thru-hike the Bruce Trail in Canada. In 2019, I hiked the TEMBR in Ecuador and now, I'm going to attempt to hike 1,150 miles of the North Country Trail as it runs through my home state of Michigan.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in these endeavors.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kennedy Meadows

Gateway to the Sierras.  Mile 702.  I set a goal to reach this place by 6-15.  I'm 4 days early, despite a few setbacks.  I have new boots, snow pants, new backpack, a new stove and much food.  Mind and body are in tune and ready for this!
Looking forward to climbing Mt. Whitney.  More to come!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012


All is well at Onyx, CA and Walker Pass, mile 664.  Just spent about 4 days hiking alone and wondering if the world had been nuked of if my cell phone payment hadn't gone through!

Monday, June 4, 2012


Everyone diggin' the new haircut?

What Am I Afraid Of?

Ultralight hikers are fond of saying "You bring more of what you're afraid of".  What they mean by that is that we tend pack more things in our backpacks to compensate for our fears.  For example, if you're afraid to be cold, you brings lots of clothes.  If you're afraid of being hungry, you bring lots of food.  If you're afraid of getting lost you bring extra maps, GPS, etc...  I think they're right but, on the other hand, you can't hike with NOTHING.  You need some kind of shelter, at least some food and a map, etc...  I've been re-evaluating all my gear, wondering where I can shave a few ounces and asking myself "What, exactly, am I afraid of?".  Stay tuned and I'll let you know what I come up with.

You might not be able to tell, but this pack is falling apart.  Straps are busted and the frame is cracked.  After a lot of calls and emails, Granite Gear is sending me a replacement!!  Thanks to Granite Gear, Moosejaw in Birmingham, MI and Donna Saufley.

This is Sunset...

He may impress you as a good 'ol boy from South Carolina but he is not a man.  He is a beast.  He's a cyborg from the planet Hikesalot.  He's out here crushing the miles and, by the way, he's a triple crowner.  You read what I just typed?  A TRIPLE CROWNER.  Plus he's done the Florida Trail, the Bartram Trail, etc...  He's humble as hell but he's a wealth of information and experience.  If you can get through his thick accent, you can learn a ton.  I'm proud to hike with him.