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ENJOYING MICHIGAN WINTERS: BACKPACKING & WINTER SKILLS CLASS

by Tom Oloffo

Winter backpacking skill is not just for the winter; it is a useful back-up for the unexpected cold days in early spring and late fall. In this class we’ll teach you how to keep warm and keep your energy level up when skiing or snowshoeing and how to build a snow shelter just in case something does go HORRIBLY WRONG on that simple 3 hour ski trip. You can also use these skills in the summer on glaciers and snowy peaks in the Rockies, the Cascades, Alaska, or Kilimanjaro.

This class will teach you the “ins and outs” of winter camping in Michigan. The first classes will be held on Wednesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Moose Jaw in Birmingham. All other classes will be held on Wednesday nights: January 3, January 10, January 24, and January 31. The practicals are the weekends of January 13 and 14 and February 9, 10, and 11.

The cost is $ 100.00 for new students and reduced fee for past graduates who want to retake the course, pick-up further details at the monthly meeting.

This course is open to the graduates of the Beginning Backpacking Course; this course is the prerequisite for the Mountaineering and Winter Survival Courses. For safety reasons, the Wilderness First Aid Course is highly

recommended for both of these courses.

Keep your fingers

crossed and pray for snow. To sign up questions contact --- TOM OLOFFO. mcmountainman@yahoo.com.

or if

you have any

(313)

477-0221 or

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SOLAR HIKE & BIKE SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 2006

Hike, Swim & Bike with SOLAR. Non-members & children welcome. Hikes start at 9:30 AM. Hike Coordinator: Matt Dalton, contact at 248-360-0031 or mdalton@ameritech. net

Post a message on the SOLAR Yahoo! site, after you decide to join one of the hikes: discuss car pooling/ride sharing, obtain a list of other hikers, and obtain additional details or directions for the hike. Make plans for an after hike restaurant stop.

November 5, 2006 Sunday – 9:30AM, Solar Club and BS Hikers are hiking at Maybury State Park, Northville, MI. Meet at 8 Mile Rd entrance and parking lot by concessions area. Most hikers go out for brunch after the hike.

The first and third Sunday’s of the month have been averaging over 25 hikers at Maybury State Park with the combined Solar and BS Hiker Hikes.

November 11, 2006 Saturday - 9:30 AM, Kensington Metro Park, Meet at the Nature Center, North of Kensington Rd entrance, past the golf course.

November 19, 2006, Sunday – 9:30 AM, Solar Club and BS Hikers, Maybury State Park, Northville, MI. Meet at 8 Mile Rd entrance and parking lot by concessions area. Brunch afterward for most of the hikers. (Bike Ride or Eat)

November 25, 2006, Saturday - 9:30 AM, Pontiac Lake State Park: North of M-59 Highland Rd. and west of Williams Lake Rd. Meet in the NW corner of the Gale Rd. parking lot. (Park is very popular for mountain biking.)

December 3, 2006, Sunday – 9:30 AM Solar Club and BS Hikers are hiking at Maybury State Park, Northville, MI. Meet at 8 Mile Rd entrance and parking lot by concessions area. Most hikers go out for brunch after the hike.

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