Northern Michigan Vacations: If you're in the majority, the sounds of winter camping can arouse two thoughts: 1) Um, it's winter and 2) Winter's flippin' cold. Throw in mention of Northern Michigan's Upper Peninsula and you're lucky to have even a handful of takers. That's why our fearless, and apparently arctic-adapted, editor Jeff Smith gathered a few of his buddies for a backcountry February camping trip in the Porcupine Mountains.
"But the thing is, winter camping is worth a try if you know somebody to go with. Because what you can’t understand until you do it is that you really don’t get cold. When I think back on winter camping, I really never think about the cold, I just remember wandering with a couple of my best friends through old growth hemlock stuffed with snow and skiing in perfect conditions across hills and ridges that deliver amazing views of winter landscape, views that most people are skipping because they are home with a TV remote in their hand. (Ooops….sorry, edging toward self righteous there.)"
Trek through the Porkies with Jeff in his blog—complete with exceptional en route photography.