I took a trip to Michigan in a second failed attempt to get a case of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on the release date. I drank a ton of good beer at Hopcat Friday night. Woke up and headed to Founders at 8am hoping to be in front of the line and found 150 already their. I decided I better head out to Nordhouse Dunes.

I don’t recall what beer this was. It was a sour high proof Belgium that was delicious.

Although most of the snow had melted in in the lower half of Michigan , I’d say the trails had 6-8 inches of slushy wet snow. I don’t believe the temperature dropped too far below freezing.

A windy cold breeze made a dune hill windbreak a necessity.

My new winter-pack is the Osprey Variant. I had plenty of room for winter gear and weighed it down with 40 lbs of gear. I found it carried the load nicely.

The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 is a pretty nice setup for winter camping with it’s freestanding capability and generous sizing. I didn’t have the vestibule taught enough in this picture but it’s roomy enough to cook in.¬† It also has smaller vestibule in the back that’s useful for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night.

I still haven’t made it to Nordhouse in the summer but imagine it’d be a blast with the short hike to the beach.

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