Hello REI community,
With a looming divorce I recently decided it's time to follow a desire I once had to backpack, I live in Michigan and have two ideas in mind, however, in both instances I believe it is best I find someone to go hiking with. Covid 19 already makes things difficult, but not having someone to go with makes it even worse. I am wondering if this community is a place I could possibly reach out to people and possibly find someone to join me, or if people have suggestions where I can look. Is there a Meetups group for this? I don't use Facebook currently so that's not an option.
I am looking to go either to Smoky Mountains or Michigan's UP early October (I know opposite directions, lol).
Will appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
@Gidonj Thanks for reaching out and welcome to the community!
You're in good company here, as we have quite the contingent of folks in (or around) Michigan. We'll tag them here to see if they can weigh in with their knowledge and experience:
Hi there! I haven't been to the Smokies as an adult, but recently went to the Porcupine Mountains for a day hike. We did the Escarpment Trail & it was well worth it. I know you said you didn't have Facebook, but that's honestly what I would recommend, since there's a robust hiking/backpacking in Michigan group on there. As for Meetups, I'm not sure! I know I've seen hiking ones over the years, but they may be dependent upon where you live.
@chip88angel What is the name of the Facebook meetup group?
Not sure if my other response went through--it's just called Michigan Hiking & Backpacking. 🙂
Sorry for responding so late @bryndsharp! Don't log in all the time. I downloaded an REI app thinking it would provide with notifications, but it doesn't. 🙃
No worries, thanks for writing the name!
@Gidonj I am not sure about connecting with other hikers in Michigan, as I don't really live in Michigan full-time (I am actually just here due to COVID-19 haha).
However, in terms of places to hike/backpack in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I can definitely give you some recommendations:
Let me know if you have any questions or want advice on something else!