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A Trusted Friend: My Dana Backpack

Posted on January 30th, 2013
Editor’s Note: In the latest Trail Talk, Jim DuFresne writes about the Dana Design backpack he used for 25 years. The final adventure with it was while researching our new map of North Manitou Island last summer. The map is now out and available from our e-shop. The large format map measures 11 b… read more

Reaching the Top of an Alaskan Mountain

Posted on June 9th, 2011
Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne, the main contributor to MichiganTrailMaps.com, made it to Alaska and sent in his first blog entry. In Los Angeles, you cruise the Sunset Strip; in Paris, you stroll the Champs-Elyse’es; and in Anchorage, you climb Flattop Mountain. This is the first mountain… read more

Prepping for the Hiking Season

Posted on May 10th, 2011
Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne, the main contributor at MichiganTrailMaps.com, is headed for Alaska this summer and will be spending more than a month in Southeast Alaska exploring the region’s wonderful trail system. He promises to blog about his walks beginning in mid-June. We’re goiread more

From Argentina – A Personal Trophy of a Trout

Posted on March 21st, 2011
After a flight halfway down the world and another halfway across Argentina, an all-night bus ride and jaunts on subways and taxis, after dreaming and planning about this day for over six months, there I was—finally—standing on the banks of the Rio Malleo in the foothills of the Andes. The river w… read more

A Personal Journey to Argentina

Posted on March 11th, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of reports from Jim DuFresne, the main contributor at MichiganTrailMaps.com, who is traveling in Argentina. Due to technical problems in South America this entry of Trail Talk is a week late getting posted. I was on a roll on my journey halfway arou… read more

Growing Old with a Sense of Adventure

Posted on February 21st, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is the first of hopefully several Trail Talk entries on Jim DuFresne’s search of the world-class fly fishing in Argentina. My right knee aches. Yesterday I ran six miles, pushing it at the end, knowing that my right knee would throb that night and I would be sore t… read more

The World in a Kelty Backpack

Posted on October 5th, 2010
When I dropped my daughter off at the airport and pulled her suitcase out of the trunk , I knew the weight of it even without a scale, a hair under 50 pounds. Jessica was moving to Argentina and needed to take part of her life with her but was too cost conscious (fiscally responsible?) to allow the airlin… read more
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