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Tom Funke: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

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Tom Funke

Central patch + Michigan, Wisconsin, Mackinac Bridge, 1000 Miles, and 2000 Miles

I chose to hike across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a 30th birthday present to myself. That is how I discovered the North Country Trail. I have written two books, 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail in Michigan and Wisconsin. I also have a podcast, blog, YouTube channel, etc., highlighting many of my hikes. Finishing the entire trail has been a quest of mine since my hike in 1998.

Learn more about long distance hiker recognition at explorenct.info/NoCoLo/index.htm.