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Tom Funke: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

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 […]

2023 Volunteer Awards: Boots on the Trail

  Steve Coz A look through the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s (SHTA) guided hike archives reveals Steve’s name first appearing in 1997. There are some gaps in those records, but his name is on the list for at least one hike a year until 2010. After that, he led between two and five hikes each […]

Duane Lawton: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Duane Lawton Michigan (previously received central patch + 1000 Miles and Mackinac Bridge) Right after retiring in 2006, I undertook a multi-day hike in the Porkies and Trap Hills with cousins. I had discovered there was a trail there called the “North Country Trail.” Then having just moved north, I discovered there was a local […]