Our Stories


Tami Stagman: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Tami Stagman Central patch + Michigan, 1000 Miles, and Mackinac Bridge This all began in 2012 with friends John and Nancy Briggs. John was the President of the NCTA Grand Traverse Chapter and they had a challenge to hike the 100 miles that the Chapter maintained, so I decided to give it a go. I […]

Arlette Laan: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Arlette “Apple Pie” Laan End-to-End Hiker; central patch + Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota; 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 miles I started my hike on April 8, 2021 in Defiance, Ohio, and finished my hike on February 21, 2022 back in Defiance. From Defiance, I went Eastbound toward Vermont and […]

2023 Volunteer Awards: Trail Blazer

  Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority Cash and Gayenell with the Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority (DDA) began working with the NCTA Grand Traverse Hiking Club Chapter in Michigan over five years ago to create a non-motorized, ADA accessible trailhead to connect downtown Kalkaska to rerouted NCNST. This project, which is still in progress, will remove two […]