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    MI > 2nd Annual Green Timbers Big Tree Hang Feb 25-28, 2016 Pigeon River State Forest



    It's that time of year again to start planning our 2016 2nd annual Green Timbers Big Tree winter hang in the Pigeon River State Forest, located 7 miles west of Vanderbilt, MI. For those that attended last years hang, it was truly an adventure with records set for lowest temperatures (-26 and -13 overnight lows) and the amount of food consumed. The official date for this years event is Thursday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb 28th. Most of us came in Friday, but people started showing up Thursday to secure the cabin for our group.

    Our destination is the Green Timbers lower cabin in the Pigeon River State Forest. There are plans that it will be torn down, but it's still standing, so we'll be able to use it. The cabin provides shelter and a fireplace. There is also a large fire pit outside. That will be our base camp for the weekend. There are miles of trails to explore in the tract and another cabin with a great view located up the hill a mile or so. The river never freezes, so water is available. Lots of hanging spots are located nearby. FYI, you might want to bring some extra long tree straps, theres some big trees! The 2 mile hike in takes less than an hour on a 2-track and is mostly flat. Hopefully we’ll have snow, so pulks & snowshoes may be needed.

    Last year's hang also set new records in the amount of food that was packed in and consumed. It was suggested at our November Gluttony hang that we have some type of meal every 1-2 hours and we plan to hold true to that, even if it's just a pound or two of bacon in the cast iron fying pan or dutch oven. Just a short list from last year menu: posada, jambalaya, pheasant/wild rice soup, hot apple cider, coffee, bacon steaks, venison, chili, etc....

    Note, there will be no google signup for food. Post what you're bringing when you respond to the thread, but be prepared to feed a group. Last year we had 16 attend. As we get closer to the event, I'll be posting who's bringing what etc. so everyone will have a feel for what else may be needed.

    Part of what made last year such a great success was the mix of people that came out. We had guys from HF and Bushcraft, since there is the overlap in the groups. Wood gathering is done as a group effort with guys cutting, hauling and processing, so an extra saw or ax or two (or 3) would help move things along. If you have any gear that may need a new home, bring it along for trading or sale.

    Note: the parking lot did fill up since there were others back in the area that weekend. Carpool if you can. I spoke with the PRSF Unit Director and let him know our plans and mentioned the parking situations (do not park on the main road, only use the lot). He recommended that additional cars could be parked 1/2 mile east past the entrance in a circle located on the north side of the road. I also extended an invite to him to join us and see what we're all about.

    Getting there: From I-75, depart at exit 290 and head south for Vanderbilt. In town turn east (left) on Sturgeon Valley Road and follow it for 7 miles. The main entry to Green Timbers is the stonegate trailhead (on north side of road) on Sturgeon Valley Road, reached just before crossing the Sturgeon River. Location details (thank you Jim DuFresne) http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-profile/3/71/

    Come on out and enjoy a weekend in the woods with some fellow Hangers and Bushcrafters. The price of admission is cheap: bring a pound a bacon and toss it in the pan!

    More information about last years adventure: Link to 2015 trip report:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...=green+timbers

    link to 2015 photos: http://s113.photobucket.com/user/mic...g%20Feb%202015

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    This looks like a lot of fun! I hope I can make it.

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    MI > 2nd Annual Green Timbers Big Tree Hang Feb 25-28, 2016 Pigeon River Stat...

    Excellent! Looking forward to it.

    I'll bring coffee and my pot. A few more percolators would come in handy as well.
    Last edited by Donk_67; 12-04-2015 at 16:24.

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    YES!!!
    Thanks Dave for setting this up again!

    Now I've got the creative culinary juices flowing and I'll be trying to figure out what I'm bringing for everyone to eat...

    Looking forward to seeing all you fun people again!
    "It's not the man who's catching lots of fish and shooting lots of game who's having fun, it's the chap who's getting ready to do it."
    ~Horace Kephart

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    I am hoping to make it again this year. I got on today just to see if there was a hang planned and am really excited to see that yes. I hope the temps this year are a little more bearable as I would love to spend the night this time (I didn't get a chance to test out my gear in that cold of weather). Hopefully El Niño will give us a bit of a break.

    Thanks for organizing this again.
    Dirk

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    My TX trip is early in the month so I may try to make it if the weather is a bit more mild than last year. I have a friend from the jordan hang making me a down top quilt that will help. -27 is still out of my range but I might be tempted to try something closer to 10 or 20.

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    Ill be there. If we can reserve room in the cabin, I might be able to convince my wife to come as well. I'll bring a couple pounds of bacon and probably some kind of baked goods to pass. Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewB View Post
    Ill be there. If we can reserve room in the cabin, I might be able to convince my wife to come as well. I'll bring a couple pounds of bacon and probably some kind of baked goods to pass. Can't wait!
    I just noticed my original post had a bad link to last years photostream. Let's try this again: http://s113.photobucket.com/user/mic...g%20Feb%202015

    Glad you can make it. Bacon goes with everything. The cabin fits plenty so you should be fine. But, you might want to show your wife this picture of last years cabin dwellers prior to her deciding. They are harmless, though... 'Caveat Emptor'


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    Hope to make it. Have to test my setup in sub zero temps but so far we haven't gotten close so we'll see if the tarp and wood stove can come together in time.

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    I really hope to make this!

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