I recently joined up again with New Holland Overland LLC for some Overlanding in Michigan. This time the weather was quite a bit different than when I first met up with New Holland Overland LLC on Drummond Island Labor Day Weekend 2020, as it was the last weekend of January 2021.
We met up at McCarthy Lake on Friday night, where the night time temperatures was a high of 10 degrees. This was my first time camping in the winter and I had to adjust the gear a bit for the weather.
I upgraded my tent to the FLYTOP 3-4 Season 1-2-person Double Layer Backpacking Tent Aluminum Rod Windproof Waterproof for Camping Hiking Travel Climbing – Easy Set Up (Orange-3 Season 2 Person) I know, it’s not really over landing if you don’t sleep in a roof-top tent(RTT) with a diesel heater. However, I survived Friday night and Saturday night using the Coleman 0°F Mummy Sleeping Bag for Big and Tall Adults | for North Rim Cold-Weather, Olive over top my trusty Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Original Ultralight Foam Camping Pad, Model Number: 040818023020. I slept warm both nights.
There were (9) vehicles in the group that left out on the trails Saturday morning, led by the New Holland Overland Toyota Tacoma followed by (5) more Toyota’s, a Subaru, and another Jeep besides mine.
We covered over 70 miles thru the “Mushroom Capital of the United States”. The trails were in good condition, with a few inches of fresh snow, and easily navigated.
We did find a small creek that was not frozen enough to support the vehicle weight, and after pulling some cable to get the NHO Tacoma and RECKONING (the other Jeep), the rest of the group took the bypass in order to keep the group moving and get to camp before dark.
We arrived at the Indian River Crossing Campground alongside the Manistee River just before 5:00PM and set camp for Saturday night.
While at camp on Saturday, I was able to check out the New Holland Overland Toyota Tacoma to see what a properly outfitted overland vehicle is made of. I got some good ideas that could easily be applied to a Jeep Gladiator.
Misplaced Overland did a great video summary of the trail ride, of what was a great weekend and winter camping.
My first Winter Overlanding trip was a great time, and I lived to prove that you can Overland without an RTT, and even in the Winter!
I look forward to my next Overlanding in Michigan trip soon.