Guidelines

Expedition Style Guidelines for the
Michigan Challenge 

Adventure: an undertaking involving risk, unforeseeable danger, or unexpected excitement

Expedition: an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose

Please know your craft and yourself



Travelers will follow all safety guidelines established by the US Coast Guard and/or any other legal Michigan authority.

It is highly recommended that all travelers carry a SPOT device on board.  If you do not own one, they can be rented.

Travelers will complete the entire course without any pre-planned arrangements from land teams, pit crews or shore help.

Travelers can attain help along the way from strangers, other registered travelers or “Good Samaritans” as long as it is not pre-planned.

Travelers will use watercraft based on traditional canoes, kayaks, voyageur canoes or other small boat designs. This does include outrigger canoes/kayaks, catamarans, trimarans or other multi hull or mono hull craft.

There is no length or width restrictions to watercraft.

Watercraft can only be powered by human paddle/peddle power and/or wind power.


All water and/or portage miles will be completed under traveler's own human athletic power.

Human powered wheeled devices can be used for portage miles of the adventure, but all devices must be carried for the entire route.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and The National Park Service have specific guidelines and rules regarding camping on government lands, both State and National. Please investigate all rules and regulations and abide by them, you will be held accountable for your own actions by these authorities.

All travelers will be responsible for their own safety before, during and after the event and are assumed experts in their chosen form of expedition travel.





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