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Navigation by Map & Compass
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
US-31, Traverse City location

Jeff Ward (orienteer and navigation leader of an expedition to the magnetic north pole) will teach us how to navigate using only a compass and USGS quadrangle. In a world where most of us just leave navigation to our phones and electronics, would you be able to navigate without them? The cost of this class is $40 ($50 if you take part two - listed below) and includes a Suunto compass, UTM map tool, topo map and a copy of the Wilderness Navigation book that you can keep after the class!

Celestial & Natural Navigation
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
US-31 Traverse City, Location

This class is for those wanting to take Navigation by Map & Compass a step further. Jeff Ward will dedicate Class Two towards navigation using natural elements that can be found around you. The sun, stars, planets and even wind can be used to determine a heading! 
As this class builds on the skills and materials you acquired in class one, Navigation by Map & Compass is a required pre-requisite. The cost of the class is $10 ($50 for BOTH classes).

Availability is limited and registration is required. Please call either store to register!

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339   



Come join us for a couple of evenings at Backcountry North for story-telling, adventures and
explorations from two extraordinarily wild and beautiful places on earth; Glacier National Park
and New Zealand.

Glacier National Park and Beyond
with Mark Hoffmann
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
US-31, Traverse City Location
Glacier and Beyond, given by Mark Hoffman, explores the beauty of Glacier National Park in Northern
Montana. With over 700 miles of trails, there is plenty of opportunity to experience Glacier's pristine
forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. Wildlife, scenery and stories are
unlimited on this fun evening of recounting tales of Glacier itself, as well as other locations visited
along the way.
Admission is free.

New Zealand Tramping & Adventures
with Sara Cockrell 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
US-31, Traverse City Location 
Sara will share her trip-of-a-lifetime to New Zealand, where she experienced as much as she possible on
the beautiful island continent. Her adventures include traveling to the Shaky Isles in “the land of the long
white cloud, "surfing in the land of the “Endless Summer," glowworm caving, snorkeling with dusky
dophins, hiking with crampons among blue caves & crevasses on the Franz Josef Glacier, flying over the
tops of the Southern Alps, tandem skydiving above the Remarkables and exploring remote & wild
Fiordland National Park - one of 4 must-see, “crown jewel” parks in the Southwest NZ World Heritage
Area. Travel as a wanderlust, expand your horizons and find out how to tailor a trip to New Zealand to
your own interests, but be forewarned... you may need 4-6 weeks!
Admission is free.



This annual sale now includes two fantastic merino wool sock brands to mix and match; Smartwool and
Point6! Come stock up for Graduation or Father's Day gifts, running socks for your workouts, hiking
socks for your upcoming adventures, or simply to fill up your sock drawer! This promotion is available at
all three Backcountry North store locations. 



Spring Kick Off Sale & Osprey Pro Shop Party

We are excited to announce that Backcountry North have been nominated by Osprey Packs to be awarded the "Osprey Pro Shop" title. Osprey Pro Shop's are local retail locations who have proven to bring you the best in Osprey products, service, knowledge and style. We at Backcountry pride ourselves in fitting every customer in the right pack, the first time. 

As a result of this news, we want to celebrate with you! On Friday May 1st, we will start our big Spring Kick Off Sale with an Osprey Pro Shop Party at the US-31, Traverse City location. Representatives will be on hand from Osprey to answer questions about new products and every osprey pack purchased will include a free gift! 

As if that isn't enough, Friday also kicks off our big Spring Kickoff Sale! Winter is over and spring is here! Great deals can be had on post-season clearance equipment and apparel, as well as up to 20% off pre-season deals on select kayaks and paddleboards.

The Spring Kick Off Sale runs Friday through Sunday and the best deals always sell out first -make sure you don't miss it!



Saturday, June 13, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location TBA

 This annual on-water tutorial has become one of the most popular Backcountry North events Come spend an afternoon with us learning about boat design, paddling techniques, and safety procedures. We will provide the information needed to select the right kayak for your needs and help you to develop safe paddling habits on the water. You may choose the instructional section that you would like to partake in. More information is available during registration.

Representatives from brands such as Wilderness Systems, Hurricane and Werner will be there to offer instruction, answer questions, and also have a variety of model kayaks available for you to demo. Backcountry North staff will be on hand to answer questions about gear.

Lunch is provided and all participants will receive a coupon for discounts on kayaks and paddle-related accessories purchased over the weekend of the demo. Space is limited to ensure boat availability, so be sure to sign up soon! Pre-registration is required; contact either Traverse City Backcountry North location for more information! 

Cost: $50 per person

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339  




What SUP? Stand Up Paddleboard Demo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Boardman Lake, Traverse City

Come try the best boards and paddles from top-quality manufacturers at this year's Stand Up Paddleboard event. Manufacturer's reps and Backcountry North staff will be there to provide basic instruction and opportunities to paddle a variety of SUP boards.

Prepare to get wet! Dress for water temperature and bring a spare change of clothes. Suggested clothing: wet suit. Be sure to call and reserve your place, as space is limited due to board availability.

Cost: $20 per person

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100




We are making the changeover to a new website...

We will slowly be changing over to the new website listed below, so please bookmark it and bear with us as we gradually make the transition. 
All of our events, sales and our online storefront will all be located at the following address in the future:

Store Hours


Downtown, Birmingham
Monday: 10-7
Tuesday: 10-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

US-31, Traverse City
Monday: 10-8
Tuesday: 10-8
Wednesday: 10-8
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-8
Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-5

Downtown, Traverse City
Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-6
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 11-4