What’s up everyone and greetings from north central Illinois. I am a long time day hiker that recently transitioned to backpacking in the UP a few times. I have done side work and volunteered with several nature preserves organizations with ecosystem restoration efforts so my pack usually consists of chainsaws and other work essentials. Aside from that, I came looking to connect with people and places to check out. Finding like minded people outside the realm of Facebook has been proving very challenging.