Special Note for Altran Customers

A special note for those considering using
or are current Altran Customers

Our competitor, Altran, is a heavily subsidized, tax supported county transit system. Although they offer dirt cheap shuttle service in the park, please be aware they are not a full service outfitter like us. We cannot compete with their price, which is far less than our cost. But we certainly out-compete them when it comes to everything else!

If you feel you don’t need our services and only need dirt cheap transportation, here is their link:
Altran Backpacker Transportation.
However, Altran IS NOT an outfitter. You are on your own after they drop you off. As a Trailspotters/Upper Peninsula Outfitter customer, you are our customer from the moment you make a reservation until you end your trip. If you don’t need that sense of security, great! Use Altran by all means.
But, you can take STILL use Altran AND our services! 
For example, feel free to schedule them for your ride and purchase our budget package which includes a guidebook, map, and unlimited trip planning advice.
Upgrade to our basic package, which includes dirt cheap lodging at our headquarters at Germfask. Why sleep in your car at the trailhead (which is against park rules, by the way) when you can get a good nights sleep, and a guidebook, map, and unlimited advice?


We offer other packages & services as well. Our Premium, Plus, and Standard packages offer guidebooks, maps, lodging, and advice. Our Premium package you have the opportunity to have breakfast with Tom Funke, author of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail. He will be your personal driver as well. How cool is that?

Other services include:

1) Trip insurance & Rescues

2) Advice and planning–see our Budget or Basic Package for Altran users

3)Books and maps: Owner is author of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail. Tap into his knowledge!

4) Food and gear drops: contact us

5) Sea Kayak shuttle

6) We answer our phone 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Altran does not answer their phone after 500PM Fridays, after noon Saturday, and all day Sundays and Holidays.

Check out our Budget and Basic Packages if you are using Altran as your transportation provider. Purchase one of these packages to round out your trip!


Nearly daily during the summer, we receive requests from Altran customers needing a rescue, for a variety of reasons like bad bugs, weather, injury, death in family, etc.  We provide rescues to our customers, most of which purchased a trip insurance policy from us.
You can purchase trip insurance for $36 plus $18 day and we will provide a DeLorme InReach satellite transponder. If you need a rescue, we will come and get you, no questions asked.
Altran & our customers who don’t take out trip insurance that request a rescue will be charged $295, pre-paid, and no refunds after we embark.
Remember, I am the Author of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula & 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail. I know a thing or two about the area and I’m glad to share. Don’t be surprised if you call Altran and they tell you to call me!
386.227.7768  trailspotters@gmail.com

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