|Michael Neiger lives in Marquette, Michigan, along the south of shore of Lake Superior. Since 1984, he has organized and led 100's of backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, winter-camping, and caving trips and expeditions in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes in Michigan and the Arctic Ocean in Canada. Along the way, he has accumulated 1,000s of bag nights. He is a certified wilderness guide with the Sierra Club, and a member of the Wilderness Guides Association.
He has paddled dozens of Canadian and Michigan rivers, often solo, including a solo canoe expedition from the Lake Superior area to the Arctic Ocean. He has also skied solo from the northernmost plowed road in Ontario, Canada to the Arctic Ocean. He has led numerous dead-of-winter snowshoe expeditions to the Arctic Ocean, with his next one set for February 2023.
Michael was a Det/Sgt with the Michigan State Police for 26 years and currently is the lead investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), a Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) that investigates long-term missing person cases and cold-case murders in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Ontario, Canada.
His trips, expeditions, and SAR investigations have been featured in numerous publications, including Outside Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press, Michigan Out-of-Doors, Mining Journal, etc. His work has also been the subject of books, such as "The Cold Vanish," "Where Monsters Hide," "Cold From the Inside," "Ranger Beads," and "100-Plus Sniper Exercises." His work has been featured on Crime Watch with Chris Hansen and NBC's Oxygen Channel. He has consulted for numerous networks, reality TV producers, authors, and investigative journalists.
He has field tested gear for Sierra Designs, The AltaMate Co., MapTech, Iversons Snowshoe & Furniture, Empire Canvas, Eureka Camping, Brooks-Range, a Patagonia retail outlet, and Okwaho Outfitters,
Annually, he teaches a two-day Wilderness Land Navigation class, and a two-day Wilderness Survival Class. He has taught classes for the Sierra Club; Northern Michigan University; the School for Outdoor Leadership, Adventure, and Recreation; and the Marquette County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division.
He has helped train and outfit members of two North Pole expeditions. He has also written numerous map-based guidebooks for National Parks and other destinations such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Island National Recreation Area, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and is currently completing the cartography for Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. He is also the author of the "Missing-Person Sourcebook: Strategies & Tactics for Finding Your Missing or Murdered Loved One From the World's Top Experts."
Todd Theoret also lives along the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan, where he enjoys paddling his solo canoe on remote wilderness rivers. He is a mechanic at U.P. Off Road & Performance in Negaunee, Michigan, and lead instructor at Diversity Wilderness Earth Living (DWEL), which he founded. He has been an investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue's (MibSAR's) Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG), working long-term-missing (LTM) cases and cold-case homicides in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada, since 2011.
Todd was raised off-the-grid in the remote bush of northern Luce County in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For nine years, he skied four miles to reach the nearest plowed road, and much further to make a phone call. His students and expedition partners appreciate his bush skills, including his ability to start a fire in foul weather, navigate through tangled bush, and gather wild foods at will — he can identify upwards of 100 edibles in the bush.
Todd has studied extensively at the Tracker School's primitive camp in New Jersey under the tutelage of its founder — Tom Brown, Jr. — one of America's foremost trackers and a renowned wilderness survival expert. He has completed the Tracker School's: 7-day Standard Wilderness Survival and Tracker class, 7-day Advanced Wilderness Survival and Tracking class, and 7-day Advanced Tracking and Awareness class. During his last two back-to-back classes, Todd constructed a debris hut, and then proceeded to live in it for nearly two weeks.
Todd has also completed a number of arduous wilderness adventures — without resupply or support. In 2012, he completed an 8-day coastal backpacking expedition on Canada's seldom-visited Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior. Insertion and extraction were by way of the venerable RC Anderson, a Canadian commercial fishing tug. In 2019, he completed a 15-day snowshoe-and-ski expedition down a remote Canadian river to the Arctic Ocean's Lower Hudson Bay. Insertion and extraction on the muskeg were by way of the Polar Bear Express, a flag-stop bush train.
Each year, he teaches a two-day Wilderness Land Navigation class, and a two-day Wilderness Survival Class. He is also a wilderness guide for the Sierra Club leading trips between the Great Lakes in Michigan and the Arctic Ocean in Canada. His next dead-of-winter expedition to the Arctic Ocean is set for February 2023.