Just to state my position on cans I am totally against them for trail sleds or anyone that runs near residential areas. I agree that noise hurts the sport and I am totally on board with you there. If I was going to trail ride my sled or ride anywhere near civilization I would find a stock suit case. I don't own a sled that can ride the trails though, and I ride so far back in the boonies that there is no one within 15 - 20 miles in any direction. If you drew a square from Lanse to Big Bay, down to Marquette, over to Michigamme and back up to Lanse I am just north of middle in that square. It truly is the middle of nowhere. There's not a plowed road within hundreds of square miles. The only people that can get to where I ride is other sledders. I don't need to quiet my sled down, I just wanted to take part in this experiment since I had the resources to do so and maybe offer up some solutions for those who are going to run a can no matter what.
Sound is about the only way we can find each other if we get separated and that happens often. Even a loud sled is hard to hear where I ride, the terrain is very rugged and hilly, not little hills either more like small mountains. Once someone disappears into the hills they can be very hard to find. This is big country and you're going to be in serious trouble if you get lost. There's no cell service and you aren't walking out.
As far as landowners I am one. I have 20 acres at my camp and trail 5 to Big Bay is within a mile from there. If the DNR needed to reroute and use my land I would give them permission no problem.
Maybe a kind moderator could delete all the bickering in this thread. There is something to be learned here whether this works or not.
Edited by YooperWoods, 17 January 2015 - 09:42 AM.