the wilderness trip
of a lifetime,
but a lifetime
of wilderness tripping.
Law enforcement experience
Web site design
Neiger is a 25-year veteran of the Michigan Department of State
As a road trooper, he was stationed at the Manistique
Post in Manistique, Michigan as well as the Metro-Detroit Freeway
Post in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
to the State Police forensic crime laboratory system, Michael was
promoted to the rank of detective sergeant.
Michael working an
all-nighter at an exhumation crime scene. (Photo by his unflappable
partner, D/Sgt. Tom Heslip)
decades of forensic crime laboratory
service, he was stationed at the Madison Heights Crime Lab and Sterling
Heights Crime Lab in the Detroit Metropolitan Area before being
assigned to the Marquette Crime Lab in the Upper Peninsula.
most of his career documenting, processing, and analyzing physical
evidence, either in a forensic laboratory setting or out in the
field, while investigating major crime scenes involving:
Shootings & stabbings
Bank robberies & hostage situations
Kidnappings & extortions
Rapes & assaults
Burglaries & thefts
The courthouse in Marquette, Michigan was
built of Lake Superior red sandstone in 1902.
(Photo by Calvin Beale)
His work productphysical
evidence; detailed evidence-analysis
reports; crime scene notes, sketches, drawings, photographs, and
reports; and expert-witness testimonyhas
been admitted into evidence in 100s
of felony prosecutions in a number
of judicial jurisdictions:
US Federal Court
Michigan District Court
Michigan Probate Court
Wayne County Recorders Court
Canadian Provincial Court
you're receiving flak,
you're probably over the target.
Throughout his life, Michael Neiger has strived
to improve his knowledge and skills through higher education, formalized
training programs, correspondence courses, intense on-the-job training,
helpful senior partners, patient mentors, consultants, periodicals,
books, and Internet resources.
His areas of interest and study include:
Security & management
Evidence (macro) photography
Evidence search, collection, packaging, &
Processing & removing bodies
Re-examining/re-constructing old scenes
Search warrant processing
Search and seizure
Expert witness testimony
Forensic computer exams
Weapons care & operation
Accident scene investigation & reconstruction
Note-taking & report writing
Search & rescue
aid & CPR
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Advanced life saving & water safety
Advanced map & compass
UTM coordinate system
Global positioning system (GPS)
Mapping & charting
Fire-building & maintenance
Biting insect management
Improvised river & lake crossings with rucksack
Knots & ropes
Ice travel & rescue
Long-range, multi-week expeditioning
Insertion & extraction logistics
Ration planning & packaging
Foul weather travel & bivouacking
Snowshoeing at 40° below
Bivouacking at 40° below
Arctic-grade clothing & gear
Sledge (cargo pulk) man-hauling
While Michael is a student of military
literature, equipment, tactics, and strategiesand sometimes
draws on the expertise of active or retired members of the Army
Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy Seals, Marines, etc.often
citing same in his writings, he has never served in any of the armed
the school of the woods
there is no graduation day.
Michael Neiger completed his undergraduate studies
at Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette, Michigan, graduating
with an A.S. and B.S. degree in Criminal Justice.
He completed his graduate studies at Wayne State
University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, graduating with an M.S. in
Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Political Science.
dream of worthy accomplishments,
stay awake and do them. Anonymous
Michael Neiger is certifed by the
National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) as a SARTECH
II and a SARTECH III.
He's also a special Deputy with the
Marquette County Sheriff's Office
in Marquette, Michigan as well as a member of the Marquette County
Community Emergency Response Team.
Michael is a member in good standing
with the following professional organizations:
- National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
- International Society of Professional Trackers
- International Association of Cold Case Investigators
- International Crime Scene Investigation Association
- International Homicide Investigators Association
Those who can do more,
Since staying in peak physical conditionboth
muscularly and aerobicallyis an essential component of long-range,
long-term wilderness expeditioning as well as SAR operations in
remote wilderness, Michael Neiger spends 6 out of every 7 days training
and working out.
A couple days a week, Michael works to improve
his muscular fitness by pumping iron, either at Joe's GymThe
Strength of the Northor at Northern Michigan University's
Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF).
His whole-body, hour-long workouts alternateevery
few weeksbetween muscular strength and muscular endurance
Since a powerful core is the key to achieving and
maintaining peak performance, he begins most sessions with four
trunk exercises to strengthen the lower abdominals, upper abdominals,
oblique abdominals, and lower back.
Four to five days a week, Michael works to improve
his cardiovascular fitness through a variety of means.
An hour-long, fast-paced run on level foot trails.
An hour-long session of intense intervals: running
all-out up ten steep hills, recovering with a slow-paced jog between
A two- to five-hour-long, trail run up, down,
and around Marquette Mountain, which towers over his home in Marquette.
1,400- to 2,400-meter swim workouts.
During the winter, he duplicates these cardio workouts
at Northern Michigan University (NMU), running the bleachers and
track in the NMU Wildcats' Superior Dome; training on a treadmill,
elliptical cross-trainer, stair-stepper, recumbent bicycle, or rowing
machine in the (PIEF); or swimming laps in NMU's 25-yard-long pool.
As his schedule permits, he periodically participates
in long-distance wilderness trail races--especially 26-mile marathons
and 50- to 62-mile ultra-marthons--across the Midwest.
that one man [woman]
is much the same as another,
and that he [she] is best
who is trained in the severest school.
Greek General, 460-400 B.C.
History of the Peloponnesian War
Michael Neiger was introduced to the bush
and wilderness tripping as a young boy
by his parents, Arthur and Virginia, who were avid, outdoors-oriented
many of his wilderness skills early in life with his brother
Dave at his dad's log cabin on Long Lake in Ontario, Canada.
(Pastel by Susan
Thanks to his upbringing, he enjoys wilderness
trips and expeditions in Michigan, Canada, and Alaska.
Working the bush via backpack, canoe, ski,
snowshoe, or mountain bike, Michael often spends upwards of 100
nights a year in the bush, sleeping on the ground in a bivouac sack
under a tarp.
He has organized or led trips and expeditions
for the School for Outdoor Leadership, Adventure, and Recreation
(SOLAR); Michigan Sierra Club; Michigan
Bush Rats; and Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue.
Excluding day trips, he
has participated in or organized 100s of multi-day wilderness trips
and expeditions since 1984.
Over the course of those
trips, Michael's bag nights in the
bush exceeds 1,800.
His wilderness trips and
expeditions have been featured by a number of media outlets:
Detroit Free Press
Grand Rapids Press
no such thing as bad weather,
only wrong clothes.
Forty-below temps frost up Michael's timber
wolf fur ruff on an expedition to the Arctic Ocean [James
Bay on lower Hudson Bay]. (Photo by Michael Neiger)
to organizing wilderness trips and
expeditions for over 25 years, Michael also enjoys the challenge
of long-distance, unsupported, solo tripping in remote, unspoiled
areas of Canada.
In January of 1998, he
completed a two-week, unsupported, solo ski expedition to the Arctic
Ocean, pulling a 160-pound sledge for 120 miles along the Abitibi
and Moose Rivers to reach Moosonee, a Cree Indian village on James
Bay (lower Hudson Bay) in northern Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1673,
Moosonee is Ontario's oldest, non-native settlement.
In 2009, he completed a
9-day expedition on the Moose River, snowshoeing from Moose River
Crossing to James Bay.
Winter expeditioning in remote Canadian bushparticularly
in and around the Agawa Canyonis one of Michael's favorite
activities. (Photo by Gary De Kock)
Michael has also paddled
solo from the Lake Superior area to the Arctic Ocean, retracing
an old, historic, 360-mile-long voyageur route.
Michael at High Falls on the Aux Sauble River
in Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Marty Short)
In addition to paddling
dozens of Canadian rivers, he has completed two, multi-week-long,
paddling trips along the remote, north shore of Lake Superior.
He has also skied solo and
unsupported across Michigan's Upper Peninsula twice.
It is life near the
bone where it is the sweetest.
D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
Walden: Conclusion, 1856
enjoys writing and research. During his career with the Michigan
State Police, Michael founded and edited the Crime Laboratory
Update (CLU), a forensic-oriented print publication read
by prosecutors, medical examiners, law enforcement administrators,
criminal justice professors, detectives, federal agents, and officers
across northern Michigan.
A prolific freelance writer,
his wilderness-skills columns and outdoor-related articles have
been published in a wide variety of publications:
Upper Michigan Outdoor Journal
The Muir View
In his free time, Michael
labors on detailed, map-based guidebooks for the Grand Island National
Recreation Area and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, both of which
are located along the south shore of Lake Superior, east of his
home in Marquette.
as if you were going to live forever.
Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Michael Neiger is a Web site designer.
In addition to designing and maintaining this Web
site, he also maintains missing-person Web sites: 1,
the search must continue,
...so loved ones aren't left behind.
Neiger blogs daily about search-and-rescue as well as wilderness-expeditioning
subjects on his Spec
Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,
Civil rights advocate, author, speaker, politician, activist, humanitarian,
Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Michael Neiger has field
tested outdoor gear for Sierra
Designs, the AltaMate Co., MapTech, Eureka, Brooks-Range, and a
Patagonia retail outlet.
Manufacturers of tents,
sleeping bags, mountaineering gear, snowshoes, crampons, arctic-grade
mukluks, and sleds have consulted Michael on design innovations
and product development.
you cease to make a contribution,
...you begin to die.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,
Civil rights advocate, author, speaker, politician, and activist
Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Michael practices creating fire-by-friction
with a bow, drill, socket, hearth, and tinder, all of which
were gathered and fashioned in the bush, along the Fox River,
south of Seney, Michigan. (Photo by Gail Staisil)
Michael Neiger has taught
winter camping and wilderness survival courses for the Boy Scouts
of America, Northern Michigan University (NMU), and the School for
Outdoor Leadership, Adventure, and Recreation (SOLAR).
Michael's also helped
train and outfit members of two North Pole expeditions.
has two parts:
having a lot to say, and not saying it.
Michael Neiger's personal informationhis
date of birth, drivers license number, vehicle license number, and
fingerprintsis available upon
request for background clearance checks through the following
criminal justice system information networks:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Automated
Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Crime
Information Center (NCIC)
Michigan State Police Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS)
Michigan State Police Law Enforcement Information
Reference contact information is available upon
request for a variety of criminal justice system professionals
Forensic pathologist, Marquette County
Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Marquette County
Sheriff, Marquette County
Sheriff, Chippewa County
Judge, Marquette County Circuit Court
Bailiff, Marquette County Circuit Court
Marquette Crime Lab Director, Michigan State
Negaunee Post Commander, Michigan State Police
Bomb Squad, Marquette Crime Lab, Michigan State
K-9 handler, Negaunee Post, Michigan State Police
Chief of Detectives, 8th District, Michigan State
SWAT team, Michigan State Police
Leading U.P. defense attorney, Marquette
Nature never deceives us;
it is always we who deceive ourselves.
—Jean J. Rousseau, 1712-1778, Emile, 1762
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Alaska Wilderness, 1890
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