Been eyeballing this...but it is the same weekend as the 50'th running at Eagle River. That blue smoke is calling me, at least for Saturday and Sunday. All the old timers will be there I have not seen in ages. It is a far piece between Finland and there with a 5 mile winter hike thrown in for one night. And probably a snowstorm to boot. Still thinking....... At least it is not IF or Minot. I'd need to wear a jacket there.
I jest (alot), if you have not done any severe winter or cold weather survival training or work, listen to these folks setting this up. They do have the best of intentions and are not trying to dissuade you from a good time by being haughty or self righteous.
While some of us are blast furnaces (me), others will lose total control of their motor functions in the exact same conditions (I have had to rescue them; and it is often very hard work, I am old now, you'd be taking a big chance on me successfully helping you out.). There are horrible stories to tell and you don't want to be that person. Five miles in is pretty extreme for a voluntary practice/noob severe winter camp. Last time I was up there in those parts it was 50 below with the windchill...if it is your first time and it is that cold/severe, you really should be closer to your bailout solution. Like a boot throw away. Just saying...Not your Momma, wouldn't want to be your undertaker either. A problem that far in the woods would be dangerous for you and whomever tries to help you out of a fix, no matter how young and studly. When things are going haywire, Murphy is working his best magic.
It is really fun, when you are properly prepared in all manner necessary.
If it moves, you can eat it.