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by Pioneer Spirit
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: What national parks haven't you visited, but would like to?
Replies: 48
Views: 3330

Re: What national parks haven't you visited, but would like

I visited several in the late summer of 1977 but I would like to re-visit them again soon. I've never been farther west than Yellowstone and Grand canyon. I have a hankering to hike around Yosimite, see some giant trees and hike around Tahoe. Who knows what retirement will bring?
by Pioneer Spirit
Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Time Visit: 8/24/10 - 9/1/10
Replies: 16
Views: 4711

Re: First Time Visit: 8/24/10 - 9/1/10

Trade the Maglite and head lamp for something lighter. I use a tiny lED lamp that hangs in the tent that is about the size of a quarter. My headlamp needs replaced with one that used hearing aid batteries. I usually have two BIC lighters, one is a spare and both are the half sized ones. Buy some mil...
by Pioneer Spirit
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Time Visit: 8/24/10 - 9/1/10
Replies: 16
Views: 4711

Re: First Time Visit: 8/24/10 - 9/1/10

I walked over 400 miles without a single blister until my 'waterproof' boots got wet from damp grass through Caesar Creek State Park. I ended up with quite a few that day due to the change in friction. I use ankle height boots because the extra lacing keeps the shoe in place since the tops are held ...
by Pioneer Spirit
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Pictured Rocks!
Replies: 34
Views: 2530

Re: Pictured Rocks!

I know the Buckeye trail folks here in Ohio have a trip set up to Pictured rocks in September. I was going to go but life keeps getting in the way. Maybe some of you folks can figure out how to tag along or form a joint venture.

http://buckeyetrail.org/events.html
by Pioneer Spirit
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Windigo Store
Replies: 52
Views: 14825

Re: Windigo Store

So you can walk the length of the island, resupply at the store and hike back another route?
by Pioneer Spirit
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Best map source?
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: Best map source?

I ordered the map late last week and it arrived yesterday. It shows the trails plus portage routes between the inland lakes/ponds, included are elevations and water depth in surrounding Lake Superior. Water proof and tear resistant and large, it may be objectionable to the ultra light crowd but I wo...
by Pioneer Spirit
Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 6672

Re: Mystery

I saw one painted in the middle of a country road in Ohio several years ago.
by Pioneer Spirit
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Your favorite outdoor books
Replies: 7
Views: 1432

Re: Your favorite outdoor books

Ditto on Colin Fletcher. He was considered the go to source back in the early-mid 70's. I modeled my early hikes using his techniques and dedicated one o fmy hike sto his memory a couple years ago. He walked thousands upon thousands of miles carrying probably 80 pounds of the 'latest' gear of the er...
by Pioneer Spirit
Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: This made me laugh
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Re: This made me laugh

I wonder where this writer came up with these odd impressions which now serve as reporting on a website? Greg R.
Probably the way a lot of modern 'journalism' is done these days....they made it up at their cubicle desk.
by Pioneer Spirit
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: doable route
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: doable route

I'm no expert but if my map reading worked then it is in the vacinity of 16 miles using the routes I examined. http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/maps/travel-and-hiking-maps/trails-illustrated-hiking-and-recreation-maps/michigan/240-isle-royale-national-park-trail-map I went to a map sit...
by Pioneer Spirit
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Best lightweight, affordable rain jacket?
Replies: 14
Views: 4168

Re: Best lightweight, affordable rain jacket?

I also use a Sea to Summit silnylon tarp/poncho. While it's 100% water proof and an excellent bug barrier, you soon steam up the inside with sweat vapor and end up as wet as if you were exposed to the elements. During a 100+ mile Buckeye trail hike in June from Dayton to Cincinnatti, I used it durin...
by Pioneer Spirit
Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Lantern
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: Lantern

Make yourself a small lantern for camp use by converting one of those outdoor solar cell lawn lights. Remove the extra plastic and hang with a cord or a bent paperclip hook. The things contain one AA battery and are very lightweight.
by Pioneer Spirit
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Best lightweight, affordable rain jacket?
Replies: 14
Views: 4168

Re: Best lightweight, affordable rain jacket?

I read a post about cheap Wal-mart rain jackets on another thread here. I bought one of those due to price and compactbility, it was no bargain during a cold, misty wind-driven rain on a exposed mountain top along the Laurel Highlands. I'm sure they are fine for a dash out to the mailbox or to an aw...
by Pioneer Spirit
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Best map source?
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: Best map source?

Oh yes, I used a National Geographic map in the Smokies. Very nicely detailed and to the point.

Edit: add link:

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/ ... -trail-map
by Pioneer Spirit
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Best map source?
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Best map source?

I'm looking for the best maps that show all of the trails for a first time trip next year. Got any recommendations?