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by torpified
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: when/why does freezing damage water filters
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: when/why does freezing damage water filters

Thanks for the pore report! I now feel better about the filter I got last Xmas (and slept with on IR in May). As for other matters: As for your followup question that will come at any moment :D : Altimeters (aka Pressure altimeter) and barometers are essentially the same thing, mechanically. They wo...
by torpified
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: when/why does freezing damage water filters
Replies: 3
Views: 62

when/why does freezing damage water filters

This was prompted by watching UPS people leave packages on people's freezing cold front steps yesterday morning. I'm guessing cargo holds are cold too. The kind of water filter, like the sawyer squeeze, you're not supposed to let freeze -- does freezing during shipment damage it? Or does the damage ...
by torpified
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Planning a 8 day adventure... looking for some advice
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: Planning a 8 day adventure... looking for some advice

It sounds like a great trip! And by the time you get to Windigo, you'll probably have a good sense of how fun/manageable it would be to return to Rock Harbor via Chippewa Harbor or Moskey Basin. Due partly to awkward campground placement, such a return would involve longish days, e.g. Washington Cre...
by torpified
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: IR-rich blog
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: IR-rich blog

Heh, glad you liked it! I never posted a trip report here and thought I shouldn't just link to my blog. I love reading trip reports, so I'm easy to please -- but I think your blog is extra-terrific. I for one wish that people who filed trip reports on their blogs would link to them here. I feel lik...
by torpified
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: IR-rich blog
Replies: 2
Views: 279

IR-rich blog

maybe if you've found this forum, you've already run across this blog. (Maybe one of you writes it?) It's got some delightful accounts of Isle Royale trips. If (like me) your hankering for trip reports grows as the winter deepens, check it out! http://blog.dcclark.net/2017/08/isle-royale-2017-saga-b...
by torpified
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Reintroduction of Lynx
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: Reintroduction of Lynx

I would love to see a lynx in the wild! One of my favorite pictures in my guide to north american mammals is of a lynx hunting in the snow. The article says, and I've seen it said elsewhere, that the Island's original charismatic megafauna were caribou and lynx. Did the latter hunt the former? (I ca...
by torpified
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: More on Algae blooms
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: More on Algae blooms

Got it! And here is where I confess that I hadn't linked the names either of the poison or the bacteria to the name on the color printer cartridge, which I hadn't (ahem) realized was the name of a color. (I figured they'd made up "Cyan" because Crayola had trademarked all the real words for blue and...
by torpified
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: More on Algae blooms
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: More on Algae blooms

Thanks. And: Yikes!

Would it be wrong for me to infer from the name of the bacterium implicated in these blooms that the poison in the lake is cyanide, or something like it?
by torpified
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of a full-suspension 35L Superior, with loadlifters and shoulder pouches. I had the same experience with the customer service while ordering, and I'm looking forward to shouldering the merchandise!
by torpified
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: trail runners?

I wonder how much of the sense of affront came from the apparent rudeness of the runner encountered? (#7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors.) The post also prompts a question about etiquette. I'm a big yielder when I'm solo---there's just one of me, and I'm little and mobile, so it's easy for me to g...
by torpified
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 13
Views: 665

trail runners?

It's quiet around here. I don't want to start a fight, but I'm seriously curious about whether other peoples' reactions to trail runners on Isle Royale (I mean humans darting down the trail, not shoe choices) conform to the one expressed in this post: https://michigantrailmaps.wordpress.com/2017/09/...
by torpified
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/16/17 to 7/22/17 - Windigo to RH
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: TR: 7/16/17 to 7/22/17 - Windigo to RH

Awesome report! I especially enjoyed the account of the moose encounter and the idyllic trail beyond. Thanks!
by torpified
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 9-8 to 9-16 2017 Rock Harbor to Windigo with kayking and back.
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: TR 9-8 to 9-16 2017 Rock Harbor to Windigo with kayking and back.

very cool trip and report! Now I can add "being stalked by a moose" to my growing list of things to fear on the Minong . . . .
by torpified
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 9/5-9/11 2017 Windigo to Rock Harbor
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: TR 9/5-9/11 2017 Windigo to Rock Harbor

Thanks for the report! The holstein made me giggle.

I'd just begun to think I was ready to try the Minong when I read about the guy who encountered water 4 ft deep. That's roughly my chin! Is that representative of dam-impacted trail conditions, or was he way off course?
by torpified
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: NCT / Mantistee, take 2
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: NCT / Mantistee, take 2

I haven't walked either stretch but I'm curious about both -- so I'm following!