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by torpified
Tue May 22, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Shorts vs Pants in June
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Shorts vs Pants in June

I'd go with pants, due to bugs and (depending on where you are) brush. (And I'm an inveterate shorts -- well, actually skirt -- wearer.)
by torpified
Tue May 22, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Rock Harbor Lodge early season
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: Rock Harbor Lodge early season

That's nerve-wracking! They told me earlier this spring that the lodge opens June 5. I guess the housekeeping cabins gear up earlier? Anyway, here is the contact information that came with my reservation (which leaves it pretty ambiguous how to contact the outfit in May): Please phone us at 866-644-...
by torpified
Sat May 12, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 1769

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

And please tell us about it when you're back on the grid!
by torpified
Sat May 05, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Ranger III Reservations
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Ranger III Reservations

I emailed (attaching a .pdf of the reservation form) in February. They emailed back the next day telling me to sit tight because they weren't processing reservations until March. About a month later, they emailed me a reservation confirmation. I think the Ranger wranglers are the same folks who staf...
by torpified
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work

the elephant in the room that the survival of wolves on the Island will almost certainly require intervention from time to time. When I picked up my permit at the Mineral King ranger station in Sequoia National Park last August, the ranger on duty delivered a riff on the 1964 Wilderness Act, which ...
by torpified
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Opening Day Weather

the Mott Island web cam has its groove back!
by torpified
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 1769

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

I second Pictured Rocks as consolation hike to consider. About 40 miles of the NCST travels through it, hugging the shore of Lake Superior, and there are shuttle services if you don't want to backtrack. The NPS site is pretty informative: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm
by torpified
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Light and Cheap, under $20
Replies: 13
Views: 1488

Re: Light and Cheap, under $20

- (re)Fillable cosmetic tubes or tottles for small quantities of liquids or lotions. I got frustrated trying to find small tubes and bought a bunch of 1/2 oz refillable tottles. Have used for camp soap, vaseline (fun to fill :? ), suntan lotion, bug dope, Go for it, love to hear your ideas! I do th...
by torpified
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 251
Views: 58680

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Tortuga wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:18 pm
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My first go at a pastel landscape drawing. Anyone care to guess where?
Well done! Is it a Moskey Basin sunrise?
by torpified
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First Timer's Gear List
Replies: 9
Views: 758

Re: First Timer's Gear List

It looks like you have all the bases covered! This isn't going to shave much, but ... do you need both the knife and the multitool? and could whatever information is stored on the survival cards be carried on your phone instead? Or are the survival cards doubling as recreation? (So far none of the g...
by torpified
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Advice - Early May (First Boat?)
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Itinerary Advice - Early May (First Boat?)

I took the first (tourist) boat out of Copper Harbor last year, and share your attitudes toward cold weather hiking strategies. I agree that the wildcard is deadfall. But one way to look at that is: the more time you spend struggling through blowdowns, the less time you'll spend shivering at camp!
by torpified
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe Route/General Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: Canoe Route/General Advice

I haven't got any advice, since (other than a solo foray onto Tobin harbor in a 2 person kayak) I've never paddled, only walked. I'm hoping that I'll be bold enough to try paddling the island some day, so I also hope you'll keep us posted on your 10th anniversary ISRO paddling project!
by torpified
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time IR trip in May. Does my gear list have any glaring holes?
Replies: 30
Views: 1749

Re: First time IR trip in May. Does my gear list have any glaring holes?

To add/keep?: --the gaiters! Even if you never encounter mud over 6 inches deep, they'll make tying and untying your shoes a more pleasant experience. -- maybe trekking poles. One of their unsung benefits is that they prevent sausage fingers. --a wool watch cap or beanie, and possibly lightweight gl...
by torpified
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: 1400 (not so random) Views from Mott Island in 6 & 1/2 minutes over 2 Years and 8 Seasons (2016 to 2018)
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: 1400 (not so random) Views from Mott Island in 6 & 1/2 minutes over 2 Years and 8 Seasons (2016 to 2018)

that was terrific! I'm glad the spiders got represented. Was that some sort of pirate ship I saw docked early on?
by torpified
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Vegan Backpacking Food
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Vegan Backpacking Food

A close reading of the 2018 trip log suggests that Tortuga's lost 40 pounds since last visiting IR. You're going to be flying up the trail no matter what you eat! Good-to-go (a lot of which is available at, ahem, REI) has vegan options: https://goodto-go.com/collections/food/vegan . I've tried only ...