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by torpified
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 9/5-9/11 2017 Windigo to Rock Harbor
Replies: 5
Views: 132

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: 190

Re: NCT / Mantistee, take 2

I haven't walked either stretch but I'm curious about both -- so I'm following!
by torpified
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 1Sept-6Sept [RH to Windigo to RH]
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: TR: 1Sept-6Sept [RH to Windigo to RH]

Thanks-- that is some excellent coverage. I love the moose video! Sorry about the soggy feet. I usually walk in trail runners and dirty girl gaiters (which you might want to check out if you're looking for light and snug: https://dirtygirlgaiters.com/ ). I've learned to use waterproof hiking boots a...
by torpified
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary

Hooray! That sounds like a dream trip. Please do put a report up.
by torpified
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Hidden Lake to Lane Cove
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Hidden Lake to Lane Cove

Congratulations on the water taxi! It'll be cool to motor around Stoll Point. I tried to arrange the same taxi ride last year, but proved inadequate to the logistical challenges. This means I got to walk between Lookout Louise and the Mt Franklin junction in *both* directions this year. It's smooth ...
by torpified
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Hidden Lake to Lane Cove
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Hidden Lake to Lane Cove

It might be easier/quicker/more efficient (than arranging transport from rock harbor to hidden lake dock and walking to Lane Cove from there) to head directly to Lane Cove from Rock Harbor: take either the Rock Harbor or the Tobin Harbor (quicker) trail to the Mt Franklin trail, then up and over the...
by torpified
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: List of Lightweight backpacking equipment suppliers
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: List of Lightweight backpacking equipment suppliers

Thanks! Somewhere in that list there must be the geniuses who are fabricating gear out of upsydaisium . . . .
by torpified
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/16-8/20, 2017 [Minong Ridge: McCargoe > Windigo]
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: TR: 8/16-8/20, 2017 [Minong Ridge: McCargoe > Windigo]

Thanks for the great report! I also shudder to think how many wipeouts I'd have without trekking poles (this even though I usually have a wipeout or two due to tripping over my poles!). And give my regards to the Iron City--I was a grad student there too, back in the 80s, when the riverfronts still ...
by torpified
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for 9-4 to 9-10 Feedback/answers
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Itinerary for 9-4 to 9-10 Feedback/answers

Sounds like a terrific trip! the restaurant/grill: I don't think reservations are needed. I'm not even sure what the mechanism for making them would be! kayak: I had a blast kayaking around Tobin Harbor, looking (futilely) for otters and checking out the islands, camps, and almost-ducks. You could p...
by torpified
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

I'm close to pulling the trigger on a full-suspension version of the 35L -- IN PURPLE. I agree that the extra capacity of the Long Haul is worth 3 additional ounces, all other things being equal. What tips the balance in my case is that I'm pretty happy with a ~50L pack I have now (Osprey Exos 58, w...
by torpified
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Solo Trip in Late September
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Solo Trip in Late September

Looks awesome! There are other terrific options -- I personally love Lane Cove and the walk to and fro, which is an object lesson in evolving beaver impact -- but that's a reason to plan a followup trip!
by torpified
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/4-8/9 2017 [Backpacking] [Video log of RH, 3M, MB, MCC, DF, RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: TR 8/4-8/9 2017 [Backpacking] [Video log of RH, 3M, MB, MCC, DF, RH]

Hooray! In the dead of winter, I'm occasionally reduced to riding my trainer (essentially a stationary bike) for exercise. I pass the time watching youtube videos of hikes I wish I could be doing. Now I've got this and Feldtmann loop (so far!) to look forward to. Thanks!
by torpified
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Solo Trip in Late September
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Solo Trip in Late September

The part of the GRT you'd miss by doing 1 or 3 isn't its most enticing, unless you're really into looking at forests from the inside (which sometimes people from the southwest are!). A slightly longer variation that would incorporate most of the highlights of 1 and 3: follow 1 to Daisy Farm, then he...
by torpified
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/5-8/11/2017 [Minong: McCargoe > Windigo + Hugginin] Dad / Daughter Trek
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: TR: 8/5-8/11/2017 [Minong: McCargoe > Windigo + Hugginin] Dad / Daughter Trek

manways: that's an extremely useful concept, and "manways" is an agreeably Middle Earthish name for it! I'll take solace in knowing how to describe what's happened to me next time I lose the real trail because I've wandered down a branching manway by accident . . .
by torpified
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/5-8/11/2017 [Minong: McCargoe > Windigo + Hugginin] Dad / Daughter Trek
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: TR: 8/5-8/11/2017 [Minong: McCargoe > Windigo + Hugginin] Dad / Daughter Trek

what an adventure! Thanks!!

A question about a term in the background section: what are "manways"??