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by torpified
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

Torpified, I was on the Voyageur with you. I think you are the one I told about the school at Chippewa Harbor. I am tall and I was wearing a grey fleece pullover. I believe we met before on your previous trip to Isle Royale when you backpacked the Greenstone. I talked to you at the junction to Sout...
by torpified
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Trail Tracking
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: Trail Tracking

I have gaia on my Iphone ( https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?layer=natgeo ). You can download maps at home to call up in the field, where you'll often have GPS but not an internet connection. The base service is free, but if you're willing to shell out $40 for a premium subscription, you'll get snazzy Na...
by torpified
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

I haven't walked the Minong between Windigo and the turnoff to Hatchet Lake. I gather that's the most challenging stretch. East of the Hatchet Lake junction, the Minong undulates, but very rewardingly: most crests reward the hiker with a view. And while it's not a superhighway, once you've got the k...
by torpified
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!

[/quote] What time do you recommend starting the canoe trip to make ferry at 2:45? Is it safe to leave the canoe to hike up to LL? It took us (who are mildly experienced at both aspects of this biathlon) about 3 hrs to complete the Tobin Harbor Canoe/LL hike combo a few weeks ago. This included abou...
by torpified
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

You sound like you're hooked! I bet you'll get lots of feedback, so just a few thoughts: --keep trimming the pack weight! You can go a long way toward that just by learning (maybe via a series of shorter trips) which things you really need, and only bringing those. I suspect extra clothes and uneate...
by torpified
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!

More water taxi considerations: The Greenstone between the Mt Franklin junction and Lookout Louise is plenty nice. But I think the stretch just west of there, between the Daisy Farm junction and the Mt. Franklin junction---most of which it looks like you'll be walking---is more spectacular. It has m...
by torpified
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Almost time to begin my first trip!
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Almost time to begin my first trip!

that looks like a terrific plan -- only I wonder whether the flooding made getting to IR as much of an adventure as being there! Please report back to let us know how it went.
by torpified
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

I took the Ranger III back to Houghton a week ago today. The natural historical entertainment was provided by a passenger: Rolf Peterson, who issued an update on the wolf reintroduction. He's not an official directly involved in it, but he's a very, very interested observer. This was a week ago, I d...
by torpified
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

thanks---this just gets more and more interesting the more you find out! So geeking out seems totally appropriate . . . .
by torpified
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

Yep, the "ancient miners" really did just stop mining. When Europeans first encountered the Ojibwe, they knew of the copper pits (had oral traditions about them) but didn't actually mine them. Nobody knows why. To solve that problem would be to answer an awful lot of questions about the ancient his...
by torpified
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 RH-3Mi-LC-3Mi-RH
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: TR: 6/18 RH-3Mi-LC-3Mi-RH

Yes, that geographically challenged person was me. Maybe we should wear nametags! in my book, no one who knows where the Superior charts are is geographically challenged! I know of other online outdoors communities that adopt conventions enabling their members to identify one another in the backwoo...
by torpified
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

Geo-Heritage tours: an excellent thought! Mr t was also waaaaaay into the Minong mine --- so something that combined boats, rocks, mines, and animals would be just the ticket. Concerning mines, we developed one of those questions which can divert backpackers for miles: the copper pits dug by indigen...
by torpified
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: June 25-30 plan
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: June 25-30 plan

it sounds to me like you've got this! Which way around Chickenbone: the mileages on the Nat Geo map make it look like McC to Your Cove is 2.6 miles SHORTER if you take the east chickebone (northern) route. I've gone both ways in the last 13 months, and might prefer that route on aesthetic grounds as...
by torpified
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 RH-3Mi-LC-3Mi-RH
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: TR: 6/18 RH-3Mi-LC-3Mi-RH

Hooray, Grandpa---you know your ships! I'm wondering if our paths crossed. Could you have been the other person scouring the chart of Lake Superior in the snack bar after the wolf-moose talk, trying to find Caribou Island?
by torpified
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

Did Mr t do OK on the backpacking pack, or is he "never again"? And did Rolf say anything about the timing for reintroduction? Mr t: this is his second backpacking trip. On the first one, which was two nights but in a park (point reyes) with splendidly appointed back country sites, he'd begin each ...