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by torpified
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Unfounded Safety Concerns
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: Unfounded Safety Concerns

I know facebook was incidental to the real point of the opening post, but for what it's worth, I'm also going to start trying to direct a subset of the adults raising questions on the private FB group there to this forum. FB is great for pictures, but this is a better platform for expressing sustain...
by torpified
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]

Thanks for the great report and the good deeds! (Did you fight over who got to lighten their pack by donating their filter and bladder?) I was also astonished and dismayed by the snake population at McCargoe. Good thing those shelter doors latch.
by torpified
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Washington Creek - June
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Washington Creek - June

Awesome! He looks so much like my dog trying to shake Huron River water out of his ears . . . .
by torpified
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 5/25-5/30+1 2018 RH 3M MB WCB 3M RH
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: TR 5/25-5/30+1 2018 RH 3M MB WCB 3M RH

Wonderful report---thanks! The best ever beaver dam on the way down to Three Mile, and the painted turtles swarming the shores of Lake RIchie (it didn't occur to me they were nesting!) made a big impression on me too.
by torpified
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: The Case of the Shrinking Moose
Replies: 3
Views: 797

Re: The Case of the Shrinking Moose

The current issue of "National Parks" magazine (Summer, 2018) has a letter to the editor that provides a counterpoint to the article in the previous edition (Spring, 2018) regarding the shrinking moose on Isle Royale. The letter reads: " . . . . examples include pigmy mammoths that lived on Califor...
by torpified
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!
Replies: 19
Views: 1241

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

What's the best route from moskey to mccargoe? What's the best route from mccargoe to daisy? You can't really lose. But here's my vote: Moskey to McCargoe: I don't find the stretch of the GRT between the two chickenbone junctions that inspiring. So I'd go west on the lake ritchie trail, then follow...
by torpified
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 908

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: 396

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: 633

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: 19
Views: 1241

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: 633

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: 19
Views: 1241

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: 6
Views: 467

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: 522

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: 908

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 . . . .