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by paulbates
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations

Cool! I think you'll be glad you did. We loved Isle Royale Seaplanes too.. great, professional outfit. I forgot to mention that you can have a fire at LTH... that was nice for us as it was the only one we had. Site 3 has a generous ring of logs, plenty of downed stuff to find, and previous hikes lef...
by paulbates
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations

.... So this leads me to want to do the minong instead of the interior west side of greenstone. When you say "hard parts of Minong" what exactly do you mean. I mean, I know you are referencing the northern part of the island along the minong but how hard is hard ? We are pretty experienced hikers a...
by paulbates
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: NCT / Mantistee, take 2
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: NCT / Mantistee, take 2 -- make that take 3

One more change in plans. I'm doing part of the NCT in Manistee in May, but because of time constraints, I needed to cut down drive time and moved further south. I'm hiking the 40 miles from 11 mile road south, ending up in Croton. Lowered my gear weight a lot in the last few months, time to try it ...
by paulbates
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: I'm Coming Back!!
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: I'm Coming Back!!

Sounds great, get your "fix"!

I think early middle may would be an ideal time to do the minong.. more water in 6 mile creek, less undergrowth to fight and.... NO BUGS. I plan to do it again some day, and it will be in May

Paul
by paulbates
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Leftover Fuel Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Leftover Fuel Questions

I used my esbit as a hobo stove more than I thought. The key was birch bark. Layer of birch, stuff in the twigs and it lights right up. Cooks fast too.. but a little more to clean up.

We offered our extra fuel to other campers coming in at the end. They gladly took it.
by paulbates
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 244
Views: 52464

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Montana wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:00 am
IMG_2241.JPGOn this Winter Solstice, a view of the sunset from Little Todd Harbor (August 18, 2017)
Nice, we camped there on August 6th.
by paulbates
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet
Replies: 22
Views: 4675

Re: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet

Thanks Ingo, that will help. Merry Christmas to you!

Paul
by paulbates
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 244
Views: 52464

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Washington Creek sunrise from Shelter 15, August 9th 2017
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by paulbates
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First Trip: Hammocks, Huginning Loop, August 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: First Trip: Hammocks, Huginning Loop, August 2018

We camped there last summer. We went through the same pre-trip hammock concerns.. and you'll be able to hang there. You need to make sure to avoid birch/small birch trees for your hammock as they can pull up. However I used a birch > 1ft diameter at several sites, I just convinced myself that they w...
by paulbates
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Hammocks
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Hammocks

The big 3 are hammock with mosquito netting that fits, straps to hang it and a tarp you trust to keep you dry. I used a Moskito Kakoon from byer this summer on isleroyale. Having the built in mosquito netting was important on IR in the summer. At +6'5", it was easily long enough for me. I got their ...
by paulbates
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Planning a 8 day adventure... looking for some advice
Replies: 5
Views: 372

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

Depending on the month, have a plan for where you'll water up, especially for the Minong from little Todd on. Lake desor is obviously good, but most of the water on that stretch otherwise filtered brown for me in early august. +1 on midwested's advice on weather/rain and zero days. Lightning and rai...
by paulbates
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

I ordered my Long Haul today. SWD are very responsive, helpful and friendly. My torso measurement was on the edge of the longest offered, and they provided instructions for spec'ing longer version in the order notes. Probably get it in a month or so.

Paul


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by paulbates
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 13
Views: 776

Re: trail runners?

Yeh I think the nature of the encounter was a lot of it. Somebody going for a record time or whatever does not overrule #7. I don't care if someone runs, but choosing to do that doesn't create a priority over my own safety. Some of this is about what part of IR you're hiking. We saw a lot of narrow ...
by paulbates
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 13
Views: 776

Re: trail runners?

I wouldn't trail run, but wouldn't mind within boundaries. If I catch your drift of where this is going, probably some informal etiquette should be involved. Mine? The onus is on the runner to slow to a walk to negotiate getting around me and especially hikers in groups. Some people may not be as mo...
by paulbates
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Hammock friendly campsites
Replies: 24
Views: 2011

Re: Hammock friendly campsites

Just got back from a trip last Friday and here's what I found that can add to the discussion: We stayed at McCargoe too. We had our pick of the 3 sites and ended up following the previous advice of site #2. The trail to the central fire ring / dock is a a little long, a little rocky and changed my ...