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by dcclark
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: our first backpacking adventure
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: our first backpacking adventure

Rafiki wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Can’t leeches swim to you? I realize they don’t like the colder waters, So it is less likely that you will be sucked by one of them, but can’t they still get you if they wanted to?
Never had leech problems except in weedy shallows. They don't seem to like open water.
by dcclark
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: our first backpacking adventure
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: our first backpacking adventure

I would make It a point to visit McCargoe Cove and Moskey basin, they along with Malone Bay are my favorite sites on the island. McCargoe takes the cake though. I would not swim there though...unless you like leeches. No problem with leeches if you don't stand around in the shallows. Jump off the e...
by dcclark
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Scoville Point Loop part of the best 100 miles in the NPS
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Scoville Point Loop part of the best 100 miles in the NPS

Absolutely worth hiking those 4 miles (and "coasting" is right -- especially after most of the rest of the island :)). It's an easy add-on for any morning or evening you're in Rock Harbor, waiting for a ferry.
by dcclark
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Busyness of Island in Early June/Itinerary
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Busyness of Island in Early June/Itinerary

Another vote against East Chickenbone. We had a rest day at McCargoe last year and hiked to East Chickenbone just to see what all the fuss was about. It's not exactly a howling pit of hell -- it's perfectly campable if you need to stay there. But the big strikes against it (in my book) are: 1. Very ...
by dcclark
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Advice for cadenparulski
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Itinerary Advice for cadenparulski

I'd also describe myself as having adequate hiking and camping experience and in pretty good shape, and your plan would get hard for me to follow really fast. Isle Royale surprised me. I spent years hiking and backpacking in the Keweenaw and Porcupine Mountains which should be comparable, but 8-mile...
by dcclark
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report July 12-18, 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: Trip Report July 12-18, 2017

I think you took "hanging" too literally. ;)

Thanks for the trip report. I've loved meeting new people on the island.

We've usually taken a middle ground on food storage -- double bag everything and keep it in our packs. Safer than leaving it out (wha??) and lighter than a bear cannister.
by dcclark
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Asking for plan “B” advice
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Asking for plan “B” advice

If the timing works out, you could add in a rest day or two, which can also act as flex days in case of a delay. McCargoe in particular is a fantastic place to spend an extra day -- tons of good dayhikes from there. But, since the Voyageur takes two days to circle the island, that plan might require...
by dcclark
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: IR-rich blog
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: IR-rich blog

Heh, glad you liked it! I never posted a trip report here and thought I shouldn't just link to my blog. This year I visited the island for the second time, and torpified linked to the start of this year's trip log. There are lots of links on the sidebar to other backpacking trips in Michigan.