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by dcclark
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Mid - late August conditions
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Mid - late August conditions

It's fantastic. Bugs are probably at their minimum. Lakes are nearly at their warmest. Expect rain, as always. Nights will start to get colder (40's are possible).
by dcclark
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

Not to scare you too much, but "quite smooth" is the opposite of the truth. The island is very rugged. (Regular alpine hikers might disagree with that statement, but I don't think anyone else would!) It's at least as rugged as the SHT, usually more so. The map you're looking at doesn't show much top...
by dcclark
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

The main roads are open now, so anyone who needs to travel through Houghton/Hancock can do so. Locals confirm that the seaplane dock is accessible and open.
by dcclark
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

Be sure to hit Moskey Basin (sunrises), Lane Cove (sunsets), and McCargoe Cove (just beautiful in every way). Plan a zero day or two. Enjoy laying around in a beautiful spot (you already know my recommendations for where). Read a book, explore the area, swim, fish, whatever you like. You don't have ...
by dcclark
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Here's a link to a google map showing the status of washed-out roads:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewe ... 01128&z=13
by dcclark
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Per local facebook friends, Airport Road is also washed out (the uphill stretch coming out of Dollar Bay). Coal Dock Road is a possibility or just walk to Ripley from Hancock. It's not too far (less than a mile). Crossing the washout couldn't be worse than a beaver dam, I guess? Stay safe everyone....
by dcclark
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

M26 is closed east of Hancock so getting to the seaplane dock will require a detour to come in from the east. Take US41 to the airport then airport road to Dollar Bay. The towns along the west side of Torch Lake got hit hard also with more M26 closures. Per local facebook friends, Airport Road is a...
by dcclark
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Over the weekend, the Houghton/Hancock area got 6 inches of rain in 6 hours. Many roads are washed out including some parts of US-41 and M-26. If you're heading to the Ranger dock, or heading through to the Queen at Copper Harbor, call ahead and see if it's possible to get through. Some details with...
by dcclark
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 522

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

This blows my mind! Are there other instances of cultures just flat out stopping the use of a commodity that was within reach and had a purpose? (Or am I overestimating how easy it was to get at the copper and how much you could do with it that you couldn't do with more readily available material?)...
by dcclark
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 264

Re: Where to stay?

I was once sitting in the Greenstone Grill (in Rock Harbor) and watched a moose walk down the paved path in front of it, so you can see a moose anywhere . It's more about time of day and time of year. If you get up early (think sunrise) and check out swampy areas and dense undergrowth, you'll have a...
by dcclark
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 522

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

Concerning mines, we developed one of those questions which can divert backpackers for miles: the copper pits dug by indigenous people on IR seems like they're always described as "4000 years old". If that's literally true, it suggests people stopped digging for copper 4000 years ago, which seems s...
by dcclark
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet
Replies: 30
Views: 7363

Re: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet

I use Acme Mapper in Topo mode. Thanks for the online mapper. I used to use one but it's not as good as Acme. I notice the topo map loaded is showing 2 Feldtman trails. The Eastern one was abandoned quite some time ago. I'm sure most of it is under water now as that area had many boardwalks. I've u...
by dcclark
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 26
Views: 1773

Re: Shelters

Has anyone seen shelters of the Isle Royale design at any other parks or locations? We have not. Just kind of curious to know how unique they are to Isle Royale. Wilderness State Park at the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula has a CCC-built shelter very much in the Isle Royale template -- but built...
by dcclark
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet
Replies: 30
Views: 7363

Re: [Tool] Isle Royale Trip Planner Spreadsheet

All of the "junctions/waypoints" are purely guesses but without a map... are there any maps that actually show such detail on trails/junctions etc.? Thanks for putting this together. I agree, it's surprisingly hard to find a good, well-labeled IR map online. I use Acme Mapper in Topo mode. (That li...
by dcclark
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Chippewa Harbor or Moskey Basin
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: Chippewa Harbor or Moskey Basin

One more "both are awesome". I would lean slightly towards Moskey, mainly because I've had a few bad interactions with boaters (both at Chippewa and elsewhere). You likely won't encounter them in Moskey. Plus, sunrises in Moskey are fantastic and you can watch them right from the shelters.