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by Tom
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: when/why does freezing damage water filters
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: when/why does freezing damage water filters

(Warning: if this gets answered, I also have questions about how a device could possibly simultaneously be an altimeter, a barometer, and thermometer. I remember just enough high school chemistry to constantly be perplexed by backpacking gear . . . ) Thesneakymonkey correctly answered why many wate...
by Tom
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: Shelters

You only find shelters (and picnic tables) at sites on Superior that have docks. Lake Superior sites like Hugginin, Little Todd, and Lane Cove all lack shelters, as well. I'm nearly certain it all comes down to logistics; it's just difficult to get materials inland and so it's limited to some locati...
by Tom
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Are bikes coming to Isle Royale?
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Are bikes coming to Isle Royale?

Congress is considering a change to the Wilderness Act: http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/05/congress-considers-allowing-bikes-other-wheeled-devices-in-wilderness-areas/ It would appear the Park Superintendent/NPS could still forbid them, which is still what they do in the 'non-wilderness' areas as ...
by Tom
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Reintroduction of Lynx
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Reintroduction of Lynx

Interesting article talking about the possibility to consider bringing Lynx back to the island, to coexist with wolves.

http://www.miningjournal.net/news/front ... roduction/
by Tom
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: More on Algae blooms
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: More on Algae blooms

Very interesting article, John. I hadn't even thought of the "it shouldn't be happening here based on why we think it occurs" until they noted it. Clearly, it's not just eutrophication that creates a bloom. It will be interesting to follow the research. Would it be wrong for me to infer from the nam...
by Tom
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: trail runners?
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: trail runners?

I'm with Donk_67; everyone should hike their own hike. While the Coast Guard has formal regulations on the water (motors yield to sails, paddles, etc) it's just common courtesy for our trails. Everyone should be able to enjoy them as they see fit. I can't say I would share Jim's reaction, it seems m...
by Tom
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: general conditions--July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: general conditions--July 2017

I think it's been two years since I was on the loop, and the conditions haven't changed. I'm actually a little surprised, at least in the Feldtman to Siskiwit segment where it does get so thick with alder and other woody species, that the NPS hasn't had a trail crew widen it out like they do on many...
by Tom
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: September trip
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: September trip

Of course Jerry! A great visit at Daisy Farm, from what I recall. It's always fun to meet the 'faces' of the forum!
by Tom
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: September trip
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: September trip

jerry wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:08 pm
I wonder how many businesses are still going in Grand Marais in September?
I'd guess all of them; some perhaps with extended hours. I think fall-color leaf season is one of the busiest times up the North Shore.
At least it always seems that way, from a traffic perspective...
by Tom
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Voyageur II and Queen IV schedule
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Voyageur II and Queen IV schedule

You should plan to stay a night at Rock Harbor (or another nearby camp.) The Queen and Voyageur II are not normally scheduled to be in port at the same time, and thus don't hope for a miracle... There are many variables; mostly on how many stops the V-II might have (McCargoe Cove and Belle Isle) and...
by Tom
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Duck ID
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Duck ID

Doh. Tough call with the low light and no reference to size, but if they were diving about and given I've seen adults at Moskey before, they might be immature Goldeneyes. There might be a faint patch of white on that third one, but other than that no great plumage to date.
by Tom
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: McCargo or W. Chickenbone
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: McCargo or W. Chickenbone

Under most circumstances, I'd typically answer "McCargoe Cove" right away. It's an awesome camp; and compared to Chickenbone West it offers better water access, a dock, a community fire pit (and area to meet other hikers), shelters, and then the hike to the mines. There is just more to "do." However...
by Tom
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?
Replies: 9
Views: 578

Re: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?

Welcome to the forum, AdamisAngry. Thesneakymonkey provides good observations and if you've camped before, backpacking just changes the "should I pack it" with a weight and space consideration. Afterall, you need to carry everything with you. One note, however - If your water purifier works on UV si...
by Tom
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 7/7/2017 – 7/15/2017 [Windigo to Rock Harbor]
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: 7/7/2017 – 7/15/2017 [Windigo to Rock Harbor]

Thanks for the TR & the pics. I'm still trying to figure out when (if) I'll make it this year, and this provides some great inspiration!
(Personally, I kinda love 40s in July. Call me crazy.)
by Tom
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/1-7/8/2017 [Rock of Ages/Barnum Island]
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: TR: 7/1-7/8/2017 [Rock of Ages/Barnum Island]

Way to go, Fonix. Makes me want to apply for one of the future years... Not only for the opportunity to give back to the Island I love, but also to get an up close experience with Rock of Ages.