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by Tortuga
Sun May 07, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary feedback Mid June
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Itinerary feedback Mid June

Nice plan, Kbranni! That said I cannot imagine carrying that much food going into a trip! The great benefit is the pack just gets lighter as you go!
by Tortuga
Sat May 06, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: "My First Backpacking Trip"
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: "My First Backpacking Trip"

Only 50 pounds? My first backpacking experience was on ISRO with 80+ pounds for just an extended weekend trip. We made it as far as Moskey Basin and then couldn't move due to blisters. My second ISRO "redemption" trip was a 2 week solo with no supply drops. Total wet weight using state of the art e...
by Tortuga
Sat May 06, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: "My First Backpacking Trip"
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: "My First Backpacking Trip"

I hope My first Backpacking Trip in 32 years goes better than Tortuga"s going to IR for the first time May 19th with my wife (her first time ever backpacking) Ha! You guys should be good. On the SHT, even if you're ready to give up after a day, you still have 40 miles to go til you hit the next tow...
by Tortuga
Fri May 05, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: "My First Backpacking Trip"
Replies: 13
Views: 913

"My First Backpacking Trip"

As I gear up for my second IR trip, I started thinking about my first backpacking trip and how both my gear and I have changed since then. I imagine a lot of us are in the same boat. I don't want to come off too much like a high school student writing an essay, but thought it would be fun to share m...
by Tortuga
Thu May 04, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: ULA Equipment Backpacks
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

ULA Equipment Backpacks

Hi team, I'm on a mission to lighten my load and have taken some recent steps. So far I've saved over a pound on my sleeping bag, and am awaiting my new TarpTent Double Rainbow (saves 2.5 lbs off my previous tent). My current backpack is an Osprey Aether 70, which is about 5 lbs flat. A friend has r...
by Tortuga
Wed May 03, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Tarptent Double Rainbow?
Replies: 12
Views: 959

Re: Tarptent Double Rainbow?

Well I just pulled the trigger. I'll make sure to review it during my trip review next month. I'm only planning to tent camp 2 out of my 7 nights, but you never know if you might not be able to get a shelter. I the seam sealing service. Ain't nobody got time for that. I'm looking forward to shaving ...
by Tortuga
Tue May 02, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Tarptent Double Rainbow?
Replies: 12
Views: 959

Re: Tarptent Double Rainbow?

I have a Tarptent Rainbow and it it has worked very well for me on my last 3 Isle Royale trips (late May and early Sept.). I have not used the Tarptent Rainbow in humid summer conditions. It ventilates real well so I get minimum condensation, and what little moisture that does collect can be wiped ...
by Tortuga
Tue May 02, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Tarptent Double Rainbow?
Replies: 12
Views: 959

Tarptent Double Rainbow?

So after considering a Big Agnes Copper Spur I'm now being drawn to a TarpTent Double Rainbow. http://www.tarptent.com/double-rainbow.html My question here is, for those of you who own one, is the Double Rainbow a good tent for Isle Royale conditions? The number one complaint I've seen has been a te...
by Tortuga
Tue May 02, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: History
Topic: Unmapped Mines
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Unmapped Mines

:lol:

Fair point
by Tortuga
Mon May 01, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Season Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 1715

Re: Season Pass

I know it's $20 more, but I was able to buy an "America the Beautiful" federal recreation pass from the USGS. https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html I'm planning 2 week-long visits to IR this year, and with this pass have the ability to go to pay no user fees at almost all federal sites. Totally wor...
by Tortuga
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Mott Island Web Camera Operational Again
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: Mott Island Web Camera Operational Again

Midwest Ed wrote:
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:21 pm
For me that's a heavy duty zip lock plastic bag full of dryer lint with about half of it soaked in candle wax. It weighs almost nothing.
Nice! My go-to kindling set is a ziplock with cotton balls rolled in Vaseline.
by Tortuga
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Unmapped Mines
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Unmapped Mines

When I was reading more about the death of three wolves in a mine shaft back in 2011/2012. One of the articles I read stated the mineshaft was previously unknown and unmapped. Which leads me to wonder a few things. Is it true the mine in question was unmapped or unknown? If so, is it reasonable to a...
by Tortuga
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2017 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 24
Views: 2965

Re: 2017 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Name: Josh Hometown: Chicago Arrival Date: September 4 or 11 Departure Date: September 10 or 17 Coming From/Via: Grand Portage Itinerary: Day 1: Windigo to Feldtmann Lake Day 2: FL to Siskiwit Bay Day 3: SB to S Lake Desor Day 4: SLD to Hatchet Lake (or Little Todd if I push forward) Day 5: HL (or L...
by Tortuga
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Newbie - 3 nights on IR - What would you do?
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Newbie - 3 nights on IR - What would you do?

Given your conditions, it sounds like maybe you won't be moving much farther than Rock Harbor. You can rent a canoe, fish in Lake Superior (with a Michigan fishing license), and do some day hikes. I have a hunch you're right about things getting busy that weekend, but the others can speak more to th...
by Tortuga
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Solo Backpackers and Shelters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1544

Re: Solo Backpackers and Shelters?

Gotta love the search feature! I was wondering about shelter etiquette for a solo packer, especially at the sites like Todd Harbor where there's a single shelter. On my one trip last year I was always early into camp and got first pick every single time. I ended up sharing my shelter with two guys a...