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by Tortuga
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition

torpified wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:23 am
My usual: a national parks annual pass! Any excess gets converted to darn tough socks. (I'm not mature enough to sit on unspent REI dividends.)
I had no idea until just now you could purchase an annual pass through REI. Mind blown. :shock:
by Tortuga
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition

I only have $27 this year, so maybe a pair of Darn Toughs or trail meals. I'm happy with all my current gear.
by Tortuga
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Rain pant recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Rain pant recommendations

Probably not what you're looking for, but I love it. http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/cloudkilt.shtml I've seen those, and intrigued me if I did more straight backbacking. Unfortunately they don't work well sitting in a canoe--or for warmth when it's 40 something and the wind is blowing 20 somethi...
by Tortuga
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Rain pant recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Rain pant recommendations

Probably not what you're looking for, but I love it.

http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/cloudkilt.shtml
by Tortuga
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water shoes for lakes?
Replies: 8
Views: 932

Re: Water shoes for lakes?

I bring water shoes to protect my feet from cuts and abrasions in rocky areas. My feet are my ticket to an enjoyable backpacking trip, and I like to keep them in good conditon. I also use the water shoes as a general purpose camp shoe, and give my barking dogs a rest from the hiking boots at the en...
by Tortuga
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water shoes for lakes?
Replies: 8
Views: 932

Re: Water shoes for lakes?

I would wear the shoes not just for rocks but for the mussel shell's you'll find. Those can be pretty sharp and I would not want to get sliced by one. When I was at W Chickenbone I saw several broken shells.
by Tortuga
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Favorite Campsites
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: Favorite Campsites

Daisy Farm: Had a nice time in shelter 10.
Moskey: Shelter 3 or 7. #7 has a direct view out toward the sunset.
McCargoe: Shelter #7
Lane Cove: Tent only, but I enjoyed campsite #3.
by Tortuga
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Re: TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]

Thanks for the report and letting us know about Lane Cove, I'm still debating on giving it a try, but the prospect of wet feet before I climb up that hill on my way out is feeling less and less appealing. Apparently it's not the entire boardwalk, but about 20 feet that's supposed to be "ankle deep....
by Tortuga
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Re: TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]

https://youtu.be/bpMibC6muWY

My ill-used YouTube account. Too bad some of the quality gets lost in translation, but the gist is there!
by Tortuga
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]
Replies: 4
Views: 578

TR: 6/2-6/9 2017[DF-MCC-WCH-MB-DF-3M-RH]

Final Itinerary : 6/2: Rock Harbor-Daisy Farm (via Tobin Harbor and Greenstone) 6/3: Daisy to McCargoe (via Greenstone/East Chicken Bone) 6/4: McCargoe to W Chicken Bone 6/5: W Chicken Bone to Moskey Basin (water break @ Lake Ritchie) 6/6: Moskey to Daisy 6/7: Daisy to 3 Mile 6/8: 3 Mile to Rock Ha...
by Tortuga
Tue May 30, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments
Replies: 15
Views: 2233

Re: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments

I just re-uped on alpineair for this summer. Yeah it's not the most tasty, but buying it at $4.50/meal helps my budget out. As long as I throw in a couple mountain house biscuits and gravy I'm a happy camper. The price is what led me to try them, but man I was so disappointed. I'd rather have a Pas...
by Tortuga
Mon May 29, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: hiking/camping alone at Isle Royale for the first time
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: hiking/camping alone at Isle Royale for the first time

If you're going tomorrow there will be other hikers especially around Rock Harbor. The lodge and the store should be open, at least during the boat arrivals. I went Memorial Day last year and there were people with luggage who were staying at the lodge. None of the campsites was over-filled. You wil...
by Tortuga
Mon May 29, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments
Replies: 15
Views: 2233

Re: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments

Packit, I don't believe, has organic ingredients; and I don't see "bulk", available for their prepackaged meals? Whereas, MJ's has both available. :) Vegan and Vegetarian offerings are also available. I have never tried the Packit offerings, but, can attest to the favorable review of MJ's. I usuall...
by Tortuga
Fri May 26, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Chickenbone W. vs. Lake Ritchie
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Re: Chickenbone W. vs. Lake Ritchie

I think both are above average campgrounds with a slight edge to Lake Ritchie. For me, the deciding factor would hinge on how tired and hungry I was, how bad the bugs appeared and which camp sites were available; although a little later at your next stop will most likely not improve the odds at a b...
by Tortuga
Fri May 26, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Chickenbone W. vs. Lake Ritchie
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Re: Chickenbone W. vs. Lake Ritchie

I figured it'd be a "play by ear" situation. If I'm not missing out on something just completely magical, I'll keep my planned itinerary. Looks like I have to walk through Ritchie anyway to get to Moskey, so I'll be able to check it out and see if it's on the agenda for next year.