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by Nick
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Backpacking Hammocks
Replies: 26
Views: 5557

Re: Backpacking Hammocks

It is important to test whatever clamps you are going to use well in advance. Here is how I do it. I go out to the garage or down to the basement--wherever there are wood frame studs, both 2 x 4, 2 x 6, and double 2 x 4s. Then, toss an old mattress on the floor. First time, I clamped on a 2 x 4. Hop...
by Nick
Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Backpacking Hammocks
Replies: 26
Views: 5557

Re: Backpacking Hammocks

I've used a "Crazy Creek" hammock on IR many times and I love it. Haven't had any problems finding trees to hang from. In the shelters, I take along a couple of C-clamps and tie to them. I especially like the fact that I'm off the hard ground (pads just don't work for me, no matter how thick the hip...
by Nick
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Tarp
Replies: 11
Views: 2307

Re: Tarp

I second the Kelty Noah's Tarp. But, make sure you play with it a bit before leaving. It has an interesting design and sometimes takes a little tweaking to get different set ups. I've also found some 1/4 inch bungee cord is a good thing, too. On our last trip, my daughter slept in her bivy sack unde...
by Nick
Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: FIRST AID KIT
Replies: 10
Views: 1955

Re: FIRST AID KIT

I've never been that happy with mole skin. My feet tend to sweat, and I've found the mole skin does not adhere, ends up bunching up inside my sock, and causes more problems. For me, a good waterproof adhesive tape or duct tape works best.
by Nick
Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Hydration packs?
Replies: 15
Views: 2558

Re: Hydration packs?

On my last trip, I took the CamelBack out of my day pack and put it in the top compartment of my Dana Designs pack. It worked well until I noticed my shirt was wet--the shut off valve had a crack it in. So I ended up crimping the tube with a couple of my daughter's hair bands. I also carried a map/d...
by Nick
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Honeymoon to Isle Royale
Replies: 9
Views: 1539

Re: Honeymoon to Isle Royale

IMHO, I'd cut back on the distances and spend more time relaxing and enjoying the Island. I'm going to assume here that your new wife is not a serious, let's go do Everest, adventurer-type person. If she is, skip the rest of this. Here's why: I took my wife honeymooning to IR in '81. We'd done a lot...
by Nick
Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: FIRST AID KIT
Replies: 10
Views: 1955

Re: FIRST AID KIT

Syringe goes along with the xylocaine for suture materials. The need also works well for removing those pesky slivers.

Nausea patch is the TransDerm for crossing over in rough weather. I've never used one, though. I picked one up one time, but have never had a problem with seasickness.
by Nick
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: FIRST AID KIT
Replies: 10
Views: 1955

Re: FIRST AID KIT

Here is my basic list. Believe it or not, it all fits into a small stuff sack. #18 Needle 3 cc Syringe Adhesive Tape Alcohol Preps Anti-Biotic Ointment Athlete’s Foot/Jock Itch Back-up Glasses Battle Dressing Biaxin Anti-Biotic Calydryl Chap stick Cold Medicine Flageyl-Giardia Gauze Pads Hemostat Ib...
by Nick
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Todd Harbor, or Lane Cove?
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Todd Harbor, or Lane Cove?

Todd Harbor has a shelter, which is a plus; it also has a dock, which might be a problem if you get some unruly boaters (not likely, but possible). Couple of possibilities for day hikes over to Hatchet Lake, etc. Lane Cove has no shelters, but no dock either. No possiblities for day hikes if you wan...
by Nick
Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Missing trail?
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Missing trail?

This is pure speculation on my part, but it probably comes down to money. Each of the trails has to be surveyed, marked, and maintained. Also, there is the environmental impact and I've seen or heard of some trails on the island either moved, i.e. from Daisy Farm to Moskey Basin moved inland or aban...
by Nick
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 8 Day Solo - Minong - Greenstone Loop
Replies: 5
Views: 1050

Re: 8 Day Solo - Minong - Greenstone Loop

It's doable. But, as I always say, "Why not slow down, do less, and really enjoy the island?"
by Nick
Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: UP state bird
Replies: 10
Views: 1498

Re: UP state bird

Here is a photo of Michigan's State Bird I took along side the highway..
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by Nick
Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Missing trail?
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Missing trail?

In a word: Don't do it. I remember being at the Ranger Station at Malone in 2003 or 2004 and watching 4 guys making their way along the shore from the direction of Chippewa Harbor. When they got to the Ranger Station, they were cut to ribbons, blistered, dirty, and exhausted. They'd just bushwacked ...
by Nick
Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: How'd you get your screen name?
Replies: 14
Views: 1512

Re: How'd you get your screen name?

niners wrote:Nick, you will be happy to know that Johnhens still uses his CB all the time.
Which does not surprise me, since he seems to be living in the past. :P
by Nick
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: How'd you get your screen name?
Replies: 14
Views: 1512

Re: How'd you get your screen name?

What the hell is a "CB radio?" :lol: . CB, Short for Citizen's Band Radio. Still used by truckers, but otherwise pretty much obsolete. I had one in my car in the 70s. Fun talking to different people on trips. While illegal, most CBers never used their call signs, just "handles." At the time, I was ...