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by JerryB
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone

I was wondering about the stretch of Minong Ridge between Windigo and NLD-- How long did that take you? Did you happen to see anyone that was backcountry camping? I think we'll have to backcountry camp because we have an afternoon flight into Windigo. Several years ago, I hiked the Minong and plann...
by JerryB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Carrying Water
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: Carrying Water

On a related note, I have always had difficulty filling the Sawyer bag, even from a moving stream. I know use a one liter plastic pop bottle. I cut off the top three inches or so and put some duct tape around the sharp rip. I use this to scoop water into the Sawyer. A bonus: the empty bag and filter...
by JerryB
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?

Do yourself a favor and study any Minong trip reports you can find here. Most will be from the opposite direction. I have not done the Minong recently but I was told this year that trail finding on that portion of your route done on day 1, especially in your direction of travel, can be tricky. I gat...
by JerryB
Tue May 28, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Todd Harbor/Little Todd Stream
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Todd Harbor/Little Todd Stream

Just back from the island. I ran into a hiker on the last day and asked him about this crossing (not my rout this year). He said the water was about knee deep. I would just put on some water shoes and wade across.
by JerryB
Tue May 07, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Family trip planning
Replies: 37
Views: 2704

Re: Family trip planning

I have used Thermacell at home. I THINK it helps but I am never sure (maybe I would not have been bit anyway). Definitely affected by winds. I doubt you have much to fear from wolves, unless your five year old wanders quite the distance from you. If that is the case, you have all sorts of things to ...
by JerryB
Tue May 07, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Sugar Mt.
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Windigo to Sugar Mt.

I agree with all comments on Sugar Mountain. I have never known when I was there or not. You will also have the option to rent a canoe and explore the harbor. Enjoy.
by JerryB
Mon May 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First trip itinerary, am I crazy?
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: First trip itinerary, am I crazy?

Chippewa and Moskey are two of my favorite sites. That would still leave you a long last day to catch the boat.
by JerryB
Mon May 06, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First trip itinerary, am I crazy?
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: First trip itinerary, am I crazy?

No need for cairns on any of your trails, and there will likely be none. Those trails are generally easy to follow. But I suspect they will not be clear of downfall. Another thought: If you skip hatchet and go from MB to Moskey, you can spend your last night at 3 Mile or Daisy Farm for an easier hik...
by JerryB
Fri May 03, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water filter
Replies: 7
Views: 901

Re: Water filter

A couple of comments. First, enjoy your trip and be sure you can identify thimbleberries (and blueberries and raspberries)! Algae blooms come and go, so you will need to check for the latest news later in the year. I do not believe there have been blooms in Hatchett or Desor, but I may be wrong. But...
by JerryB
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]

Thanks for the report and I am glad you have good memories. The Minong is not for the faint of heart!

Two parts of your story make me quite sad and angry--the vandalism of the outhouse and the idiot with the dog off the leash. I thought dogs were never allowed on the island, leash or no.
by JerryB
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Early June or late July?
Replies: 9
Views: 1289

Re: Early June or late July?

"How muddy can the trails be throughout the year? I've had some muddy trails at the Porcupine Mountains in early May and Pictured Rocks in mid October. It would be a pain to be in that all the time, especially for first timers. " In my opinion, the Porkies are much muddier than IR, at any time. I ha...
by JerryB
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Early June or late July?
Replies: 9
Views: 1289

Re: Early June or late July?

I would agree with Ingo, for the reasons he lists. In addition, the berries on parts of the island may be ripe in late July or early August, although that may be a tad early.
by JerryB
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Family trip planning
Replies: 37
Views: 2704

Re: Family trip planning

Not sure about fishing stuff. Someone here should know or check out the park service newspaper, the Greenstone. Lots of info there.
by JerryB
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Family trip planning
Replies: 37
Views: 2704

Re: Family trip planning

I agree with Kolo on east versus west. I almost always go to the west side because there is less of everything there. But I don't travel with a family or young kids. The Rock Harbor area would offer you more amenities and a greater number of easy and short day hikes. Conoeing and kayaking mike be be...