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by Redbad
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Three people evacuated
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

Re: Three people evacuated

I am guessing based on the map plots that the 3 were on the Minong between NLD and Washington Creek. Tough stretch of trail, but you do have to go over 2 Beaver dams and there is (or was) water, albeit highly silted and difficult to filter, feet from the trail in several places. Are the impoundments...
by Redbad
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 1837

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

When I backpacked the Minong and Greenstone in 2011 (14 days), I did a food drop at the Windigo Ranger station by mailing myself food (Windigo serves as a post office and the Ranger there is the resident postmaster. Mail is delivered by the Voyager II). It really does save packweight. From talking t...
by Redbad
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Gaiters?
Replies: 6
Views: 939

Re: Gaiters?

Gaiters are really useful on the Hatchett Lake - Windigo stretch of the Greenstone (and the stretch from Mt. Franklin to Lookout Louise), where the trail is flanked with head high foliage which will get wet and will in turn make you wet. Boots and socks stay drier with gaiters in these conditions. O...
by Redbad
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Gear/Tips for fishing Isle Royale
Replies: 7
Views: 1756

Re: Gear/Tips for fishing Isle Royale

The campgrounds with docks do give access to Lake Superior waters and while I have not caught fish from them, I have seen folks catch pike from the McCargoe Cove dock and Lake Trout from the Daisy Farm dock. Shore fishing from Chickenbone (Chickenbone West Campground) is possible but it will involve...
by Redbad
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 3524

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

I bought a ResQLink+. While I hope never to have to use it, it does ease the minds of folks back home.
by Redbad
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe Route/General Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 1412

Re: Canoe Route/General Advice

I have done much of that route. It is very doable. BUT September is a very dynamic month weather wise. Storms on Lake Superior will affect both your ability to get to ISRO (the ferries will not run if waves on Lake Superior are 10 or more feet in size (I have been weathered in in September); weather...
by Redbad
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Any recent trips to Sargent Lake?
Replies: 5
Views: 2185

Re: Any recent trips to Sargent Lake?

In 2013 I did not get into Sargent. Ended up doing the center lakes by packraft. In 2016 I packrafted in McCargoe and looked at the area around the Sargent Lake outlet stream to recon a trip to Sargent. The logistics are difficult. There is no established trail and the outlet stream has multiple bea...
by Redbad
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 3020

Re: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary

For planning purposes, you should plan on around 1.5 miles per hour. Day 2, you will be spending time climbing up to the Greenstone, so your pace will drop. Also keep in mind that your mileage does not include the mileage from the Greenstone to SLD (and back). Could be a very long day of hiking -- b...
by Redbad
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trail planning, early August
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Trail planning, early August

Your itinerary is very doable. The shelters on ISRO are 24 or so inches off of the ground and are on platforms. 3 sides are paneled; the 4th is screened. There is a spring loaded door for entry/exit. Please do not let the door slam shut. This includes the outhouses. ISRO is unlike many other Nationa...
by Redbad
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Bag
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: Sleeping Bag

Clear skies and a north wind can make it dip into the upper 30s to low 40s, especially on the north side, even in August. Bring the warmer bags or bring additional thermal layers and a wool hat and thick wool socks.
by Redbad
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip
Replies: 19
Views: 3338

Re: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip

Lake Ritchie canoe is around a mile or so (as the crow flies) west of the Lake Ritche campground. Canoe flotation device: while this is up to you, you really should be prepared to be able to self rescue anywhere on ISRO. Depending on how you will be getting to the chain of inland lakes -- paddling d...
by Redbad
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Feedback 08/04-08/13
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: Itinerary Feedback 08/04-08/13

I have done the Rock Harbor to Windigo via the Minong and then back via the Greenstone with a mail drop at Windigo for resupply. I see a couple of potential issues -- day 2: depending on how you get from Daisy Farm to McCargoe and then to TH, say via Mt. Objibway (a great stop for views of the NE pa...
by Redbad
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Re: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.

One thing to keep in mind is that the portages on ISRO were made with canoes in mind and it may be challenging to portage a kayak, especially on the Chippewa Harbor/ Lake Whittlesey portage, the Lake LaSage/ Lake Ritchie portage, the Chippewa Harbor/ Lake Ritchie portage, and the Moskey Basin/ Lake ...
by Redbad
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Paddling the island?
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Re: Paddling the island?

I have packrafted extensively around ISRO on two trips so far with an Alpacka Dali Lama. Ranger Emily at Amygdaloid Island Ranger Station has/had an Alpacka Fjord Explorer packraft which she used in the Five Fingers area (we met and talked packrafts in the middle of McCargoe Cove last summer). Packr...
by Redbad
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: THE ISLANDS!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: THE ISLANDS!!

I fully agree that the rangers (and NPS support personnel) are friendly and great people. ISRO is self regulating. Many of the campers and boaters on ISRO have been there before and have taken a level of ownership. What that means in effect is that if visitors do get out of line, then other campers ...