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by hermsker
Wed May 09, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feldtmann Loop vs Minong
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Feldtmann Loop vs Minong

Planning our 5th trip to the island next month and debating on the route. We are experienced backpackers, do about the 10-15 miles comfortably, and always like to combine a few backcountry sites with some traditional campgrounds. My favorite place on the island is Todd Harbour and have heard nothing...
by hermsker
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Favorite Campsites
Replies: 5
Views: 984

Re: Favorite Campsites

Todd Harbor is my favorite, Lane Cove would be next. I guess I prefer sunsets vs sunrises. However, I really like Malone and Chippewa as well. I always stop and bask on the rocks at Three Mile, but have never actually stayed there.
by hermsker
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: staking out at Belle Isle
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: staking out at Belle Isle

Considered renting a canoe, but we are not "experienced canoers". Most of my canoe experience has been on very small ponds, nothing like Superior. I could also rent a fishing boat from the marina again, but that gets expensive for 3-4 days. Would there be any other comparable "island campsites" that...
by hermsker
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: staking out at Belle Isle
Replies: 6
Views: 709

staking out at Belle Isle

So the lady and I have been to the island for 3 years straight. We usually do about 10 miles a day and move everyday. However, the lady tore her ACL skiing, so she cant really hike the distances this year. We rented a boat and spent 2 nights at Caribou a few years back and loved it. Complete solitud...
by hermsker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Zone 14 backcountry
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Zone 14 backcountry

Anybody here camped in backcountry zone 14 before? I go about 10 miles a day and plan to head in that direction my first day from Rock Harbor. I have been to IR before and have backcountry experience in zone 1 and 41, but never hiked further east than West Chickenbone on the Greenstone. Looking to s...
by hermsker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Novice Backpacker in search of a Solid Meal Plan:-)
Replies: 18
Views: 3994

Re: Novice Backpacker in search of a Solid Meal Plan:-)

I prefer to only add boiling water and cook everything in ziploc baggies. If I use mountain house meals I take them out of the bag and put them in a gallon ziploc. It is lighter and rolls small easier, just be sure to write the directions on the bag with a sharpie. I also put all of the food for a d...
by hermsker
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Copper Harbor Lodging/Restaraunts
Replies: 5
Views: 1549

Copper Harbor Lodging/Restaraunts

Have always gone from Grand Portage, but due to schedule conflict we are catching the May 9 Queen ferry. Are there any reasonable lodges to stay the night before we depart. Is camping an option? Also, is there any restaraunt that would be open early enough for breakfast before we head to the dock. TIA
by hermsker
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Jobs at Isle Royale
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Jobs at Isle Royale

Hey all, this site was was very helpful last summer before our trip, so I thought I would come here again. I was wondering what employment options were available on the island. This is probably wishful thinking, but my girlfriend and I were hoping to land something up there this year. She has a bach...
by hermsker
Mon May 04, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Rock Harbor Fishing
Replies: 1
Views: 1272

Rock Harbor Fishing

I will be renting a boat from the marina on 5/22-5/23. I was wondering about doing some fishing in Rock Harbor. Here's the deal though, I know VERY VERY little about fishing. My entire experience is fishing walleye from the shore with a worm. I can however clean a walleye. I am aware that I will nee...
by hermsker
Fri May 01, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Greenstone Grill and Lighthouse Restaurant Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Greenstone Grill and Lighthouse Restaurant Questions

Does anyone know the daily hours for these places? Also, will they be open by May 21st? Lastly, the Lighthouse looks to be the fancier option. Would it be acceptable to eat dinner there after 9 days on the trail without much of a shower or change of clothes. I assume I will have a nice "stank" built...
by hermsker
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: General Campsite question
Replies: 2
Views: 886

General Campsite question

I pulled this from the backcountry zones thread....If you stay on-trail during your visit, the registered itinerary on your backcountry permit lists the campsites you plan to visit. Keep in mind that this is a tentative plan upon which you are free to improvise, sometimes by necessity as dictated by...
by hermsker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2015 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 26
Views: 4897

Re: 2015 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

i already posted this in another thread today, but I am so damn excited I will post again here. Name: "Hermsker" Email: PM me Hometown: Omaha, Ne Arrival Date: May 13 Departure Date: May 24 Coming From/Via: Grand Portage/Voyageur II Itinerary: Day 1 - Arrive at Windigo, hike to Island Mine (6.9 Mile...
by hermsker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st Trip to IR - 12 day itinerary
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: 1st Trip to IR - 12 day itinerary

Thanks for the response! I just got the boat reserved today. They start renting the 22nd, so we will get it 2 days before we leave the 24th. I will ask about the boating restrictions once I get up there. Our boat plans are pretty fluid, so we can make whatever work based on rules, weather, etc. once...
by hermsker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: are there any Lakes that you wouldnt drink from?
Replies: 3
Views: 1677

are there any Lakes that you wouldnt drink from?

Taking a sawyer mini and some tablets for backup so it will be filtered, but are there any lakes on IR that you simply would not drink from no matter how its filtered? Just trying to plan water fills each day along the way. All info is appreciated. Thanks
by hermsker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st Trip to IR - 12 day itinerary
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

1st Trip to IR - 12 day itinerary

Im getting excited for my first trip in 3 weeks and wanted to gain some opinion on my plan for the trip. The girlfriend and I are heading up on the first ferry from Grand Portage on May 13th and leaving May 24th, We do lots of weeklong backpacking trips in CO so we have some experience and we are bo...