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by Base654
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Logistics- Rock Harbor to Windigo- How do you get back to Rock Harbor to catch boat
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Logistics- Rock Harbor to Windigo- How do you get back to Rock Harbor to catch boat

Consider the seaplane both ways. You can schedule an early departure and a late return. Effectively giving yourself two extra days on the island. after the price of a Ranger III ticket you will pay 230 more. The plane will drop off on one end and pick up on the other for the same fare.
by Base654
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Late August 5 night - 6 day Trip!
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Late August 5 night - 6 day Trip!

Welcome to the forums.

To help s help you: What boat are you coming in on? How many in your group? How much backpacking experience does your group have (particularity the least experienced)? When are you going?
by Base654
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Stove canisters and weight
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Stove canisters and weight

I carry two for three reasons. One for possible leaks. Two because I usually use slightly less that one can. If I had one I would have to carry a big can for a shorter trip to use it up. Three it's easier to pack the smaller cans.
by Base654
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: time for a boat
Replies: 1
Views: 143

time for a boat

This is a bit of an odd topic and perhaps not in the right location, but I am looking for input from those who may know. I am looking to buy a boat to sail around the island. I am trying to solve a couple of problems. 1. I want sail power not engine for most of the trip. 2. I am based in Ann Arbor. ...
by Base654
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Carrying Water
Replies: 19
Views: 670

Re: Carrying Water

I'll touch on a few points. Most campsites are within seconds or a minute or two of the water source. I use the sawyer filter exclusively now. I filter one liter at the dock and refill my two liter container with dirty water to take back to camp. Three liters is enough to get me through dinner and b...
by Base654
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: End-to-end loop trip - itinerary feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: End-to-end loop trip - itinerary feedback

Back up, pans, rest day, alternatives... Looks like a solid plan to me. Your days are longish, but not something this old man hasn't done before, and you know what to expect. Minong is done in the "easy" direction with the N. Desor to Windigo section with any empty pack. Moskey to Rock can be done i...
by Base654
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Coaster Brook Trout Fishing
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: Coaster Brook Trout Fishing

Coasters aka brook trout are still catch and release on Isle Royale and the Lake Superior water within 4.5 miles from shore.
by Base654
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Baggage Handling on the Ranger
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Baggage Handling on the Ranger

I tend to be a little prone to motion sickness myself. I take a Dramamine either way. I don't mind getting a little nap on the way out.
by Base654
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Need Itinerary Help! 4 night trip in early August
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Need Itinerary Help! 4 night trip in early August

So here is a personal opinion that contradicts Bobcat1 (no offence). I prefer Island Mine over S. Desor. I have an affinity for birch forests, island mine is in the middle of one. there is a nice babbling brook(rushing 3 weeks ago) nearby for water and exploring. Island mine also has fire rings. The...
by Base654
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Itinerary Ideas

Your first plan should not be a problem. The sun doesn't set until 9 or 10 that time of year. Your mileage is around 9, I hike at 2 mph on the island, so I would plan on rolling into Daisy around 5:30 or 6. That part of the trail is a bit faster. There is some up and down, but the ridge is mostly fl...
by Base654
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Three Mile Campsite Question
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Three Mile Campsite Question

Welcome to the forums. It will be peak season, so you might not have good luck for a late afternoon arrival. The Queen riders going back Saturday will have the same plan as you (get close Friday and finish up Saturday morning) so you might have many of those people next to you. The Ranger leaves ear...
by Base654
Fri May 17, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Another First Time IR Backpacker: Itinerary Feedback Requested
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Another First Time IR Backpacker: Itinerary Feedback Requested

You seem to be set on an end to end. The extra day will help if you need extra time. You could stop at Island Mine or Hatchet Lake if you need to and be able to make up the miles after leaving Chickenbone. I would still suggest slowing down and hanging out on the West end, or the alternate pick ups ...
by Base654
Fri May 17, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Landing and Launchings at water accessible campsites
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Landing and Launchings at water accessible campsites

<t>All of the Rock harbor sites are accessible by standard kayak, but with the five footish offset from shore, you might be hip deep on some. Unless you are able to closely pack them (i.e. ovelapping/stacking) you may struggle to get all of them out of the water except at Daisy and Caribou. Tookers ...
by Base654
Fri May 17, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Landing and Launchings at water accessible campsites
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Landing and Launchings at water accessible campsites

Lane cove is shallow enough that you will be able to get out. there are enough places to pull a kayak out, you may have to disassemble the outriggers though. Belle Isle has an long beach of big pebbles. With the water up the beach may be steep. I do backup Ingo, the waves that time of year are rough...
by Base654
Fri May 17, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Waterproof hiking shoes...
Replies: 9
Views: 863

Re: Waterproof hiking shoes...

I have tried a few fairly expensive "waterproof and breathable" boots over the years. The waterproof goes away in a few days and they just become water holders. The only truly waterproof boots I have found are full leather Asolos (tps 520). They have lasted 5 years and hundreds of miles and are stil...