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by Spinnister
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time IR trip in May. Does my gear list have any glaring holes?
Replies: 30
Views: 3507

Re: First time IR trip in May. Does my gear list have any glaring holes?

Like Ingo said, no cotton! Our first ever backpacking trip in Alaska, the guide made everyone dump out their packs, and made people replace anything cotton they had. "Cotton kills". Once it is wet, it will just chill you. I'm thinking a pile of 30 Clif bars would be really heavy. Not bulky, but dens...
by Spinnister
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Store Supplies at Rock Harbor or Windigo
Replies: 9
Views: 2514

Re: Store Supplies at Rock Harbor or Windigo

I haven't had any issues getting fuel for my Jetboil at either store. That's been in August each time, so early or late in the season that could be different. I think Primus is what they had last summer (in multiple sizes), but I think I've seen others in the past - but since I've had the stove, the...
by Spinnister
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Looking for 2 person UL tent
Replies: 9
Views: 2008

Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

We also have a Copper Spur UL2. Works great, although I also agree about the zipper orientation. And I'm 5'-6", hubby is 6'-5". Just long enough for him, and yes, snug. But works fine. Not many 2-person tents are long enough for him. After our trip in August, we did decide we want a 3-person, and af...
by Spinnister
Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Re: Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long

My guess would be that yes, it would have the same effect if you wore a separate hood - actually the company sells one that I believe extends down to the shoulders, but I just swiped one off a winter coat, and a buff to cover my neck. But since I didn't ever use them, I can't say for sure. The quilt...
by Spinnister
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Re: Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long

It's a 30 degree quilt. If you didn't gather this from the post, I'm a 50 y.o. woman.
by Spinnister
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Bug updates?
Replies: 15
Views: 5823

Re: Bug updates?

We got back yesterday, after 11 days. Windigo, Hugginen Cove loop, Feldtmann loop, S. Desor, Lake Richie, Chippewa Harbor, Moskey, Three Mile. South Desor was pretty horrible with mosquitoes in the afternoon and evening (and it was really hot & humid), but otherwise only enough a few mornings to app...
by Spinnister
Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Sleeping Gear Review - warning, very long

We just got back yesterday from an 11-day trip. 3 tent nights, seven shelter nights. Good to be home. Sad to leave the Island (although the the door slammers and loud-talkers and trash-dumpers the closer you get to Rock Harbor sort of ease that transition :evil: I was using some new gear - Enlighten...
by Spinnister
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st Trip to IR
Replies: 7
Views: 1373

Re: 1st Trip to IR

I live in the Keweenaw, which is pretty similar to IR. I can just see it on the horizon on a clear day. Early September can be really hot once in a while, but probably more like 60s-70s normally, but could be 50s. Could even be 40s, depending on the year. Lows could be 30s-40s. With luck, 50s. Basic...
by Spinnister
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st trip itinerary and advice
Replies: 16
Views: 2879

Re: 1st trip itinerary and advice

I absolutely take my Kindle. But that isn't splurging - for the weight penalty, that's a lot of books to choose from! Although, I'm pretty sure some people could go through my pack and deem about 1/2 of the contents as "splurge" items. :?
by Spinnister
Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: First time visitor concerned about seasickness
Replies: 9
Views: 2748

Re: First time visitor concerned about seasickness

Four crossings on the current Queen, 2 were perfect, and 2 of them were miserable. One of those was so bad I didn't know how I was possibly going to make it through all those hours. I was sick for hours after, and would start getting queasy every time I thought about it for a month after. I am susce...
by Spinnister
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Breakfast in houghton !!!
Replies: 17
Views: 3423

Re: Breakfast in houghton !!!

Pancakes at the Suomi. And I normally won't eat restaurant pancakes.
by Spinnister
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: New To Forum - First Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1669

Re: New To Forum - First Question

Seaplane. 1 hour from Houghton? 35 minutes? I don't remember, but not long, plus multiple departure time options. You can easily beat the mob of people from the boat lining up to register, and be out on the trail much earlier. Plus choose which end of the island for both arrival and departure. So it...
by Spinnister
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Timing Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1787

Re: Timing Question

I live in the Keweenaw, so not on the island, but that neck of the woods. My comments are based on my experiences at home, and my two trips to the island in August (second half). I'm not sure I'd go in June if I had another option, but I'd definitely go in August. The blackflies can be horrible in M...
by Spinnister
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Female Gear List 1st Timer Isle Royale
Replies: 24
Views: 4325

Re: Female Gear List 1st Timer Isle Royale

Yep - I live just a little north of Calumet (NOT the U.P.'s banana belt :D), and can see Superior. Things can change pretty fast around here
by Spinnister
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Female Gear List 1st Timer Isle Royale
Replies: 24
Views: 4325

Re: Female Gear List 1st Timer Isle Royale

I noticed you don't have a camera or binoculars listed? Knife? Cord/clothesline? I spent 16 days on the island - 7 with my husband, with the tent, cooking gear, filter, food, etc divided up, then 9 days solo - so I had everything then. I tend to way overpack, but usually use everything I take. My pa...