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by torpified
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: unsolicited gear review: SWD 35L full suspension pack
Replies: 0
Views: 22

unsolicited gear review: SWD 35L full suspension pack

As threatened, here are impressions of the superior wilderness designs pack I, after becoming insanely excited that Michigan had its own ultralight cottage gear industry, acquired last spring. To spare ou all time/anxiety, the bottom line echoes the evaluations of paulbates and thesneakymonkey: SWD ...
by torpified
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]

Thanks for the report, and congratulations on the wide variety of animals encountered! Am I correct you were bitten more often by leeches than by mosquitos??
by torpified
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First Trip
Replies: 14
Views: 491

Re: First Trip

Looks great! I bet it'll inspire you to check out the east side on your next trip. Two comments about timing: (i) in mid-June, IR isn't exactly Manhattan. I'd be surprised if crowds were an issue at any of the camps you're visiting, or anywhere in between. (ii) that far north, that close to the sols...
by torpified
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi

I also frequent the Poto! This is an especially sweet time to visit, with the fall colors coming in. . . .
by torpified
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall

They've also made the pages of this week's Science! (There's a bit at the end, one that's prompted a lot of discussion in my household, comparing the conjectured moose hunting prowess of US and Ontario wolves.) https://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/28_september_2018/MobilePagedArtic...
by torpified
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/24-8/31 (Windigo-Huginnin Cove-Island Mine-South Lake Desor-Hatchet Lake-Lake Richie-Daisy Farm-Rock Harbor)
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: TR: 8/24-8/31 (Windigo-Huginnin Cove-Island Mine-South Lake Desor-Hatchet Lake-Lake Richie-Daisy Farm-Rock Harbor)

great report--I like it when theyre data-rich -- and fantastic pictures! Also, congratulations on the wildlife encounters. One of my longstanding, but perpetually frustrated, ambitions is to see an otter . . . .
by torpified
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]

thanks for the detailed (and moose-rich) report-- what an awesome way to end your 20s and begin your 30s! I couldn't think of a better way to spend my birthday! Agreed! On my first trip, I celebrated my (er) 51st birthday at Lane Cove. It was the solstice as well as a full moon with crystal clear s...
by torpified
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]

thanks for the detailed (and moose-rich) report-- what an awesome way to end your 20s and begin your 30s!
by torpified
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Miners Left a Pollution Trail in the Great Lakes 6000 Years Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Miners Left a Pollution Trail in the Great Lakes 6000 Years Ago

thanks for this! It's amazing that the ancient mining operations were extensive enough to leave a discernible signature in the sediment, especially at levels "half as high as those associated with modern contamination".
by torpified
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/12 - 8/18 2018 - McCargoe Cove - Todd Harbor - Hatchet Lake - Ishpeming Tower - Malone Bay.
Replies: 6
Views: 419

Re: TR 8/12 - 8/18 2018 - McCargoe Cove - Todd Harbor - Hatchet Lake - Ishpeming Tower - Malone Bay.

Thanks for the awesome trip and report, and congratulations on the completing the trail circuit and the many moose encounters! (I've been trying to imagine what it would be like to have a moose brush up against your shelter when your shelter is a tent.)
by torpified
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st Time IR Trip 5day/4nite Solo Advice Needed Please
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: 1st Time IR Trip 5day/4nite Solo Advice Needed Please

that looks sound to me! I'm over 50 and in decent (but not fanatical) aerobic shape, and I'd be comfortable hiking that itinerary. (NB I travel light-- my IR pack rarely weighs more than 20 pounds.) A good feature of your itinerary is that if it turns out that you've planned more miles than you enjo...
by torpified
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First Time Itinerary Advice!
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: First Time Itinerary Advice!

We did a couple 15+ days on a section of the PCT in California, but I hear the Greenstone can be slower going than other trails. Would you suggest any campgrounds along the route if we feel like it's going to be too much? The only other option I could think of was stopping at Hatchet Lake, but that...
by torpified
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 13
Views: 2125

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

I provisionally second the endorsement! I've dayhiked with my (PURPLE) 35L and also used it for the shortest possible backpacking trip on IR. So far so good! I'm slated to walk the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in September, and I'm hoping to have a more fully informed assessment after that. I...
by torpified
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/26-7/29 2018 [Windigo-Feldtmann-Siskiwit-South Desor-Windigo]
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: TR: 7/26-7/29 2018 [Windigo-Feldtmann-Siskiwit-South Desor-Windigo]

what a great trip! Thanks for writing it up. This was probably the only time the bugs were an issue the entire trip - otherwise, nothing worse than a normal Minnesota evening as far as I can tell, a "normal MN evening" is way more bugs than those not raised in the upper midwest can take! I also hike...
by torpified
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First Time Itinerary Advice!
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: First Time Itinerary Advice!

something to keep in mind (possibly as a reason to come back for a second trip!) is that the GRT gets really awesome E of the first Daisy Farm junction. If you exit there for Moskey, then follow the coast to Rock Harbor, you'll miss the best part of the ridge. One way to have (some of) it all would ...