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by torpified
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Mason Tract Pathway All Season Getaway
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Mason Tract Pathway All Season Getaway

Thanks for this! I happen to be in Grayling right now, sneaking in some very icy xc skiing before rededicating my life to Zoom meetings. I really loved the stretch of the Au Sable river that runs through Hartwick Pines, and now I know where I can find more trail like that!
by torpified
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2021 Trip Advice: GRT
Replies: 12
Views: 266

Re: 2021 Trip Advice: GRT

You can decide a lot on the fly, especially if --- as you're doing --- you've followed Leave No Trace precept #1: plan ahead and prepare! If you do wind up at McCargo, an option to consider is following the Minong Ridge Trail (detouring along the way to check out the Minong Mine, about a mile uphill...
by torpified
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Manistee River/NCT Loop Sept. 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: TR: Manistee River/NCT Loop Sept. 2020

Thanks for the excellent and informative report! It looks like the sumacs were popping. Is there overlap (other than you) between your MRT/NCT companions and your summer '21 IR expedition?
by torpified
Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First Time Visitor, Looking for Itinerary Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 478

Re: First Time Visitor, Looking for Itinerary Advice

This sounds like a superfun trip! (It may even inspire you to backpack next time!) three more thoughts: *if you do the kayak/lookout Louise combo, you can incorporate an out-and-back (of whatever length you choose) on the easternmost stretch of Greenstone ridge trail. It's a way to get a sense of wh...
by torpified
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 2021 Moosewatch Dates Have Been Confirmed
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: 2021 Moosewatch Dates Have Been Confirmed

"These expeditions are for experienced backpackers only, as you will be hiking up to 16 kilometers a day with a backpack that grows even heavier with moose bones near the end of your hike." A useful counterpoint to the prospect of a backpack growing heavier due to dampened coffee grounds! ...
by torpified
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Decent instant coffee
Replies: 12
Views: 1141

Re: Decent instant coffee

off topic, because it's not instant, and maybe more in-depth than anybody cares for, but I came across this and thought I'd leave it here:

https://www.adventurealan.com/best-camp ... er-coffee/
by torpified
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: 1st time solo traveler.
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Re: 1st time solo traveler.

My exposure to the waterborne options is glancing, so others should chime in. But if the idea is to kayak from a RH base for a few days before mounting a hiking trip, that seems like a great idea. -Even bounders like me can enjoy the kayak/hike combo that starts from RH's seaplane dock ("inland...
by torpified
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

insects: not really an issue in December. Except in the yurt: the propane heat very briefly resurrected some houseflies who had gone into some sort of suspended animation. I swept their sad corpses out in the morning before leaving. The yurt itself was very welcoming and sensibly appointed. As, as s...
by torpified
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

I learned something about deer seasons recently that I really wish I'd known a few weeks ago. This year, at least in the southern lower peninsula, muzzleloading season is open to all legal firearms. That, plus lots more licenses are valid in muzzleloader season. As far as I can tell, muzzleloader s...
by torpified
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

Bobcat1 wrote: Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:26 pm Cholmondeley has so many more letters than it needs!
His tags tag him as "Chumly", and that's the name he uses with the vet. But between friends, we go for the whole berserk proper spelling.
by torpified
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

Day 2: Green Lake to Silver Lake And a very frosting morning it was! frosty pond.jpg I set off in the company of more gunfire, but soon crossed into Park Lyndon---no hunting allowed! (I recognize that it’s irrational for me to care about that, since it’s the irresponsible hunters I worry about, and ...
by torpified
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

Just short of Sackrider, I encountered the first gun of the trip, a (muzzle loading hunting?) pistol tucked into the waistbelt of a person walking a young German shepherd, who took vociferous exception to me. The human was perfectly friendly and seemed genuinely abashed that his dog was unmannerly. ...
by torpified
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 575

TR: Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

Background: Mr torpified and I were somehow allowed to do our jobs from California last year. I’d aimed to mount one last Sierra backpacking trip, in the Hoover Wilderness, before our return to Michigan. The worst wildfire season in west coast history put the kibosh on that plan. So since getting ba...
by torpified
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Clothing in June
Replies: 17
Views: 1123

Re: Clothing in June

I'll address the head: *My first trip was almost exactly those dates! You'll be there for the solstice: sunset around 10, sunrise around 6, where it gets light well before official sunrise and stays light well after official sunset. So consider bringing something that might serve as a sleep mask. (I...
by torpified
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Flying with a stove
Replies: 12
Views: 3654

Re: Flying with a stove

Has anybody tried mailing a package with fuel canisters to the island ahead of time? I thought I had read somewhere that all mail delivery to the island was via the Ranger III so it seems like it should be OK. The NPS site ( https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/supply-delivery-and-storage.htm ) m...