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by torpified
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st Time IR Trip 5day/4nite Solo Advice Needed Please
Replies: 2
Views: 45

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: 15
Views: 528

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: 11
Views: 1727

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: 4
Views: 220

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: 15
Views: 528

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 ...
by torpified
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: The must-see things?
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: The must-see things?

The critters. Literally every step of the way, you're in danger of seeing something that doesn't frequent suburban shopping malls. Usually they hear you before you hear them, so periodically stop, look, and listen. Especially at bodies of water---a moose that may have been submerged throughout the d...
by torpified
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/14-7/19 2018 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: TR: 7/14-7/19 2018 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner

Now that's redemption! About the concession employees bushwacking on their day off: I took the Ranger over with a quartet of new staff, who had traveled directly from Taiwan to Houghton to start their summer on IR. All of them had giant shiny rolling suitcases. I wondered whether they had any idea w...
by torpified
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Unfounded Safety Concerns
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Re: Unfounded Safety Concerns

I know facebook was incidental to the real point of the opening post, but for what it's worth, I'm also going to start trying to direct a subset of the adults raising questions on the private FB group there to this forum. FB is great for pictures, but this is a better platform for expressing sustain...
by torpified
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]

Thanks for the great report and the good deeds! (Did you fight over who got to lighten their pack by donating their filter and bladder?) I was also astonished and dismayed by the snake population at McCargoe. Good thing those shelter doors latch.
by torpified
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Washington Creek - June
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: Washington Creek - June

Awesome! He looks so much like my dog trying to shake Huron River water out of his ears . . . .
by torpified
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 5/25-5/30+1 2018 RH 3M MB WCB 3M RH
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: TR 5/25-5/30+1 2018 RH 3M MB WCB 3M RH

Wonderful report---thanks! The best ever beaver dam on the way down to Three Mile, and the painted turtles swarming the shores of Lake RIchie (it didn't occur to me they were nesting!) made a big impression on me too.
by torpified
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: The Case of the Shrinking Moose
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: The Case of the Shrinking Moose

The current issue of "National Parks" magazine (Summer, 2018) has a letter to the editor that provides a counterpoint to the article in the previous edition (Spring, 2018) regarding the shrinking moose on Isle Royale. The letter reads: " . . . . examples include pigmy mammoths that lived on Califor...
by torpified
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!
Replies: 19
Views: 1493

Re: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!

What's the best route from moskey to mccargoe? What's the best route from mccargoe to daisy? You can't really lose. But here's my vote: Moskey to McCargoe: I don't find the stretch of the GRT between the two chickenbone junctions that inspiring. So I'd go west on the lake ritchie trail, then follow...
by torpified
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 1031

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

Torpified, I was on the Voyageur with you. I think you are the one I told about the school at Chippewa Harbor. I am tall and I was wearing a grey fleece pullover. I believe we met before on your previous trip to Isle Royale when you backpacked the Greenstone. I talked to you at the junction to Sout...
by torpified
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Trail Tracking
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Trail Tracking

I have gaia on my Iphone ( https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?layer=natgeo ). You can download maps at home to call up in the field, where you'll often have GPS but not an internet connection. The base service is free, but if you're willing to shell out $40 for a premium subscription, you'll get snazzy Na...