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by torpified
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Hidden Lake > Daisy Farm mileage question
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Hidden Lake > Daisy Farm mileage question

And if it's 10.2 via the Mt Ojibway trail, it's 11.9 via the (westerner) Daisy Farm trail. (The map I can see right now is truncated, so I'm piggybacking off Ingo's calculation.)
by torpified
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: New Stove
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: New Stove

I'll chip in that I've found MSR to have customer service that's almost too good. When my micro rocket suffered from my over-enthusiastic tightening of the valve that controls the rate of fuel flow, rather than ditching it, I sent it in for repair---and received, post-haste, a brand new micro rocket...
by torpified
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8

I think you'd be very happy with trips based on either of the E side loops already suggested! Here are about 4 more cents, in the form of purely subjective reports, offered in the spirit of helping you gauge the range of responses people have to different options you're considering: On the Lane Cove...
by torpified
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Easy Itinerary
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: Easy Itinerary

On the hypothesis that Mrs hooky isn't totally up for overnighting in the woods (a condition she would share with Mr torpified) but might be up for rides on dinky boats: your MC-CH itinerary is consistent with her taking the VII with you to MC, then carrying on to RH and hanging out, commodiously sh...
by torpified
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Will I need a sleeping bag liner?
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: Will I need a sleeping bag liner?

Because I'm very bad at staying warm, I've tried sleeping bag liners. But I couldn't figure out how to operate them. (As a rotisserie sleeper, I always wound up twisting them into a swivet with me trapped at the center.) I think a high quality 25* bag would normally do just fine even for me mid-June...
by torpified
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: What Food Is Best?
Replies: 21
Views: 803

Re: What Food Is Best?

I'm ashamed to say that I build my backpacking menus around instant coffee, poptarts, and ramen. I'm not ashamed to own up to starting each dinner with a cup of instant soup -- there's especially good miso soups you can often find in the supermarket. They're not high in calories, but they help with ...
by torpified
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: June 2020 Itinerary Review
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: June 2020 Itinerary Review

I'm also guessing that you'll find that your background and experience leaves you in more than adequate walking shape for an IR backpack. Even if you haven't got the latitude for a trial overnight, you can prepare for the backpacking element of the trip by dayhiking with your intended backpacks, inc...
by torpified
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale and Keweenaw Botany Workshops
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Isle Royale and Keweenaw Botany Workshops

I've overlapped with this crew's IR iteration for each of the last two years, and it seems like they've had a superior time!
by torpified
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Artist in Residence
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Artist in Residence

No relevant experiences to report, but I'm rooting for you, chief!
by torpified
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Autumn Satellite Imagery
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Autumn Satellite Imagery

one of caltopo's base layers is a weekly high resolution satellite image. I've used the feature obsessively to try to gauge snow cover on routes I wanted to hike. It didn't occur to me that leaves would show up too! The most recent image of IR was occluded by cloud cover. This one, from a week ago, ...
by torpified
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Eastern Sierra October dayhiikes
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Eastern Sierra October dayhiikes

Since things seem slow now that the Park has closed for the season-- Due to a profound oddity in our terms of employment, Mr t and I are allowed to do our jobs remotely this year. We are set up in a cabin in a redwood grove in a community called "Skylonda," which (as its name suggests) may or may no...
by torpified
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/8/19 - 8/16/19 Dad and daughter kayak trip
Replies: 11
Views: 1548

Re: TR: 8/8/19 - 8/16/19 Dad and daughter kayak trip

I love seeing father-daughter teams in the wilderness. I don't think I'd be doing this if my own dad hadn't shared his love of the outdoors when I was too little to appreciate that, technically, I wasn't cut out to be a mountain man.
by torpified
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/11-8/17, 2019 [RH to MB and back] 9 weeks pregnant
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: TR: 8/11-8/17, 2019 [RH to MB and back] 9 weeks pregnant

Un-unsuccess! What a great trip and report! (Also: trail wine and communication with the outside world weeks into a wilderness trip?? ---I'd say Tim was amply rewarded for sharing his shelter.)
by torpified
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Review
Replies: 14
Views: 1112

Re: Itinerary Review

Thanks for reporting back! I'm with your wife on the question of which parts of backpacking are the hardest. Some trips I have a morning mantra as I squirm back in to my sodden walking clothes: "Wool insulates even when wet. Wool insulates even when wet...."