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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: 245

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: 703

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: 703

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: 261

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: 355

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: 374

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: 801

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: 1923

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: 351

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: 801

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: 537

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: 7
Views: 555

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: 858

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: 376

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: 593

Re: Washington Creek - June

Awesome! He looks so much like my dog trying to shake Huron River water out of his ears . . . .