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by torpified
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: New website featuring a IR article!
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: New website featuring a IR article!

Awesome! Thanks for the alert.
by torpified
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback for Hiking Route June 15-21
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Feedback for Hiking Route June 15-21

both routes look great! And (supposing your connections work out) you won't have to commit to one or the other until you wake up on June 19th in Moskey, and face the decision of whether to pack up and leave or not! If the seaplane is delayed a whole day, you could follow route 1 but omit the zero da...
by torpified
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback on May 27-31 Hike
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Feedback on May 27-31 Hike

THE RELIEF MAP IS AWESOME! I love the nonconformist trench running oblique to the prevailing corduroy from Siskiwit to McCargo. I wonder if there was ever a trail following that trench the the whole way?
by torpified
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Hiking Shoes?
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Hiking Shoes?

Hiking in the Sierra, I wear trail runners and DG gaiters. But IR is muddier, including mud wallows it's impossible to negotiate in a way that's both consistent with LNT guidelines and conducive to dry feet. So on IR I wear . . . La Sportiva Mid Synthesis GTX, and gaiters slightly burlier than DGs.
by torpified
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: August group trip Poison ivy?
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: August group trip Poison ivy?

This has made my day! I might be able to rival Base654 for PO sensitivity---and now I can lighten my IR baseweight by several ounces of PO amelioration measures!
by torpified
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Opinions on itinerary for mid-May 2019?
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Opinions on itinerary for mid-May 2019?

I'd second thesneakymonkey! The western end of the Greenstone is very rich in trees.
by torpified
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]
Replies: 15
Views: 644

Re: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]

that looks great! I'm psyched about your parents' escalating backpacking ambitions! WCB vs MCC: Both great options. Because it lacks lake (Superior) access, WCB might feel quieter and more wildernessy. If you stay at McCargoe and you're still up for an adventure after you get there, the Minong mine ...
by torpified
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]
Replies: 15
Views: 644

Re: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]

The Greenstone Ridge Trail between LL and the Mt Franklin junction feels more secluded than the GRT west of the junction. It's a lovely trail, alternating between forest and meadows. For my money, though, it can't really rival the open views you'll get from the GRT on the way to Daisy Farm on the th...
by torpified
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]
Replies: 15
Views: 644

Re: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]

that looks like a lot of fun, and also a very resourceful use of transportation options! About the paddling, I'll defer to others. And there's the perennial question of whether you'll be able to bend the water taxi to your will. Given your backgrounds, the hiking itinerary sounds manageable, and wil...
by torpified
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Government Shutdown

Even though I'm an advanced worrier, I wasn't going to start to worry about this until after tax day! One thought is that it might be difficult for the concessionaire to keep things running on its own, because the Ranger is crucial to its supply chain.
by torpified
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Input/Feedback Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: Input/Feedback Needed!

You do submit an itinerary when you collect your permit, and the itinerary you submit adorns your permit. But it's not binding. You can wander as your spirit moves you, provided you stay in designated campgrounds (or take extra steps to be permitted to sleep in the wild). The issuing ranger always i...
by torpified
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Input/Feedback Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: Input/Feedback Needed!

whether you stay at McCargo or not, be sure to take some time to explore the Minong Mine (on your right a few miles before McC). And an advantage to the IR way of life is that you can adapt your itinerary on the fly. It's less than 7 miles (not counting mine detours) from Todd Harbor to McCargo. Com...
by torpified
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Better to visit in early May, or late August
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Better to visit in early May, or late August

I echo all the sentiments expressed! I visited in early May a few years ago, and loved it, partially because of some of the peculiar challenges posed. I wrote up an after action review about some of these, the measures I adopted, and how they stacked up. Here, FWIW, is a link to it: https://isleroya...
by torpified
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Preliminary Itinerary for May 2019 with fishing and canoe questions
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Preliminary Itinerary for May 2019 with fishing and canoe questions

Unless things have changed, you book (or try to book---it can take some persistence) the water taxi through the lodge. Last year the lodge opened for "full operation" on June 5th. I don't know whether that was preceded by a condition of being semi-open and running the water taxi. You can talk to For...
by torpified
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: IR pressed into commercial service!
Replies: 2
Views: 382

IR pressed into commercial service!

Merrell is making IR (and a least weasel its shoe-shooting crew found there!) part of its marketing campaign:

https://www.merrell.com/US/en/blog?url= ... onal-park/