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by torpified
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: chief54 first 2019 images
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: chief54 first 2019 images

totally amazing! I had no Houghton loomed so much. Thanks!
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

dcclark wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Nicky - write your report! I'm curious to hear about the rest of you trip. Especially the wolves...
yes, do! (As for bobcat's suggestion: I'm a cruddy swimmer!)
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

thanks for the thanks! If the accounts are fun to read, I'm glad. They're certainly fun to write. Finding a place near camp with views and scribbling about the day is my favorite evening ritual. Like subsisting on ramen and wearing the same shirt for days on end, it fails to carry over to civilizati...
by torpified
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chief54 Prelim Report
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: Chief54 Prelim Report

Welcome back, Chief! It sounds like I left just before the bloom got serious. Number me among those eagerly awaiting photos! I saw the biggest beaver dam and pond I have ever seen on the way from Daisy to Ojibway. A boardwalk went right across middle at height of around 6 feet and the water was even...
by torpified
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2 - 6/7 2019 [Ishpeming Trail > Greenstone Trail > Windigo]
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: TR: 6/2 - 6/7 2019 [Ishpeming Trail > Greenstone Trail > Windigo]

What an adventure---congratulations on contending with the elements and the deadfall! The trail to Malone Bay is still on my to-do list, and people don't write about it very often, so I'm grateful for the scouting report. Did the NPS people at Windigo give anything away about whether there were plan...
by torpified
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

Thanks for answering my plea with a wonderful account of an awesome trip! (Perhaps the only thing that could have made it better was Doug actually finding the "beaver cave" under the Sandy dock as the Queen sounded her horn . . . . ) Social theory: the place does feel utterly unlike the social scene...
by torpified
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Whenever I see those huge trees being felled by beavers, I can't but help but want to stop one and ask, "Now, exactly how to you plan to move that once it's down?" I wonder that too, especially when I see tragedies like the one below: against the odds, heroic beavers manage to gnaw clear through a ...
by torpified
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

#6: is from the Minong, somewhere west of Little Todd. I spared the audience the Mt Franklin selfie.

Short, blunt, castorine pyramid: hadn't occurred to me! Maybe they've been team-building in anticipation of facing off with the new wolves. Here is a low-quality photo of the cuts in question:
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Headed to island next week: advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: Headed to island next week: advice?

weather: could be cooler than you'd expect---pack warm clothes! Also bug dope and headnets, in case the bugs are at full throttle. Spare shoes and extra socks, so that if you get a soaker on one of your outings, you'll have something dry to wear later that day. lodge: a stay comes with a halfday can...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Monday June 3: Windigo to Rock Harbor (with the Voyageur’s help!) At Windigo last night, I told the father from the father-son team that I’d finished the serious backpacking part of my trip, and he told me that the son was nearly 16 and nearly an eagle scout. This morning he reported that, due to a ...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Saturday June 1: McCargo to North Desor Overnight the loons sounded like feuding gangs of howler monkeys having a rumble. It seemed like something large was doing cannonballs off the dock. A wolf howled in a distance. It was cold enough that I wore more clothes than usual to bed, but not so cold tha...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 381

TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Thursday May 30: Ann Arbor to Houghton Super 8 Mr torpified’s taxonomy of my activities includes the genus “hair-shirt backpacking trip.” Placing this excursion in that genus, he opted out. I made my way alone across two pleasant peninusulae to the Super 8 in Houghton. Friday May 31: Houghton Super ...
by torpified
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Windigo to McCargoe June 22-26 -- Thoughts?

What Montana said! You're experienced, so you can keep your pack weight down by knowing what you don't need to take -- but prepared for rain, chilly conditions, and bugs. If your strapping hiking companions are agreeable, they may be willing to lighten your load further by carrying the lion's share ...
by torpified
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong Trail Conditions
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Minong Trail Conditions

I'm back! And I'm happy to report that conditions on the Minong were great during my hike across from 5/25 - 5/27. Beaver crossings were completely manageable (I got through them all without getting wet, with careful foot placement); trail was easy to follow as long as you stayed on the lookout for...
by torpified
Thu May 30, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Rain Gear?
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Rain Gear?

bugs: a headnet is key. If you do deploy it, it makes for much hilarity when you forget you're wearing it and try to interact with your face (eg scratch your nose or eat). Longsleeves, trousers (rather than a skirt, which I hike in in less buggy climes), a hat, and a buff also help with insect ameli...