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by torpified
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Downtime activities at camp?
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Downtime activities at camp?

In addition to all of the above, you might like writing about what happened to you that day. I bring a little notebook and a pen, and while I'm waiting for it to get dark enough to crawl into my tent, I settle in someplace (ideally with a view of the water), pore over my maps and that day's pictures...
by torpified
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: sock debate
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: sock debate

I've had really, really good luck with Darn Tough socks, especially the 1/4 length light hikers---comfortable, unbelievably durable, no blister issues. For me, they were a significant step up from smartwool/REI merino hikers. Footwear's pretty personal, though: I wouldn't hike in shoes or socks that...
by torpified
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong Closed until June 15th
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Minong Closed until June 15th

Dang! I'd been meaning to walk on it then! But I'm sure the maintenance work will be good for it, and this way I have an excuse to do even more IR planning . . . .
by torpified
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

Here's my response to this moral intuition poll: As petitioner: Unless there were some kind of emergency a shelter would help with, I'd never ask to share a shelter. That's not etiquette, though---I'm just unnaturally shy. I can imagine situations where I'd gratefully accept the offer of a spot in a...
by torpified
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2021 Trip Log - Post your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 18
Views: 2213

Re: 2021 Trip Log - Post your planned itinerary here!

I booked this a while ago, but was superstitious about posting it before I knew more about whether/when I'd be vaccinated. My first vaccine is scheduled now, so here goes nothing! Name: torpified (aka Laura) Email: (at) message me here! Hometown: Ann Arbor Arrival Date: late May Departure Date: earl...
by torpified
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 1st IR trip - June 19-27, 2021
Replies: 24
Views: 1332

Re: 1st IR trip - June 19-27, 2021

An extremely sensible plan. I'm looking forward to the trip report!
by torpified
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: One thing you wish you knew...
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: One thing you wish you knew...

so far north and close to the summer solstice IT NEVER GETS DARK (<-- a small exaggeration). Pros: lots of daylight to hike in. Cons: not so much dark to sleep in. (Fortunately on my first trip I had a buff that I hadn't yet drenched in deet; I used it as an eye mask overnight.)
by torpified
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: help with trail option
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: help with trail option

I really like the trail from East Chickenbone to McCargoe too --- it undulates through a variety of habitats and featrues some marvelous beaver handiwork along the way. But I also agree that every single option named here is a splendid one!
by torpified
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Web Board & Web Site
Topic: "Thanking" or "liking" forum posts
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: "Thanking" or "liking" forum posts

I like this feature too! (As I just signalled by hitting the thumbs-up button on the OP.) There are a lot of cases --- photos and horrific puns* foremost among them --- where I'd like to acknowledge engagement/approval but don't have enough to say to justify adding another post to the thread. (That ...
by torpified
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Father & Son Newbies
Replies: 10
Views: 547

Re: Father & Son Newbies

Unless things have changed, your lodge booking will come with a half-day canoe rental. It's definitely worth taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the island by a different mode! I'm a big fan of canoeing across (relatively) sheltered Tobin Harbor to Hidden Lake dock, then hiking from there...
by torpified
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Queen info update
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Queen info update

I'm also curious about the Ranger: it seems like if there's no Rock Harbor dock that accommodates the Queen, there's no Rock Harbor dock that accommodates the Ranger. Only there's been no indication of disruptions to the Ranger service during the projected construction period. (On the other hand, th...
by torpified
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?
Replies: 13
Views: 842

Re: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?

Maybe the forums should buy ad space on the site, to direct some traffic here! I followed the link to the site, and all the courses posted so far (hydration, cooking, maps . . .) look pretty backpacking boilerplate, that is, not IR specific. I wonder if the site is part of a more general effort? Thi...
by torpified
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: One word for Isle Royale National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: One word for Isle Royale National Park

Unsoilicited review of Leave Only Footprints ---despite being blind with envy that it wasn't my job to visit all the national parks and write about them, I liked it pretty well, especially for its yield of strange facts and apt observations. I also have no problem with the lodge WiFi, but would rue ...
by torpified
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tobin Harbor/Duncan Bay Portage Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Tobin Harbor/Duncan Bay Portage Pics

thanks for these! It's almost like being there . . .
by torpified
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Ranger
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Ranger

that merganser is a genius to pick such a mergansery rock to pose on! I can see why you're partial.