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by torpified
Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2022 ISRO Attendance
Replies: 8
Views: 210

Re: 2022 ISRO Attendance

interesting! *Given that the surge in anecdata about campground crowding seems like it came after COVID, I'm surprised that the big attendance uptick was actually the 2016 NPS centennial. Of course, that's consistent with backcountry camper numbers soaring after COVID. *are most of the winter number...
by torpified
Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: Sept. 2022 [Hiking][Minong Ridge Trail: McCargoe - Todd - Lil Todd - N. Desor - Wash. Creek]
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: TR: Sept. 2022 [Hiking][Minong Ridge Trail: McCargoe - Todd - Lil Todd - N. Desor - Wash. Creek]

What a great report on what sounds like a very satisfying trip! (I don't suppose you have a report archived of your 1972 trip?) But was there no celebratory cigar at the close of your epic Day 6??
by torpified
Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor in one day
Replies: 13
Views: 381

Re: Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor in one day

backwoods doc wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 7:01 am
torpified wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:18 pm I think it's about 8 miles out and back to the overlook)
3.6 miles, round trip, to the Grace Creek overlook: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/ ... e_2015.pdf
that makes the double even more plausible!
by torpified
Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor in one day
Replies: 13
Views: 381

Re: Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor in one day

+2 for the Huginnin loop! Especially if the services at Windigo are offline, I'd camp there too. It's a very cool spot! If you do decide to camp there, and want to stretch your legs on Day 1, consider taking the Feldtmann Lake trail to the Grace Creek overlook, before doubling back to Windigo and ca...
by torpified
Mon Sep 05, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Wolf encounter at Washington Creek Campground
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Wolf encounter at Washington Creek Campground

Wow! Did you catch a glimpse??
by torpified
Fri Sep 02, 2022 9:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 08/19-08/26, 2022 [Rock to Windigo via Minong Ridge]
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: TR: 08/19-08/26, 2022 [Rock to Windigo via Minong Ridge]

great trip, and report, and pictures! I love how wily the first moose sighted looks. I think she's pretty sure you can't see her.

It sounds like the island was hopping---but did you have Huginnin Cove to yourself? And are you at liberty to share the backwoods bourbon cocktail recipe??
by torpified
Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong Ridge Navigation with a Garmin
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: Minong Ridge Navigation with a Garmin

hypothesis: the trail camera was monitoring wildlife, and you were following a game trail! That---done to leaving a beribboned route to follow a better-worn path---is exactly how I wound up in a swamp on my way to the Greenstone from Chippewa Harbor a few years ago. Looking forward to your TR!
by torpified
Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/12-17, 2022 3M, LC, RH - Wildfire Evacuation
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: TR: August 2022. What could go wrong?

You were a fantastic reporter to cast in the eyewitness role! And in a weird way it's encouraging that experience gained through various recent travails -- dock repair, last year's fire, Covid -- helped with weathering this one.
by torpified
Fri Aug 26, 2022 9:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/12-17, 2022 3M, LC, RH - Wildfire Evacuation
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: TR: August 2022. What could go wrong?

Wow! If you're willing to extend this to a Part II---what was it like in RH while the fire got sorted out? (The tea leaves we could read from here left a lot of questions open!)
by torpified
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: July 2022 [CB-W; Hatchet; S Desor; IM]
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: TR: July 2022 [CB-W; Hatchet; S Desor; IM]

can't speak for others, but for me it's out of the gate, and doesn't seem to vary much as function of how much walking I do. Even more surprising, if you know me, is that I'm not interested in drinking (adult beverages --- I'm OK with water, tang, and so on, and in fact get a lot of my calories that...
by torpified
Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: July 2022 [CB-W; Hatchet; S Desor; IM]
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: TR: July 2022 [CB-W; Hatchet; S Desor; IM]

just striking a note of solidarity: I am not gifted at Eating While Backpacking either. In fact, I'm epicly bad at it, especially if altitude is involved. So IR isn't the worst case, but it's bad. Over time, I've identified a few things I reliably can get down---principally, ramen, fritos, and shotb...
by torpified
Thu Jul 21, 2022 9:02 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong Ridge Navigation with a Garmin
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: Minong Ridge Navigation with a Garmin

I carry an Inreach (mini), but I haven't tried to using it for navigation. I suspect that there are at most shortlived and local differences between where the 80s maps think the Minong is and where the Minong is---so I don't think you'd be misled for long. And it could be that the InReach maps depic...
by torpified
Sat Jul 02, 2022 8:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]

your culinary exploits astonish me! It's all I can do to boil water for via and ramen. Do you test these systems at home first, or do you improvise them in the field??
by torpified
Fri Jul 01, 2022 8:26 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Tentative itinerary
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Tentative itinerary

That looks doable! Although it doesn't leave you much slack in case of lousy weather or other unwelcome inefficiencies. By Day 2, you'll have a good sense of how much ground you enjoy covering in a day, and you can revise the itinerary on the fly--for instance, leaving the spur to Chippewa for anoth...
by torpified
Mon Jun 27, 2022 7:10 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]
Replies: 29
Views: 1825

Re: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]

I'm sorry about the blackflies (https://www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly/), and looking forward to the details!