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by Tortuga
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First-Timers to the Island
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: First-Timers to the Island

I second Base's suggestion above. You'll hit McCargoe and Moskey, which are two of my favorite camps on the island. I would personally stay at 3Mile rather than Rock Harbor on the 29th, then march in early morning. To be fair I take the Queen, which departs later than the Ranger, so it might depend ...
by Tortuga
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Vegan Backpacking Food
Replies: 20
Views: 3345

Re: Vegan Backpacking Food

If anyone else is looking, I found a great company: https://outdoorherbivore.com/

I took their products to Isle Royale last year and it was all pretty great.
by Tortuga
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: data Minong
Replies: 13
Views: 734

Re: data Minong

I promise you will regret it if you push on for Windigo after N. Desor! It took me 9 hours on that section, and I was wrecked by the end of it. The section from Little Todd to North Desor is probably the toughest section mile-for-mile I've ever hiked. That took me 5 hours for the 6-mile trip. North ...
by Tortuga
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]

Thanks for the report and I am glad you have good memories. The Minong is not for the faint of heart! Two parts of your story make me quite sad and angry--the vandalism of the outhouse and the idiot with the dog off the leash. I thought dogs were never allowed on the island, leash or no. I couldn't...
by Tortuga
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 399

TR: 9/7/18-9/21/18 [RH-DF-MB-MC-TH-LTH-ND-WC-RH]

Hey there IR Compadres, I live by an old saying: better late than never. And so here’s my trip report, from my excursion that commenced almost 6 months ago to the day! This trip really demonstrated so many of the island axioms; most importantly, hike your own hike, and be flexible with your plans. I...
by Tortuga
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: September weather
Replies: 4
Views: 1276

Re: September weather

I’m in Copper Harbor right now and it feels like fall is in the air. I haven’t see a biting bug yet. Hope it stays that way over the next 15 days on the island.
by Tortuga
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: September weather
Replies: 4
Views: 1276

Re: September weather

I'm heading over Friday, and while weather forecasts can change very quickly it looks like it's going to be a very nice week. 50's/60's along the lake and warmer on the ridges. I have usually experienced a little rain every single day, usually at night.
by Tortuga
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Electronics
Replies: 15
Views: 1699

Re: Electronics

I just ordered one since I'll be on the island solo for 15 days. Look forward to seeing how well the battery keeps with very limited daily use. You're gone by now but hope you have a good trip!
by Tortuga
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Info on campsites ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1097

Re: Info on campsites ?

I'm always early-to-rise, early-to-camp, so I usually get my choice (typically finish my hiking day around noon or earlier). And I have shared tent sites and shelters with people several times during "full" conditions. You'l be fine!
by Tortuga
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake

Oh man. I'm hoping this clears up before mid-September. This is the one thing I'm worried about with my upcoming trip, since I'll be staying at pretty much all the inland lake sites (Desor, Hatchett, Richie, Chickenbone).
by Tortuga
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

Yea our schedule wouldn’t work with a resupply. Also we just got back and it worked out great to just carry it all (I don’t like being forced to maintain a schedule —meeting a boat or making it to a post office on time). The food plan worked out for us really well. 14 days would be another challeng...
by Tortuga
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Three people evacuated
Replies: 12
Views: 2209

Re: Three people evacuated

One of the most dangerous things about dehydration is that people don't realize they're getting dehydrated. You should always drink more than you think you need, and make sure you're eating salt and taking electrolytes. On my first backpacking trip I wasn't drinking nearly enough water and by the ti...
by Tortuga
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

When I backpacked the Minong and Greenstone in 2011 (14 days), I did a food drop at the Windigo Ranger station by mailing myself food (Windigo serves as a post office and the Ranger there is the resident postmaster. Mail is delivered by the Voyager II). It really does save packweight. From talking ...
by Tortuga
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

I'm starting to build my meal plan for my 14-night trip next month. Hearing you say "it looks like a lot of food, but really..." is totally resonating with me right now. I think my backpack is going to be half filled with food when I hit Rock Harbor :lol: Hope it's a good trip and thanks for sharing!
by Tortuga
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: September Itinerary Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: September Itinerary Advice

I guess thinking about it more, a short day after Hugginin means a long "free" day at Windigo. I was hoping for a shower at the Windigo end of my trip, but I guess the store will be closed by that point. I'm assuming there should be other things to check out, since it's almost a rest day at that po...