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by paulbates
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi

Post back a trip report on the High Country Pathway. That is one I haven't done yet. I would like to hear what you think of it. Will do Thanks for putting the Potawatomi Trail on my radar -- I don't normally think about backpacking options in the southeast corner of Michigan! Yep. The Potawatomi is...
by paulbates
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi

Posting your video is great, it shows a lot more for others to get an idea of this trail. I'm looking at doing the High Country Pathway in late November, and this was a shakedown hike as I'll have to do a lot of miles daily to finish it in the time I'll have, and a lot less daylight by then. Yes on ...
by paulbates
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi

I hiked the Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi last weekend. Its located north of Ann Arbor, mi and part of the Pinckney Recreation Area. Its my go-to trail for conditioning and its 18 mile length and intermediate terrain make it challenging. Its great in the fall and spring when its cooler out. Follo...
by paulbates
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bull Moose Party
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Bull Moose Party

Nice!


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by paulbates
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Miners Left a Pollution Trail in the Great Lakes 6000 Years Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Miners Left a Pollution Trail in the Great Lakes 6000 Years Ago

https://eos.org/articles/miners-left-pollution-trail-great-lakes-6000-years-ago Interesting historical account of ancient mining on IR from eos.org by Julia Rosen https://eos.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Copper_mining_main-e1419279132435-800x600.jpg Scientists find evidence of ancient copper mini...
by paulbates
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 13
Views: 2122

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

I also second the packing efficiently, which I'm finding has two (enjoyable) dimensions: getting things to fit and strategically distributing gear for a comfortable carry. With less infrastructure, the SWD is less sternly rigid than my other pack (Exos 58, which I now think of as my bear canister p...
by paulbates
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 13
Views: 2122

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

Just took a SWD 50L long haul on a 10d island trip. Worked flawlessly. Perfect pack. Good info on the number of days, thanks! I have a goal of hiking the NCT across the UP with my long haul 50 and there are some sections with not a lot around, meaning potentially needing carrying enough to make it ...
by paulbates
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!
Replies: 13
Views: 2122

Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

Reviving this thread with an endorsement. I used my swd long haul on 2 trips this year and really happy with it. It’s very comfortable and reasonably lightweight at 2.3 lbs. having come from a larger pack it took some experimenting to pack it most efficiently.


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by paulbates
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: EverClear on Seaplane
Replies: 2
Views: 515

EverClear on Seaplane

No accelerants are permitted on board, which includes any liquid fuel and even esbit type tablets. I had to ship my esbit tabs to IR (another usps process in itself known as ORM-D). If you have a hobo capable stove (like most esbit stoves ) you can use them with sticks and birchbark at most sites, e...
by paulbates
Wed May 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feldtmann Loop vs Minong
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: Feldtmann Loop vs Minong

I did the Minong last summer from McCargo to WIndigo. It is preferred in that direction due to the 3 beaver dam crossings on the last 7 miles to Windigo. We did our last miles over those beaver dams and our boots were extra soaked and heavy.. not a great way to start the rest of the trip if goign th...
by paulbates
Sun May 06, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: NCT / Mantistee, take 2
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: NCT / Mantistee, take 2

I eventually did this trip @ 57 miles
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by paulbates
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Isle Royale Queen Reservations - Filling up
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Isle Royale Queen Reservations - Filling up

This is from Captain Ben from the Isle Royale Queen FB pages "Folks: We want to give you a heads up about getting reservations. We promise you: we're not playing any tricks here to get your business. But here's the thing. We have taken a lot of reservations so far this year. A number of days have al...
by paulbates
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 3120

Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2018 Edition

I’ve got a 4 day trip on the NCT in western Michigan in early may. Trail food is the only thing I’m missing. The store in Northville is nearby and normally has a good selection; I’ll make a trip there in a week or 2.


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by paulbates
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trip Trail Planning
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Re: Trip Trail Planning

That’s what I used. It’s very helpful and complete.


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by paulbates
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations
Replies: 20
Views: 2055

Re: 10 days / 9 nights route considerations

Cool! I think you'll be glad you did. We loved Isle Royale Seaplanes too.. great, professional outfit. I forgot to mention that you can have a fire at LTH... that was nice for us as it was the only one we had. Site 3 has a generous ring of logs, plenty of downed stuff to find, and previous hikes lef...