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by dcclark
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]

Love the trip report. You're making me island-sick!

What was the diner -- Suomi? Kaleva? Both excellent choices if you haven't been there.
by dcclark
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Amygdaloid Sea Arch Coordinates?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Amygdaloid Sea Arch Coordinates?

For mapping, I really like Acme Mapper. Click the "layers" button in the top right to change between aerial, maps, and topos. I've used those to figure out hiking topography quite often.
by dcclark
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Lodging in Houghton
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Lodging in Houghton

We aren't all online all the time, Fastcat. ;) Midwest Ed is right on. I've stayed in every hotel in downtown Houghton. The Franklin Square Inn (which is a Magnuson) is the nicest, but not that great. Super 8 can be downright wretched depending on who else is staying there. Across the bridge, the Ra...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First Time Itinerary Advice!
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: First Time Itinerary Advice!

Moskey is beautiful. It's worth staying there if you can. I've done Moskey to Rock Harbor in one day -- 12 miles. I was dragging at the end, but it was doable. Most of those 12 miles are about as flat as the island gets, but remember that it will still be rocky and rooty. If you're an experienced ba...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First trip advice - staying at RH for 3 nights late Aug
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: First trip advice - staying at RH for 3 nights late Aug

Moose come to those who get up early. Look at lakes and swampy areas early in the morning. Of course, we saw two (!!) on the paved trail in Rock Harbor last year, so you never know what will happen.
by dcclark
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First timer - wondering how difficulty compares to Jordan River Valley in L.P.?
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: First timer - wondering how difficulty compares to Jordan River Valley in L.P.?

In my opinion, you'll find the trails on Isle Royale more rugged; more rocks, roots and up & down. If it rains, the IRNP trails can get muddy & slippery. But your route is certainly doable. I like to include a rest day somewhere along the way but that's just me. And you can skip Island Mine CG if y...
by dcclark
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Web Board & Web Site
Topic: [Q] Staying logged in on Google Chrome
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: [Q] Staying logged in on Google Chrome

I've had this trouble a lot too, also with Chrome. I've deleted all cookies for this domain repeatedly, and that solves the problem for a couple of days -- then it comes back again. There is a bright red banner at the top of each page of the forums telling me to trash my cookies -- so I assume this ...
by dcclark
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: The must-see things?
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: The must-see things?

My suggestions here are pretty east-end-centric, and others can tell you more about what to look for on the west end. But there's plenty to see on the east... * My absolutely top recommendation for a fellow history buff: Spend at least a few hours at the Minong Mine (just up the hill from McCargoe C...
by dcclark
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Gaiters?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Gaiters?

Yes, brush along the trails can be pretty thick this time of year, and it will be wet with dew in the mornings. It can definitely soak your pants. I use rain pants, but others swear by gaiters.
by dcclark
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Mid - late August conditions
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Mid - late August conditions

It's fantastic. Bugs are probably at their minimum. Lakes are nearly at their warmest. Expect rain, as always. Nights will start to get colder (40's are possible).
by dcclark
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

Not to scare you too much, but "quite smooth" is the opposite of the truth. The island is very rugged. (Regular alpine hikers might disagree with that statement, but I don't think anyone else would!) It's at least as rugged as the SHT, usually more so. The map you're looking at doesn't show much top...
by dcclark
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 1257

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

The main roads are open now, so anyone who needs to travel through Houghton/Hancock can do so. Locals confirm that the seaplane dock is accessible and open.
by dcclark
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

Be sure to hit Moskey Basin (sunrises), Lane Cove (sunsets), and McCargoe Cove (just beautiful in every way). Plan a zero day or two. Enjoy laying around in a beautiful spot (you already know my recommendations for where). Read a book, explore the area, swim, fish, whatever you like. You don't have ...
by dcclark
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 1257

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Here's a link to a google map showing the status of washed-out roads:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewe ... 01128&z=13
by dcclark
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 1257

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Per local facebook friends, Airport Road is also washed out (the uphill stretch coming out of Dollar Bay). Coal Dock Road is a possibility or just walk to Ripley from Hancock. It's not too far (less than a mile). Crossing the washout couldn't be worse than a beaver dam, I guess? Stay safe everyone....