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by dcclark
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1936 Fire

There are some good reports from various crews sent out to find (and in some cases, re-set) benchmarks. Many are terse, but some are quite fun to read. I find the really old reports (usually turn-of-the-last-century) to be especially interesting as well as useless, in both cases because of the long-...
by dcclark
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1936 Fire

Tom, you've just given me a new goal for my next few trips (and likely a way to get my surveyors-in-law onto the island too). Last year, I had a sort-of goal of bushwhacking to Mt. Saginaw (south of Moskey). There is a high point marked there, but likely no permanent survey point. I would have loved...
by dcclark
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: July 6-10, 2020 Hiking the Greenstone [RH-LC-McC-SD-WC]
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: TR: July 6-10, 2020 Hiking the Greenstone [RH-LC-McC-SD-WC]

Excellent trip report. Thank you so much for sharing it with those of us who are stuck far away from the island. A rainy day is part of the Isle Royale package, but it sounds like you got the deluxe version. I am one of those "traditional boots and socks" people who is starting to think very hard ab...
by dcclark
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH
Replies: 9
Views: 246

Re: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH

Awesome trip report! I loved reading it. I have to admit, I was skeptical of your plan to hike with 4 kids (even if some are older), and I'm glad to hear they enjoyed the island. I think that on every trip to the island that I've taken, I've started planning the next trip about halfway through this ...
by dcclark
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: June '11 Feldtman Loop
Replies: 28
Views: 3495

Re: June '11 Feldtman Loop

For some reason, mindat's GPS coordinates are terrible for most Upper Peninsula mines. Not just slightly fuzzy, but often in completely wrong places. Definitely trust JerryB instead of mindat.
by dcclark
Tue May 26, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: June '11 Feldtman Loop
Replies: 28
Views: 3495

Re: June '11 Feldtman Loop

Those are the best photos I've seen of the "locomotive"! Thanks for posting them. That looks like a standard locomotive-style boiler. It almost certainly wasn't used for an actual locomotive at the mine, but instead provided power for a stamp mill and other mine equipment. There are a decent number ...
by dcclark
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Isle Royale Loons
Replies: 9
Views: 745

Re: Isle Royale Loons

How often have you heard a Loon call in the distance and thought " is that a wolf?" I have sat outside at Moskey, in the fall, at night listening to big numbers of Loons call. One starts and soon the others are calling. Great sound!!! I've heard loons and I've heard wolves (and coyotes, too). I don...
by dcclark
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor campground - does it fill up / campers turned away?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Rock Harbor campground - does it fill up / campers turned away?

One upside: A bunch of folks in Rock Harbor Campground will be packing up to leave on the Queen the same afternoon that you arrive. So there's a decent chance you can snag a nice site (or even a shelter) from one of them.
by dcclark
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor campground - does it fill up / campers turned away?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Rock Harbor campground - does it fill up / campers turned away?

1) Rock Harbor campground is quite large and close to the ferry dock. There are no campsite reservations anywhere on the island (except for group sites, which a group of 2 wouldn't qualify for.) Campsites can hold 2 or 3 tents, and campers are very good about sharing sites. (Sharing sites is the exp...
by dcclark
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time trip in July 5 nights itinerary help pls
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: First time trip in July 5 nights itinerary help pls

Can't say it better than torpified did above! Also make sure to take your time and enjoy sitting around and being lazy on occasion (I would schedule a rest day at Moskey or McCargoe). Also, don't discount staying in Rock Harbor one night (and only one night at a time, due to stay limits). The ranger...
by dcclark
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: itinerary help
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: itinerary help

Welcome to the forums! Both of your itineraries look very roundabout to me. Taking the Voyageur to Windigo and back again takes up a lot of time that you could spend sitting around and enjoying the scenery, or doing dayhikes, or having fun in Rock Harbor. Itinerary 2 is a bit better (especially beca...
by dcclark
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Re: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys

Have you done car camping before? That might be a better place to begin -- it's a good way to get used to new gear (like tents, cooking setup, etc.). Jumping into backpacking is a big step, and backpacking on Isle Royale is even bigger. There are lots of great places to start out car camping in the ...
by dcclark
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Re: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys

Welcome to the forums! (And eventually, to Isle Royale!) My top bit of advice is: Practice! Do some kind of overnight backpacking trip with your sons, somewhere downstate, to see what it feels like. Make sure your packs are at a reasonable weight when you do, so you get the full experience. As for I...
by dcclark
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: September Weather
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: September Weather

I've never been on an Isle Royale trip where it didn't rain for at least one day, often multiple. I would never go without the ability to survive a few days of rain. It rains much more often than even nearby parts of the mainland. (it's almost a casual thing... think I'll rain for a few minutes now....
by dcclark
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2020 edition
Replies: 12
Views: 1186

Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2020 edition

Thanks, Bobcat1 and Base654. That's the one I found on REI's website and wondered how it really worked. Glad to hear it's recommended.