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by dcclark
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: May mud, mosquitos & trail conditions
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: May mud, mosquitos & trail conditions

Welcome to the forums! You'll love the island. Something very important to know: mid-May is early spring on the island. Expect there to still be snow and even ice in shaded areas and on the north sides of ridges, unless spring is unusually mild or early. Up on the ridge, there will be more exposure ...
by dcclark
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8

Ditto to everything Bobcat1 said about East Chickenbone. I would add that it is not even really in the woods -- much of it is open and exposed on a high ridge. Hot sun will fry you, high winds will toss you around, and a storm won't have anything to slow it down. Definitely continue to McCargoe -- o...
by dcclark
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Moose Hunting on Isle Royale?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Moose Hunting on Isle Royale?

Jim Dufresne has some fairly sensible thoughts on it here, too: https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/a-wil ... le-royale/
by dcclark
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: New Stove
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: New Stove

I have the original Pocket Rocket 1 and have used it for at least 10 years. I've used it with every random brand of canister I can find, and none have ever caused trouble. It's a wonderful little stove that's incredibly reliable -- it's never failed me. I second Ingo: Take the stove off the canister...
by dcclark
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8

I actually agree with Jon Prain about Lane Cove, but so many people call it a favorite that I decided to add it. Plus you really do get the "full" island experience that way (by which I mean, a good ol' heart-pounder of an uphill hike first thing in the morning). But cutting out Lane Cove would not ...
by dcclark
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Early September Rock Harbor Loop 9/4 - 9/8

Here's a suggestion that will show you much of the east end: 9/4: Arrive, Rock Harbor -> Lane Cove (7 miles) 9/5: Lane Cove -> Moskey Basin (11 miles) 9/6: Moskey -> McCargoe Cove (9 miles) 9/7: McCargoe -> Daisy Farm (8 miles) 9/8: Daisy -> Rock Harbor and leave in the afternoon (8 miles) This show...
by dcclark
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: What Food Is Best?
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: What Food Is Best?

There often aren't trees with branches that are the right height and strong enough to handle a food bag (and there aren't any bear poles either). At ranger orientation, you'll be told not to bother. I usually double-bag food, put it in my pack, and keep the pack closed and stashed in my tent or shel...
by dcclark
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Easy Itinerary
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Easy Itinerary

I think I misunderstood your initial posting -- are you going to the island with Mrs. Hooky, or are you each going your separate ways? If you're looking for a light route because your wife isn't interested in a longer one, then I also recommend Lake Richie for your second night (but check the water ...
by dcclark
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Easy Itinerary
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Easy Itinerary

I don't think you can go wrong with either choice (even going all the way from McCargoe to Chippewa Harbor in one day is doable, although more than I'd enjoy). I second Bobcat1: Take it easy, stop everywhere you possibly can and enjoy the hike. Make decisions about when you're going to stop on the f...
by dcclark
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Platypus GravityWorks 4.0 Filter
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Platypus GravityWorks 4.0 Filter

I own the GravityWorks 4.0 and love it. It makes getting water so simple. But to reiterate Ingo and Base654 said, the filter can fail in storage. I stored my GravityWorks filter properly and tested it before my last big trip, and it was as slow as molasses. No amount of back-flushing helped. I had t...
by dcclark
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: What Food Is Best?
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: What Food Is Best?

I used to bring lots more freeze-dried meals to use for lunch, but the time and effort to prepare them in the middle of a hike isn't worth it to me. Snacking my way along works better and gives more variety. Breakfasts - I usually use instant oatmeal supplemented with whatever berries are in season ...
by dcclark
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: June 2020 Itinerary Review
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: June 2020 Itinerary Review

Welcome to the forums! A few comments on your plans: - Your description of your hiking experience is helpful. It sounds like you'll be well prepared for the island's terrain, which is quite rocky with a lot of up-and-downs over ridges. My main concern is that you haven't hiked with 25+ pound packs b...
by dcclark
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: The Edmund Fitzgerald
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: The Edmund Fitzgerald

It looks like the gales of November have been coming early this year as well. NMU canceled classes today with up to a foot of snow predicted by the end of the day.
by dcclark
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Solo Hike
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Solo Hike

22 days on the island sounds like a dream to me. It will give you the time to see lots of things without pushing yourself harder than necessary, and also letting you wait out rainy days. You could borrow or get an Inreach or similar satellite communicator to send periodic "I'm OK" messages. Have you...
by dcclark
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/11-8/17, 2019 [RH to MB and back] 9 weeks pregnant
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: TR: 8/11-8/17, 2019 [RH to MB and back] 9 weeks pregnant

Awesome trip report! I envy the blueberries and thimbleberries that you had. It sounds like you had plenty of success to go with your unsuccess.