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by dcclark
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

torpified, I've seen some people with those special pack-holders for their camera. It looks like something that might work. One of the topics of discussion on our last day was about bringing "The Big Camera" vs. a phone. It really comes down to what the purpose of the trip is: to enjoy the hike, or ...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: TR: 5/27 - 5/31 2019 [Rock Harbor trail there-and-back]

As I promised months ago, I've written up my trip in extreme detail on my blog. I ended up writing 6 posts about my May solo trip to the island. These include a lot more detail than my TR above, and a lot more photos. The first post is here: Introduction, Travel, and links to posts . There are links...
by dcclark
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First timer
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: First timer

Here are a few that get you to some of my favorite locations. You can mix and match and make up lots of variations on these. None are too hard, and all of them have convenient ditch points if you need them. All of them end at Three Mile on the assumption that you'll have time to hike in to Rock Harb...
by dcclark
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/3-8/8, 2019 [Windigo-SLD-TH-McC-MB-RH]
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: TR: 8/3-8/8, 2019 [Windigo-SLD-TH-McC-MB-RH]

Glad you had such a great introduction to the island. You'll be back! :) Also, I agree with IncaRoads -- I like long trip reports and wish we had more of them. I've heard that the rangers in Rock Harbor keep a recording of loons handy, to play for visitors who think they've heard wolves. Apparently ...
by dcclark
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone

Wonderful trip report! You have me dreaming about my next trip already. You've convinced me that a loop like yours is doable... time to start planning. To add more photos, click the "full editor" button, then use the "attachments" tab at the bottom of the post editor. A pain, but it's how PHPBB does...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Luxury item
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Luxury item

I bring a Kindle. 7.2 oz and dozens of books -- I spend a lot of time reading on the island (usually while sitting on a dock). More than once I've been socked in by weather and read an entire book in a day.
by dcclark
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: late July 2019 - McCargoe to RH with a 6-year-old
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: TR: late July 2019 - McCargoe to RH with a 6-year-old

Glad you made it to the island -- sounds like you had a great trip. You'll be back! :)
by dcclark
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 4 night hike across the island
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: 4 night hike across the island

Hm, good question. You have some long days there, and there's not much room for error if you find that you're in over your head. That alone is worth worrying about. You say that you're "pretty sure" you can handle a 30 lb pack. Have you hiked with 30 lbs before? How far, and in what sort of terrain?...
by dcclark
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: If you do not have boat reservations yet
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: If you do not have boat reservations yet

August is peak season on the island, so it's as busy as it gets. That doesn't really mean a lot of people by the standards of most parks, but it's still more than any other time on Isle Royale. It's also important because facilities on the island aren't really designed for a large number of people, ...
by dcclark
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Carrying Water
Replies: 19
Views: 979

Re: Carrying Water

I sometimes use a Sea to Summit collapsible bucket that can transport a decent amount of water. I see a lot of people filtering on the docks, but I agree that it's generally easier to go back to a campsite.
by dcclark
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/22-6/27 2019 : Greenstone Trail RH to Windigo (3MC-WCB-HL-SLD-WC)
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: TR: 6/22-6/27 2019 : Greenstone Trail RH to Windigo (3MC-WCB-HL-SLD-WC)

Great trip report! Glad you enjoyed it -- and you'll be back, of course. :)

I'm confused and disturbed that somebody could decide a cathole was in any way better than using the outhouse just down the trail.
by dcclark
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Baggage Handling on the Ranger
Replies: 11
Views: 543

Re: Baggage Handling on the Ranger

Don't make the mistake that I did last time, and accidentally leave your photo ID in your pack when you want to register using a National Park Annual Pass. That bumped me from the start of the registration line to the verrrrrrry end behind the people trying to figure out how far away Three Mile is...
by dcclark
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/15-6/20 2019 3M-DF-Moskey-DF-RH, NO BUGS?
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: TR 6/15-6/20 2019 3M-DF-Moskey-DF-RH, NO BUGS?

Let me repeat and amplify the recommendation of Suomi for breakfast. It's where the locals eat, and it's fantastic. (Get the Pannukakku.)

The Biggby is still there as of May, but I also recommend 5th & Elm.
by dcclark
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chief54 Prelim Report
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Chief54 Prelim Report

Yes, I've read that the beaver population is extremely high, since not much feeds on them except wolves. Rabbits have more predators (especially foxes), but I also saw a ton of them this year.
by dcclark
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/15-6/20 2019 3M-DF-Moskey-DF-RH, NO BUGS?
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: TR 6/15-6/20 2019 3M-DF-Moskey-DF-RH, NO BUGS?

I love the Daisy Farm dock. It's the social center of the whole place, plus the swimming is pretty good. I know others think the whole campground is unpleasant, but the dock is lovely. I once got to hang out there and listen to a banjo that I swear someone had packed in -- you never know what you'll...