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by dcclark
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: The Edmund Fitzgerald
Replies: 6
Views: 222

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: 544

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: 274

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.
by dcclark
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary

Congrats on wonderful trip (you'll be back)! You might consider posting this (with a photo or two?) in the Trip Reports forum. Lots of folks would love to read it there. Twilight lasts a loooong time that far north. At summer solstice you can get a decent afterglow from the sunset until well after m...
by dcclark
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/8/19 - 8/16/19 Dad and daughter kayak trip
Replies: 10
Views: 544

Re: Dad and daughter kayak trip 8/8/19 - 8/16/19

Congrats on being one of the lucky few to see a wolf. Hope you come back soon!
by dcclark
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Day packs
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Day packs

I assume you're staying at the lodge or a cabin?

Pretty much anything will be fine as long as it has room for a hydration pack. Bring plenty of water! But there's no need to go for the super-fancy $150 ones that you can find.
by dcclark
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 8/23 – 8/31 2019 [RH-3M-DF-MB-LR-MB-DF-3M-RH] First Timer
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: TR: 8/23 – 8/31 2019 [RH-3M-DF-MB-LR-MB-DF-3M-RH] First Timer

Don't apologize for the long TR. I'd like to see more in this level of detail! I had a good laugh over many parts of your report. I too suffer from total lack of hips, and I have to do the same slip-lift-cinch trick with my fancy-schmancy Osprey pack. It's just a cross that we have to bear, I guess....
by dcclark
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary

Thank you for the feedback and mileage corrections. I'll take another look at the mileage for this route. My friend and I are experienced ultralight backpackers. We've both done a multi-night trip in the Beartooth Mountains and I have backpacked the Tour du Mont Blanc, Everest Base Camp, the Cutler...
by dcclark
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary

Welcome to the forums! (And, soon, welcome to the island!) This looks like a pretty straightforward itinerary to me, and I like the option for a rest day. I'd recommend taking your extra day at McCargoe or Moskey -- those are huge favorites. But... please tell us a bit about yourself and your party....
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: 1026

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: 1026

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: 240

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: 5
Views: 299

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: 450

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: 10
Views: 529

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.