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by dcclark
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 5/31-6/8, 2021. MC-LR-CHx2-IL-WL-MBx2 [solo canoe]
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: TR 5/31-6/8, 2021. MC-LR-CHx2-IL-WL-MBx2 [solo canoe]

Wonderful trip log! I like your idea for a shoreline hike from Chippewa Harbor -- now I'm going to add that to my next trip. It sounds like it is much more doable than an inland bushwhack.
by dcclark
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Bathing
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Bathing

Base654 wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:29 pm I smell like a moose until the last day of my trip, save the occasional swim.
Even on the first day? :lol:
by dcclark
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Bathing
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Bathing

Something I didn't realize before going to Isle Royale for the first time is that everyone ends up at a limited number of campgrounds. These aren't small, individual backcountry sites -- they are big areas with a bunch of mildly separated sites, and there are almost always other people around. It's ...
by dcclark
Thu May 20, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Itinerary Thoughts

Something I noticed about the comments above: I think Base654 is assuming you're hiking the Minong Ridge from Windigo, but Torpified reads it (as do I) that you're planning to hike the Greenstone instead. South Desor is on the Greenstone, and there isn't an easy way between South and North Desor. In...
by dcclark
Tue May 18, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Transportation to/from Hancock to Copper Harbor
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: Transportation to/from Hancock to Copper Harbor

I've been told that Lyft (and possibly Uber) are active in the Copper Country, although I haven't confirmed that myself. However, cell service can be hard to come by in Copper Harbor, and there probably aren't too many drivers in the area...
by dcclark
Wed May 12, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Venture crew group trip
Replies: 26
Views: 3524

Re: Venture crew group trip

Yes, the National Geographic map is quite good and costs little for the quality you get.
by dcclark
Wed May 12, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Question - camping 4 nights
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Itinerary Question - camping 4 nights

Welcome! Something I always say to new Isle Royale visitors is: You'll be back! And in this case, I think you should embrace that idea, because I don't see a good way to visit all three of those sites with your schedule. The seaplane is susceptible to delays, so you may or may not take off at 2 pm. ...
by dcclark
Thu May 06, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Moskey Basin to RH Lighthouse
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Moskey Basin to RH Lighthouse

Nope. It's quite a tangled maze of swamps and underbrush through there -- I tried to bushwhack just a few miles around the end of the basin and had to turn back. Edit: Here's the full story (with some photos). Starts about halfway down the page: https://blog.dcclark.net/2019/06/isle-royale-2019-day-...
by dcclark
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Family backpack August 2022
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Family backpack August 2022

That's a nice itinerary, and it sounds like you can handle the distances just fine. My only concern is that you'll be on the move constantly. I'd encourage you to plan a zero day, for several reasons: 1. You can pick a favorite spot to stay for an extra day, enjoy and explore. McCargoe Cove is a goo...
by dcclark
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Backpacking knife
Replies: 16
Views: 2028

Re: Backpacking knife

I don't remember when I learned about fuzz sticks, but it was a long time ago, but I didn't have a name for them. I also definitely don't make them as well as the guy in that video! A few years ago my father in law gave me a copy of a delightful book from the early 1970's called "On your own in...
by dcclark
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Backpacking knife
Replies: 16
Views: 2028

Re: Backpacking knife

Thanks, all -- this has been very helpful. The Gerber LST looks like a perfect fit for me (and the price is right) so I've ordered one.

I forgot to mention that, while I did love my old Swiss Army knife, I hate its thumbnail notch with a fiery burning passion. So, no more of those for me!
by dcclark
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Backpacking knife
Replies: 16
Views: 2028

Backpacking knife

Not specific to Isle Royale, but my trusty old Swiss Army knife finally gave up the ghost, so now I'm in the market for a knife to take on backpacking trips. I'm hoping you all can give me some suggestions. I'm looking to simplify down to just a blade. I rarely used any part of the Swiss Army knife ...
by dcclark
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: [Info] Cross-Country Camping Zones
Replies: 33
Views: 42229

Re: [Info] Cross-Country Camping Zones

In other news, what can I do, as a first-timer, to make the most convincing case to the rangers that my partner and I are prepared enough to XC-camp in Zone 12? You'd want to be able to tell them that you already have experience cross-country camping, and be able to say where, when, and for how lon...
by dcclark
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 7-Day Island Crossing
Replies: 5
Views: 703

Re: 7-Day Island Crossing

What sort of hiking and backpacking experience does your crew have? Where have they hiked? It depends on your answers, but in general I would not count on averaging 12 miles per day. That's pushing it a lot on rugged terrain, and doesn't leave you with a lot of wiggle room in case of weather or inju...