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by Bobcat1
Mon Jul 18, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: History
Topic: Does 47 Years Ago Qualify as History?
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

Re: Does 47 Years Ago Qualify as History?

The "unknown location" slide above looks like Duncan Narrows - did you get there in your travels?
by Bobcat1
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Zero day options: Todd Harbor or McCargo Cove and Why
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Zero day options: Todd Harbor or McCargo Cover and Why

SLD-TH, while not overly difficult, is a pretty lengthy chunk of hiking, so I am assuming you are aware of that and ready for that. If it were me, I would take the zero at Todd Harbor, because of the much lower number of other hikers. McCargoe Cove seems to be a lively place in recent years, and oft...
by Bobcat1
Sat Jul 09, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]
Replies: 28
Views: 1287

Re: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]

The time I was in Rock Harbor for three nights injured, people arrived at 7am from 3-mile to bag a shelter. Another time, when I was windbound in RH and meticulously following the rules, I left my kayak (full of most of my gear) on the public canoe rack behind the ranger station and walked to 3-mile...
by Bobcat1
Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Lake Richie algae bloom
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Lake Richie algae bloom

Ok, now I am curious. What will happen to the GRT traffic if blooms start happening at critical water sources along the way (Hatchet Lake for instance)? Will this effectively split the island”culture” in two as hikers have to carry two days worth of water, or hike extended distances between good wat...
by Bobcat1
Wed Jun 29, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Water Filtering
Replies: 17
Views: 1415

Re: Water Filtering

Tannic acid is soluble in water, so you get a 100-percent homogeneous solution(theoretically). A filter wouldn’t make much difference. Some chemical adsorption (activated charcoal, ion exchange media, etc) would be needed, which is how a home treatment system would typically work. I always like the ...
by Bobcat1
Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]
Replies: 28
Views: 1287

Re: TR: 6/18 - 6/25, 2022 [Paddling] [Inland lake loop]

Ya know, in southern New Zealand, there's an area known as Fiordland, that is breathtakingly beautiful. And it is a stunning tourist draw until the sandflies come out. Sandflies are the local variety of blackflies - bigger than gnats but still pretty small compared to houseflies or deerflies. And th...
by Bobcat1
Tue Jun 21, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/30-6/12, 2022 [Hiking] Minong Ridge Trail E>W
Replies: 20
Views: 1095

Re: TR: 5/30-6/12, 2022 [Hiking] Minong Ridge Trail E>W

"without the boardwalk one would have to wade through that swamp. " On previous maps, it looks like the trail skirted the northern edge of that swampy area, maybe avoiding the worst of it. It now appears to go straight across, reducing the total length and probably the route-finding diffic...
by Bobcat1
Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 5/30-6/12, 2022 [Hiking] Minong Ridge Trail E>W
Replies: 20
Views: 1095

Re: TR: 5/30-6/12, 2022 [Hiking] Minong Ridge Trail E>W

I appreciate the detailed trip report. I was particularly drawn in by a couple of your comments about trail improvements - for years the Minong (originally just a fire cut) was managed as a mostly-unimproved, minimally maintained trail, for the most adventurous and strong hikers. I'm not sure if tha...
by Bobcat1
Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:57 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Recommendations for Field Guides?
Replies: 2
Views: 1041

Re: Recommendations for Field Guides?

https://www.identicards.com/productcart/pc/Great-Lakes-Nature-Set-3-Pocket-Guides-p193670.htm?gclid=CjwKCAjwqauVBhBGEiwAXOepkUx0dLdEWEpxpCnxYN6QXnsubIIHF45NF8Jj5jXjzXvPhI9fSnVBuBoCtPsQAvD_BwE I use these folding card nature guides for general interest - what kind of tree, what was that bird, etc. Fo...
by Bobcat1
Fri Jun 03, 2022 7:25 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Ryan Island Views
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Ryan Island Views

I think you can see Ryan Island off in the distance from the Greenstone Ridge southwest of Chickenbone Junction, in clear weather. This would be roughly 3-4 miles uphill hike from McCargoe Cove, and the same downhill returning to your Basecamp.
by Bobcat1
Thu Jun 02, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary

And, if you find yourself struggling with the mileage, just head straight in on the Greenstone and substitute E. Chickenbone, to 3-mile. But I do like your route, and if your group is up to it, I am sure you will enjoy it!
by Bobcat1
Thu Jun 02, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Windigo to Rock Harbor Itinerary

That looks like a good first trip to Isle Royale! The first 6.6 miles to Island Mine is pretty easy, just a more-or-less steady climb up through forest. And Island Mine is pretty spacious campground, there will likely be room to fit a couple tents in, even if you need to share a site. I'm curious ab...
by Bobcat1
Wed Jun 01, 2022 2:49 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Unidentified white spot
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Unidentified white spot

The webcam caught a small animal (pine marten or squirrel maybe) carrying white object, stopping on rock, then jumping off rock and dropping white object. Presumably the critter picked up the tp from where some hiker left it nearby.
by Bobcat1
Tue May 31, 2022 1:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Windigo to RH via Minong and GRT, 5/22
Replies: 10
Views: 669

Re: Windigo to RH via Minong and GRT, 5/22

Thanks, Torp, for your usual entertaining report. Since I will be starting my trip in July with the Minong, I am grateful for the info. Note to self: consider a 10-ft pole to assist with the LTH-vicinity creek crossing if water levels are high........
by Bobcat1
Tue May 31, 2022 12:31 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Unidentified white spot
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Unidentified white spot

Rich, thanks for checking it out - cool to see the process at work, of connecting people and investigating via forums. Uncool that someone didn't pack out their TP.