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by Bobcat1
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Downtime activities at camp?
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Downtime activities at camp?

The thing to do at Isle Royale is to take your book, your chair, and most importantly your binoculars. Do some scanning around for interesting things to watch, be they boats, birds, moose or people. The docks are gathering places and people will always stop to talk.
by Bobcat1
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 7-Day Island Crossing
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: 7-Day Island Crossing

You could hike out as far as Hatchet Lake, take the cut-off trail, and take a different route back to Rock Harbor.
by Bobcat1
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Trekking pole tips?
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Trekking pole tips?

I once had an Appalachian Trail Conference trailrunner (trail employee who patrols the AT) stop and thank me for using rubber tips on my poles! If the carbide tips are not truly needed for safety, use the rubber tips. They do less damage to trails anywhere including Isle Royale.
by Bobcat1
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: sock debate
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: sock debate

My favorite brand for hiking sock has disappeared. I’m guessing they went out of business or morphed into another brand. Anyone know what happened to Bridgedale? Their socks dried faster than any other brand. I think they had the balance perfected between wool, nylon, and stretch fiber. Fortunately ...
by Bobcat1
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: sock debate
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: sock debate

I found sealskins to be very clammy inside. I wouldn’t wear them to hike in, because if the water’s less than ankle-deep my boots work ok and if it’s deeper the sealskins risk getting over their depth.
by Bobcat1
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Finally getting back!
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Finally getting back!

I hope you have a great trip!
by Bobcat1
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Lightweight, compact binoculars
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Lightweight, compact binoculars

I carry Nikon Trailblazer 8x24. They are pocket size and weigh 9 oz in a light soft case. Pocket size, waterproof, not too expensive. I use them a lot for all kinds of viewing, scouting, even a little stargazing. I’ve been quite happy with them.
by Bobcat1
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Salvador Dali does Isle Royale
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Salvador Dali does Isle Royale

😎
by Bobcat1
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Salvador Dali does Isle Royale
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Salvador Dali does Isle Royale

LOL. My guess is ice? The basic form (sky at the top, waterway in the middle, land at the bottom) is still there..........
by Bobcat1
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Minong Closed until June 15th
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Minong Closed until June 15th

Great! I'll be hiking it in August.
by Bobcat1
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

Seems like in the past couple years, the ranger briefings have changed a little. They now (2016 and 2019) say something like “shelters are first come, first served and shelters can hold six people.” They don’t say “one permit per shelter.”
by Bobcat1
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

There is one missing person from Isle Royale. Early 70’s, teenager split from a group of juvenile offenders on a group trip. But, he was positively identified n the mainland the next summer although he evaded custody. No one knows how he got off the island.
by Bobcat1
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

The AT is way different vibe. Staying at shelters is an extrovert’s thing. Shelters are communal. Barring bad weather, I generally choose to use my tent/tarp on the AT. At Isle Royale, the shelters are set up as individual campsites. Personally, in good weather with tent sites available, I would not...
by Bobcat1
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

My first trip to Isle Royale, one of those slow-moving cold fronts came through and it rained constantly for almost three days. Everyone we met on the Greenstone Ridge was headed for either Moskey or McCargoe to get in a shelter. Under those circumstances the shelter is not full until everyone who w...
by Bobcat1
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter sharing etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Shelter sharing etiquette

Good question. And an extension of that, if it’s raining early in the day, but supposed to stop, and there is an empty tent site almost right across the path, is it fair to ask someone to claim that tent site before you let them come into the shelter”just to get out of the rain for a while”? It had ...