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by backwoods doc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Coronavirus Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 653

Re: Coronavirus Discussion

Fingers crossed, restrictions will ease up in 8-12 weeks. We'll see.
by backwoods doc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Coronavirus Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 653

Re: Coronavirus Discussion

I think that being spread out over the least visited national park is an excellent social distancing strategy.
by backwoods doc
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys

The best advice I ever saw about camping with kids was to start off easy and go slow. Otherwise you risk making the whole experience miserable, and they may end up rejecting the idea altogether. This is a long-term investment: my son first went car camping as a baby, overnight backpacking when he wa...
by backwoods doc
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Ryan Island and Moose Boulder
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Ryan Island and Moose Boulder

I figured they rented a canoe in Rock Harbor when they took the water taxi down to Malone Bay, but couldn't figure out where they could find a ranger to "drive" them back to the lodge. Have some roads gone in lately?
by backwoods doc
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: New Stove
Replies: 12
Views: 625

Re: New Stove

I've been using a Coleman Peak 1 backpacking stove for the past six years. No problems. Not bad for about $20.
by backwoods doc
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake
Replies: 18
Views: 1809

Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

If I remember correctly, the wood planks are about a foot off the ground.
by backwoods doc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Toilet Paper
Replies: 14
Views: 1244

Re: Toilet Paper

Only the campgrounds along the shore/with docks have outhouses that are stocked with TP (though they can run out).
by backwoods doc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake
Replies: 18
Views: 1809

Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

The portage from Chippewa Harbor to Whittlesey isn't fun, but at least it's pretty short. The trail is filled with boulders that you need to snake around, while climbing and descending two small ridges -- not too much fun with a canoe on your shoulders. The Whittlesey to Wood Lake trail is mostly fl...
by backwoods doc
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: McCargoe Cove to Chickenbone Lake portage
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: McCargoe Cove to Chickenbone Lake portage

Thanks! So about how far is it from the dock to where we can put the canoe into Chickenbone Lake?
by backwoods doc
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: McCargoe Cove to Chickenbone Lake portage
Replies: 4
Views: 412

McCargoe Cove to Chickenbone Lake portage

Has anyone been on the McCargoe Cove to Chickenbone Lake portage recently? I'm wondering if it is possible to paddle to the end of the cove and up the creek to the portage trail, or if we would be better off just carrying our canoe from the McCargoe Cove dock.
by backwoods doc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Campground in Grand Portage
Replies: 29
Views: 7809

Re: Campground in Grand Portage

We stay at the Outpost Motel, about 10 minutes north of Grand Marais. Inexpensive (about $80 for a room with two twin beds), basic, and doesn't tend to fill up in the summer (but get a reservation).
by backwoods doc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Luxury item
Replies: 13
Views: 1210

Luxury item

Okay, we all share the goal of getting our gear to the least weight possible.

But if you could add one luxury item, weighing less than a pound or two, what would it be?

To start the ball rolling, mine is a Thermarest Trekker chair. 10 ounces of pure luxury for the backside.
by backwoods doc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: August Gear Suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: August Gear Suggestions

Natrapel is our favorite bug spray -- works well and isn't oily like DEET. Haven't had a need for permethrin. We bring rain pants for rain, walking through wet vegetation, and to serve as a back-up pair of pants if our pants get soaked. I bring a fleece -- nice for cool/cold mornings (can be in high...
by backwoods doc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: How much fuel to bring?
Replies: 12
Views: 5955

Re: How much fuel to bring?

My experience: a 7-day trip for two, boiling water/cooking pasta for 2 meals a day, plus frying fish once or twice, uses just over one 8 ounce isobutane/propane canister of fuel. Best rule I've heard on this: If you take one canister, you'll run out of fuel. If you take two, you won;t need the second.
by backwoods doc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe rental?
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Canoe rental?

Ditto on Bear Track Outfitters in Grand Marais. We just rented a 42# kevlar canoe from them last week. Heavenly on the portages. And they'll fix you up with everything you need to carry it on top of your vehicle. Another (less expensive) option is to rent a heavy aluminum canoe (over 90#?) at the Gr...