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by Tom
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale talk at MM Spring Expo 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Isle Royale talk at MM Spring Expo 2019

Awesome! I'm scheduled to be out of town that weekend, but if schedules change I'll be sure to drop by.
For those that have never been, the Midwest Mountaineering Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo is a great place to connect with like minded folk. The talks are all free.
by Tom
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishable Lakes Chart
Replies: 13
Views: 2057

Re: Fishable Lakes Chart

Wood = Northern Pike. Lots of northern. In fact, we kept catching so many (and of good size) that I'd start to wonder if any bait fish survive beyond a minnow. As Midwest Ed notes, you can cast right from shore at the neck between Wood and Siskiwit (right by camp) and reel them in. I've also had goo...
by Tom
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Family trip planning
Replies: 26
Views: 665

Re: Family trip planning

How long would you estimate it would take to get from Windigo to Beaver Island (which sounds like a great idea) by kayak with low-medium average strength kayakers? It's under a mile, so even with a light headwind I would think 30 minutes would be the longest it would take. Are there ever microbes (...
by Tom
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your dividend on? 2019 super special edition
Replies: 13
Views: 543

Re: What are you spending your dividend on? 2019 super special edition

2. One of these years I'm going to use the dividend to subsidize me a new tent. There's a 7 yr old Big Agnes Fly Creek 1 I've been using for my solo trips. Despite mild fraying, it's still got some life in it. Its fantasy successor will weightless, free-standing, monsoon and blackfly plague-proof--...
by Tom
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Leaving canoes?
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Leaving canoes?

Not knowing where you are planning overnights, here are a couple thoughts: Portage to Lake Richie - It's a doozy. If you're not hung up on Chippewa, maybe taxi to Moskey. While the portage is longer, I think it would be easier. Sargent Lake - What's your approach? Depending on your water route, I ma...
by Tom
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: MN wolf leaves IR
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: MN wolf leaves IR

Sit. I said sit. Now stay. Stay. Good wolf. :D
by Tom
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Day trip from Grand Portage
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Day trip from Grand Portage

If you send them an email, the kind folks (Capt Don, et al) from Grand Portage Isle Royale will get back to you in due time. They all have 'other jobs' in the off season. The best recommendation is to book the tickets as soon as you know you will be making the trip. Boats do fill up; it's a bit of g...
by Tom
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Two nights at Moskey or Daisy Farm?
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: Two nights at Moskey or Daisy Farm?

I'd second the vote for Daisy, in this case. Moskey is wonderful, of course, but after that first day it's more of a 'set back and relax' camp that might not appeal to the young one. It is, however, the only place I've ever swam with otters. Not intentionally, of course, but they didn't seem to mind...
by Tom
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]
Replies: 15
Views: 811

Re: Feedback on 9 Day Backpacking/Paddle Itinerary [updated]

*Thoughts on staying at W. Chickenbone vs. McCargoe Cove? McCargoe Cove offers the opportunity for shelters, a community fire pit, a dock for easy water filtering, and the mines about a mile away to explore. W. Chickenbone offers better fishing opportunities from shore. I personally like McCargoe C...
by Tom
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: Government Shutdown

While it's an exercise of wild speculation, I know there has been precedent for some very early season trips of the Voyageur II to beat the rangers being posted at Windigo, and so the rule was to "permit yourself." Not sure what that means for the latest fee collection, but everything is in good fai...
by Tom
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Work boots as hiking boots?
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Work boots as hiking boots?

Welcome to the forum! I have both traditional work boots (Red Wings) and hiking boots (Asolos) and I wouldn't consider bringing the work boots on a backpacking trip. As johnhens notes, it's mostly about the tread - When I'm wearing weight on my back and walking on uneven, muddy, or scree terrain, I ...
by Tom
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Input/Feedback Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 807

Re: Input/Feedback Needed!

Are there known areas in IR where beacons, or other locator devices are not known to work? At the bottom of Siskiwit Lake? :P Honestly, like all communication threads, "it depends" comes into play. I can't say I've heard of any 'well known' issues on IR, but I think much of that is because between ...
by Tom
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Input/Feedback Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 807

Re: Input/Feedback Needed!

Welcome to the forum! My first gut reaction would be to reverse the route - That allows you to hike to Lane Cove on Day 1 (in July you will have plenty of daylight) and take your trip from there; leaving the N. Desor leg near the end. (It's a long stretch, so nicer to have your trail legs and a litt...
by Tom
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 13
Views: 1245

2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Welcome to the 2019 Trip Log! Once finalized as best as possible, post your itinerary, and then look around the list at who may else be enjoying a trip at the same time. It's a great opportunity to make new friends on the isle. If you have questions or want feedback on your planned trip, consider po...
by Tom
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 3175

Re: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018

Sadly, we've received a request from the Park Service to stop putting the webcam up in the lighthouse This befuddles me. Sure, there is probably some small print somewhere in the government bureaucratic contract that precludes putting a camera on government property without some ridiculous approval...