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by Tom
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Best stove for new backpacker
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: Best stove for new backpacker

I agree with Bobcat1, if it's your first stove, a simple canister model will serve you well on Isle Royale. They are easy to set up and light, and can be used for both heating water, or the occasional pan cooking. Not a huge fan of the MSR series that has one heck of a hot spot; SnowPeak makes some ...
by Tom
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Places to get equipment?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Places to get equipment?

It depends on where you live. Some cities have outdoor stores (or parts of them) that dedicate themselves to reuse, where you might get a slightly used item for a great price. Then there are discount/liquidator websites, like Sierra, Campsaver Outlet, and REI Outlet. Footwear and backpacks are proba...
by Tom
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Family trip planning
Replies: 37
Views: 2442

Re: Family trip planning

We did not go for a swim; I was too concerned about the tapeworm risk. Just to clarify for those that might wonder, the tapeworm found on Isle Royale (which transfers between moose and wolves, and humans would be considered "aberrant intermediate hosts") is an ingestion risk. The eggs would be foun...
by Tom
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Handing mail to Voyageur ll?
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Handing mail to Voyageur ll?

While I can't say if they are obligated to do it, I've certainly seen them take mail from folks standing on docks before... perhaps just because the crew are really nice folks and it's not a huge imposition to just put the mail in the bag after they embark or disembark passengers and gear. The stand...
by Tom
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2 Night Backpacking Trip - Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: 2 Night Backpacking Trip - Help!

Welcome to the forum! Two nights makes for a pretty tight itinerary, but there are a couple options. Here are a few, listed from most extreme/difficult to easy: -Hike the Feldtman Loop. Your first day is from Windigo to Siskiwit, day two is Siskiwit to Feldtman, and day three is Feldtman back to Win...
by Tom
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/22-6/27 2019 : Greenstone Trail RH to Windigo (3MC-WCB-HL-SLD-WC)
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: TR: 6/22-6/27 2019 : Greenstone Trail RH to Windigo (3MC-WCB-HL-SLD-WC)

Thanks for the TR! Awesome you got to see plenty of moose - some trips are like that! Also, in the cabin they have two copies of the Isle Royale Manual from some guy who has been there a lot, it has all sorts of interesting information, definitely peruse it to get excited about your trip, learn fun ...
by Tom
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Blisters
Replies: 13
Views: 1088

Re: Blisters

Like others note, prevention is key, and liner socks do wonders for me.
If you do get a blister that's rough though, I reach for the leukotape or even Tegaderm.
by Tom
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Landing a kayak at Chipp. Harbor?
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Landing a kayak at Chipp. Harbor?

The dock faces pretty much south, and is a "T" configuration. You'll want to approach from the East (toward the big lake) and come in just on the right of the shrubs. (Just out of view on the left in this picture.) IsleRoyale-1000470.jpg I was there a just over a week ago; the water is up but the la...
by Tom
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Bugs and best weather reports
Replies: 5
Views: 895

Re: Bugs and best weather reports

Welcome to the forum! Yes, "bug dope" is the generic term for insect repellent of your choice. I personally use a cream based lotion since it travels well in a backpack, and can be applied in a very targeted manner. A headnet is also a good safety item, but I've only used them while in camp. I retur...
by Tom
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: More on the Black Wolf found dead
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: More on the Black Wolf found dead

Talked with Rolf on the boat yesterday as the Voyageur II sailed the south shore to Windigo. I had no idea that a black coat is genetic trait gained from mating with American domestic dogs a while back, and is a single gene. Turns out if a wolf holds both chromosomes, it will have a shorter than ave...
by Tom
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Status of flies and mosquitos now?
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Status of flies and mosquitos now?

Just returned yesterday. Mosquitos are out, but not horrible. The nights in the low to mid 40s really helped.
Didn't see a single black fly, but heard from someone they saw a couple. None-the-less, not a bad hatch, yet.
by Tom
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1054

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Thanks for the TR! Whenever I see those huge trees being felled by beavers, I can't but help but want to stop one and ask, "Now, exactly how to you plan to move that once it's down?" I also wonder if once the wolf population establishes, if this little beaver issue might go away... I also love when ...
by Tom
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Tobin Harbor access to Mt Franklin trail?
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Tobin Harbor access to Mt Franklin trail?

I'd say you have one of two ways to do it, depending on your wayfinding skills. The "can't get lost" route is to paddle to the Duncan Bay portage (nearly straight across from the Rock Harbor/Tobin docks) and hike the portage trail up to the Greenstone. That stretch of the Greenstone is very easy on ...
by Tom
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Input...
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Itinerary Input...

I like Itinerary 2 better than 1. No way I'd want to put in that last day, coming in to RH exhausted, only to find all the shelters full and then I spend the time setting up camp... even if there is running water.:-) I might even recommend trading McCargoe for Chippewa. Both equally beautiful, but C...
by Tom
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Picnic Tables in Group Sites?
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Picnic Tables in Group Sites?

Yes. I checked a few campsite photos to confirm, but from all the group sites I recall, if the shelters and individual sites have them at that camp, so does the group site. Note, however, sometimes they may get shuffled around and not properly returned, so your results may vary or you may need to po...