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by DonNewcomb
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Houghton Transportation...
Replies: 5
Views: 1937

Re: Houghton Transportation...

JavaHiker wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:31 pm
Sounds like an unexplored economic opportunity for the non-traditionally retired… :wink:
Might be significant demand in the summer.
by DonNewcomb
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Drop off
Replies: 14
Views: 3262

Re: Drop off

You have a couple of options: ..... 2) Make arrangements with the folks that run the Voyageur II and have them deliver the package in Windido (basically the same option as #1, but without the use of USPS). The downside of both options is that you have to be at the dock when the package arrives by b...
by DonNewcomb
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: A couple quick questions (toilet paper and showers)
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: A couple quick questions (toilet paper and showers)

Yes, from my research I have found you can in fact store gear (no fuel) at Rock harbor. There are not lockers available, but they do offer a storage for a fee..... We stored a suitcase at the RH Lodge office while we hiked for 9 days and picked it up when we checked into the Lodge for the last nigh...
by DonNewcomb
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?
Replies: 13
Views: 5478

Re: First time back country camper. What to bring to Isle Royale?

I didn't notice a sleeping pad or rainwear on your list. As others have mentioned, MREs are heavy because the RE part means "ready to eat". When you pack MRSs you're packing a lot of water. P.S. If you do bring MREs, you should probably break them down first to get rid of a lot of the packaging. The...
by DonNewcomb
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Arrival, Ranger III and other questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Arrival, Ranger III and other questions

We got our backcountry permit from the ranger on the boat. However, he was more interested in entertaining the visitors and just signed what we gave him, which said that we'd be in certain zones during our 10-day stay. Only at the end of the trip was over did we learn that backcountry permits are su...
by DonNewcomb
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: A couple quick questions (toilet paper and showers)
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: A couple quick questions (toilet paper and showers)

I've used the shower at Windigo but not at Rock Harbor. The shower at Windigo was hot and quick. Plenty of time if you're used to taking navy showers. They didn't include soap or towel and I didn't ask because I carry a pack towel and liquid camping soap. I can't imagine you're really planning on ca...
by DonNewcomb
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Campground in Grand Portage
Replies: 29
Views: 6704

Re: Campground in Grand Portage

My understanding is that the reservation tried to have a tower (one that they would own) installed, but the big companies don't want to share the revenue that is generated by such a tower. A tower, they can own, and lease space to the wireless companies. If they were thinking of their own cellular ...
by DonNewcomb
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments
Replies: 15
Views: 4801

Re: Travel Size Food, Spreads, Condiments

As a make your own, I've found these indispensable: https://www.rei.com/product/696007/coghlans-squeeze-tubes-package-of-2. I fill one with PB and the other with Nutella, and place in a zip lock bag with tortillas and a small bottle of honey (or mix in the same tube). These are always packed in a s...
by DonNewcomb
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Campground in Grand Portage
Replies: 29
Views: 6704

Re: Campground in Grand Portage

In Sept. 2016, the Grand Portage Casino told me that the recently installed cell service in Grand Portage is AT&T. My T-Mobile phone did not work, and would not roam to AT&T. "Recently installed" would explain why Grand Portage is shown on AT&T's maps but crowd-sourced maps like Sensorly and RootMe...
by DonNewcomb
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Campground in Grand Portage
Replies: 29
Views: 6704

Cell service in Grand Portage?

Mostly out of curiosity, do any cellular phone companies cover Grand Portage? I've looked at AT&T's maps that claim to but then I've seen other maps that say, not. Verizon does not claim to cover Grand Portage? Does your phone stop working when you get there?
by DonNewcomb
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water shoes for lakes?
Replies: 8
Views: 3116

Re: Water shoes for lakes?

Thanks for all the replies - that really helps in deciding water shoes vs. flip flops for campsites. For me, it's a trade-off between weight and function. Flip-flops (a.k.a. slaps) are light weight but almost non-functional. Crocs weigh about 8 oz but can function as camp shoes and water shoes for ...
by DonNewcomb
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: cell phone coverage?
Replies: 15
Views: 8837

Re: cell phone coverage?

I have never taken my phone over. My view of it is that by having a phone I have gone a long long way to still be tethered to the world. Feels better to me to break that tether while I'm there. Which is all well and good until something goes terribly wrong. I feel that leaving a means of emergency ...
by DonNewcomb
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: cell phone coverage?
Replies: 15
Views: 8837

Re: cell phone coverage?

Of course, it all depends on what carrier you have. AT&T and Verizon are the only carriers that serve the area. Sprint roams Verizon, last I heard. and T-Mobile roamed AT&T when I was there. You might also be able to get a signal from the Canadian carriers in Thunder Bay. I used a GSM flip phone wit...
by DonNewcomb
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: What am I forgetting
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: What am I forgetting

One thing I've carried when planning to sleep in shelters is a large pack of soft earplugs. I pass them out to anyone who wants them with apologizes for my snoring.
by DonNewcomb
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Store Supplies at Rock Harbor or Windigo
Replies: 9
Views: 3447

Re: Store Supplies at Rock Harbor or Windigo

You might also want to ask the ranger. People departing, particularly by plane, often leave their partially-used fuel canisters with the ranger for reuse.