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by DonNewcomb
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Caching food and gear in Rock Harbor before the Lodge opens??
Replies: 4
Views: 1209

Re: Caching food and gear in Rock Harbor before the Lodge opens??

Mailing is one option. Another, more expensive, way is to UPS the box to Voyageur and pay them to drop it off at a specific landing on a specific day.
by DonNewcomb
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Power Bank for Phones, GPS, Camera, etc
Replies: 5
Views: 4336

Re: Power Bank for Phones, GPS, Camera, etc

As mentioned, since recharging a battery is a lossy process, it's better to use devices with removable batteries and carry spares than to carry a recharger.
by DonNewcomb
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: cell phone coverage?
Replies: 15
Views: 8840

Re: cell phone coverage?

I'm curious if and how AT&T's sunsetting of 2G service will affect Isle Royale? Will they make an exception for their long-range GSM service in UP? Is their 3G/4G service up to the job?
by DonNewcomb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Mail drop to Windigo
Replies: 3
Views: 2175

Re: Mail drop to Windigo

It costs more but you can also UPS a box to Voyager II and have them deliver it on a specific day.
by DonNewcomb
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Dumb question
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Re: Dumb question

"Trail" and "Backcountry Permit" are mutually exclusive concepts. If you are on a trail, you must camp in designated campsites. If you are using a Backcountry Permit to camp in outside of campsites you must be off the trail. They are also extremely restrictive about your schedule when you use a Back...
by DonNewcomb
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: LeConte Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

Re: LeConte Lodge

You wouldn't recognize the area outside the park today. Pigeon Forge is a mess. One continuous strip mall with one cheesy tourist trap after another. It beggars description. Probably all because of Dollywood. Gatlinburg is more controlled, better regulated but still overgrown. When we left for the l...
by DonNewcomb
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: LeConte Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

LeConte Lodge

Monday of last week, my brother and I hiked up to the LeConte Lodge in Smoky Mountains NP, outside of Gatlinburg, TN and stayed a couple of nights. One summer in the early '60s our family had rented horses and ridden up there during a vacation but didn't stay overnight. It was quite treat to be able...
by DonNewcomb
Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition
Replies: 18
Views: 6560

Re: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2016 Edition

I have not decided what to do with the whole $6. I ended up buying a pair of boots from the website. Even though they were shipped from Georgia, I had to pay $15 to mail them to the REI return center in WA. So, I decided to wait until I was at an REI store to try boots. The $6 dividend was applied ...
by DonNewcomb
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Coffee On The Isle
Replies: 13
Views: 6773

Re: Coffee On The Isle

A friend of mine just came back from Korea and gave me some Korean coffee instant packs. It's a bit sweeter than I like (I'm already sweet enough), but it's damn tasty:..... I was given a bunch of Vietnamese "G7" brand instant coffee packs. They come pre-whitened not bad but pretty eye-opening. Pro...
by DonNewcomb
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Looking for 2 person UL tent
Replies: 9
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

UL and freestanding are conflicting concepts.
by DonNewcomb
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Jetfoil fuel/Windigo after Sept. Close
Replies: 7
Views: 2310

Re: Jetfoil fuel/Windigo after Sept. Close

Solo311 + wrote:Yes, I did mean Jetfoil fuel................ :roll:
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by DonNewcomb
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Fleece a major source of plastic pollution
Replies: 7
Views: 2446

Re: Fleece a major source of plastic pollution

This is just one source of microplastics in the environment. One of the most egregious are the micro-beads used in cosmetics and soaps.
by DonNewcomb
Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Therm-a-Rest Mattresses
Replies: 14
Views: 3960

Re: Therm-a-Rest Mattresses

I've been known to carry a piece of reflective bubble insulation as an extra layer under my mattress.
by DonNewcomb
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Web Board & Web Site
Topic: Ways to improve the forums...
Replies: 28
Views: 7889

Re: Ways to improve the forums...

fonixmunkee wrote:After some research, it appears this is part of the software and cannot be removed. Sorry!
Well, thanks for looking into it. Not like it's a show-stopper or anything like it.
by DonNewcomb
Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Web Board & Web Site
Topic: Ways to improve the forums...
Replies: 28
Views: 7889

Re: Ways to improve the forums...

Is there a way to get rid of the pop-up that opens with you click, "Mark topics as read"? It's really unnecessary and closing it is a nuisance. Are you referring to the confirmation box that says "all forums have been marked as read?" Yes. It's a nuisance that serves no real purpose. Wouldn't be a ...