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by Midwest Ed
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trailfinding/Navigation (August)
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Trailfinding/Navigation (August)

If you are not planning to leave the designated trails then you should not ever need a compass, but some people always carry one as an insurance item. A map is still good to have if for not other reason than for planning and setting expectations for the day. The National Geographic map is the most h...
by Midwest Ed
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: The Case of the Shrinking Moose
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: The Case of the Shrinking Moose

This article about a study of Isle Royale moose skeletons appeared in the latest issue of National Parks magazine: Spring 2018: The Case of the Shrinking Moose by Kate Siber From the above article: "For the past three decades, teams of five or six volunteers have paid for the privilege of thwacking...
by Midwest Ed
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Trail Tracking
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Re: Trail Tracking

Do any of you take a SPOT or similar device purely for security/peace of mind sake? I've used an InReach for 2 years now. I've also boated from Houghton to Isle Royale in a rather small 24 foot RIB and we carried a rented EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), rented because they were ...
by Midwest Ed
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Trail Tracking
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Re: Trail Tracking

I have the older (original) InReach. The battery life is excellent. I don't know about the new "mini". The GPS receiver is not as sensitive as it could be but I attribute that to the age of the technology. A heavy tree canopy or rain will sometimes block it as will the roof of my house. I would expe...
by Midwest Ed
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Future IR Adventure for Noobs
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

Re: Future IR Adventure for Noobs

I echo all the above remarks and will add, the disagreements on Isle Royale being rugged comes from mountaineers and rock climbers. A simple explanation is that the Isle Royale trails are not "technical". There are many areas that could be technical, mainly along north facing ridges, were one to hea...
by Midwest Ed
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: BUGS!
Replies: 19
Views: 3358

Re: BUGS!

This concentrate is much more economical. Dilute it 19 to 1 for the same 0.5% solution sold in the spray containers. I just put some mixed solution in a bucket and dump the clothes in. Make sure you wear latex or nitrile gloves. Don't get any solution on your skin and rinse thoroughly if you do. Ge...
by Midwest Ed
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Yesterday, on an MTU webcam, I saw the seaplane taxiing in the Portage canal close to where their dock is located.

This Detroit Free Press report has a good collection of pictures. So sad to read there have been fatalities due to this flooding.

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by Midwest Ed
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!
Replies: 19
Views: 2476

Re: First time to IR - a couple of questions. TIA!

Welcome to the forum. On day 7, if it happens to fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, there is a 9 am scheduled tour boat (M.V. Sandy) that goes to the Hidden Lake dock with a Ranger guide hike to Lookout Louise. You can walk back with no problems. It will save you some money unless you have 4 or more peo...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: 6/17/2018 Folks taking the Queen
Replies: 6
Views: 1180

Re: 6/17/2018 Folks taking the Queen

I think the seaplane dock access in Ripley might still in question. Their website offers no updates but this map shows all of the total and partial road closures thus far. State highway M26 shows as washed out on both sides of the seaplane dock. Walking is probably an option but you should call as t...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: BUGS!
Replies: 19
Views: 3358

Re: BUGS!

This concentrate is much more economical. Dilute it 19 to 1 for the same 0.5% solution sold in the spray containers. I just put some mixed solution in a bucket and dump the clothes in. Make sure you wear latex or nitrile gloves. Don't get any solution on your skin and rinse thoroughly if you do. Get...
by Midwest Ed
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

Per local facebook friends, Airport Road is also washed out (the uphill stretch coming out of Dollar Bay). Coal Dock Road is a possibility or just walk to Ripley from Hancock. It's not too far (less than a mile). Crossing the washout couldn't be worse than a beaver dam, I guess? Stay safe everyone....
by Midwest Ed
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Flash floods and washouts in Houghton/Hancock area

There is some terrible damage due to flash flooding in Houghton County. Fortunately it appears no loss of life or serious injuries. The Pilgrim River bridge on U.S. 41 is closed so Johnhen's earlier suggestion to cut west at Baraga on M38 to M26 is the way to go. Normally I would take county roads n...
by Midwest Ed
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP
Replies: 18
Views: 2196

Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Reading "hopefully wheels will turn quickly" when reading about the government doing something, made me laugh out loud :lol: :lol: I went to the Optimist Club that day :wink: . The more realistic part me is thinking fall 2019. The NPS has only approved the decision . Are we sure there won't be anot...
by Midwest Ed
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH
Replies: 15
Views: 1928

Re: TR 6/18: RH; CH-McCC-RH

There is a variety of speculation as to why the mining ceased. From climate change to catastrophic genocidal wars to the easy float copper running out. Maybe they had all the tools and dinnerware sets they needed. Be careful of your Google searches as there are some pseudo-scholars out there that pu...