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by jrwiesz
Mon May 16, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trails could be tough in Spring
Replies: 27
Views: 3577

Re: Trails could be tough in Spring

I don't ever recall the sound of chainsaws; I did see handsaws in use for trail blockers, ie. shrubs and blow downs. I always hiked in Aug-Sept, never at a park opening time frame; I would think it most likely, that they would use chainsaws for the winter blow downs, and early season clean-up, just ...
by jrwiesz
Sun May 15, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Water Taxi
Replies: 8
Views: 1895

Re: Water Taxi

tward wrote:The problem is, is that we would still need to get stove fuel. You can't take it on the plane.
Take the boat. :shock:
by jrwiesz
Sun May 15, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: July at Windigo
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Re: July at Windigo

There are limits to length of stay at each camp as I recall. During that July period, I don't believe one can stay at Windigo for a week, without moving to other camps every other day. Others here may know the exact times of stay permitted, but off hand, I recall the limit may only be two days at Wi...
by jrwiesz
Mon May 09, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Semi-Experienced Backpackers, Itinerary Help
Replies: 9
Views: 1662

Re: Semi-Experienced Backpackers, Itinerary Help

Just one comment to add to the wonderful suggestions you have already received. Never rule out the weather in any of your plans. Whether it is the "flights", to and from the Isle, or on the Isle. The weather - "The Lady" - controls ones' itinerary. Enjoy the trip, be flexible, you can't go wrong, an...
by jrwiesz
Mon May 09, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Inexpensive and Good Gear??
Replies: 5
Views: 2396

Re: Inexpensive and Good Gear??

Well, if you make your own gear, try reading Ray Jardines' "Beyond Backpacking". In the last section of the book is a do-it yourself chapter. Make your own tarp, pack, quilt, stuff sacks, gravity filter, etc. All of his gear has the "keep it light and cheap" mentality. His ideas/consultations about ...
by jrwiesz
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: trekking poles, rain gear for May-June trip
Replies: 6
Views: 1996

Re: trekking poles, rain gear for May-June trip

I use my poles for my tent or tarp set-up; they are also, beneficial to/during the hike, IMHO. Frog-togs and similar types are relatively lightweight, inexpensive. Usually, if I'm hiking in rain, I don't wear the rain gear, only in camp. I always skip the pack cover(my pack is waterproof). It's alwa...
by jrwiesz
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelter Graffiti
Replies: 34
Views: 6804

Re: Shelter Graffiti

I must say that I love and look forward to viewing the artwork that is found in shelters along the way...It saddens me to observe how some of you take offense to the graffiti...I'd love to see more artwork if anyone has some to share. Perhaps, you should donate to the "artist in residency" program....
by jrwiesz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: New Boots (Pains)
Replies: 12
Views: 4127

Re: New Boots (Pains)

Scotty, My initial thoughts were, that you possibly over-tightened those boots over the instep. Ray Jardine(Backpacking Light) is quoted, that a pound on your feet equals 5 lbs. on your back. Those boots you mentioned weight 3.1 lbs! A majority of todays' hikers have gone over to trail runners, myse...
by jrwiesz
Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: New Park Regulations for Food Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 11306

Re: New Park Regulations for Food Storage

Nothing on the official web site, as of this posting, that I noticed.

http://www.nps.gov/isro/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm

Please, keep us updated with the continuing developments. :)
by jrwiesz
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Other National Park Forums
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Other National Park Forums

This site is not necessarily a "national parks" web site, but a site of Appalachian trail enthusiasts.

http://www.whiteblaze.net/

A lot of useful info related to hiking and the AT. :)
by jrwiesz
Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: Favorite Freeze Dried Flavor
Replies: 26
Views: 8029

Re: Favorite Freeze Dried Flavor

Mary Janes Farm #1 organic

1) Black bean and Corn Chowder
2) Lentil Bisque

I add my own venison summer sausage or pepper stick to the mix. :)
by jrwiesz
Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishing IR
Replies: 7
Views: 1828

Re: Fishing IR

I think the possibility of having the taxi reserved and waiting to go when you arrive, should most likely be directed to those that run the service. Try and contact them? You're right about the "more work", and "time to fish?". My thoughts are that, it may be a lot of paddling and not too much fishi...
by jrwiesz
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails and Water Routes
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails and Water Routes

The new(fourth) edition of Jim DuFresne' book is available through Jims' website and various other vendors. Check out Jims' site at: http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/ Or the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association site at: http://www.irkpa.org/ I happened to hike, on my 2009 visit to the park, wi...