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by torpified
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Worlds Oldest Loon couple return to the UP
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: Worlds Oldest Loon couple return to the UP

Thanks for passing this along! I'll think of ABJ and Fe (or, as I think of her, IronHen) whenever I drive through Seney.
by torpified
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone
Replies: 18
Views: 1778

Re: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone

Papua New Guinea is a long story, but here's a Wikipedia article about the trail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapa_Kapa_Trail From Wikipedia: "Because the track is very steep, difficult, and unimproved, it has been hiked by very few non-native individuals." So, yeah, I'm one of the few. The trail...
by torpified
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone
Replies: 18
Views: 1778

Re: TR: 7/12-7/24 2019 End to end loop, Rock-Windigo Minong, Windigo-Rock Greenstone

These are awesome! I've watched 2. I self-identify as more of a words person than a video person, but in these unusual times, I'm trying to be more open-minded. In this case, it's paid off. The pacing, narration, and footage make me feel like I'm back on Isle Royale. This is a very welcome feeling. ...
by torpified
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Artist in Residence
Replies: 16
Views: 1490

Re: Artist in Residence

shoot, Chief, if I were on the AIR jury, I'd have chosen you too. I can't imagine there were other applicants who better grasped the spirit of the place. Also, FWIW, I've relished eavesdropping while you and Midwest Ed jawed about the old days! (And could you have crossed paths, in the 70s, at the L...
by torpified
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Summer Wanderlust
Replies: 5
Views: 663

Re: Summer Wanderlust

that sounds like a terrific trip, kolo! If you liked Acadia, and want to see even more Canadian moose *in Canada*, next time you're in the neighborhood, keep going north and east, toward Cape Breton Island (reachable by causeway), Nova Scotia. It's the only place I've ever been that made IR seem moo...
by torpified
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time trip in July 5 nights itinerary help pls
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: First time trip in July 5 nights pls help!

You can't go wrong with a basic plan like: 3Mile-Moskey-McCargo-DaisyFarm-RockHarbor. Possible variations abound, and keep in mind the RH area rewards exploration (NB there's a one night limit at the RH CG.) Check out itinerary suggestions in other threads in this forum for more, and more detailed, ...
by torpified
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: What are you spending your REI dividend on? 2020 edition
Replies: 12
Views: 1180

WHERE are you spending your REI dividend?

Through March 27 at least, not *in* the stores. Their online operations continue, with facilities added to deal with questions that would otherwise be asked in-store. They're paying their employees during this closure.

https://www.rei.com/blog/news/eric-artz ... l-march-27
by torpified
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water Bladder repair in field?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Water Bladder repair in field?

I wonder if the kind of patch that comes with a therma-rest type air mattress would do the trick?
by torpified
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Berries
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Berries

I for one have always been miffed that there aren't Juneberries in June. Whatever happened to truth in advertising?
by torpified
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: 1 person tent (from REI topic)
Replies: 12
Views: 1498

Re: 1 person tent (from REI topic)

thanks, all! It's nice to have options. I'll report back on how this drama turns out. (Last year I went into REI intending to convert my dividend into a tent, and emerged with a sackful of new darn tough socks instead . . ..)
by torpified
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Greenstone Trip Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: Greenstone Trip Advice

There's a lot to choose from, and it's all good! If you do decide to cross the island: Unless there's a reason to go from Windigo to RH, you might consider traveling in the other direction. That way, when you get to the Minong/Greenstone choice point near west chickenbone, you'll have some informati...
by torpified
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary questions in mid july
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: Itinerary questions in mid july

I think that's a great plan! The warmup backpack means you'll visit cool places you're bypassing on the Greenstone leg, in order to get to other cool places, like Lane Cove. The warmup backpack can also serve as a bit of a shake down cruise for fine-tuning gear. (It's not unusual to realize you've p...
by torpified
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: 1 person tent (from REI topic)
Replies: 12
Views: 1498

Re: 1 person tent (from REI topic)

Thanks for the tarptent lead! I've thought about those, but have two hangups: 1. They're not free standing, so it seems like you have to stake them out really well to get a taut pitch. A fair bit of my camping is in really rocky surrounds that make planting stakes a challenge. 2. Even if I could get...
by torpified
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: History
Topic: Isle Royale Visitor Statistics 1940-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Re: Isle Royale Visitor Statistics 1940-2019

the numbers oscillate a lot --- huge jumps around 1985 and 2015, for instance. Maybe it's time for a predator-prey-tourist cycle study?
by torpified
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Isle Royale wolves at Uof M
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: Isle Royale wolves at Uof M

Aarrghhh --- I'm not in Ann Arbor this year. I'm going to prevail upon the housesitter to go. Thanks for the heads up!