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by Bobcat1
Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:15 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Winter read
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: Winter read

I’ve read a few books out of the “help yourself” bin at Daisy Farm. I think that’s where a tattered paperback copy of “The Hobbit” came from.
by Bobcat1
Sat Nov 25, 2023 2:57 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 2024 trip- Wolves
Replies: 10
Views: 4083

Re: 2024 trip- Wolves

About bikes, I have friends who do long bike tours, and go from Copper Harbor to Grand Portage via the ferry hop using Rock Harbor as an overnight. They are not riding on Isle Royale. This lets them do a long-ish tour with less backtracking, but not crossing into Canada.
by Bobcat1
Fri Nov 24, 2023 11:46 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trip Planning: Itinerary Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1800

Re: Trip Planning: Itinerary Help

Another way to extend your time on the Island is to take the IR Queen from Copper Harbor. Gets you two additional half days, one at each end just because of the timing and speed of crossing.
by Bobcat1
Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:03 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trip Planning: Itinerary Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1800

Re: Trip Planning: Itinerary Help

If you’re planning your last night in Rock Harbour anyway, know that it is very common to hike in from 3-mile quite early in the day(7am is not unusual, before noon is typical). Set up your campsite or shelter, and then spend the day hiking Scoville Point, canoeing Tobin Harbor, taking the day’s MVS...
by Bobcat1
Fri Nov 17, 2023 1:20 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Big news for grand portage outbound ferries...
Replies: 11
Views: 3426

Re: Big news for grand portage outbound ferries...

Yay! Much needed as the old dock at Hat Point marina was in rough shape.
by Bobcat1
Sat Nov 11, 2023 11:58 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Aurora on the ridge webcam
Replies: 5
Views: 1681

Re: Aurora on the ridge webcam

It’s an 11-year cycle for solar activity, which causes auroras. We are on the upswing of the cycle, heading toward peak activity estimated in 2024-2025. Enjoy the activity while it’s high!
by Bobcat1
Sun Nov 05, 2023 5:16 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 2024 trip- Wolves
Replies: 10
Views: 4083

Re: 2024 trip- Wolves

Isle Royale is a really different place than Yellowstone. Almost all of the land parts of IsRo are densely forested so there are rarely open views of the type I experienced at Yellowstone such as looking across the LaMar valley. But there are chances to sit on a shoreline and scan the opposite shore...
by Bobcat1
Fri Nov 03, 2023 10:44 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Am I Crazy? Swim across Tobin Harbor as short cut?
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Re: Am I Crazy? Swim across Tobin Harbor as short cut?

Some years, the MV Sandy runs an early morning hiker special out to the Hidden Lake dock several days each week. Check the Greenstone as soon as it comes out for the year you’re planning for.
by Bobcat1
Sun Oct 29, 2023 3:56 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: A comprehensive question
Replies: 25
Views: 4052

Re: A comprehensive question

A hike majeur? I think “fait accompli” would also apply, once you’ve done it.
by Bobcat1
Sat Oct 28, 2023 5:34 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: How often to Sandy tours at Rock Harbor sell out?
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: How often to Sandy tours at Rock Harbor sell out?

As soon as you arrive at Rock Harbor, go to the lodge office and sign up in in a notebook they keep. Actually, it may be more likely that an excursion is cancelled for lack of people than that it is sold out. The one time I did a tour (Passage Island), it was pretty full.
by Bobcat1
Thu Oct 26, 2023 11:40 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: A comprehensive question
Replies: 25
Views: 4052

Re: A comprehensive question

Isle Royale’s configuration does not really lend itself to my definition of a through-hike. My definition is something along the lines of: start someplace at a well-defined start, eventually end someplace else at a well-defined end, and the hike is long enough so that the hiking itself becomes a lif...
by Bobcat1
Mon Jul 03, 2023 9:30 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: A comprehensive question
Replies: 25
Views: 4052

Re: A comprehensive question

Do you have a packraft? Thinking Raspberry Island, Mott Island, and there is a well-used but maybe unofficial trail on Amygdaloid Island. In setting your own goals, do you have to carry that packraft (+pfd and paddle) the whole trip? Passage Island is a regular excursion of the MV-Sandy. Fun project...
by Bobcat1
Tue Jun 20, 2023 8:25 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Returning to IR, by seaplane?
Replies: 5
Views: 1686

Re: Returning to IR, by seaplane?

If you have a firm date where you have to be home, make sure you leave an extra day in case of flight delays on the seaplane. Or, you could take the seaplane out to the Rock and then come home on the RangerIII which seems to be the least likely mode of transportation to have a trip delayed significa...
by Bobcat1
Tue Jun 06, 2023 12:01 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Pre-Taping Feet?
Replies: 5
Views: 1735

Re: Pre-Taping Feet?

By all means, pre-tape areas you know are trouble spots. You can even paint up the area with tincture of benzoin which acts as a primer and makes the tape stick better and longer. Carry an alcohol wipe or two to clean off the benzoin after you remove the tape....
by Bobcat1
Tue Jun 06, 2023 11:56 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Random thoughts and questions
Replies: 19
Views: 2759

Re: Random thoughts and questions

RE: the waterfall, is this between Feldtmann Lake and Windigo? Or in one of the ridge drop-offs between Feldtmann Lake and Siskiwit Bay? I recall a beautiful shady spot and a creek with a waterfall, in a ravine along the trail to Siskiwit Bay that noone seems to ever mention as a reliable water sour...