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in: Ricka; Ricka > 2019-09-08

Sep 9, 2019 3:09 AM # 
Well done! Go Dad!

And 3 moose!

Glad you caught a few swims along the way.

What a trip!!!
Sep 9, 2019 12:29 PM # 
Trying to picture your route. Am I right in assuming you basically hiked from the SW end of the island to nearly the NE end? Maybe along the Greenstone Ridge trail?

With the cold rain the first day, congrats for pushing through for a wonderful adventure. Hope the group's spirits remained at a high level. What was your longest day of hiking, in terms of mileage, elevation gain? Did you see any evidence of voyageur camps on the island?
Sep 9, 2019 1:44 PM # 
Yes, Windigo to Rock Harbor on the Greenstone, mostly. 43 miles - most do it in 4 days. 6 was ideal for our group. 500-800 feet of "ups" on days 1, 3, and 4 (I believe) -- some steep, some long, some wet mud and rocks. Lots of boardwalks - mostly single width 2 by 10 (or 12?) Planks - some needed rehab - nails in planks don't last long but Wilderness rules probably preclude plastic planks and better fasteners.

5 days just under 8 miles. Fortunately rainy day 2 was 6 mile day. 3 hikers were"feeling it more" (tired, blisters, or cramps) but all persisted and kept spirits up - tough codgers. Two other rains were well-timed and lighter. 78 year old hoping to hike AT again with daughter in a couple years!
Sep 9, 2019 4:13 PM # 
Nice! With the rain, wet mud, and boadwalks that I presume were across standing water, were your feet, sox and boots constantly wet? Any blisters?

Yes, eight miles per day of that kind of hiking is plenty. Sounds like a heavily-used trail; did you see many others? Glad you packed a warm sleeping bag; but I imagine some were cold at night...which can be miserable! Congrats for planning and executing two major adventures this summer that depended upon your own strength and endurance!
Sep 11, 2019 9:24 AM # 
Thanks. In terms of prep, the 2 complemented each other.
This spring when I found that my boots were not waterproof due to mesh areas for breathing, I applied Sno Seal (bees wax based) - it worked! Feet were damp, never soaked, no blisters.

No one had soaked bag - mine had a damp spot. Wish I'd known to line my pack with strong trash bag or other.

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