Posts about Hiking, page 11 of 31.

Isle Royale, Day 6: Sunrise from Feldtmann Ridge

A bright moon hanging high above the night forest

Bright moonlight shone down over Feldtmann Lake and reflected off its glassy surface. I stood here for only a minute, packed and ready to move, before quietly making my way down the path. To return to the main trail I had to walk past every other campsite and I didn't want to wake anyone else up.…

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  • Posted September 23, 2015
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Isle Royale, Day 5: Hard Start on Feldtmann

Dim morning light over the cove

Leaving Huginnin Cove was tough. It really is a beautiful location and my little camp on the east side was perfect. Also, the cove felt like the end of the Minong (even though it's technically a dedicated loop) and is pleasantly isolated. The thought of taking an entire day off to rest from…

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  • Posted September 21, 2015
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Isle Royale, Day 4: Magnificence of the Minong

The first climb up the ridge

Dull grey skies over the trail junction reflected my stormy mood this morning. The trail from Little Todd Harbor had been a dark, slippery mess and both my boots and pants were already thoroughly soaked from heavy dew. Also, just as I crested the last rise to the junction, I realized that I had left…

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  • Posted September 18, 2015
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Isle Royale, Day 3: Easy Times at the Todds

Making breakfast at the dock

With groggy eyes and stiff legs I slowly made my way down to the dock at Todd Harbor and set up for breakfast. There was water to pump, oatmeal to make, and coffee to brew. The rest of my gear was already packed - I wasted little time once I woke up and saw that I had slept in an hour past the…

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  • Posted September 15, 2015
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Isle Royale, Day 2: Cold Morning on the Greenstone

Cloudy morning over Lane Cove

Darkness surrounded me on the trail leading out of Lane Cove. I paused on a long boardwalk and let the sounds wash over me, the insect noises and curious rustles, my headlamp unveiling a section of path that was too intense and too dark all at the same time. With a deep sigh I pushed onwards. There…

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  • Posted September 13, 2015
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Isle Royale, Day 1: The Rush to Lane Cove

At the bow of the Isle Royale Queen IV

Hunter's Point and Porter's Island sat across the harbor under the morning sun. I stood at the dock in Copper Harbor and felt a wave of nostalgia as the Isle Royale Queen IV was loaded up. Less than a year ago I had explored those trails and watched the sunrise from that point and so much has…

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  • Posted September 11, 2015
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Wave Cave of the Superstitions

Dim light in the eastern skies

When I exited the small restroom at the Peralta Trailhead I was tempted to simply jump in the car and head back to Gilbert. For the last two days I had been suffering from a stomach bug that left me feeling drained and weak. In a fit of optimism I had drove the long hour to this trailhead an hour…

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  • Posted August 28, 2015
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A Missed Loop at Usury Park

Distant city lights under a dark sky

The old car pulled up behind me, lights flaring as they crossed me, and then the driver killed the engine next to my Jeep. I wasn't sure what to do. There was a low chance that they were also here to hike, that I'd have an early morning hiking partner to converse with for a short time, but I doubted…

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  • Posted August 25, 2015
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Hiking Gear

For six years I've been slowly building up a collection of hiking and camping gear. Christmas gifts helped with much of this, though at times I would venture out and pick up something from a sporting goods store when finances and the wife would allow. I used this gear for a variety of deep woods…

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  • Posted August 21, 2015
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The Cabins of Cabin Loop

Two cabins at Buck Springs

It was mid-June of this year when I went for a short backpacking adventure up on the Mogollon Rim. The weekend was fun and I learned a lot about my gear and limitations, useful information for my upcoming week on Isle Royale. When I told my brother-in-law Chris about hiking the cabin loop he was…

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  • Posted August 19, 2015
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