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Natch

Natch

Age : 68
Location : foothills of the Ozarks
Registration date : 2007-12-21

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PostSubject: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 12:28 am

Seventeen days, most of them solo, in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in upper Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior. This is my old stomping grounds, first place I ever solo packed ('75), was a guide and ran treks up here through much of the 70s and 80s, and have had more bear encounters here than all the rest of my packing and guiding days combined.

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A great site off trail that hasn't been used since my last trip there about 5 years ago. I'm about 10 feet above the lake and this is what I see when I look straight past the camera:
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And this is where my ashes are to be spread (when the time comes, let's not rush things, now). The photo doesn't show it, but there is a 300 foot sheer drop about two feet in front of my seat. The trees we're looking down on are mostly 100 to 130 feet tall. It's looking out over the Big Carp Valley and about 40 square miles of virgin, hemlock, white pine, sugar maple forest without a single man made object in sight.

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This place owns a good piece of my heart.

Natch
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Trout Bum

Trout Bum

Age : 50
Location : Anchorage, Alaska
Registration date : 2008-09-11

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 12:43 am

Wow, beautiful country, Natch. Looks like you've got your ultra lite skills down; nice and light looking pack.
Thanks for posting the great pics!
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MisterE

Location : Mexico City
Registration date : 2009-08-24

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 12:54 am

Looks beautiful up there! I went to school way back when in the UP and would love to go back someday...

Also very cool to see your photo to go with your moniker- you actually bear no resemblance whatsoever to Ol' St. Nick!! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Centurian 803

Age : 69
Location : Oak Ridge, TN
Registration date : 2008-09-10

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 5:27 am

Beautiful spot. I can see why you chose it.
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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 8:23 am

Wow Natch!!!!
Brilliant. It is always great when brother share pics like these.
Love the one at the camp with you and your pipe!!

Thanks for sharing!!! cheers cheers cheers
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Muddler

Muddler

Age : 63
Location : Pretoria, South Africa
Registration date : 2008-05-22

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 8:29 am

Great shots. There's nothing like spending time alone in the wilderness. I can see why your heart is in a place like that.
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bruins

bruins

Age : 50
Location : the heartland
Registration date : 2010-08-25

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 8:37 am

beautiful pics. thanks for sharing...but, come on, don't make us guess what you had simmering in that pipe there.
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Hunter5117

Hunter5117

Age : 64
Location : Somewhere between Kansas and Missouri
Registration date : 2009-07-29

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 8:47 am

Great photos Natch. Very envious, haven't been able to do anything close to that in a while. Curious, I see a tarp and volcano stove, are those your standard backpacking setup or just that trip?
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skaukatt

skaukatt

Age : 58
Location : Queens, NYC
Registration date : 2007-12-26

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 10:16 am

Awesome!
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acaciavet

acaciavet

Age : 70
Location : Shores of Lake Ontario
Registration date : 2010-02-04

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 10:30 am

When I was in the Coast Guard in the 60s I loved servicing the Light Houses on Lake Superior.Split Rock was my favorite. Thanks for sharing with me.
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Natch

Natch

Age : 68
Location : foothills of the Ozarks
Registration date : 2007-12-21

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 11:10 am

Trout Bum wrote:
Wow, beautiful country, Natch. Looks like you've got your ultra lite skills down; nice and light looking pack.
Thanks for posting the great pics!

I wish it was a light pack, but when my friend that drove me up left and I headed in for about 10 days solo with food, it was well over 60 pounds. For an old, small guy with a bum lag, way too much.

Science doesn't spend nearly enough time perfecting freeze-dried bourbon.

Natch
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Natch

Natch

Age : 68
Location : foothills of the Ozarks
Registration date : 2007-12-21

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 11:27 am

Hunter5117 wrote:
Great photos Natch. Very envious, haven't been able to do anything close to that in a while. Curious, I see a tarp and volcano stove, are those your standard backpacking setup or just that trip?

Unless the bugs are horrid (black-fly hatch in late May is the perfect, terrible example!) I always use a tarp over a tent. When something goes bump in the night, I want to be able to roll over and see what is ripping into my food bag or checking out my cook area.

The stove is that new Ti Virgo fold up thingie and an Evernew 900 ml pot. Just trying them out, but I build better stick stoves than that from old tin cans. The Evernew was a bit small, even for solo work (I like to do a dinner and a hot drink with one pot of water), but they now have a whole line that has some new-fangled Teflon-kinda-like nonstick coating, including the lid. It really makes a pretty good fry pan lid, if you remember that it's very thin and titanium is notoriously bad as distributing heat (burns the hell out of pancakes and fry-bread if not careful).

This fall/winter I'm going to try out my newest toy, a volcano type stove called the Ti-Tri Inferno:

http://www.traildesigns.com/caldera-tt-ulc.html

Got the three fuel option and the largest pot it can be made to fit, the 1.9L Evernew with fry pan lid. Should work well in cold weather when you need more hot foods, or when I want a small, controllable efficient warming fire, and for two or three persons as well.

Natch
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Hunter5117

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Age : 64
Location : Somewhere between Kansas and Missouri
Registration date : 2009-07-29

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 12:24 pm

Natch wrote:
This fall/winter I'm going to try out my newest toy, a volcano type stove called the Ti-Tri Inferno:
Natch

Like I said, it has been years since I spent any real time in the backwoods, but I carry a 3-day emergency kit pretty much all the time and a sil-tarp is part of that basic kit. Up until now a pocket-rocket type stove has been in the kit as well, but I have considered a volcano of some sort for ease of finding fuel, with a few esbits for backup. That one you linked look pretty neat but ouch on the price. affraid Ti stuff still isn't cheap.

I love camping in the fall when the weather starts to turn cold and you can wake up with snow all around. My son is coming home for a week in November, maybe he and I need to get out and test our gear.

Thanks for the update, much appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 1:52 pm

Great pics Natch,,,good to hear you had a memorable time,,,,

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velveteagle

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Age : 65
Location : Allegan Michigan
Registration date : 2010-07-13

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Good Job Natch.. Love the pics.. Looks like your all set for survival and some peaceful times. The wife and I have been to the primitive camp site there three times so far.. Last time was over 12 years ago with our children.. They trapped a bear in a tube. Love the berry season LOL.. Such wonderful trails and river views.. Brings back good memories.. Thanks for the post...
Chuck.. Very Happy
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Carlos

Age : 62
Location : Chestnut, IL
Registration date : 2007-12-10

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 2:34 pm

Nice pics! Cool


You mentioned a bum leg. Is that why your socks do not match?

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Jack Straw

Jack Straw

Age : 36
Location : Brooklyn
Registration date : 2009-08-27

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PostSubject: Re: Spent a few days in the woods   Spent a few days in the woods EmptyWed Sep 01, 2010 3:33 pm

Looks great! I'm trying to go up to New Hampshire and do a few days of camping/hiking this month. My dad bought a piece of land there in the 70's for just that purpose.
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Justpipes

Age : 60
Location : Randolph County, NC If you don't know, you wouldn'
Registration date : 2007-12-17

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Incredible Mr. Natural!
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RonA3597

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Location : Lawrenceville, GA
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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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