The Caribou Rock trail is an out and back trail from Hungry Jack road off of the Gunflint Trail to Rose Falls at the end. I would consider this to be one of, if not the most difficult hikes I’ve had. Certainly the hardest I’ve done in Minnesota. I’ve seen a lot of different mileage … Read more
What a disaster this trip was. I thought going in it’d be a quick hike and a lazy camp but that wasnt the case. I didnt heed the words of my wife, or the park ranger, and thought I’d find a place to setup my hammock. That didnt end up being the case. It took … Read more
There are a lot of different fuel sources out there for alcohol stoves. Denatured alcohol, grain alcohol, methy alcohol and in a pinch isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, etc. Ideally you want as high a percentage of ethanol for the fuel with the lowest amount of methanol as possible. The higher the ethanol to methanol ratio the … Read more
I am a big fan of Hill People Gear packs, especially their harness strap system. While most of their packs are to heavy for me to routinely use, I do have a Tara pack from them that I enjoy using because the harness system is so comfortable to hike in. I previously had an Ute … Read more
St. Louis River: Swinging Bridge Falls Oldenburg Point Cascades Kingsbury Creek: Kinsgbury Creek Falls Keene Creek: Blue Nude Falls Other Keene Creek Falls Miller Creek: Miller Creek Falls Chester Creek: Chester Creek Falls Tischer Creek: Tischer Creek Falls Amity Creek: Amity Creek Falls Keep Smiling Falls The Deep Falls Lester River: Japp Hole Falls Gunderson … Read more
This was another “quick” overnight on the SHT. I wanted to finally use my pulk that I had bought last year and see how it works on the trail, if I enjoyed using it, if I thought it was helpful, etc. I had thought that with this route, I could see how the conditions were … Read more
I counted 128 stairs total when coming back up. My dog did not enjoy the experience after a long hike.
From the now closed Tin Whiskers Brewing Company. Purchased in the summer of 2022. Taste like a salty bread bowl in a can. One of the worst beers I’ve ever had. I love trying gross beers!
I recently came across a great book, Minnesota’s Lost Towns – Northern Edition by Rhonda Fochs. In it she describes 7 different classes of ghost towns as follows: Class A – Barren site, nature has reclaimed the land, no visible signs of former habitation. Class B – Rubble, foundations, roofless buildings. Class C – Standing … Read more
Two years ago I was in the market for some new insoles for my winter boots. Normally I use those thick felted wool insoles like you’d get from Stegers Mukluks for example. But at the time they were sold out and I couldn’t find them anywhere. Poking around online I came across a type I … Read more