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For those going out on the first boat, you will be camping, hiking and paddling in winter conditions.
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The National Park Service advises that campers and visitors to Isle Royale National Park should be prepared for winter camping conditions on the island for the next few weeks. Most docks are ice bound, and shore access is limited due to slowly melting ice shelves ringing the archipelago. Park Superintendent Phyllis Green says that visitors should monitor satellite photos for up-to-date information on access to bays and harbors. Even snowshoe travel is compromised and strenuous. “Our primary concern is that visitors understand what they are facing if they visit the island in early May. These conditions naturally limit emergency response, so visitors need to be prepared for a true wilderness experience with a focus on self-reliance and safety. There is no potable water at entry points or campgrounds, and no gas or diesel sales are currently open for motorboats. We will monitor marine band radio, but remember there is little to no cell phone coverage on or around the island,” Green continued.
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http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2013....ng23160
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Ok, looks like I'm delaying my visit for later this month!

Has there been any word about possible sequestration effects to Isle Royale?


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Ok, looks like I'm delaying my visit for later this month!

Has there been any word about possible sequestration effects to Isle Royale?

Malone and Amygdaloid Ranger Stations will not be staffed.
I am guessing the trail crews will be minimal hence lots of blowdowns on the trail for longer periods of time.

The VII is also operating on a different schedule (same days, no Windigo, McCargoe maybe even Rock Harbor as they are iced in.)    

Before you change your plans, Capt Don will have updated conditions with photos (maybe) after this weekend's trip.
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Years back I was daydreaming about doing a springtime ski traverse of the island and began to focus in on what would be the possible dealbreakers.

I got a staffer on the phone, asst. super I think, who had been on the "early crew" several times and done extensive backcountry skiing there.

His main caution was the ice shelf in Windigo, other harbors. He said it was far from a done deal that there was a safe place to get off the boat, and it typically took most of a day scouting just to figure out how to do that.
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One of my FB Friends is on the island currently, he posted some pictures and they still have a TON of snow remaining, 3-5ft in places, if I'm not mistaken.
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The VII cancelled it's first 2 trips as everything is iced in still.

Eric, I was thinking a traverse of the Island along the Greenstone on either 'shoes or skis pulling a sled, would have been fun.
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Hi John,

Snow traverse of the island? I tend to study maps, dream up routes. Sometimes that leads to great trips -- sometimes it leads to a realization that what I'm looking at is an all out expedition and the "overhead" (set up time, expenses, odds of things not going well) just doesn't make it look like a good bet.

Pictured Rocks shoreline in late winter/spring can bring many of the same benefits, little setup "overhead", offers relatively easy "escape routes" if needed. Tons of solitude. The Miner's road to Beaver Lake Rd. (roughly 20 miles) is a fabulous route. Expandable if things are going well to swing by the east end of Beaver L., ascend to the Overlook on the rim of the basin and back to the end of Beaver L. Rd. Or, if time and energy allow east to the mouth of 7-Mile Cr., then taking the rim of Beaver Basin back to the end of the Beaver L. Rd.

Having that shoreline to yourself for several days can be addictive. :D
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Porkies, South Boundary road, Summit Peak, skiing report from yesterday, with pics.

http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/traildetail.asp?Id=162
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