BIP - Kurt Papke
- Back from the SHTA annual meeting. The Superior Hiking Trail is a
mess from a March ice storm that deposited 2" of ice on the trees and
brought down countless aspen and birch. Spent yesterday clearing
trail. It will take months for crews to complete the clearing.
I hope Ed Morse does OK on his hike (I am going to try and join him
for the Kek). Nimblewill (NCT thru-hiker) appears to have gotten some
frostbitten feet from hiking in the deep snow still remaining on the
Kek. The ice storm was mostly south of Grand Marais, so Ed won't have
to deal with tree falls, but the amount of remaining snow is daunting.
A crew headed to Eagle Mountain in the BWCAW called off their trail
maintenance this weekend as the snow was impassable on foot.
This will not be a normal hiking year for backpackers in the North Country.
- Back a few days earlier than my worst-case plan as I was able to get a ride back to the TH rather than yo-yo-ing the Kek.
Had a great time hiking with fellow BGT'r Ed Morse.
Saw a note that someone applying for the Bug Bucket has a BWCAW trip planned. Wish I'd had the hat, though I did have my OR head net. The mayflies were out in force...
I will start the MSR Skinny One Edits probably tomorrow, and I believe Ed asked for extension as he's still on his way back to MI.