Isle Royale National Park, MI
Isle Royale National Park
is one of the most beautiful and isolated ecosystems in our country.
Situated in the middle Lake Superior, it is a several hour boat ride from Minnesota, Ontario or Michigan.
Isle Royale boasts charismatic megafauna such as Moose, Wolves, Fox, Eagles, Osprey and the
ubiquitous Red Squirrel.
Botanical bonus: We will be visiting Isle Royale during the peak of wildflower season. As the insanely
long days of Summer unfold, it's prime time to visit, so why not join us to see a wonderful place, improve your
fitness level and lose some weight (or more accurately, alter body composition)?
The Isle Royale Fatpacking Trip will be from July 10-18, 2012. Here is the
Our trek will begin in Grand Portage, MN where we board the Voyageur II for an unforgettable, most-of-the-day cruise
in the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. We'll start hiking at Rock Harbor on the far East
portion of Isle Royale. Every day, we'll walk Westward on soaring ridges atop a geologic syncline (fold in rock layers)
working our way towards Windigo almost 50 miles away, having traversed the entire island.
Although the trails are quite rugged, our hiking distances that are not overly aggressive, especially
when considering that we'll have up to 16 hours of daylight this time of year. Elevation changes
are fairly moderate as well, making this trip both fun and accessible.
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Summer is the ideal time to hike in
Isle Royale. In fact, July is the warmest month of the year in this region. Expect daytime hiking temperatures into the 70s
and nighttime temperatures in the 50s. Remember too that weather along the coast can vary
greatly from weather mid-island.
Here are the
historical weather averages
Be prepared with lots of rain protection, bug protection and water containers that add up to 4 liters of capacity.
lives in Hull, MA and has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most
Fatpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace
Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.
lives in Phoenix, AZ and has hiked all over the Arizona Desert. She had guided
Fatpacking trips to the White Mountains in NH, The Four Peaks Wilderness in AZ, Shenandoah National Park, VA,
and Olympic National Park, WA.
Deb is a WMI certified Wilderness First Responder and a Certified Food Handler.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
This list is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food,
say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. You'll not only hate carrying it all trip long, your body
will reject the empty calories and prefer nutritious food.
$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a
room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for
transportation to and from Duluth International Airport (DLH),
personal equipment and any restaurant meals eaten off the trail.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 7 days of
trail meals, ground transportation to/from the parks, National Park permits, insurance,
satellite phone, and awesome guides.
Fatpacking is on an ongoing quest to expand its selection of trip destinations. As such, this
is the very first time we are offering a trip
to Isle Royale National Park.
Even though they are seasoned backpackers, the guides for this trip may NOT have previously
backpacked these particular trails.
Many intrepid participants are excited by pioneering new routes, but others don't feel
as comfortable with this and may prefer a more established, predictable trip. Experience
guiding a certain destination can make things run smoother, but
do not underestimate the decades of backpacking experience that our guides possess which
permeate every other aspect of the trip in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.