Previous: Moskey Basin to Daisy Farm
Trail Miles: 7 Total Miles: 22.3
This night was the first night that I truly didn’t sleep well. It had been chilly when we fell asleep, so I was in my sleeping bag with my leggins, shirt, and down coat on. One of our Platy bottles fell over around midnight and woke me up and I immediately realized that I was shivering. I had my bag just a bit unzipped because I get claustrophobic if I’m too restricted, so I zipped it up and tried to get warm for a few minutes. It wasn’t working. I was going back and forth in my head deciding if I wanted to wake Andrew up when I realized (1) hypothermia can happen even in temperatures that seem “moderate” and (2) we were less than a quarter of a mile from the ranger station. I wasn’t going to get hypothermia within easy walking distance to a ranger!
When I woke Andrew up, he immediately unzipped our bags and put them together and warmed me up with his body heat. “Wow, you are really cold” he whispered to me. After just about 30 seconds, I was done shivering and felt a bit calmer. After a few minutes, we zipped into our own sleeping bags and I mummied up a bit. I slept warm and snug through the rest of the night.
I have a few lessons learned from this night. First of all, open shelters are significantly colder than tents because they don’t trap in heat. It’s also important to mummy early in the night if it’s going to be cold. I was very thankful for the body heat, but it also would have been a good idea to get up and do some jumping jacks before getting back into my bag. Finally, we’re adding a space blanket to our first aid kit. Most heat gets lost through your sleeping pad, so it would help to have another layer between you and the ground on cold nights.
After that adventurous evening, we woke up around 8 and hit the trail around 9:20. Instead of returning the way we came, we went up to the Greenstone Ridge towards Mount Ojibway.
The trail was quite steep in areas, but there were only a few switchbacks. Before getting to the Greenstone Ridge, you pass over two other ridges. It wasn’t rocky hiking, though, which was good for me! It was pretty neat to see Lake Superior from above.
Looking at how far we’ve come
We got up to Mount Ojibway at about 11. This was definitely one of the highlights from our trip! We’d heard the the tower might be locked, but the stairs were open and gave great views.
We took off our packs and relaxed for a while. It was sunny, but not too hot on the ridge. We knew there weren’t good water sources at high elevations on Isle Royale, so we had brought a good bit of water. We wound up relaxing for about a half an hour, hydrating and eating some homemade beef jerky.
Looking west down the Greenstone Ridge