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deljes30


Mar 6, 2011, 4:50 PM
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Hey-going backpacking on the SHT for a week and stopping at VE in Duluth to check it out. Just seeing if anyone needs someone to climb with around the 13th/14th. I've been climbing for less than a year and am still working on some 5.8/5.9. Still a beginner!


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Hey there deljes!

I climb at the VE in Duluth and I'll be there on Monday the 14th.

Just out of curriosity what sections of the SHT are you going to be hitting up? I've been backpacking the SHT for years. Right now it's rather warm around Silver Bay with daytime highs around 35 F and lows only down to 25 F. When I was out at the end of last month around Finland there was a good five foot snow base.


deljes30


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Yeah, I'll be at VE in the morning. Curious to see how different it is from the one in St. Paul. As for the SHT, I'm going to start at Beaver Bay. They'll have a group of snowshoers there on the 12th, so the conditions should be fairly decent!


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Cool.

Just to warn you though, just because the SHTA is going a guided hike in the winter doesn't mean they will be snowshoeing. I've been on plenty of trail sections where there was packed snow that didn't need snowshoes. Then again on longer trips different trail sections can be in different conditions ranging from hip deep snow in the valleys to only a few inches on wind swept ridges

I for one winter backpack with both snowshoes and a pair of hiking crampons.

I'll be heading out for a short day hike this weekend north of Silver Bay, I'll let you know the snow conditions. The week after that (17th-20th) Iíll be out on the SHT backpacking with my pulk sled.

Have fun on your trip! Maybe Iíll run into you on the trai.


cornstateclimber


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i hiked a part of it may 2 year ago. beautiful place. i would love to it in winter


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Yeah the SHT is my go to trail for backpacking. In 2007 I through hiked it (235 miles in 12 days). I'm planning on doing it again next summer once the trail is completed from Duluth up to Two Harbors. By then the SHT will be around 260 miles end to end with another 20 miles of spur trail hiking required for a through hike. My hope is to get it done in under 10 days.

In January of this year I started a project to do two nights out on the SHT every month for a year, reguardless of weather.


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wow, thats almost 20 miles a day. thats bookin for me!!!! course we were loaded down pretty good, me and my girl travel comfy, but i'd love to get into lighter loads and more distance.
If a job doesnt happen soon, im gonna head out on one of the long trails, cheaper rent!


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Hey deljes30!

Got out on the SHT this weekend for a short six mile dayhike around the Bean and Bear Lake. The trail was in good shape with about three feet of snow pack. Hiking on the established trail didn't require any snowshoes but once you left the trail you'll need them.

I think that with the warm weather next week it would be a good idea to bring snowshoes regardless as the snow pack on the trail will be getting soft.

I'll be heading out Friday and Saturday for a short out and back trip from Temperance River to Oberg Mountain.


cornstateclimber


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how was the tree fall around the bear lake campsites? when i was there the trail going uphill was covered in downed trees, just wonderdd if it had been cleaned up yet


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Nothings ben cleaned up yet. The blowdown occured right before winter so the volunteer trail crews couldn't get to everything in time. This spring though we should be able to take care of things.


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had i packed a saw, i wouldve cleaned some of it, but i didnt. but was able to get some out of the way, and burn some, but was too fresh, most of it for burning. my favorite part of that hike was the wind atop bead lake. was the coolest thing. well and all the scenic points along the trail overlooking the gitchie gummie. but my whole week up there was amazing.


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Hey deljes how was the trip on the SHT?


deljes30


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It was great! Only ran into 1 other day hiker. Did a loop from Gooseberry to Split Rock, then to Beaver Bay and Silver Bay. The trail was pretty decent and well worn. On the downside in some steeper sections it was completely iced over, makes me want to invest in some crampons for next winter rather than just snowshoes! Can't wait to see the trails in warmer weather at the Annual Meeting!


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