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dornole
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow I didn;t think the ice was safe yet. There is an isalnd cache very close to my home that I wasn't able to find last winter due to all the snow cover. Maybe I'll go investigate.
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Aix sponsa
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a bookmark list of caches one can ski to and find in the winter. Too bad my list is generally in the Arrowhead region. A little too far away. Not all are along ski trails but they are along trails that are ski-able or on islands. The caches are winter friendly. After today I need to add another cache. I skied to my first "ski-to" cache of this winter today. It was GREAT!
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the ice really thick enough yet?
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Is the ice really thick enough yet?

Not for me it isn't!!!
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends upon where you are and the lake. Be cautious always!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Is the ice really thick enough yet?


Not really, but if you run fast enough you don't have to worry.
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pfalstad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Is the ice really thick enough yet?

Not for rustynails: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=c86d0e53-45d7-499e-a889-36dae187e70b
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butcherandswimmer
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snoeshoes are great Almost all parks work and you can bushwack almost as easy as using trails. Three Rivers make you stay on the trails for snowshoes or skies and not mix so they are not for me as I like to go for the cache directly in winter. Some of the parks that have caches without grommed trails are a lot of fun
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butcherandswimmer
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
bflentje wrote:
Is the ice really thick enough yet?

Not for rustynails: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=c86d0e53-45d7-499e-a889-36dae187e70b


He should have led the way with a ice spud like I did and he would have stayed dry.
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AerosmithPA wrote:
Taking advantage of the recent cold weather and the extreme lack of snow, I was able to skate to a couple of island caches today! The 3/4 mile out with the wind was a "breeze", but then the return trip against the wind was where the excercise came into full effect.


I'm assuming that you went out to a couple of Iron Range (or is it Iron Ridge) caches.. I'm curious what the ice thickness was?

I saw a local cacher walked out to a cache on Island Lake north of Duluth a week or two ago, which really surprised me as I didn't think the ice was thick enough either.
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EPMinnesota
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's ice houses out on Lake Mille Lacs!
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
I'm assuming that you went out to a couple of Iron Range (or is it Iron Ridge) caches.. I'm curious what the ice thickness was?

I saw a local cacher walked out to a cache on Island Lake north of Duluth a week or two ago, which really surprised me as I didn't think the ice was thick enough either.


Longville area. About 7", sometimes it looked to be more ice, sometimes less. There was a single fish house on the lake, and 4 wheeler tracks going onto the lake from the access. When I was on the island I noticed human footprints in the little snow that is there.

I don't as much as walk on the lake unless others are, and I do not drive on the ice until others do.
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Manfromwillow
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a car out on big Detroit today.....and a guy on a bucket
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AerosmithPA wrote:
Pear Head wrote:
I'm assuming that you went out to a couple of Iron Range (or is it Iron Ridge) caches.. I'm curious what the ice thickness was?

I saw a local cacher walked out to a cache on Island Lake north of Duluth a week or two ago, which really surprised me as I didn't think the ice was thick enough either.


Longville area. About 7", sometimes it looked to be more ice, sometimes less. There was a single fish house on the lake, and 4 wheeler tracks going onto the lake from the access. When I was on the island I noticed human footprints in the little snow that is there.

I don't as much as walk on the lake unless others are, and I do not drive on the ice until others do.


Wow - 7" is a lot. After I wrote that I realized that I saw two snowmobiles on Fish Lake north of Duluth this week as well.

I don't walk on lakes until others are driving on them. I don't drive on lakes (I made an exception to that once that I can recall, and that was Lake of the Woods in late January when there was a small city's worth of vehicles on the lake).
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was exactly 7" on Pokegama in Grand Rapids last week when I helped my son put his house out. My youngest played hockey on Pokegama last weekend. Front page of todays GR paper has a neat picture.

http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/you_snap_it/image_842986a8-2bf1-11e1-a232-0019bb2963f4.html
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