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by BrettVet
May 14 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Gila NF near Alma, NM / Mogollon mtns
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: Gila NF near Alma, NM / Mogollon mtns

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 606330.pdf is a good 2018 forest service reference guide for trail conditions. That said 2 years ago did the upper section of the middle fork trail from snow lake and it was darn near impassable with log jams from flash flooding.
by BrettVet
Feb 26 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Snake Gaiters -worth it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1708

Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

I was bitten by a rattlesnake in the ankle while using a chainsaw on my ranch. Couldn’t hear it and stepped backward into a bush. What saved me was that I was in the ER in less than 10 minutes. I drove very fast. I quit counting antivenin vials at 20 because I was in a morphine fog. Very painful. Th...
by BrettVet
Nov 07 2018 10:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Rabies Exposure
Replies: 19
Views: 1135

Re: Rabies Exposure

From a veterinarian’s perspective. This is exactly why all dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. If you dog had any contact with a potentially rabid animal and is current on his rabies vaccination it should be immediately re-vaccinated for rabies to boost its immunity. If not v...
by BrettVet
Apr 24 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Havasu
Topic: Havasu For sale
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Havasu For sale

@Dhdavis119

Havasupai and Havasu Falls facebook page
by BrettVet
Oct 19 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Colorado Hiker Dies from Snakebite
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Colorado Hiker Dies from Snakebite

I was bitten by a rattlesnake in the ankle while using a chainsaw on ranch. Couldn’t hear it and stepped backward into a bush. What saved me was that I was in the ER in less than 10 minutes. I drove very fast. I quit counting antivenin vials at 20 because I was in a morphine fog. Very painful. They ...
by BrettVet
Feb 13 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Lost & Found
Topic: Found: Blue nylon stuff sack on Frog Tanks Trail
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Re: Found: Blue nylon stuff sack on Frog Tanks Trail

Couple of questions. Can you get a horse trailer into Rogers trail head? I have a 23 foot trailer with a 4x4 diesel and a fair amount of guts behind the wheel. Has anyone seen a horse\-trailer in there before? How is the trail ? My mules are the 4x4 version of the equine world but don't do well boul...
by BrettVet
Jan 12 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Hiking pain and pill popping
Replies: 43
Views: 2344

Re: Hiking pain and pill popping

My joints gave out years ago from thousands of miles hiking and backpacking. Drugs and weight loss could not overcome the pain, so rather than living vicariously through the pages and pictures of hike az.com I became a Mule rider. Now I can reach the back country with no problem with minimal amounts...
by BrettVet
Dec 16 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains

No, just he Wilderness of Rocks, Lemmon Loop. Most of the time we can find a off trail route around or get off and rock hop with the mule. Downed trees are a pain which is why we always carry a saw.
by BrettVet
Dec 14 2016 10:45 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains

My mule “Rosie” and I have ridden the Wilderness of Rocks trail looping around to the Lemmon trail many times. Yes there is some rock climbing with some slick spots, but mules are the four wheel drive version of the equine world. They are half donkey and from that they get their intelligence and are...
by BrettVet
Jan 21 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: AZT Equestrian
Topic: Riding the AZT
Replies: 4
Views: 985

Re: Riding the AZT

I have ridden a few sections of the and overnight packed few, including the Grand Canyon. I pack a lot and would recommend only one pack animal. Lot easier to feed, pony and makes mule management much easier. I pack like a backpacker ie as light as possible, carry pelleted feed and steak hobbles to ...
by BrettVet
Aug 12 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wierd Tree Pattern
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Wierd Tree Pattern

Range management is my best guess. Cows eat grass and grass doesn’t grow under trees. Ranchers use bulldozers to knock the trees down so the grass will grow and they can feed more cows. Sometimes they link two bulldozers together with a large chain or cable and make wide swaths up and down hills. Th...
by BrettVet
Mar 25 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: AZT Equestrian
Topic: Riding the AZT - Crossing the Grand Canyon horseback
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Re: Riding the AZT - Crossing the Grand Canyon horseback

I did the Grand Canyon on my personal mule with a pack string of 4 pack mules. It was quit an adventure…. There was a back country ranger in charge of equines that we made contact with to get the permits to enter with our own stock. At the time they only permitted mules, not horses , although that m...
by BrettVet
Nov 10 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 50 Mile Route w/water?
Replies: 19
Views: 1611

Re: 50 Mile Route w/water?

I did a 45 miler on the Skyline trail in the Pecos. Awesome country with lots of water and campsites. June is a great month because the monsoons in the high country can make it infinitely more difficult and dangerous. Lots of bighorn sheep and elk when we went.

http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15752
by BrettVet
Apr 02 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Aravaipa East Entrance
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Aravaipa East Entrance

Was there last weekend and pulled a 23 ft horse trailer with a pickup truck and made it with no problem. Parked about a mile and a quarter past the "official" trailhead, near where the trail enters the canyon. Streams were running about 3-6 inches so unless they have a flash flood your golden. Did g...
by BrettVet
Jan 02 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Injuries
Topic: Torn Ligaments
Replies: 22
Views: 2059

Re: Torn Ligaments

Notice how everyone jumping on the "get your knees looked at" is 50ish age range. That’s because we all thought we were invincible in our 20’s and screwed up our joints and now have to live with the consequences. I can only hike a few miles with massive amounts of Motrin and went through wilderness ...
by BrettVet
Oct 05 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Jordan Hot Springs Gila Wilderness 10/10/11 - 10/13/11
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Jordan Hot Springs Gila Wilderness 10/10/11 - 10/13/11

I was planning a pack trip up the west fork a few weeks ago and called the cliff dwellings visitor center 575-536-9344 and talked to their back country ranger "Mike" and he said the trails were in good shape. It might be worth a phone call to see if things have changed.
by BrettVet
Jul 06 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Coronado National Forest CLOSED 6/9/11!
Replies: 49
Views: 2013

Re: Coronado National Forest CLOSED 6/9/11!

Did a drive-by of the Saguaro Park trail-head at the end of speedway this AM on the way to work and all the barricades and closed signs are gone. Looks open to me.
by BrettVet
May 31 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: New stock (Mule) usage guidelines
Replies: 20
Views: 1659

Re: New stock (Mule) usage guidelines

I posted this previously on a similar thread. I have to admit that I am biased toward keeping the mules in the Grand Canyon. I have both hiked and ridden my mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.. Mules are responsible for building the Bright Angle and South Kaibab trail. First as a mining claim an...
by BrettVet
Apr 09 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: South Rim
Topic: Mules to be banned from canyon?
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mules to be banned from canyon?

I have to admit that I am biased toward keeping the mules in the Grand Canyon. I have both hiked and ridden my mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.. Mules are responsible for building the Bright Angle and South Kaibab trail. First as a mining claim and then as the original Grand Canyon tourist at...
by BrettVet
Apr 01 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Dogs
Topic: Rattlesnake Vaccine for Canines
Replies: 35
Views: 6193

Re: Rattlesnake Vaccine for Canines

The rattlesnake vaccine does not provide protection against the Mojave Rattlesnake. To quote their website: "This vaccine does not provide protection against the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth), Mojave Rattlesnake or Coral Snakes. A picture of the snake will do just fine. It really does not matter beca...

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