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by montezumawell
Jul 20 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Bears In The News
Replies: 162
Views: 13495

Warning signs had been removed

An investigative report released yesterday (Monday, July 19, 2010) confirms that warning signs had been removed prior to the death of Erwin Frank Evert June 17 near the Yellowstone East Entrance. Here's the AP story on this report: http://bit.ly/cAkXLg Report: Warning signs removed at griz mauling s...
by montezumawell
Jul 18 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199786

Re: Coming of the North American Monsoon, 2010

Everybody has their own ideas about "wither the weather." When I moved to Arizona in 1979, I quickly learned than only two types of people predicted Arizona weather: "newcomers and fools." Oh, how right that phrase rings! In site of that wisdom, I haven't stopped trying to read Arizona's tea leaves ...
by montezumawell
Jul 11 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Bears In The News
Replies: 162
Views: 13495

Amazing HAZ archives!

As the years tick by like miles on our odometer, we have become ever yet more amazed at the incredible archival value of HAZ. How does HAZ do it? Who knows? Somehow, HAZ has everything anyone ever posted up to this Forum. This evening, we were once again prowling HAZ for "bear material." (see above ...
by montezumawell
Jul 08 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Bears In The News
Replies: 162
Views: 13495

I'm Bearanoid. Bearanoia is a good thing

Leave it to HAZ! (Cue Brass Band and Wild Cheers for HAZ.) This forum has always been the best and it continues to prove why it's the best ever anywhere, bar none, hands down, period. This forum thread on bears is great and I am a rapt reader. I had a hunch tonight that people were "talking bears" h...
by montezumawell
Jun 30 2010 6:44 am
Forum: Political
Topic: Powering the Phoenix Area?
Replies: 45
Views: 1670

Re: Powering the Phoenix Area?

Nice topic here on HAZ. We learned our name came up in this thread with regard to our straw house up in the Verde Valley near Rimrock. Thanks for the heads up! We'd love to talk straw. As a result of learning that we'd been mentioned here we started a new blog last night specifically so interested p...
by montezumawell
Nov 12 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pine Canyon Tragedy
Replies: 62
Views: 10743

Point well taken

Thanks for making this point. A little while after posting the note, we thought....hum...someone's going to take issue with the phrase "poor hiker guy." At first we thought of going back into the message to correct its context. But then, we thought, "let's see if someone actually DOES take issue." S...
by montezumawell
Nov 10 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pine Canyon Tragedy
Replies: 62
Views: 10743

Thank YOU!

Gee, thanks for the kind words of welcome--they are MOST appreciated. Thank YOU! Thanks also for posting additional info and a link to learn "the latest." The poor hiker guy has to be "beyond bankrupt" by now. All of that high dollar attorney stuff ain't cheap. And it just goes on and on and on....a...
by montezumawell
Nov 09 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pine Canyon Tragedy
Replies: 62
Views: 10743

Wazzup?

We've been gone for six plus months. We'd really lilke to know what the final outcome in this case was. Anyone know? Any links? Some interesting opinions posted in the interim. Food for thought. Hopefully, some astute person on HAZ can provide the answer we want: guilty or not guilty? Cheers, J&S
by montezumawell
Apr 18 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

The smartness/sensitivity equation

In response to big_load's reply: Great observation from big_load: "I'm just counting on the snakes being smarter than I am." Well, this topic has been shaping my operating perspective for the last few days. It's pretty obvious to anyone who will "listen" that the rattlesnakes pick up on our presenc...
by montezumawell
Apr 17 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

My mistake-not the snake's

Some of you may have read my post for a couple of day's ago about almost getting bit by a large rattlesnake. It was MY mistake--not the snake's, that set up this potential fiasco. I think I forgot to make that perfectly clear--I, me, myself, and I was the stupid one. The snake was just "doing it's j...
by montezumawell
Apr 15 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

Snake "senses" and a stupid hiker- AKA: ME!

Yeah, well, maybe snakes don't have ears but they can hear. The "how" of "how" they hear is best left to researchers with big budgets. Maybe they "hear" the vibrations of the earth under their snake bellies. Maybe they "feel" air pressure from an oncoming presence. Who knows? Old wives tales aside, ...
by montezumawell
Apr 14 2005 9:13 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

Farley Mowat

In response to big_load's reply:

Well, here's a definitive link to Farley's bio:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/ ... d=A0005502

I had no idea he is 84 years old now. WOW!

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by montezumawell
Apr 14 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

Re: Snakes, snakes!

In response to montezumawell's reply: The ground around the tent that is....not your information! Thanks again. Thanks for your replies. They are much appreciated. Well, here's another perspective to consider: What is the snake's MOST IMPORTANT ASSET? Answer: Venom. A snake cannot kill something si...
by montezumawell
Apr 14 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

Snakes, snakes!

Yeah..snakes. They are everywhere...and nowhere. We're pretty "snake savvy" as people go. We actually LOVE snakes. We're not sure snakes love us. But what the "hey?" Anyway, we live in Snake City near Montezuma Well National Monument. Like right next door. Literally. And we haven't seen a rattlesnak...
by montezumawell
Apr 13 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What exactly is Canyoneering .???
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Nature in motion!

or jump to my favorite :) or simply put Canyoneering is a reason to live! Well, I couldn't help wondering if Joe's "favorite" was what I thought it might be -- and it WAS! WOODS CANYON! For all the extreme hiking Joe's done, it is quite an honor for Woods Canyon to be Joe's "favorite." Frankly, I a...
by montezumawell
Apr 12 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots and Stick
Replies: 23
Views: 2937

FYI for Real Stick People

Certain people are Real Stick People. They gotta have a REAL STICK! Hey, we think this is cool. NO doubt. Regardless of the merits or demerits of this discussion, certain people gotta have a real stick. Period. Well, therefore, this is an FYI for The Real Stick People. NOAA says the the Southwest (t...
by montezumawell
Apr 11 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots and Stick
Replies: 23
Views: 2937

Sticks and poles

Well, we can sure appreciate your confusion about "hiking sticks" versus "trekking poles" and all of the rest. Oftentimes, the terms are used interchangeably. That only adds to the confusion. In days of yesteryore, a hiking stick was a hand-selected and often hand-hewn piece of organic material. Lit...
by montezumawell
Apr 08 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots and Stick
Replies: 23
Views: 2937

Great advice

One of the many great aspects of HAZ is what "has" been going on with this topic. Terrific advice--very well written--to the point--excellent. Perhaps the underlying, common thread to the replies is the importance of being in "tune" with your feet and the trail tread and your distance. Arguably, of ...
by montezumawell
Apr 06 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: Havasu
Topic: Supai Status?
Replies: 1
Views: 764

Supai Status?

Well, Supai Village has been hit with a lot of floods over recent years. We hadn't heard anything about them this time around until we noted a front page story in April 3's Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff). It kinda indicates Supai got trashed yet again. We checked the Havasu trail logs and didn't see ...
by montezumawell
Apr 03 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 9 days in Arizona for the first time
Replies: 5
Views: 826

pushing heat envelope

We have no specific suggestions for a hike. However, we noted that you wish to have a 2-3 day hike in the Tucson area, preferably with water. Um...well...this reply to your message is an urging for you to check historical climate records, track current weather patterns and be prudent. Mid-May there ...

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