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by dennisbench
Mar 25 2003 8:53 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: camping fee: have you voiced your opinion?
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

Trust me I did the poor college student thing not that long ago. I also worked in restaurants when I was at Penn St. and got food from there oftentimes. As to the zeroes I have no idea, didn't really care to figure it out. I wasn't posting in regards to that, I was just startled at the groceries num...
by dennisbench
Mar 25 2003 8:37 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: camping fee: have you voiced your opinion?
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

50 bucks a month for food, WOW!! Now thats a hardcore ramen diet if I ever saw one! I spend for my fiance and I, about 250 a month. And that isn't eating gourmet or anything, although I do love to cook.
by dennisbench
Mar 25 2003 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Eyeballs and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 1578

Speaking for myself, I wouldn't want to wear my glasses hiking because they get sweaty, slip around on my face, inhibit wearing regular sunglasses, and have more of a chance of breaking. Not to mention that you need to clean them constantly and they mess with hats, bandanas, and the like. I usually ...
by dennisbench
Mar 25 2003 6:16 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: camping fee: have you voiced your opinion?
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

The rangers at Saguaro told me they really don't even collect the fee at most of the trailheads, with the exception of the main entrance. If you want to get around the fee depart from one of the other trailheads. The parks pass includes this obviously, and if you go to the Canyon once or twice per y...
by dennisbench
Mar 16 2003 7:06 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Rain on Snow
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: WOW!

montezumawell wrote:These creeks are going ballistic!
Nice!! Coming up to one year to the day of my arrival in Arizona, and its nice to see some rain and snow. Every bit helps!
by dennisbench
Mar 11 2003 3:51 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Four Peaks
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Four Peaks

Has anyone been to the top of all four? Can it be done in one long day, and also do the other three have names?
by dennisbench
Mar 09 2003 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hiking is my sickness, Is there a cure?
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Sorry man, but it is incurable. I contracted the disease a few years back. The positive thing is that the disease causes those who have it, oftentimes to be in great shape. This is both physically and mentally speaking. A weekly or daily dose of wilderness solitude can help keep the disease tolerable.
by dennisbench
Dec 09 2002 8:43 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Organ Pipe N.M.
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Organ Pipe N.M.

I saw the summaries and comments on Victoria Mine and Arch Canyon posted on the site. I was hoping to get some general feedback from anyone who has been down to that area. A buddy and I are going down to do some cross country hiking for three days in the beginning of January and wanted to get any ad...
by dennisbench
Nov 24 2002 1:07 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Just moved to AZ, hello everyone!
Replies: 16
Views: 1752

Welcome to AZ, I am pretty new myself. I also moved from Pittsburgh earlier this year from near Monroeville. Where in Pitsburgh did you move from? I went to Penn State, so although i am from there I don't have much love for U of Pitt....lol.
by dennisbench
Oct 18 2002 8:27 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Agua Fria nat'l monument
Replies: 4
Views: 709

I was up there about a month or so ago. There was still a good flow of water running through there when I was there. I drove in at the Bloody Basin Rd. I just sorta hiked around the mesa and to the river. I believe that if you get off at Badger Springs you can hike down to the river fairly easily. T...
by dennisbench
Sep 18 2002 2:53 pm
Forum: Clothing
Topic: Wet Morning
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Wet Morning

I surely had a wet adventure this morning. I drove up to the Mazatzal Wilderness, off of FR201 at about 8am. The clouds were looking a little dark the closer I got to the turnoff from 87, but I wasn't ready for a downpour. Unfortunately I only have an old 2WD Sonoma, which can take some rough roads ...
by dennisbench
Aug 11 2002 3:15 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Agua Fria
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Agua Fria

Being new as I am to the area I was wondering about Agua Fria National Monument. What type of hiking is there, are there hikes listed here that are there? It seems with its proximity to the metro area that it could see a lot of usage. Either way I was hoping for all your thoughts good or bad on that...
by dennisbench
Aug 11 2002 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How about a Music Thread?
Replies: 26
Views: 2240

Let's see, gotta go with Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Leadbelly....Also listen to a lot of different blues and such, but those four are the ones I listen to most frequently. Every once in awhile throw in a little Frank Zappa.
by dennisbench
Aug 11 2002 10:17 am
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 25
Views: 1940

I am now reading "The Serpents of Paradise." Its an Abbey reader. I read Motorcycle maintenance years ago and thought it was a very engaging book. It is one I would want to read again. It is one of those philosophical books that you can get a new meaning each time you read it, as you are in differen...
by dennisbench
Aug 10 2002 2:58 pm
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 25
Views: 1940

Currently I'm about to finish up Abbey's "The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West." I actually had heard of Abbey reading about him in Backpacker magazine, but never having been to the Southwest before I moved here in April I'd never read his work. In my opinion his writing is g...
by dennisbench
Aug 06 2002 6:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peace in the forum
Replies: 28
Views: 2375

Yeah, I have 3 1/2 year old German Shepherd named Chunga. Back in Pennsylvania where I'm from he did lots of hiking with me. I'm not quite sure how much he will do here though. I'm still so new to the area I'd like to get a feel for the trails before I start taking him. But he sure does love a swim ...
by dennisbench
Jul 21 2002 4:46 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water Filters?
Replies: 55
Views: 4160

Well, if your gonna go with a filter I have to recommend the MSR Miniworks filter. Its very easy to use, cleans in the field, and has been very reliable. I also have friends with the Miniworks, and they have not had any problems either. I think it runs about $70. Well thats my 2 cents.
by dennisbench
May 29 2002 8:42 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Favorite hiking spots
Replies: 23
Views: 2939

For me I'd have to say peralta and up around the needle. Although I say that since i just moved here and that's all I've done. Hehe.
by dennisbench
May 29 2002 8:39 pm
Forum: Food/Recipes
Topic: Trail food
Replies: 27
Views: 3842

As far as ramen goes my favorite brand has to be Top Ramen. On overnighters I like to take Mountain House, beef stroganoff is my favorite. Those meals are suprisingly good, although ramen, and mac and cheese are tasty alternatives. I remember the first time I tried a power bar it was like chewing my...
by dennisbench
May 27 2002 10:38 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Backpacking gear
Replies: 29
Views: 2748

I would have to say that a history book is my fav thing to take and read, as boring as that may sound. The peace of the wilderness and also the fact that your closer to the actual habitat of some of those you are reading about.

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