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by toddak
Apr 07 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Water Availability
Topic: Rincon Peak (Happy Valley) Water
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Rincon Peak (Happy Valley) Water

I hiked to Happy Valley saddle on 3/26 from the west side (Rincon Creek trail). Didn't spend a lot of time in the saddle but at the trail junction there was zero flowing water, I only saw 1 small stagnant pool under some tree roots. I didn't see any water on upper Rincon Creek trail either. Extremel...
by toddak
Mar 08 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Snake Gaiters -worth it?
Replies: 61
Views: 4747

Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Turtleskins are $150+ but after a year of use with lots of offtrail bushwhack mine still look like new. I use 1.8mm Dyneema cord to cinch them down tight to my shoes, and even with the cord looping under the sole of the shoe and getting ground into the dirt with every step I've never had a cord brea...
by toddak
Mar 04 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: 4WD Recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 989

Re: 4WD Recommendations

@chumley
oh come on, that's just silly! I would never expect anyone to do more than 10 extra miles, 15 tops : wink :
by toddak
Mar 03 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: 4WD Recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 989

Re: 4WD Recommendations

I wanted to hear people's thoughts on what works for them. I went through the same process you're going through, in the end I decided to avoid the big up front & long term costs of a more off-road capable vehicle and just keep driving my Subaru. With some modestly upgraded all terrain tires (plus d...
by toddak
Feb 18 2021 10:48 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Climbing helmet, harness, other
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Climbing helmet, harness, other

@Jim_H Just looked up your 2010 Owen-Spalding triplog, nice! Way back in 1999 I did the Direct Exum and descended O-S, one of my favorite climbing experiences. Stormed on us on the hike in the day before but we got incredibly lucky with a calm, sunny climbing day and no thunderstorms until after we...
by toddak
Feb 17 2021 9:32 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Climbing helmet, harness, other
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Climbing helmet, harness, other

Gear looks to be mint condish - rockclimbing just isn't your thing?
by toddak
Dec 18 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: 10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag
Replies: 17
Views: 1958

Re: 10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag

Looks like a great hike but Regina is still having foot issues so we'll have to sit this one out. She'll use it as motivation to keep up the therapy.
by toddak
Dec 17 2020 11:29 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: AZT and border wall
Replies: 23
Views: 1937

Re: AZT and border wall

Pretty sure the ~2000 square miles (and growing) of Sonoran Desert that has been paved over to create the greater Phoenix metro area "forever reshaped the landscape". There's a few small mines and some dams in AZ that have altered things a bit too. Humans do things to their environment, we just disa...
by toddak
Nov 24 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Political Dumpster Fire
Topic: I was waiting for Aliens--- They're here!
Replies: 56
Views: 1933

Re: I was waiting for Aliens--- They're here!

Pretty cool, but it looks like sheet metal screwed together at the corners. I want my aliens to drop off a solid chuck of metal weighing multiple tons.
by toddak
Nov 24 2020 7:25 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Rain Collector on AZT 16
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Rain Collector on AZT 16

See the comments from @Sredfield in this forum post https://hikearizona.com/dex2/viewtopic.php?t=10658 Apparently there's no way to know how much water might be in the collector at any given time, and there's no recent reports on HAZ for Passages 16 & 17. You're wise to be skeptical and should proba...
by toddak
Nov 23 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: inReach Mini Bundle on sale COSTCO
Replies: 14
Views: 762

Re: inReach Mini Bundle on sale COSTCO

Since my ResQLink PLB is about due for a battery replacement I thought I'd switch to the Mini to get the 2-way texting capability. Also $250 on Amazon at the moment.
by toddak
Nov 22 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: List of AZT cache boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: List of AZT cache boxes

@Sredfield
I assume the box at FR4 isn't needed anymore since the install of the new rainwater collector in that area? Any idea how well the collector has been performing, especially this year?
by toddak
Nov 22 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: AZT Hiker Boxes - 10, 11, 12?
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: AZT Hiker Boxes - 10, 11, 12?

According to the list below, it doesn't look like it.

[ List of AZT cache boxes ]

However there should be plenty of places you could stash water jugs out of sight and mark the location with GPS.
by toddak
Oct 19 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Political Dumpster Fire
Topic: 2020 Presidential Debate
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: 2020 Presidential Debate

No need to watch on Thursday, thanks!
by toddak
Oct 15 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Motorized Electric Bikes On Trails
Replies: 120
Views: 5807

Re: Motorized Electric Bikes On Trails

AZT Association has released their final report titled "Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding Future E-bike Use on the AZT", incorporating survey responses from 3000 people. From the abstract: The majority of respondents disapproved of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This sentiment remained true a...
by toddak
Oct 06 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passages 11 11b 12 status
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Passages 11 11b 12 status

I agree with Joe's map interpretation of red = closed and yellow = AZT open, even though the grey areas where everything appears to be closed is designated in the legend as Bighorn Fire Scar Open . Just a note on chumley's custom map and the yellow line you're calling the incorrect segment of the AZ...
by toddak
Oct 06 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passages 11 11b 12 status
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Passages 11 11b 12 status

That is confusing. It looks like the language in the news article you linked comes directly from the Coronado NF closure order: Order Number: # 03-05-05-20-029 NOTE: Portions of certain National Forest System Trails that are outside the burn scar remain open. The open portions of these trails, and t...
by toddak
Oct 06 2020 9:46 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passages 11 11b 12 status
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Passages 11 11b 12 status

This is a July 28 post from the AZT website: "In southern Arizona, the Bighorn Fire burned 120,000 acres on the Coronado National Forest, including AZT Passages 10, 11 and 12 through the Santa Catalina Mountains, as well as the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass. The trail is closed until further notice,...
by toddak
Oct 03 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Nankoweap Drive, Starting Point, Etc.
Replies: 26
Views: 944

Re: Nankoweap Drive, Starting Point, Etc.

Hiking downstream to the Little CO River would be cool if you've never seen the LCR, but to really enjoy the LCR you'd need to hitch a raft ride over and then back across. Probably unlikely, especially if covid has affected traffic on the river.
by toddak
Sep 07 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Mt. Whitney Alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: Mt. Whitney Alternative

I thoroughly enjoyed the Rattlesnake Creek - Ashdown Gorge route, doing it both directions would be a good death march
[ Rattlesnake Creek - Ashdown Gorge Trail ]

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