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by azbackpackr
Sep 01 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz

@Chuy First I'd heard of a free campsite within the park. There are certain areas where you can do backcountry car camping, such as at Swamp Point on the North Rim. Also, you can car camp at the top of the South Bass Trail. But you are supposed to get a backcountry car camping permit for that. Very...
by azbackpackr
Aug 31 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz

They reserve some permits for walkups. Also consider a different trail. The rangers will also suggest that. The night before, camp for free on dirt roads in National Forest before getting to Tusayan. You don't need Mather.
by azbackpackr
Aug 13 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Marble Canyon closed to canyoneering
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Marble Canyon closed to canyoneering

Over-inflated headline. Very common in journalism. Got your attention, though! ;) Personally, I don't give a rat's tail about the topic. Just thought others might.
by azbackpackr
Aug 09 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Clothing
Topic: Milk shirts
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Milk shirts

@CannondaleKid
Haha! Great story!
by azbackpackr
Aug 08 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Clothing
Topic: Milk shirts
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Milk shirts

CannondaleKid wrote:7 stitches on the top of the skull as a result of an outboard motor prop incident took top honors.
Let me guess: Darwin Award?
by azbackpackr
Aug 03 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Jet Crash Death Valley NP
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Jet Crash Death Valley NP

@Reddroxx
Very sorry to hear about the loss of the pilot. But those are some cool videos. I plan to go to DV for the first time, this coming winter, so will be sure to check that out if it's happening.
by azbackpackr
Jul 24 2019 2:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Missing Hiker In California
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Missing Hiker In California

People who live in Bullhead City, AZ, would be very unlikely to take their RV out to Kelbaker Road, CA, to "hike" in the middle of a heat wave. It doesn't add up. A lot of us from that area think he offed her somewhere else, and then drove over to Kelbaker. (Mojave National Preserve.) I bet where he...
by azbackpackr
Jul 01 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Summer Az car camping - Suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Re: Summer Az car camping - Suggestions

191 thru Springerville, Nutrioso, Alpine, Hannagan Meadow. Side trip to Big Lake, Lee Valley, etc. Most within the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.
by azbackpackr
Jun 29 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: overnight kayak Lake Powell?
Replies: 10
Views: 1277

Re: overnight kayak Lake Powell?

Good info!
by azbackpackr
Jun 10 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Low-traffic swimming holes that still have water?
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Low-traffic swimming holes that still have water?

The reason I mention Lake Mohave is because, although its western shore is all in Arizona, it's virtually unknown to most Arizonans. With almost 200 beaches, there are plenty of places to camp and swim if you have a kayak or other type of boat. The water is clear, and is often an aqua blue color sim...
by azbackpackr
Jun 06 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: overnight kayak Lake Powell?
Replies: 10
Views: 1277

Re: overnight kayak Lake Powell?

@mfox Glad you had fun! It's a gorgeous stretch! Who did you use for backhaul? Wilderness, or Vermilion Cliffs Lodge? Post your trip report here: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=16091 @hikeaz Colorado River Discovery is out of business, and it's a good thing. They lost their contract to do ...
by azbackpackr
Jun 02 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Tucson backpacking
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Tucson backpacking

@sajor75
You have a variation of about 6000 feet, so you can't say it's all desert. Most hikes lead to pines eventually, and there are creeks.
by azbackpackr
Jun 01 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: overnight kayak Lake Powell?
Replies: 10
Views: 1277

Re: overnight kayak Lake Powell?

@ssk44 @mfox Agree with ssk44, except for the part about going below the dam. There is a serious problem with doing a "dam-down" to Lees Ferry in Glen Canyon. The problem I see is that you want to take a small child onto a river where the child will likely die of hypothermia within a few minutes af...
by azbackpackr
May 30 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Lower Colorado River kayaking Jan 25 & 26
Replies: 12
Views: 3258

Re: Lower Colorado River kayaking Jan 25 & 26

@chumley
Thanks. I'm without reliable internet this season.
by azbackpackr
May 30 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Lower Colorado River kayaking Jan 25 & 26
Replies: 12
Views: 3258

Re: Lower Colorado River kayaking Jan 25 & 26

@LowelllH
It's where the trailer park used to be, below Laguna Dam. However there's another place upriver from there we used this past November. I will try to get you some info when I'm on my laptop.
by azbackpackr
May 28 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: SAMBA's PSA Du jour
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: SAMBA's PSA Du jour

@SAMBA Death-defying, NOT!! You can safely swim every rapid in Grand Canyon. I myself have swum out of the Ledge Hole at Lava Falls at a cfs of 29K, (that's a pretty high volume these days) and it wasn't all that scary. The main danger in flipping a boat in Grand Canyon is getting hit by the boat i...

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