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by neilends
Sep 16 2017 2:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 205
Views: 8064

Re: Arizona Trivia (added to Home Page)

Arizona Trivia : A small peak in Maricopa County at 742 feet is called Squaw Tits Summit. Janet Napolitano could care less unless it brings her publicity. About ten miles away is Squaw Tit. :sl: ..so true! Actually, Squaw Peak was never an original name of what is now Piestewa. Its first anglicized...
by neilends
Sep 12 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Ideas needed for glamping trip
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Ideas needed for glamping trip

For some first time campers, they do not seem comfortable making like a bear in the woods on their first overnight trip. In these cases it is advantageous to drive to various trailheads in the area and locate one with a pit toilet maintained by the forest service (or in some cases by the state high...
by neilends
Sep 12 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Ideas needed for glamping trip
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Ideas needed for glamping trip

You could always trade in the wife. :--: Shut up Elizabeth! Who asked you? :D First wife actually was a backpacker. Current wife is definitely a keeper and clearly a tremendous upgrade. I'll take my sweetheart city slicker over the evil backpacker any day! :lol: Everyone's comments are great and ap...
by neilends
Sep 12 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Land Management Policy
Replies: 18
Views: 730

Re: Land Management Policy

Just for reference: the very fragile ecosystemed Denali National Park does not have any maintained trails and also doesn't really need them. Denali is not thickly forested. Presumably, widely spreading human door traffic is healthier for the environment there than the use of foot trails. Crowds are ...
by neilends
Sep 12 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Ideas needed for glamping trip
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Ideas needed for glamping trip

Thank you all for the leads. I've been brainstorming for a while but hadn't gotten anywhere. @neilends What timeframe are you looking at going? Open question also but I'm thinking October-November. I still need time to accumulate equipment. All I've owned has been for solo backpacking trips I used t...
by neilends
Sep 12 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Ideas needed for glamping trip
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Ideas needed for glamping trip

Yes, glamping. I'm a lifelong, second-generation hiker and outdoors-lover. But I married a girly girl who likes her spa days. When I first asked her if she'd ever been camping, she basically gave me a look of horror. But in fairness to the wifey, she's now agreed to trust in me to drive my Jeep Wran...
by neilends
Sep 10 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead

I did the hike today. There's construction at the major lot that I assume used to be the "trailhead." I don't suggest parking there anymore. There were 2-3 other hikers today and they each seemed like regular hikers of Alta. They parked their cars along the shoulders of the road.
by neilends
Sep 09 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead

Appreciate the tips, thank you!
by neilends
Sep 09 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: National Trail's western 'Unofficial' Trailhead

South Mountain experts: I'm trying to figure out how to access the Alta Trail from its western end, and am confused by the maps, Google results, and data on HAZ. This old 2009 thread is the closest I could find to discussing it. Assuming San Juan Road is closed for traffic this Sunday, is it possibl...
by neilends
Sep 06 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Food/Recipes
Topic: Best place to grab a post-hike craft beer
Replies: 232
Views: 16840

Re: Best place to grab a post-hike craft beer

The new Vig in North Scottsdale is heavily geared toward hikers and mountain bikers. It's a 2 minute drive from the Gateway Loop trailhead of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve. There's direct views of the McDowell Mountains from the patio. In part because of Scottsdale's snooty visual signage rules the ...
by neilends
Aug 28 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Yikes. I have a friend who got struck by lightning while hiking in Utah, when he was in his early 20s. No one knows if he was literally struck or whether it hit the ground close to him. Either way, he gets to say that he was struck. He woke up in the dead of night since he'd passed out, alone. He's ...
by neilends
Aug 26 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Bike, Camp, Climb, Kayak & etc
Topic: Shenanigans at Burro Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 780

Re: Shenanigans at Burro Creek

I assume he's a first-time offender and probably has a bunch of emotional and/or mental issues. I'd expect a guilty plea and some minimal amount of jail time subject to compliance with some strict probation conditions. He sounds like a domestic violence threat to the rest of his family, not to menti...
by neilends
Aug 26 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Bike, Camp, Climb, Kayak & etc
Topic: Shenanigans at Burro Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 780

Re: Shenanigans at Burro Creek

What kind of moron owns land (emphasis on land) passionately enough to shoot at "trespassers," without understanding that waterways are not private property?
by neilends
Aug 21 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Astronomy/Sky
Topic: Total Eclipse of the sun, August 21
Replies: 46
Views: 2501

Re: Total Eclipse of the sun, August 21

I took a 360 of the Arizona Eclipse!

Translation: I took a 360 of a bunch of clouds moving over Arizona!

(Must view on desktop of the Vimeo app for the 360 effect):

https://vimeo.com/230488294
by neilends
Aug 17 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: Joe Bartels hiking injury
Replies: 64
Views: 7413

Re: Joe Bartels hiking injury

Joe, I've briefly wished you well before but I hadn't learned the full details of your accident until just now. As you can see I'm an 8 year member of HAZ. Almost a decade. I was a 30something when I started. When I'm healthy and fit, it's because I've been active on HAZ. When I'm being lazy and my ...
by neilends
Aug 13 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Should I be Sanding My Feet!
Replies: 39
Views: 3658

Re: Should I be Sanding My Feet!

This is what I use. Use with care. It can hurt if you're careless.

https://www.amazon.com/Tip2Toe-Professi ... ikearizona
by neilends
Aug 08 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: 360 cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: 360 cameras

Is this a new technology? Do you need a special camera for it? Doesn't the camera just use software to piece the photo together? Software can be run on any device. 360 cameras for consumers were not really a thing until 2017. Pros have been using these cameras that range up to $8000 and beyond for ...
by neilends
Aug 08 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: 360 cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: 360 cameras

@CannondaleKid "The biggest draw-back for me is how to display the results in the photosets on my website. I 'tell the story of my hike' through the order of the photos, and having to exit the photoset a number of times to view each 360-photo (on a separate page? or in a separate app?) returning to...
by neilends
Aug 08 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: 360 cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: 360 cameras

Cannondale: All good points. But some interesting issues here. One issue: different levels of expertise. The VIRB is $800. Yikes. No thanks. My Samsung cost me $130. It's not professional-grade imagery but see my linked image above: it's good enough for this amateur hobbyist. It won't satisfy someon...
by neilends
Aug 07 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: 360 cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: 360 cameras

@joebartels I think you can count on more 360 fanatics like me. 2017 is the year, because Ricoh and Samsung have produced consumer-priced 360 cameras. Apple will get involved sooner or later. So will a flood of HAZers. That's my official prediction! For now I will have to stick with Kuula because t...

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