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by imike
Oct 17 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Your workout hike?
Replies: 43
Views: 3362

Re: Your workout hike?

Tucson... hard to beat Finger Rock trail for single or laps... and if a more scenic day desired... head up Pima Canyon and follow the ridge around to Bear Canyon? Alamogordo... "A" Trail for laps (I find myself back to doing that again as we head into 2018... hoping to x3 on Ortega Peak first of yea...
by imike
Oct 01 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How to improve one's sense of direction?
Replies: 10
Views: 535

Re: How to improve one's sense of direction?

Oddly enough, in over 45 years of hiking, I've only been "lost" once... and that was when using a map and compass and miss identifying a major landmark. I seem to stay oriented by focusing on the bigger picture... not the canyon I'm hiking but on the range... all of the drainages and how they orient...
by imike
Jul 14 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Karl Putnum dies
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Re: Karl Putnum dies

by imike
Jul 13 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Karl Putnum dies
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Karl Putnum dies

2nd area hiker this year dies from injuries sustained from fall.
by imike
Jul 05 2017 8:55 am
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: Joe Bartels hiking injury
Replies: 64
Views: 10585

Re: Joe Bartels hiking injury

Dang... Hoping for your complete recovery, which will be an adventure unto itself. Get Well!
by imike
May 27 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: 19 year old hiker falls to his death
Replies: 0
Views: 483

19 year old hiker falls to his death


Two young hikers, way off trail. Box canyon, north side cliffs adjacent to hiway 82... at the tunnel
by imike
May 15 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Cathedral rope
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Cathedral rope

Same rope from 1994?
by imike
Mar 15 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: What kind of mileage are you getting
Replies: 53
Views: 6834

Re: What kind of mileage are you getting

hmmm... pair usually last six weeks at most... why I buy cheapies. That is if I am hiking 4-5 days weekly. Avg Ten miles or less. 50 miles x 6= 300/400 miles. $25... That was at 190# with 40#+ pack... Now... 160#... guess I need to check it out. Cost per mile... interesting...
by imike
Dec 31 2016 8:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Weighing weight miles
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: Weighing weight miles

Not a real hike unless 45 pound pack up 900 feet per mile grade... and there should be major credit for being old...
by imike
Dec 25 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Desert Rats: Will you begin a hike while it's raining?
Replies: 37
Views: 3858

Re: Desert Rats: Will you begin a hike while it's raining?

I live in the desert because it is dry! That said... I do not cancel planned hikes... I may alter route to accommodate the rain... did that this week... headed out before light, in the rain. It rained the entire hike. Grew up in North Texas... 32" annually. I liked the rain and cold when I used to t...
by imike
Sep 13 2016 8:48 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: leg gaiters
Replies: 25
Views: 2856

Re: leg gaiters

For snakes... no. For wading through cacti... yes. Trail running light weight... yes
by imike
Sep 01 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Steepest hike in Az?
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Steepest hike in Az?

If it is for training, hard to beat Finger Rock trail... steep, yet runnable... and long enough to do a reasonable workout. If you just want to score some nice height, the Pinnacles up Mt Lemmon Highway get you nicely lofted.
by imike
Feb 22 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Climbing
Topic: Be Careful out There
Replies: 3
Views: 2264

Re: Be Careful out There

I like to stay a body length away from edges if I am not holding on to something! Invariably, it is lack of fear and too much skill that kills...
by imike
Jan 23 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Hiking 101
Topic: Hike Preperation: Knowing your limits
Replies: 18
Views: 3019

Re: Hike Preperation: Knowing your limits

I start completely out of shape... head up a trail for 15 minutes... turn back. After a day of rest, I head up adding 15 minutes. I pick steep trails. Within a month I may be logging 15 miles outings. If the motivation is there, I continue a progressive pattern until I can hit a 12,000' AEG day... m...
by imike
Jan 04 2016 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: The 2019!! Cyclical totals discussion thread.
Replies: 731
Views: 44138

Re: The 2016!! Cyclical totals discussion thread.

1,000,000' AEG over a years time would not be all that difficult... just requires consistency and some luck. The problem is it also might take the fun out of hiking. 3,000' daily... done on a nice 900' per mile route... might use up only four hours. If you lived in Tucson, Finger Rock trail at over ...
by imike
Nov 04 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: I'm not sure how to phrase this but I'm curious...
Replies: 17
Views: 1074

Re: I'm not sure how to phrase this but I'm curious...

We break the group if we are aware of the skills of all hikers... keep in touch via radios brought along for that purpose. We ask that the retreating group stay to the planned exit route so that we pick them up on our way out. We recently turned around short of the goal with a group of 23 hikers... ...
by imike
Oct 17 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Elk
Replies: 88
Views: 7779

Re: Elk

Deer killed my truck in 2011... kicked off 18 months of bike riding! Some good with the Bad.
by imike
Oct 11 2015 11:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cairns Cairns Cairns!
Replies: 38
Views: 2395

Re: Cairns Cairns Cairns!

it's better to pack them out... then, they cannot be reset...
by imike
Sep 13 2015 7:01 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Broken Ribs
Replies: 17
Views: 2183

Re: Broken Ribs

I broke a rib climbing (over compressed the chest down a chimney)... got to hear it snap! One month in and the knot in my chest is finally not a constant feeling. I think I'm ready to start working out again... slowly for the upper body. Seems to be healing faster than with previous breaks...???
by imike
Aug 07 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Two Dies on the Flats Trail...
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Two Dies on the Flats Trail...

Two Dies on the Flats Trail... White Sands National Monument ... l-monument

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