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by The_Dude
Oct 19 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Bears In The News
Replies: 212
Views: 22592

Re: Bears In The News

@Pivo
Boy, that is a fast food/junk food royal sampler.
by The_Dude
Aug 30 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rincons and Weather
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: Rincons and Weather

I stayed in Grass Shack a few years back during a pretty solid couple hours of monsoon. If you have rain gear you should be ok. Juniper basin is also well situated, and the peak is a good 1000' above you there. You would just have to monitor exposure if you were planning Helen's dome.
by The_Dude
Aug 26 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6921
Views: 276286

Re: Mindless chit chat

@friendofThundergod There are two different species that will grow here, and are actually from different genera. The Mexican poppies are the spring bloomers and tend to occur mostly sub 3000', the Arizona poppies bloom late spring or into summer depending on moisture and tend to be in the middle de...
by The_Dude
Aug 03 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6921
Views: 276286

Re: Mindless chit chat

@chumley
Well I guess this makes me a silent lurker. 8-[ I do find myself on NWS probably more than is necessary, but hey I work and play outside. Nice set of data, especially all the gage info. Some of those usually always dry areas get tempting for a well timed kayak.
by The_Dude
May 25 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: SPOT or Garmin InReach??
Replies: 13
Views: 2333

Re: SPOT or Garmin InReach??

I have had a SPOT gen 3 for about 5 years now. I use it to send a preprogrammed message to my wife to let her know I am still kicking it out in the wild for backpack trips and such. I have had about 95 percent success on sending messages, tree canopy or tight canyons can make the send out take longe...
by The_Dude
Mar 06 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Aravaipa camping for one (or two)
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

Re: Aravaipa camping for one (or two)

You should be fine with one of the 4 or 5 sites around horse camp. I was just there last week with two friends and enjoyed one of the larger sites, but there are numerous. If the horse camp sites don't suit your needs, there are a few smaller stealth camp type spots just a little past horse camp too.
by The_Dude
Dec 22 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Trees near Charlebois
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Trees near Charlebois

Howdy all! I was planning a backpack trip next week around Bluff Springs mountain with a plan to camp in the vicinity of Charlebois. My friend and I had hopes of going the hammock route, but I was not sure if there would be sufficient trees post-fire. Anyone who has been there recently and has some ...
by The_Dude
Dec 20 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Best paper map for sale?
Replies: 18
Views: 2789

Re: Best paper map for sale?

The Nat Geo map for the Superstition Wilderness is pretty solid. I have it and it shows all of the pertinent info.
by The_Dude
Dec 10 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6921
Views: 276286

Re: Mindless chit chat

Almost an inch in the west valley by Luke AFB today. Best storm since March. Jim, I think you will probably have to wait at least a week or two on the Bursera to leaf out, they are not as quick as Ocotillos.
by The_Dude
Aug 28 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Flora
Topic: Can you name this plant
Replies: 44
Views: 4154

Re: Can you name this plant

There are numerous colonies and individuals in South Mountain Park, that is the farthest North i have seen them. They tend to inhabit the south facing slopes in rocky outcroppings, most notably along the Alta trail and the Gila range portion of the National trail. There are also a couple of big indi...
by The_Dude
Jul 01 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 4th of July weekend payson trip
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: 4th of July weekend payson trip

@ALMAL
Sorry, been a bit behind posting, work has been busy. I will hopefully get a photo set up in the next couple of days.
by The_Dude
Jul 01 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 4th of July weekend payson trip
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: 4th of July weekend payson trip

@ALMAL
We ended up with a spot right before bear canyon. Plenty of nice hammock spots for me to choose from, and a good bit of flat ground for my friends with a tent.
by The_Dude
Jun 30 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 4th of July weekend payson trip
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: 4th of July weekend payson trip

@jscan Blue Ridge is magnificent for kayak camping, I was just up there a few weekends ago. It was as packed as ever I have seen it and took a while to find a camp spot. Don't be surprised if you have to paddle at least 3-4 miles to get a spot but all are wonderful. The east/south branch from the d...
by The_Dude
Apr 29 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Sedona trailhead closures
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Sedona trailhead closures

@chumley My plan was to access from the south by Baldwin, so it might still work but I will call. I know Sedona doesn't want visitors right now, but this weekend is the anniversary of my wife's mother passing away a few years ago, so she was hoping to head up there to pay respect to where her ashes...
by The_Dude
Apr 29 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Coronavirus and hiking
Replies: 384
Views: 36190

Re: Coronavirus and hiking

I potted up some experimental plants and sowed some seeds at work today. Good times.
by The_Dude
Apr 29 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Sedona trailhead closures
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Sedona trailhead closures

Thanks all for the responses. I guess I was too specific about checking the Red Rock district instead of the Coconino homepage, the map and trail listings are helpful. There is no specific info on either about Red Rock Crossing, so I will be calling the rangers tomorrow I suppose. Thanks!
by The_Dude
Apr 29 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Sedona trailhead closures
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Sedona trailhead closures

Greetings all, I was trying to see if Sedona area trailheads were still closed, specifically the Red Rock Crossing area. The FS website is of course obscure and has no listings of the original closure, at least not on the 3 Red Rock area pages I visited. Any update would be greatly appreciated, than...
by The_Dude
Apr 21 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2020 Fire Season
Replies: 71
Views: 7590

Re: 2020 Fire Season

@toddak
Stinknet is rampant in the west valley as well. This one is becoming a big problem, and encroaching on native plants as well.
by The_Dude
Apr 21 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Coronavirus and hiking
Replies: 384
Views: 36190

Re: Coronavirus and hiking

@LosDosSloFolks
I feel like you should win the internet for this comment. I never realized how many times I touch my face every day until I started paying attention. Dang I would like to go sit in a restaurant, order a decent meal, and have a beer.
by The_Dude
Feb 12 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: What belongs on a peak or overlook?
Replies: 17
Views: 2577

Re: What belongs on a peak or overlook?

I tend towards limited impact and leave no trace. That being said, I don't see a big problem with an ammo can or jar for summit registers. I will attest to signing in quite a few over the years, since one of my main hiking interests is peak bagging, and I do most of them solo. I do enjoy reading thr...

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