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by blisterfree
Oct 11 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Geology
Topic: geographic extent of the Mogollon Rim
Replies: 52
Views: 4380

Re: geographic extent of the Mogollon Rim

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Yep, the MRT is just conceptual at this point. No trailbuilding anticipated or desired really. Parsons start seemed convenient and scenic, maybe easier to reach than points farther west via Williams in a high snow spring (thinking from a thru-hiker standpoint). I've hi...
by blisterfree
Sep 09 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

Scroo the owners of Cross F for even entertaining this monstrosity.

This didn't happen in part because the press did its job. Also, next time in Klondyke, don't forget to hug a local.

What was all that about forgone conclusions again? The agony of defeatism.
by blisterfree
Sep 03 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

It's not about putting our money where our mouth is, but rather putting our mouths where their money is. That, and the courts, which is where this is surely headed if the company continues to obfuscate about their true intentions. Best guess is it'll be a tough row to hoe for the company if this is ...
by blisterfree
Sep 02 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

If 95% of Klondyke, plus the Nature Conservancy, Safford BLM, Safford Coronado, Center for BD, and Sky Island Alliance can't individually or collectively convince Graham County against the advisability of issuing a permit for this highly dubious venture, then good luck to you and me, 'cause that's w...
by blisterfree
Aug 31 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

It's interesting that they don't appear to be entirely or even mostly contiguous. I posted a link to Caltopo with land ownership. Here: http://caltopo.com/m/6R7H Must add up to 3200 acres (or more), but yes, it's very disjointed and half of it appears to be hillside mining claims. Edit: 3176 acres ...
by blisterfree
Aug 31 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

You know the irony is the Klondyke area has been a favorite of Davis-Monthan for years, night maneuvers / aerial combat simulation in particular. But this is too much. It would fit in about as well as a bull in a china shop.
by blisterfree
Aug 31 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

Ah, ok. Some of the parcels don't look useful for development purposes. I imagine the state would bend over backwards to help with linkages as needed.
by blisterfree
Aug 31 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Re: proposed weapons testing facility near Klondike / Aravaipa

This is distressing indeed. The private land parcels north of Aravaipa Canyon Road appear to be scattered and not individually very large. The largest appears to be half the size of the article's stated 3200 acres. Presumably they would need more than just a county permit to run an operation of this...
by blisterfree
Aug 08 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Looking for a couple of hearty volunteers...
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Looking for a couple of hearty volunteers...

She hath spilled much ink to ensure the trail shall not stink. Now summon among ye a few to deliver a loo, then to bring it straight back from the brink.
by blisterfree
Jul 30 2015 10:02 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Winter thru-hike?
Replies: 8
Views: 1233

Re: Winter thru-hike?

Long-range forecasts are generally worth a grain of salt, I agree. But a strong El Nino is closely correlated with above average precipitation in the Southwest, we are already in such a pattern (it may be negatively affecting the North American monsoon this summer, which is common), and this pattern...
by blisterfree
Jul 29 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Winter thru-hike?
Replies: 8
Views: 1233

Re: Winter thru-hike?

Variations on this question have been asked and answered in recent years and should be searchable. The biggest differences are the remoteness of the Arizona Trail compared with the Appalachian Trail, the longer distances between resupply, the difficulty of following the Arizona Trail in snow since i...
by blisterfree
Jul 29 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: AZT Data book north to south
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: AZT Data book north to south

Another way to do this, once you have the PDF converted to Excel and the mileage columns are fully editable in one sheet, is to add a new column to the right of the current Mileage S>N column. Name this new column "Distance from Utah." Then in the first entry, Mexican border, enter the following for...
by blisterfree
Jun 19 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act
Replies: 83
Views: 7296

Re: Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act

You make it sound like a bad thing, Chumley, like it's a distraction from some other, more fruitful tactic that should be employed instead. It's a way of raising awareness of the issue and making a moral case for *some* measure of relief, if nothing else.
by blisterfree
May 27 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Best topo maps to load into GPS
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Best topo maps to load into GPS

By the way, do make sure your tablet really has a GPS chip built in and is not simply triangulating your location from cell towers or wifi (you may need to check the specs for your specific device to know with absolute certainty). For example, the iPhone has a native GPS chip but the Wifi-only iPad ...
by blisterfree
May 27 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Best topo maps to load into GPS
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Best topo maps to load into GPS

Gaia GPS is a nice pay-for app that includes a slew of different "base map" choices. The gold standard is probably the MyTopo layer, which is like the old topographic quad maps of yore but with some newer or updated features added like trails, roads, springs, and better labeling. Not referring to th...
by blisterfree
May 24 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Best topo maps to load into GPS
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Best topo maps to load into GPS

The "detailed topo maps" (available from ATA on CD, download, or pre-printed) is a collection of image files, primarily intended as a paper maps solution on the trail, though you can also store the images on a device. The GPS data from the ATA site, meanwhile, includes waypoints and tracks, but you ...
by blisterfree
May 21 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Dumb N00b Question about Water
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: Dumb N00b Question about Water

It's a little-known fact that the word "tanks" is a vernacular form of saying "thanks." As in, "tanks for the water" (when present) or "tanks for nothin'" (empty tanks). In other states, a tank might just be a metal container of some significant size, but in Arizona it is excavated from the earth it...
by blisterfree
May 21 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: AZT Segment 1 in July
Replies: 7
Views: 597

Re: AZT Segment 1 in July

San Jacinto day? Is that a Texas thing or a PCT thing or ?
by blisterfree
May 08 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passage 11 - Santa Catalina or Pusch Ridge Bypass
Replies: 8
Views: 650

Re: Passage 11 - Santa Catalina or Pusch Ridge Bypass

It's great to have the additional connections made possible by the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass. And yes, the views off the east side of the Catalinas are grand indeed, at least from what I've seen of the Incinerator Ridge area. But I would tend to think the original "main" AZT would be more appeal...

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