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One other age related insight that I garnered from some of my 60-70 year old trail running partners was their interpretation of how your brain signals seem to get lost or slowed down as you age. Run along a trail that you've done 100+ times before and your brain tells your feet to lift up two inches...
I'll be 55 in a little over a month, don't really have vision issues that a pair of cheap reading glasses can't fix. But, in the last 3-4 years I've noticed that trails I used to almost mogul ski down when trail running now requires me to tiptoe down to avoid taking a dive.
@BubbaJuice - It's drying out pretty fast, but a semi-used trail like Soldier Canyon in the Catalina's went from being a decent width to about two inches wide and waist deep in grass last month when I was on it. You'd have no idea where the rattlesnakes are hiding.
Well this year around Tucson, even the on-trail hikes are like off-trail hikes with all the bushwhacking one needs to do. I've never explored that part of town, but would be up for a little adventure.
The closure expired yesterday and, so far, Coronado hasn't extended it. I guess that the mountain is now completely open... have at it!! I've already seen pics of Romero Pools from yesterday online. But now various user groups are begging people to stay off some of the trails until volunteers can f...
@LindaAnn - This is just a sampling from my local outdoor shop here in Tucson. But chatted with them about the availability of various Salomon's and why they were out of stock. They've had this year's order of shoes on backorder for months and were down to a solitary pair of size 13's. Claimed that...
- Sep 20 2021 6:09 am
- Forum: Fauna
- Topic: The Most Deadly Animals In North America
- Replies: 14
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After surviving a killer bee attack a few years back, bees are the only thing in Arizona that make me nervous about hiking or trail running out here.Pivo wrote:I am surprised bees didn't make the list.
- Sep 16 2021 4:22 am
- Forum: Backpacking
- Topic: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?
- Replies: 2
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I went camping on the backside (western slope) of the White Tanks once then hiked up to the summit of Goldwater Peak. It's pretty rugged back there. From what I recall it's a mishmash of old 4x4 roads and game trails and our hiking was a total bushwhack up a drainage.
So as a Gen-X'r who grew up in the 1970's and indulged in all of the books and movies aimed at scaring you about the dangers of the coming Ice Age and the wave of killer bees heading north to the U.S., we also learned to be wary of quicksand. More than a few Saturday morning cartoons involved some c...
- Aug 08 2021 7:00 pm
- Forum: General
- Topic: Looking For Weekend Escape - What towns?
- Replies: 4
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On the long drive back from Portal, me and the missus plotted out part of our future retirement and decided that we could probably swing a second place for long weekend escapes. Don't mind temps in the 90's as long as it cools off at night, which leaves a bunch of the high desert area on the table. ...
I miss Piestewa on days like this, as you can safely hike it near sunset on a trail. For as much as some rave about the local hikes being better than Phoenix ones, Sombrero, Pusch/Pusch's Flatiron, and Golden Gate Mountain are not on real trails and are in really bad shape. There is something to be...
- Jul 28 2021 4:42 am
- Forum: Trail Chat
- Topic: Union wants to close some trails because "ermagherd so warm"
- Replies: 132
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Tell those meatheads to lay off the creatine in the morning, drink more water and do more cardio...Now where’s that stirring the pot emoji lol When I was managing the rental counter at the Hiking Shack in between jobs I met most of the guys on the SAR crew at Phoenix FD. Your statement is honestly ...
When I lived in Idaho I was in an online group like HAZ that was more focused on peak bagging. That group's "Joe" who ran the website also drove an ancient Geo Metro hatchback that you would see being driven into some interesting spots.
I've gone hiking with a couple of long time SAR volunteers around Tucson and one in particular has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of many old trails. Spent an impressive morning with him around Catalina State Park while he showed off these faint trails that at one point had been popular among many...
- May 29 2021 9:56 am
- Forum: Gear
- Topic: Foot gear survey - What are your favorite's?
- Replies: 72
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I'm about twelve years all-in on various Salomon. Currently, the Speed Cross 5. 500 miles is typical. I tried a pair of cheap insoles a few years ago and got 751 miles. While the insole extended the last hundred or so miles they were far from comfy. Perhaps because the insole was cheap, but it was ...
Wouldn't be shocked to see it coming to the Grand Canyon.chumley wrote:Reservations are coming.
It's the new thing for hiking. It's not even really covid related. It just is what it is.
Trying to pick between two systems for personal safety devices. All I'm looking for is a way for my family to keep tabs on me while I'm out and a way to call 911 on the off chance something happens to me. InReach seems to have the most votes over in my trail running group.