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by SpiderLegs
Nov 24 2021 4:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: HAZ- 25th Year Anniversary 11/20/21
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: HAZ- 25th Year Anniversary 11/20/21

HAZ made my forced relocation to Arizona a decade ago a lot less painful. Was almost immediately able to find places and people to hike with. Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.
by SpiderLegs
Nov 10 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Saguro NP 2 night
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: Saguro NP 2 night

One thing to note is that there have been problems on and off with vehicles getting broken into overnight at the Douglas Springs trailhead. Its location makes it a perfect spot for thieves to do their thing. My brother is a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy and that trailhead is part of his rounds on th...
by SpiderLegs
Nov 04 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?

The last time I was in the park (used to frequent a lot when I lived in the area) the park rangers were very particular about folks staying on the marked trails. Especially around the Willow Canyon area, which I believe was due to some Indian ruins down in the canyon. So whenever they asked where I ...
by SpiderLegs
Oct 24 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Hiking with poor vision
Replies: 24
Views: 1215

Re: Hiking with poor vision

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...
by SpiderLegs
Oct 24 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Hiking with poor vision
Replies: 24
Views: 1215

Re: Hiking with poor vision

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.
by SpiderLegs
Oct 15 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Turkey" Benchmark by Rincon Peak
Replies: 7
Views: 659

Re: "Turkey" Benchmark by Rincon Peak

@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.
by SpiderLegs
Oct 15 2021 4:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: "Turkey" Benchmark by Rincon Peak
Replies: 7
Views: 659

Re: "Turkey" Benchmark by Rincon Peak

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.
by SpiderLegs
Oct 03 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 205
Views: 15317

Re: Bighorn Fire

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...
by SpiderLegs
Oct 01 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots
Replies: 61
Views: 8161

Re: Hiking Boots

@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...
by SpiderLegs
Sep 20 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: The Most Deadly Animals In North America
Replies: 14
Views: 844

Re: The Most Deadly Animals In North America

Pivo wrote:I am surprised bees didn't make the list.
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.
by SpiderLegs
Sep 16 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?

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.
by SpiderLegs
Sep 08 2021 4:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Quicksand??
Replies: 20
Views: 1281

Quicksand??

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...
by SpiderLegs
Aug 08 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking For Weekend Escape - What towns?
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Looking For Weekend Escape - What towns?

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. ...
by SpiderLegs
Aug 05 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6935
Views: 279625

Re: Mindless chit chat

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...
by SpiderLegs
Jul 28 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Union wants to close some trails because "ermagherd so warm"
Replies: 145
Views: 8251

Re: Union wants to close some trails because "ermagherd so warm"

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 ...
by SpiderLegs
Jul 18 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Plantar Plate Tear (foot)
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Re: Plantar Plate Tear (foot)

I've had issues on and off with the dreaded PF, but so far no tears. Time, those small spiky roller balls and more time generally fixed the issue for me.
by SpiderLegs
Jul 14 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Again
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: Again

@RedRoxx44 - I'd be interested but won't be in town this weekend.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 17 2021 4:49 am
Forum: In the news...
Topic: Headline Vehicles
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: Headline Vehicles

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.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 05 2021 6:35 am
Forum: History
Topic: Those who Love the Old Trails
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: Those who Love the Old Trails

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...
by SpiderLegs
May 29 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Foot gear survey - What are your favorite's?
Replies: 72
Views: 12537

Re: Foot gear survey - What are your favorite's?

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 ...

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