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by jonathanpatt
Aug 26 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Water Availability
Topic: Chiricahua water conditions
Replies: 2

Re: Chiricahua water conditions

Southern Arizona just got a massive amount of rain in the past week, and even before that I was seeing a large amount of water coming over Winn Falls (which is on the Cima Creek drainage) about two weeks ago. I suspect there's water flowing even as high as Cima Cabin, and if not it'll be close by. T...
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by jonathanpatt
Feb 09 2022 3:17 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Chiricahuas and Smugglers
Replies: 56

Re: Chiricahuas and Smugglers

I've been hiking and working in the Chiricahuas very regularly for the past 10 years and I've encountered drug smugglers twice in that time. They're certainly out there, but not as active as they once were, and don't want to mess with hikers or draw attention to themselves. Some groups have a lead s...
by jonathanpatt
Dec 20 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Best paper map for sale?
Replies: 18

Re: Best paper map for sale?

Green Trails doesn't field check all the data in their maps and uses inaccurate USFS GIS data for areas they don't ground truth, as well as introducing new errors into their maps in some cases, based on the ones that I've looked at in areas I'm extremely familiar with. They also try to "pay&quo...
by jonathanpatt
Aug 21 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Salt Fire
Replies: 42

Re: Salt Fire

@RedRoxx44
Fires are typically named by the lookout who calls it in, dispatcher who receives a report, or first responder on scene, usually by finding a nearby named landmark.
by jonathanpatt
Jul 13 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: Who Drives or Drove a Jeep
Replies: 24

Re: Who Drives or Drove a Jeep

I have a 2006 LJ with 104,000 miles. I'm replacing all the ball joints, tie rod ends, front axle bearings/hubs, and front axle u-joints this week and hope that will help tighten up the steering, which has gotten a bit looser recently. Will probably do control arms soon, too, as the bushings are visi...
by jonathanpatt
Mar 22 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Political Dumpster Fire
Topic: Death Valley N.P. enlarged
Replies: 16

Re: Death Valley N.P. enlarged

@SAMBA This was bipartisan legislation that has been widely praised and passed both the Senate and House by a wide margin. The President signed it into law, but this wasn't his action, it was an act of Congress. It's not perfect, but it does include extensive new public lands protections and expans...
by jonathanpatt
May 12 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2018 Fire Season
Replies: 73

Re: 2018 Fire Season

Pinery Fire in the Chiricahuas: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5795
by jonathanpatt
Mar 02 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: FR 172 & 172A to Rogers Trough TH
Replies: 157

Re: FR 172 & 172A to Rogers Trough TH

No. If approaching Roger's Trough from the west, the turnoff to the trailhead is before the bypass route. If approaching from the east, there is a bypass around the gated section.
by jonathanpatt
Feb 14 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Looking for 3-5 day backpacking trip in Chiricahua Mountains
Replies: 2

Re: Looking for 3-5 day backpacking trip in Chiricahua Mountains

Backpacking in towards Chiricahua Peak and setting up camp at Aspen Saddle works pretty well, with proximity to Headquarters Spring (wasn't flowing into the springbox very well last I saw it), Ojo Agua Fria (a bit of a far descent to get to on a faint trail), and Eagle Spring (probably the best bet)...
by jonathanpatt
Feb 11 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 7115

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Had half an hour or so of light rain in parts of the Chiricahuas today.
by jonathanpatt
Dec 17 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 7115

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Rained over 1/2" outside of Portal overnight and dropped snow on the Chiricahuas down to around 6,000'.
by jonathanpatt
Nov 27 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 3 Days in the Superstitions
Replies: 8

Re: 3 Days in the Superstitions

@kiki It's fairly straightforward to get to Brad's Water. From the Red Tanks Trail, go up Brad's Canyon for about a third of a mile and head roughly northeast in the direction of a small saddle. There are game trails to the actual hole dug into the ground (it's a mine adit that presumably hit groun...
by jonathanpatt
Nov 27 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: 3 Days in the Superstitions
Replies: 8

Re: 3 Days in the Superstitions

Why not https://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=589258 rather than LaBarge #2? Haven't been to LaBarge #2, but Brad's Water had a huge amount of water several weeks ago.
by jonathanpatt
Nov 20 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: what is the best gps device?
Replies: 159

Re: what is the best gps device?

@KBKB

If you haven't, I recommend pairing your inReach with your phone via Bluetooth so you can control it via a more modern cellphone interface. Far better experience.
by jonathanpatt
Nov 19 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: what is the best gps device?
Replies: 159

Re: what is the best gps device?

I have a pre-Garmin DeLorme inReach, but just the communication model, not the one with built in navigation as well. It works well for its purpose as a communicator in remote areas.
by jonathanpatt
Nov 19 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Rabies Exposure
Replies: 19

Re: Rabies Exposure

I saw three dead foxes in the Superstitions in the past few weeks, along Second Water not far from Boulder Canyon, Dutchman just east of the Cavalry junction, and Red Tanks a mile east of Dutchman. In the Chiricahuas, at least, when there are a lot of dead foxes showing up at once, it's often a good...
by jonathanpatt
Nov 16 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 7115

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

@big_load

My pack thermometer got up to 130° in direct sunlight in the Superstitions this past week! Obviously absurd, but amusing to see nonetheless. That night, it got down to 31° where I was camped.
by jonathanpatt
Oct 23 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Eastern Superstitions?
Replies: 12

Re: Eastern Superstitions?

@te_wa
There were pools as of last week about 1 mile down-canyon of the campsite at the junction of Campaign and Fireline, starting about 0.1 mi above where https://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=589397 is indicated on the map.
by jonathanpatt
Sep 24 2017 8:29 am
Forum: In the news...
Topic: Purchase in Santa Teresa’s becomes public land
Replies: 11

Re: Purchase in Santa Teresa’s becomes public land

The 32,000 acres is presumably the public land that becomes accessible. BLM purchased the 640 acre ET Ranch on the east side of the range, adjacent to the BLM's North Santa Teresa Wilderness. More details: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-greater-access-sportsmen-and-hiker...
by jonathanpatt
Jun 27 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Mount baldy loop camping spots and water sources
Replies: 55

Re: Mount baldy loop camping spots and water sources

There was deadfall on the west fork in Mt. Baldy when I was there, but the trails are very established and easy to follow. Some mosquitos around water, didn't notice anything else.

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