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by jacobemerick
Mar 26 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: MCSO Copter Rescues 24 off Mt Ord
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: MCSO Copter Rescues 24 off Mt Ord

CAMRA has more details on their fb page - definitely wasn't 'off Mt Ord'. Sounds like the group did a couple of things wrong, like splitting the 24 into 4 chunks, which complicated the rescue.
by jacobemerick
Mar 12 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What's your least favorite?
Replies: 42
Views: 1496

Re: What's your least favorite?

@mazatzal hey, there are good parts and there are bad in that wilderness. I almost mentioned a certain stretch of Red Hills but figured you might convince Joe to blacklist my account :)
by jacobemerick
Mar 12 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What's your least favorite?
Replies: 42
Views: 1496

Re: What's your least favorite?

Any trail w/ people on it, yaddah yaddah. More serious answers... Barkley Basin stretch of Dutchman - that oven gets hot in the summer, and it's usually the last leg of a long loop. Upper 2.5 miles of Barnhardt. The climb is done, just feels tedious to get over to the saddle. Davenport Trail from Se...
by jacobemerick
Feb 16 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Challenging Hike Suggestions
Replies: 36
Views: 1265

Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Buzzard's Roost would be a good one - it's relatively close (Peralta TH is a common start) and has a bit of mean-ness to it. Plus it's been on my todo list for a while, so... hint hint nudge nudge.
by jacobemerick
Nov 13 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Idea for a two night overnighter in early December
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Idea for a two night overnighter in early December

Welcome! Default recommendation is probably this: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1441, especially if you're looking to experience some sweet, sweet prickly desert. If you're looking for something a bit tougher and higher elevation (thus lower temps) there is also this https://hikearizona.co...
by jacobemerick
Nov 06 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Starbucks coming to Tusayan, Arizona
Replies: 23
Views: 710

Re: God help us.....

Now we just need a Starbucks at Phantom Ranch. And Indian Gardens. And Tip Off...
by jacobemerick
Sep 12 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Ideas needed for glamping trip
Replies: 21
Views: 573

Re: Ideas needed for glamping trip

Obligated to show off this awesome spot in the Mazzie Mountains: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=16003

Although, really, any of @Grasshopper's camps seem to pretty on point: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?X=2655
by jacobemerick
Jul 22 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: two nights trail
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: two nights trail

Default response: Red Tanks Loop https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1441 It has water, pleasant campsites, lots of variety, about an hour's drive from Phoenix, and can be reached with passenger vehicle. If you're looking for something less desert-y, further out from Phoenix, then there are plen...
by jacobemerick
Jul 14 2017 7:24 am
Forum: First Aid & Bug Repellent
Topic: Checklist Items
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Checklist Items

ZOMG HAZ has a pack planner too? Good grief this site is awesome.

@Terry123 here's one of my packs from earlier this year. It's under 10 lbs and was only for 1 night, so it's a bit barebones. https://lighterpack.com/r/1a3kvq
by jacobemerick
Jul 10 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Mazatzals: #850 and HK Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Mazatzals: #850 and HK Ranch

@mazatzal Was hoping / betting that you had some experience here :) Thanks for pointing out the 1930 layer. Love checking out the old trails that used to criss-cross the current wilderness boundaries, possible explorations for future years :) Did you find the old foundation? And, by any chance, do ...
by jacobemerick
Jul 10 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Mazatzals: #850 and HK Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Mazatzals: #850 and HK Ranch

On several topo maps I've seen a trail stretch south from Dutchman Grave #22, cross Sycamore Creek in the center of the old HK Ranch, and then dead-end a short distance later. It's labeled #850. Haven't been able to find anything about a Trail #850 in the Mazatzals and only a few mentions of HK Ranc...
by jacobemerick
Jul 08 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Lost & Found
Topic: FOUND: Glasses in case along South Fork #46
Replies: 0
Views: 126

FOUND: Glasses in case along South Fork #46

Found a pair of glasses balanced on a rock along the South Fork Trail in the Mazatzals, maybe four miles up. In an eyeglass case and everything, looked like they hadn't been there longer than a few days. Shouted a few times, didn't hear a nearby owner. ... though I really hope someone isn't stumblin...
by jacobemerick
Jun 14 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: newbies going on first desert hike
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: newbies going on first desert hike

Depending on the heat and terrain I've consumed as much as a liter an hour during the afternoon hot hours. This is a bit much, some outings don't get close to this, but I feel a lot better when I'm pushing large quantities of water through my system. Recommend doing every-other-liter w/ electrolytes...
by jacobemerick
Apr 21 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Packs
Topic: Pogo pack exoskeleton lightens your load
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Pogo pack exoskeleton lightens your load

I'm just waiting for the day we'll be using BigDogs to haul our 200 lbs of camping gear up and down the mountains while we skip around and smell the flowers.
by jacobemerick
Feb 02 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Trekking Poles
Replies: 50
Views: 2992

Re: Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are all for aesthetics though, right? I usually carry mine in one hand until I hear someone coming up on the trail, then hurry up and clank them around a lot for show.

(In all seriousness, thanks for the youtube link @azbackpackr. Never really 'got' the straps thing.)
by jacobemerick
Jan 24 2017 7:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Project Help
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Project Help

+1 water sources. Even something like rejuvenation of wilderness sources and up-to-date information on current conditions. For example, I'd like to pretend that Whiskey Springs is dependable, but the trough is so filled with grass and dirt that it's hard to tell.
by jacobemerick
Jan 02 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: 2017 Hazolutions
Replies: 44
Views: 2206

Re: 2017 Hazolutions

(whispers) dat mutha lode

and more mazatzals. can't stop dreaming of tackling some of the more remote western sections.
by jacobemerick
Nov 11 2016 3:15 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Reavis Ranch Nov. 11-13 2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2312

Re: Reavis Ranch Nov. 11-13 2016

Have to cancel - threw my back out on Tuesday and it's still not back to normal. Very bummed out :'(
by jacobemerick
Oct 17 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Reavis Ranch Nov. 11-13 2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2312

Re: Reavis Ranch Nov. 11-13 2016

Both myself and @reynchr are interested. We've come in from 109 S, not sure if we'll want to subject ourselves to that drive again.

As for day hikes on Saturday, man, that White Mountain sounds pretty darn cool.

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