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by ljcygnet
Sep 12 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Have you lost or almost lost your GPS?
Replies: 27
Views: 745

Re: Have you lost or almost lost your GPS?

@AZClaimjumper I usually have a waist pack on (carried in front, for quick access to snacks and gadgets), and my Garmin Inreach lives in a little dry bag in the waist pack. I don't like to keep it in my backpack because sometimes I drop the backpack and wander off to go explore away from the trail....
by ljcygnet
Aug 29 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Help Plan a Long Hike -- Woods Canyon to the Highline
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Help Plan a Long Hike -- Woods Canyon to the Highline

@nonot Thanks. I usually just carry iodine on long trips, with a little cheap filter as an emergency backup, so I'll plan on no water then. Or cache something, depending on how hot it's looking. Hiking along the backside of Woods Canyon and then cutting down to the General Crook on logging roads is...
by ljcygnet
Aug 29 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Help Plan a Long Hike -- Woods Canyon to the Highline
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Help Plan a Long Hike -- Woods Canyon to the Highline

Hi guys. I live off the Control Road in Payson, and have backpacked around the area quite a bit, but need some guidance on parts of this route. I'm toying with a week(ish) long solo trip starting next Saturday with an itinerary that goes approximately: -- Rimtop Trailhead to Willow Springs Canyon. I...
by ljcygnet
Jul 13 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2018 Fire Restrictions
Replies: 105
Views: 8031

Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

TNF removed fire restrictions yesterday.
by ljcygnet
Jul 09 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: delorme inreach
Replies: 84
Views: 6885

Re: delorme inreach

@RowdyandMe Actually, the reason I want a two way communicator is in case I do get hurt. I have a solid respect for S&R and while I hope I never need their services I would like to be able to yell for help if I get hurt and can't limp myself to safety. My question was specifically about the GPS map...
by ljcygnet
Jul 09 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: delorme inreach
Replies: 84
Views: 6885

Re: delorme inreach

Related, has anyone had any experience with the delorme/garmin explorer? Two way communicator + GPS onboard map. I've never owned a GPS. I'm old school and have gotten along just fine with either a paper topo map or compass, or the method of, "Aaaaaand I think it's probably thaaataway ..." Never bee...
by ljcygnet
Jun 27 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2018 Fire Season
Replies: 73
Views: 4703

Re: 2018 Fire Season

Even if you call the relevant agencies you're likely to get conflicting or confusing information. About three weeks ago I spent two days on the phone trying to find if Sycamore Creek east of Clarkdale was open. I knew it wasn't in a fire closure area but I was concerned about the fire in that area. ...
by ljcygnet
Jun 25 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Willow Springs Canyon below Dam -- where to park?
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Willow Springs Canyon below Dam -- where to park?

I'm looking at doing a quick overnight into Willow Springs canyon to do some photography early on Sunday morning. Am I okay/legal to park overnight at the boat ramp parking lot? I called the forest service and got conflicting information, which seems par for the course lately. As a side note, I'm do...
by ljcygnet
Aug 01 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: In the news...
Topic: 26 "hikers" rescued from Sabino Canyon
Replies: 24
Views: 1717

Re: 26 "hikers" rescued from Sabino Canyon

I have no idea what the circumstances were for their rescue, however ... if I was on the wrong side of a creek but was otherwise safe, I think I'd personally prefer to wait for the water to go down versus being airlifted out. It's expensive (even if I don't pay, somebody's going to, likely taxpayers...
by ljcygnet
Aug 01 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Lightning Bugs in Arizona
Replies: 22
Views: 7427

Re: Lightning Bugs in Arizona

I've seen them twice in AZ -- once in Sycamore Canyon E. of Clarkdale, and once in Chevelon Canyon, at Durfee Crossing. I live in the Payson area and I've never seen a glow worm once, and I'm outside at dusk every night. I'll have to keep my eyes open. Didn't know such a thing existed. Can I ask wha...
by ljcygnet
Jul 19 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Flash Flood Fatalities Near Payson & East Verde Closure
Replies: 40
Views: 3287

Re: Flash Flood Fatalities Near Payson

I've heard people suggest a tornado siren type warning system for the Water Wheel area, because it gets so much traffic from people not familiar with the usual hazards. This is the worst tragedy anyone can remember in the area, but not the only one, and just last year there was a very near miss that...
by ljcygnet
Jun 28 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: SR 69 closed from SR 169 to I-17 due to Goodwin Fire (smoke)
Replies: 43
Views: 2836

Re: SR 69 closed from SR 169 to I-17 due to Goodwin Fire (smoke)

Listening to the police scanner for the area -- some absolute moron is flying a drone over the fire right now.

You've GOT to be kidding me. They've got air support grounded.

http://http://www.broadcastify.com/list ... /15199/web
by ljcygnet
Jun 28 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: SR 69 closed from SR 169 to I-17 due to Goodwin Fire (smoke)
Replies: 43
Views: 2836

Re: SR 69 closed from SR 169 to I-17 due to Goodwin Fire (smoke)

I have a bad feeling on this fire. Bad terrain and bad weather to be fighting a big one.
by ljcygnet
Jun 20 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2017 Highline Fire
Replies: 17
Views: 1192

Re: 2017 Highline Fire

For anyone interested in the Highline Trail, it appears it was impacted from somewhere a bit west of Bonita Creek to the west side of Myrtle Point. Myrtle Trail was burnt -- they initially tried to use Myrtle Trail as a firebreak, it jumped it, so they stopped it on that long ridge that takes off fr...
by ljcygnet
Sep 24 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Washington park to horton spring best way to navigate
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Washington park to horton spring best way to navigate

Re: hiking through heavy brush -- aside from the pants Joe Bartel mentioned, I also take a pair of leather gloves. I hate using my bare hands to move catclaw out of the way, so it helps maintain that all-important good attitude ... LOL.

Watch out for snakes and javelina in that thick stuff.
by ljcygnet
Sep 22 2016 7:56 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Motorcycle Safety In Pine or Horton Creek Trail Heads
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Motorcycle Safety In Pine or Horton Creek Trail Heads

I haven't heard of any problems at those trailheads. It's possible for something to happen, but not likely. The whole area is fairly low crime. There are some issues (generally related to drugs and/or poverty) but it is nothing like the big city. Your bike is probably safer parked at the trailhead t...
by ljcygnet
Sep 14 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Best place for overnight hike in mid October in AZ
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Best place for overnight hike in mid October in AZ

Don't overlook the high country. I'm in the Payson area and that's one of my favorite times of year. Check the weather FIRST and have alternate plans. Mid october is often dry, with sunny days and chilly (30-40 degree) nights, but it is possible to get an early snow storm or to have an early winter ...
by ljcygnet
Jul 31 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Anyone do Chevelon Crossing to Durfee rcently?
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Anyone do Chevelon Crossing to Durfee rcently?

Durfee is a few miles south of Chevelon Crossing. Nice area -- it was a CCC camp in the 1930s and there's a huge meadow and an enormous pool of water that must stretch a half mile. It's always brushy with a lot of brambles, but some years are worse than others. Probably depends on how bad the winter...
by ljcygnet
Jul 31 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Anyone do Chevelon Crossing to Durfee rcently?
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Anyone do Chevelon Crossing to Durfee rcently?

Didn't see any trail logs since spring. Just doing an easy hike from Chevelon to Durfee tomorrow to relax and hide from the world. Wondering how bad the brush is this year. It seems to vary year by year. Planning on hiking in, setting up camp, and relaxing for two nights. Crawdads alfredo and raspbe...
by ljcygnet
Jul 31 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Backpacking Up North
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Re: Backpacking Up North

I do not recommend the Highline right now. It's too hot and the weather's too unpredictable. It is, right this minute, as I type, raining and hailing so hard that I can't see our back fence 200 feet away and it's 50 degrees. There's a ton of lightning. It was about 90 degrees and humid as a sauna an...

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