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by big_load
May 09 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: The Kilimanjaro Escalade project?
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: The Kilimanjaro Escalade project?

That seems like a huge investment and defacement for 25,000 more people a year.
by big_load
May 02 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: 16 y.o. Boy Scout Dies on Picacho Peak
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: 16 y.o. Boy Scout Dies on Picacho Peak

This sort of thing should just never happen. Very sad.
by big_load
Apr 29 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Flora & Fauna - Weather & Fire
Topic: Ashdown Forest - East Sussex
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Ashdown Forest - East Sussex

Oh no! I don't usually think of wildfires being a serious risk in the UK, but we were nearly evacuated from a hotel on the Isle of Skye in May 2018 after having spent several hours driving nearly the circumference of the island to net three miles. The fire was started by campers in the Cuillins burn...
by big_load
Apr 26 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Cabin Loop
Replies: 19
Views: 618

Re: Cabin Loop

elleryjk wrote: ... always gets lost and says it's tough to follow ...
For the most part you're following a either a long gradually uphill drainage, or a long gradually downhill drainage. The legs aren't exactly straight, but pretty much so.
by big_load
Apr 25 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Cabin Loop
Replies: 19
Views: 618

Re: Cabin Loop

rcorfman wrote:Well there really is no tread from General Springs cabin east. I think most just follow FR300,
Yeah, I recall some discontinuous bits of faint trail along that stretch, but it was mostly a road walk (although not much of route-finding challenge in the sense of possibly going astray).
by big_load
Apr 25 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Cabin Loop
Replies: 19
Views: 618

Re: Cabin Loop

What route finding issues are there on the cabin loop??? It's been a while, but one tricky place I remember is where the trail crosses a road, but not directly. You have to follow the road for a bit to find where the trail picks up, and it's easy to follow the road in the wrong direction. It's not ...
by big_load
Apr 07 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: Did the "4/6/19 GPS rollover" affect your device?
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Did the "4/6/19 GPS rollover" affect your device?

Thanks for the heads up! They discontinued support for my GPSMap 60 csx years ago, so I was surprised to find an update available, which it said was for the M3 GPS chipset. It took a few attempts to get at it, since Garmin Express couldn't recognize my device. Fortunately WebUpdater is still availab...
by big_load
Mar 24 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Backpacking supes solo, 1st time
Replies: 14
Views: 514

Re: Backpacking supes solo, 1st time

You'll probably live. Most of us did, so far anyway. Seriously, though, the Supes are a fine place to start, especially if you already have plenty of dayhiking experience and you're familiar with the area.
by big_load
Mar 24 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Cherry Creek
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Cherry Creek

SAMBA wrote: Would it be fun, beautiful, and most importantly, relatively easy?
It would be beautiful and mostly fun, but I'd probably worry too much the whole way about whether there's a washout around the next bend waiting to wreck me.

ETA: It's interesting to learn more about the history there.
by big_load
Mar 21 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Western Drought
Replies: 46
Views: 2447

Re: Western Drought

@azbackpackr I'm heading in on Tuesday 4/27 (Tanner/Beamer to the Confluence, back on the Escalante Route and New Hance), hiking out 4/3.
by big_load
Mar 20 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Whazzit???
Replies: 18
Views: 401

Re: Whazzit???

LosDosSloFolks wrote:hat's what I thought at first except that the cattle can just walk around either side. Seems to defeat the purpose.
Maybe it's like those cattle grids that are really just lines of paint on the pavement. Or maybe there used to be regular fence extending from either end of the hula skirt.
by big_load
Mar 16 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Superstition Wilderness Pic (Where?)
Replies: 17
Views: 586

Re: Superstition Wilderness Pic (Where?)

joebartels wrote:first thought was salt/lower fish vicinity out of the wilderness
Same here.
by big_load
Mar 14 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Haunted Canyon Conditions
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: Haunted Canyon Conditions

gmaclachlan wrote:Made it to the canyon where the tape is and you have to go up stream in the creek.
That beats trying to go up over the top where the tape is.
by big_load
Mar 12 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Lost & Found
Topic: Missing Snowshoes on Mt Ord [Found]
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Missing Snowshoes on Mt Ord [Found]

Great news!
by big_load
Mar 12 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Western Drought
Replies: 46
Views: 2447

Re: Western Drought

chumley wrote:The entire Colorado basin is looking good.
The down side is that Colorado River water is apparently super muddy right now. I hope it clears up a bit in the next two weeks.
by big_load
Mar 07 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Snake Gaiters -worth it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1533

Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Pivo wrote: this was the 5th time he had been bitten
I think he's doing it wrong.
by big_load
Feb 25 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Gear
Topic: Snake Gaiters -worth it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1533

Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

They were heavy, chafed the skin, and made my legs sweat under my knees, which would roll into my socks. This has always been a deal-killer to me. I've had enough to make me think about it, but not enough to make the discomfort seem worthwhile, especially considering how favorable the statistics are.
by big_load
Feb 22 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5994
Views: 182850

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Nighthiker wrote:It finally stopped up here in Payson.
That's why Mrs. big_load wants to stay south of the Rim.
by big_load
Feb 21 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5994
Views: 182850

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

A photo from Cousin G in Kingman this morning looked like they got at least 8" of snow overnight.
by big_load
Feb 18 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Arizona man rescued from quicksand in Zion National Park
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Arizona man rescued from quicksand in Zion National Park

Yikes! I'd expect to be able to free myself if only knee-deep, especially if I had trekking poles. I remember sinking that deep when crossing The Narrows in Grand Gulch with a bunch of HAZ folks in early spring. (My notes say Wendy was the first one into the quicksand). https://hikearizona.com/photo...

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