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by big_load
Feb 22 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5983
Views: 179873

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: 5983
Views: 179873

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: 159

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...
by big_load
Feb 03 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Need Shuttle to South Bass TH - Gems Trek 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Need Shuttle to South Bass TH - Gems Trek 2019

Sorry, it looks like I'll miss you by a couple of days. Have fun!
by big_load
Feb 03 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Reavis / Rogers loop
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: Reavis / Rogers loop

From a water-carrying perspective, I like counterclockwise because you hit the most reliable water sooner. From hill perspective, I feel like clockwise breaks up the climbing a little more.
by big_load
Jan 30 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Route Scout for Dummies
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: Route Scout for Dummies

joebartels wrote:3) select "follow / change off-line maps"
Does this step cause the appropriate offline maps to be loaded?
by big_load
Jan 29 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Goldfield Mountains Hikes not found
Replies: 11
Views: 330

Re: Goldfield Mountains Hikes not found

OK, I'll keep that in mind.
by big_load
Jan 29 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Goldfield Mountains Hikes not found
Replies: 11
Views: 330

Re: Goldfield Mountains Hikes not found

Mining activity has ticked up in recent years. Has that affected Goldfields hiking at all? The main reason I haven't done much there is that there are too many more interesting things nearby. That could change if I lived close enough to overdo those other options, but for now I'm content to leave th...
by big_load
Jan 28 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: looking for a challenging multi-day backpack trip in S. AZ
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: looking for a challenging multi-day backpack trip in S. AZ

@RedRoxx44
I got tired just reading that. It sounds like a fun trip without having to worry much about water.
by big_load
Jan 25 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: looking for a challenging multi-day backpack trip in S. AZ
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: looking for a challenging multi-day backpack trip in S. AZ

Powers Garden might be a good fit. You can add days with side trips, like the Shootout Cabin and Mine, or to the Holdout Spring.
by big_load
Jan 21 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix

hikeaz wrote:In my experience of having left a tent setup with gear - Have never had an issue in 30 years of backpacking.
Me neither. I use an Ursack for food protection. I've seen several bears up there and nearly always see bear sign, so some form of food protection is definitely in order.
by big_load
Jan 20 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Section Hike Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Section Hike Recommendations

@RockPirate
What time of year? For me where is heavily constrained by when.
by big_load
Jan 15 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix

One simple approach is to do two nights at Reavis Ranch, with a side trip to Circlestone on the middle day.
For a more traditional two-nighter, some version of the Charlebois Loop is good.
by big_load
Jan 09 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

BRichard wrote: Is their reliable water at Oak Flat?
Not that I know of. That was too close to my start/end point to research carefully, but I recall Oak Flat as a rocky confluence of dry creek beds with some decent campsites and a big corral.
by big_load
Jan 08 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

Metalrunner wrote:You might consider starting your trip from Miles Ranch TH
That would make it like this trip, which was fun. The first and last days were tough.

[ triplog ]
by big_load
Jan 07 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Good places for beginner snowshoeing around Flagstaff
Replies: 10
Views: 263

Re: Good places for beginner snowshoeing around Flagstaff

chumley wrote:
Jan 07 2019 12:17 pm
Arizona Nordic Village. They rent snowshoes and groom trails specifically for snowshoeing.
I agree. However, if I were going there I'd much rather do some Nordic skiing. Snowshoeing is for when nothing else is possible. It's fun on packed trails in reasonable doses, though.
by big_load
Jan 06 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: NOBO in the fall?
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: NOBO in the fall?

sandyfortner wrote:As long as you're prepared for snow ...
That includes being comfortable with route finding when the trail is buried.
by big_load
Jan 06 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

There is a good campsite where the Fireline Trail intersects Campaign.
by big_load
Jan 04 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: First timer visiting AZ for a long week
Replies: 8
Views: 288

Re: First timer visiting AZ for a long week

nonot wrote:March to me is a bit early for Sedona hiking if its a cold winter, but to each their own.
Somebody from Ludington would probably scoff at a "cold" March day in Sedona. (I'm still shivering from my last ferry ride from Manitowoc).
by big_load
Jan 04 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5983
Views: 179873

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Jim_H wrote:Are people "enjoying" the low desert's first real winter since 2016? I've had enough of the cold, but I know it's healthier than the two previous winters.
Yesterday I saw a nice picture of Bisbee covered with snow. It's not low desert, but I haven't been there yet when it snowed.

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