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by big_load
Dec 05 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Zion NP proposes $9 lottery/permit for Angels Landing
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: Zion NP proposes $9 lottery/permit for Angels Landing

It's unfortunate, but probably necessary. It was insane the time I visited, which is in what used to be the off season.
by big_load
Dec 03 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6941
Views: 282080

Re: Mindless chit chat

chumley wrote:It hasn't done anything for a couple of months now
I observed several small collections of raindrops on days in Thanksgiving week. Not enough to wash off the leftover bits of Utah from my car.
by big_load
Nov 30 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6941
Views: 282080

Re: Mindless chit chat

I'm back in NJ today, still marveling at how warm it was in AZ and UT during my trip. I didn't even need to wear a sweater during 7 days (and evenings) in Phoenix, which I don't recall on any previous visit at this time of year. UT was cooler, of course, but still unseasonably warm for both of my st...
by big_load
Nov 28 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

@sneakySASQUATCH

Prices in general are crazy. I'm not buying anything for a couple years.
by big_load
Nov 26 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

@hikeaz
I wonder if they were meant for use on the continent or in NATO deployments. Sweden didn't drive on the right until 1967.
by big_load
Nov 26 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

@LosDosSloFolks

Interesting, it looks truly utilitarian.
by big_load
Nov 26 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

@RedRoxx44
That looks like fun. I couldn't see in the photo how it was set up, but I'd expect a Swedish vehicle of that vintage to be originally right-hand drive. Most of them that stayed in use got converted, though.
by big_load
Nov 25 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6941
Views: 282080

Re: Mindless chit chat

@Jim_H
And I probably wouldn't have had two guys try to pick fights with me in half an hour. People are crazy.
by big_load
Nov 25 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: HAZ- 25th Year Anniversary 11/20/21
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: HAZ- 25th Year Anniversary 11/20/21

Woohoo! Congratulations and thanks to Joe, the support team and all the contributors.
by big_load
Nov 25 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6941
Views: 282080

Re: Mindless chit chat

It seems a bit warm for this time of year in Phoenix.
by big_load
Nov 25 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

@CannondaleKid I guess because most of the real capability can be had at half the price. My target is something with real capability that won't lose $20-30k in value with the first couple dents. A decent 4Runner is more my speed then something that came off the lot at over $100k with extras. ETA:. ...
by big_load
Nov 24 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 872
Views: 70423

Re: Hiking vehicles

Mrs. BigLoad and I met someone in UT driving a fully tricked out, brand new, Toyota Land Cruiser. It sure was nice, but I'd get stressed about putting such a nice vehicle in harm's way when it's still so pristine.
by big_load
Nov 12 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: US60 road-work
Replies: 17
Views: 2229

Re: US60 road-work

@hikeaz

Thanks, I would almost surely have run into that on Saturday or Sunday.
by big_load
Nov 12 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: In the news...
Topic: Doctor charged for faking injury to get helicopter rescue off Denali
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Doctor charged for faking injury to get helicopter rescue off Denali

azbackpackr wrote: It seems clear to me that the doc suffers from an ingrained sense of entitlement.
That's for sure. I wish I could say it's unusual.
by big_load
Nov 11 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Parts of the Gila are temporarily closed for unauthorized cattle removal
Replies: 3
Views: 742

Re: Parts of the Gila are temporarily closed for unauthorized cattle removal

This also reminded me that the infamous Power family came to the Galiuros from that part of New Mexico after being suspected of having built up their herd by rustling.
by big_load
Nov 11 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Parts of the Gila are temporarily closed for unauthorized cattle removal
Replies: 3
Views: 742

Re: Parts of the Gila are temporarily closed for unauthorized cattle removal

I misread read this. I now see that it's closed so that unauthorized cattle may be removed. I initially interpreted it as a period in which they would turn a blind eye to rustling.
by big_load
Nov 11 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: In the news...
Topic: Doctor charged for faking injury to get helicopter rescue off Denali
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Doctor charged for faking injury to get helicopter rescue off Denali

It sounds like a cascade of bad decisions. The crux seems to have been that the defendant got freaked out by the fall and the bad decisions escalated in a criminal way after that. I have some sympathy for how he must have felt after the fall, but he apparently forgot the first rule of holes: when yo...
by big_load
Nov 07 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Man Suffer's Bite By Snake In Toilet
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Man Suffer's Bite By Snake In Toilet

If I manage to sit on a toilet without noticing there's a bear in it, I probably deserve whatever happens next. I don't usually check explicitly for bears (or snakes), but hopefully knocking first and checking for spiders is adequate precaution. A spider stick will hopefully do just as well with sn...
by big_load
Nov 06 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: In the news...
Topic: Breckenridge resident climbs over 400,000 feet to set Max Vert October challenge record
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Re: Breckenridge resident climbs over 400,000 feet to set Max Vert October challenge record

I thought I was doing pretty well averaging 5,000 feet a week. It would be easier to keep up if I had a mountain nearby.
by big_load
Nov 01 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Route Scout for Dummies
Replies: 12
Views: 2417

Re: Route Scout for Dummies

@DixieFlyer
It looks like the GPS is only turning on once in a while, like some battery-saving option is taking precedence.

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