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by big_load
Oct 01 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots
Replies: 61
Views: 7561

Re: Hiking Boots

I've noticed a huge drop in available models from most brands that interest me, not just in NJ (REI and Ramsay Outdoor), but in the handful of other places I've been (Iowa City, Salida, Buena Vista, REIs in Boulder and Silverthorne). It seems like manufacturers pared back to just a few of their bigg...
by big_load
Sep 30 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6923
Views: 276519

Re: Mindless chit chat

Autumn finally came to NJ. We've had two consecutive nights with lows in the 40s, a drop of 15-20 degrees, and highs have dropped from the low 80s down to the upper 60s. It's hard to believe now, but we'll start raking leaves in three weeks.
by big_load
Sep 29 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: The Scourge of the Americas arrived earlier than Thought
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: The Scourge of the Americas arrived earlier than Thought

@Alston_Neal

That was two earlier sets of Thanksgiving Dinners. Noah wasn't invited.
by big_load
Sep 29 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: The Scourge of the Americas arrived earlier than Thought
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: The Scourge of the Americas arrived earlier than Thought

@RedRoxx44

This is so exciting! I've been hoping for years that the irrefutable evidence would emerge to get the Pre-Clovis deniers to relent. I hope this is it.
by big_load
Sep 28 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: I-17
Replies: 56
Views: 8087

Re: I-17

Alston_Neal wrote: Sep 28 2021 1:57 pm Our personal best on I-17. After hiking by Stoneman Lake and then to our home at Greenway and the 51........8 hours!!!!
That is pretty bad. It's like what happens here when it snows.
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: I-17
Replies: 56
Views: 8087

Re: I-17

@big_load I've heard about that. I was in Buena Vista just before Memorial Day, and managed to escape west just in time to avoid the rush. In CO, I'm usually willing to go very far out of my on back roads and I avoid the worst travel times, so almost never get caught in that myself. Buena Vista has...
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: I-17
Replies: 56
Views: 8087

Re: I-17

@azbackpackr

I guess it's all relative, but yeah, pretty much. Heading toward Denver on Friday a couple weeks ago, traffic in the opposite direction was bumper-to-bumper for over 70 miles.
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: Tent pole repair
Replies: 25
Views: 2630

Re: Tent pole repair

tibber wrote: No, it didn't break, it just stretched.
I've restrung a couple sets of tent poles with new shock cord. It was fairly easy, apart from pulling the tips out of the end sections, which required some grunting and a furrowed brow.
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: White Tanks - Backcountry camping?

I recall one water source not far from the TH, but the rest of it seems pretty dry.
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: I-17
Replies: 56
Views: 8087

Re: I-17

There's probably a breaking point somewhere (and that point isn't the same for everybody) but I think that there are examples of other congested routes in America that lead away from population centers that are far more congested than I-17 and people still choose to sit in traffic for hours to get ...
by big_load
Sep 27 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Auto, Bike, Boat, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 842
Views: 66454

Re: Hiking vehicles

My last rental was a 2020 4Runner. I didn't do anything challenging with it, but I did switch into 4WD for the last little bit of some rough roads. I liked its volume for carrying stuff, but the overall size seems a bit large for going off-road. On-road, the mileage was unimpressive at best. Handlin...
by big_load
Sep 08 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Quicksand??
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Quicksand??

Peat Bog There's a somewhat famous peat bog near me, indicated on some maps as "Newton Bog". It was once mined for peat by fertilizer companies, the longest running being Hyper Humus. It surprisingly had a train line running along one edge, with a train station where they loaded the peat. It took a...
by big_load
Sep 08 2021 7:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Quicksand??
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Quicksand??

I haven't seen any in AZ, but a bunch of HAZ folks once crossed a little patch of quicksand in Grand Gulch. The deepest I sank in was the bottom of my calves. We sank some trekking poles to their full length in a minute or so with a little jostling.
by big_load
Sep 05 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6923
Views: 276519

Re: Mindless chit chat

@RedRoxx44 I hope it didn't get any worse. Based on the time, I figure the danger must have passed by now.
by big_load
Sep 03 2021 11:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hiking cartoons -maybe we'll use this thread as a repository
Replies: 576
Views: 58976

Re: Hiking cartoons -maybe we'll use this thread as a repository

@Alston_Neal I'm not sure if Union County has any trails.
by big_load
Sep 02 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Food/Recipes
Topic: REI Mountain House Fail
Replies: 36
Views: 5187

Re: REI Mountain House Fail

chumley wrote: Sep 02 2021 10:12 amNew flavor!
Who needs to carry food when hiking partners are available?
by big_load
Sep 02 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6923
Views: 276519

Re: Mindless chit chat

Fingers crossed Hope you did ok. Radar estimates of a swath of 10+" across central Jersey to southwestern CT, the first ever flash flood emergency in NYC, an all-time record of 3.15" of rain in one hour in Central Park (breaking the old record of 1.94" set just 10 days ago!), and some astonishing p...
by big_load
Sep 01 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6923
Views: 276519

Re: Mindless chit chat

The remains of Ida are entering NJ. The ground is already saturated from Henri and the July rains, so we have elevated flash flood and tree fall risk. Fingers crossed!
by big_load
Aug 31 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rincons and Weather
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: Rincons and Weather

Tanque Verde Ridge wouldn't be ideal in a lightning storm, although Juniper Basin is in a little valley, so the campground is really probably in the safest location on the entire ridge. I agree, but It's not much of a valley and I don't think I'd feel safe there in an electrical storm. As I recall,...
by big_load
Aug 30 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rincons and Weather
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: Rincons and Weather

I bail out if considerable snowfall is expected, or multiple days of continuous rain. I've encountered both in Arizona, and in none of those instances was it forecast. The extent to which I account for weather in trip planning is checking historic temperature extremes and averages for the dates of i...

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