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by azbackpackr
Mar 16 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Ski
Topic: Sunrise Ski Resort reopens this morning!
Replies: 3
Views: 888

Sunrise Ski Resort reopens this morning!

For all you boarders and downhillers, Sunrise Ski Resort east of Pinetop, on the White Mtn. Apache Indian Reservation, reopens today with 5 to 5 and 1/2 feet of new snow. 928-735-7669 for more info. For cheapest rentals I suggest you check out the Sweat Shop on Main St. in Eagar. They sometimes have...
by azbackpackr
Mar 15 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: Boat, Canoe, Kayak, etc...
Topic: Boat Liscense
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Boat Licenses

I had to have a license for my non-motorized canoe until about 1996. Then the Game & Fish Dept, which is the issuing agency, decided that as long as you don't use a motor, you don't need a license. The minute you put even a small trolling motor on it, though, you would need one. Probably aren't goin...
by azbackpackr
Mar 13 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: SNOW in the mountains
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

xc skiing

I xc skied before work this morning in Water Canyon, right outside of town (Eagar). It's melting fast, but the high country got 3-4 feet, so there will be skiing for several weeks to come! Tomorrow morning before work I plan on going to Pole Knoll. I'm waiting for the roads to be safer--it's pretty ...
by azbackpackr
Mar 12 2006 9:51 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: SNOW in the mountains
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

12" in Eagar this morning--we usually get quite a bit less, even here at 7,000 feet, than the surrounding mountains. However, since my car was good and stuck, I took the opportunity to go cross country skiing around town! I found some tracks and partly plowed areas that gave me a little speed, was a...
by azbackpackr
Mar 11 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: SNOW in the mountains
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Snow levels in Greer, Eagar, etc.

I live in Eagar, where it's been snowing all day, but has been too warm to stick part of the time so we have only about 4 inches. We are at 7,000 feet, so I called people in Greer, Alpine and Hannagan Meadow at 5:30 pm. Alpine-10 inches, Hannagan-14 inches, Greer-2 feet! All the folks I spoke to sai...
by azbackpackr
Mar 10 2006 11:35 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Largo/Lanphier Canyon Loop--Blue Primitive Area
Replies: 0
Views: 457

Largo/Lanphier Canyon Loop--Blue Primitive Area

I'm planning to backpack the Largo/Lanphier Canyons loop in the Blue Primitive Area, with a side hike to Bear Mtn. Friday March 24-Sunday Mar. 25. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Nearest town, Alpine, AZ. We will meet in Springerville on Friday March 24, late morning, at Safeway. Exact time and d...
by azbackpackr
Mar 09 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: Havasu
Topic: Havasu falls and Salome Jug
Replies: 13
Views: 2203

Preparing for Havasu

I notice in your bio you are living in Kansas? If so, and if you need to do your training in flat Kansas, may I suggest daily bike rides, stair climber machine (or just climbing any old stairs) and running. I would suggest working up to at LEAST an hour a day of this exercise, and to continue to pus...
by azbackpackr
Mar 09 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks Lack of Help
Replies: 24
Views: 2471

I agree with the last post. No matter how much experience you have it doesn't hurt to have a little up to date information. Such as whether or not such and such a spring or creek happens to be dry right now. Or whether a dirt road has been re-graded to passenger car status, or is it only for 4wd? Ha...
by azbackpackr
Mar 01 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: South Rim
Topic: Hermit Rapids
Replies: 6
Views: 1322

I have camped at Hermit Rapids. I thought it was great because there were no other campers there and because of being by the river. As far as I know there is only one really good campsite, but I could be wrong. This campsite has shade trees and all!
by azbackpackr
Mar 01 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks Lack of Help
Replies: 24
Views: 2471

I had the exact same experience when contacting the ranger district about the exact same hike. They told me Chevelon might have a little trickle of water! And I got there and it was like a river! I don't know if this guy hadn't been there or if he was just having his fun. Usually I have good luck wi...
by azbackpackr
Feb 24 2006 6:17 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5691

I've been backpacking in the desert off and on for 35 years, and before that we car camped. The only times I've ever put up a tent is if it is raining, or extremely windy and cold. In cool weather the reptiles all go to ground early. In the late spring and during the summer they may be out and about...
by azbackpackr
Feb 24 2006 5:58 am
Forum: South Rim
Topic: Grandview Trail to re-open ahead of schedule
Replies: 5
Views: 1177

I hiked this trail in Oct. I had previously hiked it ten years before. It is much improved. The trail crew did a really good job!
by azbackpackr
Feb 24 2006 5:44 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: 10 days Feb. 22 - March 4
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Mt. Wrightson trails are all still closed, aren't they? Since the fire last year the Super Trail and Mt. Baldy Trail have been closed. I think I would have heard if they had opened up again.
by azbackpackr
Jan 22 2006 6:08 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: 10 days Feb. 22 - March 4
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

There are more people in Mesa. I don't mean to be a fear-monger, but this border issue is a reality. I hope you Canadians do go to Organ Pipe, I should say, because it is a really neat area! So are all the other areas mentioned by the other people. By the way, where do you live in Canada? I used to ...
by azbackpackr
Jan 21 2006 7:10 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: 10 days Feb. 22 - March 4
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Please be careful at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as it has become a major thoroughfare for illegal drug and human smugglers. A ranger was murdered there in the past year or so. Please don't disregard the dangers of running into people with automatic weapons crossing the border. I have backpa...
by azbackpackr
Jan 21 2006 7:04 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Jacks Canyon
Replies: 2
Views: 632

The only Jack's Canyon I know of is near Winslow. I'm sure there could be another one, though! It is well-known to rock climbers and is said to have bolted sport routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range. But I expect, as it is one of those very long canyons that runs northeast into the Little Colorado River...

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