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by rally_toad
Jul 24 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Basic Lightning Safety
Replies: 73
Views: 5081

Re: Basic Lightning Safety

Lightning: Man's Greatest Enemy! :scared: :stretch:
by rally_toad
Apr 22 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lake Powell Camping
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Lake Powell Camping

From the NPS website... http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm Hope that helps. I don't think as many HAZ'ers get up that way. It says you can camp anywhere undeveloped in the park for free so maybe just print out a backcountry road map and pick a dirt road that heads towards the water.
by rally_toad
Mar 23 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Mt Whitney lottery results are in!
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Mt Whitney lottery results are in!

Well, have fun. I encourage you to consider a Mountaineer's Route summit. It's very doable, and with this winter's sad precipitation totals, you're guaranteed a dry and relatively safe trip. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17771 If I remember correctly the Mountaineers Route on Whitney is on...
by rally_toad
Mar 16 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Find a new scorpion and name it after yourself.
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: Find a new scorpion and name it after yourself.

Well the person who named it did not name it after himself. Its not good etiquette in science to name a new species after yourself. In this case the person who described the scorpion named it after the discoverer. There is an ant in the rainforest called Pheidole harrisonfordi as well as a few other...
by rally_toad
Feb 24 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: solo boys camping
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: solo boys camping

@johnlp

Yes my point is that it needs to be in a somewhat controlled situation. There should be adults camping near by, if only for the kids to say "My dad is camping 1/4 mile away" when a hiker approaches them as to what they are doing alone in the backcountry.
by rally_toad
Feb 23 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation gai
Replies: 32
Views: 942

Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

I understand that the itinerary for the trip changed, but it seemed as though some were insulted that we would even question the safety of this trip at this time of year. What is the point of being so defensive? We simply don't want to see this turned into a news story. We aren't attacking someone's...
by rally_toad
Feb 23 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: solo boys camping
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: solo boys camping

I just feel like if this does work out it would be a great experience for the boys. However, it takes more on your part then just dropping them off for 48 hours. You should camp nearby for the entirety of the trip. If other hikers run into two 13 year old boys alone the woods questions will be asked...
by rally_toad
Feb 23 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: solo boys camping
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: solo boys camping

So am I the only one on this forum who has met multiple 13 year olds?? Lots of recent posts on HAZ have me thinking "Natural Selection". Sorry guys but 13 is not coming of age, I can say this looking back at 13 year old rally_toad. There is a world of difference between 13 and say 16. Wait a few yea...
by rally_toad
Feb 23 2013 1:08 am
Forum: In the news...
Topic: National Park Sequester Cuts
Replies: 19
Views: 1827

Re: National Park Sequester Cuts

In response to the Rep from Utah's comments.... Does he even understand how the real world works? Just wow. Keep in mind the parks are already underfunded and have been trying to deal with budget erosion for years. Now a 5% cut at a real weird part of the year and he expects the roads to clear thems...
by rally_toad
Feb 23 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation gai
Replies: 32
Views: 942

Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

I for one clicked on the meetup group link and saw one of the first people on the list was an Ohio native who just moved to AZ recently. I just didn't want to see this posted here and then later read an AZcentral article about overdue hikers on Four Peaks. Use common sense people. We aren't trying t...
by rally_toad
Feb 19 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation gai
Replies: 32
Views: 942

Re: Four Peaks Ridgeline Traverse 8.44 Miles 6800' elevation

Please be careful. This is an extremely difficult hike in favorable conditions and the conditions in February will be far from favorable. Icy, slippery rocks with extreme exposure would make for a potentially dangerous situation if anyone in your group is not prepared. I would recommend rescheduling...
by rally_toad
Feb 06 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: petrified forest this weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 1494

Re: petrified forest this weekend

Yeah there is a road to the base of it on the western side of the park. I've never been out on that road, so I have no knowledge of the conditions. I hiked it from the Painted Desert Inn Trailhead. It is quite a trek to the base and you have to go straight north and then when you are due east of Pil...
by rally_toad
Feb 05 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: petrified forest this weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 1494

Re: petrified forest this weekend

Also regarding camping I must say that backpacking in Petrified Forest is a truly remarkable experience. You have to carry a bunch of water and there's no where to hang a hammock, but its just awesome. To tell the truth you don't have to walk that far to camp for free in the park.
by rally_toad
Feb 01 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: petrified forest this weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 1494

Re: petrified forest this weekend

Yeah based on the archaeological resources there it really qualifies for National Park status even if it had absolutely 0 petrified wood.
by rally_toad
Feb 01 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: petrified forest this weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 1494

Re: petrified forest this weekend

I'm glad to see they are offering these great back country hikes. The thing about this park is that people just breeze through it on the road and never really have an understanding of how scientifically important it is to geologists and archaeologists. I don't think the park helps this by not having...
by rally_toad
Feb 18 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Restore the David Gowan Grave site
Replies: 45
Views: 2420

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Wish I could make this! Thanks for doing this!!
by rally_toad
May 04 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Arrowheads in the Superstitions
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Arrowheads in the Superstitions

The thing is we don't leave things as they are soley for archeologists and scientists, but also for other people who enjoy being outside and enjoying our natural and cultural heritage. I couldn't care less if an archeologist "wouldn't give a rats ass" about those arrowheads or other artifacts, they'...
by rally_toad
May 03 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Arrowheads in the Superstitions
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Arrowheads in the Superstitions

Regarding "bringing them out there and hiding them better" or "outdoor museum", in archeology context is everything. Any archeological resource that is taken out of its place or moved is useless to archeologists. Enjoy it, take pictures, and then put it back exactly where you found it.
by rally_toad
May 03 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Arrowheads in the Superstitions
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Arrowheads in the Superstitions

http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/fhpl_archrsrcsprot.pdf As quoted from The Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (link above) The purpose of this Act is to secure, for the present and future benefit of the American people , the protection of archaeological resources and sites which are ...
by rally_toad
Apr 08 2011 11:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: If you like the national parks...
Replies: 32
Views: 1625

Re: If you like the national parks...

They're only paid overtime if they actually work overtime. Now you may be right about them working overtime for a few days to try and close the park down, since it does take alot of work to close down a park, especially one like Grand Canyon where there are thousands of visitors there at one time. B...

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