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by rally_toad
Apr 03 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Deer Creek/Thunder River loop
Replies: 41
Views: 2177

Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River loop

@hikeaz
Does the route to Stone Creek start at the Tapeats/C.R. junction? That one wasn't on my radar but looks nice.
by rally_toad
Apr 02 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Deer Creek/Thunder River loop
Replies: 41
Views: 2177

Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River loop

Thanks for the response. The linked route is helpful, as I simply assumed the route followed the River the entire way from Tapeats to Deer Creek without bypassing the narrows and falls. I have permits for May. Looking forward to this one, have been to Deer Creek but never explored Tapeats/Thunder Ri...
by rally_toad
Apr 01 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Grand Canyon Forum
Topic: Deer Creek/Thunder River loop
Replies: 41
Views: 2177

Deer Creek/Thunder River loop

Hi all,

Seems a fair amount of you have done the loop portion of the hike. How is the route along the River from Thunder River to Deer Creek? Is the route easy to find? Is there a lot of exposure in these three miles?
Thanks
by rally_toad
Mar 05 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: South Rim
Topic: Water situation: Tonto from Grandview to South Kaibab
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Water situation: Tonto from Grandview to South Kaibab

@arizona_water
Thank you! I appreciate this!

Anyone who has insight into the situation at Cremation Creek would be appreciated. I can carry half my weight in water, but don't want to if there is not a need!
by rally_toad
Mar 05 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: South Rim
Topic: Water situation: Tonto from Grandview to South Kaibab
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Water situation: Tonto from Grandview to South Kaibab

Hi all, Will be taking this route later this month, which seems to be a difficult section of the Tonto when it comes to water. A bit nervous given how dry this winter has been. Has anyone been in this section of the Tonto recently or have any information about the water situation I sure would apprec...
by rally_toad
Jan 28 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Ticks in Arizona
Replies: 30
Views: 2587

Re: Ticks in Arizona

One thing I've always wondered about our system's response to ticks is whether their is some sort of acquired resistance or repellent bodies can produce to repel ticks. The reason I started to wonder about this is this little anecdote. When I was in Central America doing field work, the first few we...
by rally_toad
Jan 18 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Havasu 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1792

Re: Havasu 2018

Makes the $10 + $8 per person per night for NP backpacking permits seem very reasonable in comparison. Plus a better chance for solitude, and if you are flexible with your itinerary you can pretty much always get a permit for SOMEWHERE. Oh and you can cancel and get at least part of your money back ...
by rally_toad
Jul 24 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Basic Lightning Safety
Replies: 73
Views: 5690

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: 552

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: 314

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: 210

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: 1754

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: 1048

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: 1754

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: 1754

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: 1936

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: 1048

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: 1048

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: 1612

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: 1612

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.

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