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by rally_toad
Feb 01 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: petrified forest this weekend
Replies: 23
Views: 1645

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: 1645

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: 3145

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: 3719

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: 3719

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: 3719

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: 1718

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...
by rally_toad
Apr 08 2011 8:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: If you like the national parks...
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: If you like the national parks...

azbackpackr wrote:The law enforcement rangers left behind to guard the parks after all "non-essential" personnel are sent home will be making mega overtime.
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Not true. Many workers will continue to work for free, they don't know how long this shutdown will last and if they will ever get paid for that time.
by rally_toad
Apr 07 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: If you like the national parks...
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: If you like the national parks...

@paulhubbard While what you mentioned may be a good idea in theory think about the risk that this puts OUR National Parks in while they are closed. I think the best example would be AZ's own Petrified Forest National Park. Imagine leaving the public to "use at their own risk" for a week or so. Ther...
by rally_toad
Jan 19 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Re: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Tough_Boots wrote:That's what the preserve reports though no one else will ever know.
This is all just too classic!!
dun dun dun!! (dramatic music)

CAT-GATE the scandal of the decade!!!

I call for an immediate resignation of all Riparian Preserve Staff immediately!!

:sl: :sl:
by rally_toad
Jan 19 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Re: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

@Tough_Boots In you're previous post you claim that Save the Cats was ready to remove all the cats at any time, the quote from the director and the large number of cats that remain at the preserve past the deadline says otherwise. only one view was offered at the start of this forum. Is there anoth...
by rally_toad
Jan 18 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Re: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

@Tough_Boots Just because you know someone who works for Save the Cats does not mean you have the whole story. Regardless as to whether or not removal of the cats WAS the goal is irrelevant, that IS clearly the goal now and the cat people had until today to do just that. Since there were still seve...
by rally_toad
Jan 18 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Hiker Found After Intensive Evening Search
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: Lost Hiker Found After Intensive Evening Search

It's unfortunate Maricopa & Pinal County can't respond likewise in it's Wilderness areas. Really the reason that this search likely ended so well is because this is a day use only area that is well patrolled by the NPS. Immediately when there is still a car parked at the trailhead after sunset they...
by rally_toad
Jan 13 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Re: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

We're dealing with a totally synthetic view of nature here Yep, because Domesticated House Cats i.e. the species we are talking about is a totally natural species. Evolved totally without the hand of man, natural selection made them extra cute, saves them from predators. but this is all speculation...
by rally_toad
Jan 11 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Re: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Pellet guns work pretty well, and are quiet, too! Effective, yet frowned upon by some :( part of an organization that has been dealing with these cats for years Obviously they weren't doing that great of a job. Isn't several years enough time to capture and euthanize 50-80 cats? Since Aubudon and R...
by rally_toad
Jan 11 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Replies: 94
Views: 7254

Feral Cat Problem at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Calling Gilbert Residents and Gilbert Riparian Preserve Visitors. I have provided a link to an AZ republic article on the feral cat problem at the preserve, and below is a forwarded email I received from a good friend from PeFo and a frequent visitor to the Riparian Preserve. Below the link is the e...
by rally_toad
Dec 30 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: New trails at South Mountain
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Re: New trails at South Mountain

The Stillernator wrote:5:30am once again becomes mandatory
5:30 AM is NEVER mandatory, and in most cases it isn't even an option ;)
by rally_toad
Dec 28 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Tonto Trail: Hermit to Bright Angel.
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Tonto Trail: Hermit to Bright Angel.

If anyone is interested in doing this as a dayhike or backpack between January 5th and January January 17th let me know. It could be done as a dayhike I think, or we could take an easy pace and do it as an overnighter. Walk in permits shouldn't be too hard to get during this time period. If we do it...
by rally_toad
Dec 25 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Did an 8.74 mile hike (Tucson)
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Did an 8.74 mile hike (Tucson)

Generally this should be posted as a triplog rather than a forum topic. HAZ will keep track of all your stats for you! :D
by rally_toad
Nov 30 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Any one got spare crampons?
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Any one got spare crampons?

Hey guys,

I'm looking for someone who is willing to either loan me some crampons for a week or so, or who is looking to get rid of a spare pair and sell them for a reasonable price. Respond or pm me if you have any or know of someone who does. I need them by December 16th.

Thanks in advance.

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