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by pencak
Mar 08 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Clothing
Topic: What's your preference? boots, gear, clothes, etc...
Replies: 95
Views: 9583

Re: What's your preference? boots, gear, clothes, etc...

I bought one of the outrageously expensive OR hats last year... I've had various hats over the years. The Tilley hat I recently got was pricey but worth it. Best fitting and with double draw strings so it can hold on to the back of your head, which keeps it from blowing off forward. Better than bak...
by pencak
Mar 05 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gender issues
Replies: 57
Views: 2168

Re: Gender issues

I was actually looking for a photo of I guy I saw on the net where he's only wearing sorts and it's all over his bear upper body and some on his legs. He's hunched over walking and he's drooling with one stuck to his lip. He looks like he's crying also. I couldn't find that photo so the one I linked...
by pencak
Mar 04 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Superstitions March 21 2009
Replies: 31
Views: 2070

Re: Superstitions March 21 2009

IM on a tight budget. heres my list so far. Here's the pack list that I actually use. http://hikearizona.com/mypack.php?ver=3&PID=233 For the clothes, ignore most of that on the list think about how comfortable you are with the cold and bring something to cover your head. For food, forget about the...
by pencak
Mar 04 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Superstition 3 day backpack advice
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: Superstition 3 day backpack advice

I'd start by planning it around available water sources. There are more available now because of the recent rains but that would dictate the route of a 3 day hike I would plan for the Superstitions. I'd still plan on a gallon a day so running into a reliable source of water on either mid or late in ...
by pencak
Mar 04 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: Researching GPS
Replies: 68
Views: 3335

Re: Researching GPS

I got the Colorado precisely because it has a quad-helix antenna, which I thought was supposed to be better reception under tree canopies. I go to Central America and I need something that can get readings in the rain forest and in field tests it works great. The Colorado I have and the 8 or 10 car ...
by pencak
Mar 04 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gender issues
Replies: 57
Views: 2168

Re: Gender issues

Which is precisely why, despite being in possession of adequate technology and adequately trained to use it, I still don't carry. If anyone is going to mess with me in the back country, than it's going to be be their will against mine - and those are odds I can live with. Besides, hiking on most Ar...
by pencak
Mar 04 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gender issues
Replies: 57
Views: 2168

Re: Gender issues

I know plenty of women who don't need a gun to take care of themselves. I can tell you a story about a female MP who beat back a group of angry Iraqis... The gun really wasn't the issue, I was trying to draw out the legitimate differences between the genders that we should recognize. There may be l...
by pencak
Mar 03 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gender issues
Replies: 57
Views: 2168

Re: Gender issues

About five years back I actually had a solo female backpacker ask me if she could "Sit in my camp for a while" once near Sycamore Reservoir because a group of guys with "Heavy European accents" and an ice cooler full of cheap wine were following her around everywhere she tried to put up her tent an...
by pencak
Feb 22 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Food/Recipes
Topic: Best Backpacking Libation
Replies: 130
Views: 20607

Re: Best Backpacking Libation

Some plants were kept as evidence... Quick, what's the first thing that came to your mind when you read that statement? Perhaps I'm jaded but I think of a bunch of cops sitting in the back of the evidence room ala that 70's show. Probably not the case but it's funny to visualize. The bummer about a...
by pencak
Feb 21 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Dogs
Topic: Dogs on the trail... sans leash...
Replies: 125
Views: 9283

Re: Dogs on the trail... sans leash...

That reminds me of something I witnessed at Havasupai several years ago... I was there last October and saw many of the reservation dogs just wandering around along the trail (loose horses also.) They knew to stay away from the pack trains. Mostly they would give you that Mexican-velvet-painting sa...
by pencak
Feb 20 2010 11:51 am
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: It is obviously a hiking addiction...
Replies: 27
Views: 1387

Re: It is obviously a hiking addiction...

There's a lot worse things to do with your time. Stumbling across this site was excellent. IMO, of all the sites this is the best hiking one hand's down because... 1. A whole host of characters that write the hike descriptions 8) 2. They're real trip descriptions instead of many of the ones you find...
by pencak
Feb 20 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: bivy recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: bivy recommendations

I think I'm narrowing down my wish list on this item... Big Agnes 3 wire (thanks to RedRoxx44) http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/ThreeWireBivySack Integral Designs eVent Unishelter http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_detail.cfm?id=776&CFID=1629022&CFTOKEN=12711363 Both have the hoop ov...
by pencak
Feb 20 2010 8:00 am
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: bivy recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: bivy recommendations

I got an Integral Designs SilTarp 2: http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_detail.cfm?id=727&CFID=1629022&CFTOKEN=12711363 They list it at 14oz but mine weighs 17.5oz because I've pre-attached lengths of line to it so it's easier to set up. One thing about set-up and take down though; it's light li...
by pencak
Feb 18 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: bivy recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: bivy recommendations

Here's the setup I use: http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=120237 or http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=121720 Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy with a siltarp. A small elastic cord holds up the bivy off of my face. No moisture issues, super warm. It was 28 when I went to Reavis Ranch and I was f...
by pencak
Feb 18 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bear Canister Requirements
Replies: 23
Views: 1637

Re: Bear Canister Requirements

I'd recommend you get an Outsak to fend of varmints. http://www.simpleoutdoorstore.com/products.html
Locally, you can get them at the Hiking Shack. http://hikingshack.com/locationhours.html
Have fun, sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
by pencak
Feb 18 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Dogs
Topic: Dogs on the trail... sans leash...
Replies: 125
Views: 9283

Re: Dogs on the trail... sans leash...

Dogs view us as other dogs. They size you up to see where you are in relation to the pack. They listen to their owners because they recognize them as the dominant dog in their little pack. They're also territorial and very sensitive to emotion. That's why it's such a crap shoot when they get out in ...
by pencak
Feb 18 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Are you fatalistic about death?
Replies: 45
Views: 2759

Re: Are you fatalistic about death?

Pencak, you need to stick around. I'd like to hear some Central America stories! My daughter did study abroad in Costa Rica (Puntarenas) and my husband and I are considering spending a year there sometime in the next couple of years. As for fatalism, don't people in 3rd world countries often have a...
by pencak
Feb 17 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Do you Exercise to be Thin?
Replies: 53
Views: 2940

Re: Do you Exercise to be Thin?

I keep hearing about the 5 meals thing. I just am not that organized. This and this alone is the #1 item that takes the most discipline. Going to the gym takes discipline but messing with your eating habits seems to take a lot more. I've done it, it wasn't easy but if you stick with it then it will...
by pencak
Feb 17 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Are you fatalistic about death?
Replies: 45
Views: 2759

Re: Are you fatalistic about death?

Hmmm.... Fatalistic about death? I've spent some time in Nicaragua and visited El Salvador. It was a real eye opener when I first went there. A great majority of the people there are very poor by our standards and work so hard to survive they barely have time to think about anything else. Lots of ba...
by pencak
Feb 17 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cairns, Summit Registers & Geocaches... in the Wilderness?
Replies: 64
Views: 27419

Re: Cairns, Summit Registers & Geocaches... in the Wilderness?

You can’t reasonably have a beef with any man-made thing anyway, since the trails are man-made to begin with. Bingo. If you want to have no visible human impact on the wilderness whatsoever then it's simple, just ban humans from the wilderness. However, I'd like to think of myself as part of the wi...

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