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by The_Dude
Mar 27 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Flora
Topic: What determines "extreme" wildflowers in your triplogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: What determines "extreme" wildflowers in your triplogs?

I gotta go with quantity. Did an in town fairly mundane hike of Shadow Mountain last week for the exercise, and was literally brought to a halt a few times by the sheer mass of brittlebush. The whole north face was solid yellow. Mighty impressive. Went by Sears Kay on Sunday and was overwhelmed with...
by The_Dude
Mar 24 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 702
Views: 37165

Re: Hiking vehicles

@nonot
I figured I am going to lose a mpg or two for any better off-road tire. If this will not be my commuter though, I feel like I can handle it, as long as it is not a huge jump. I am averaging about 21 mpg right now (8 speed 6 cyl), but I know that will drop some.
by The_Dude
Mar 23 2017 7:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 702
Views: 37165

Re: Hiking vehicles

Thanks all for your feedback!
by The_Dude
Mar 22 2017 9:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hiking vehicles
Replies: 702
Views: 37165

Re: Hiking vehicles

So, closely related topic, my stock street tires on my 2015 Ram 1500 4X4 are quickly approaching replacement, and a job change has me getting a company truck to take back and forth to work. That means I want to put some better off-roading tires on the Ram! I have been looking at the BF Goodrich A/T ...
by The_Dude
Mar 15 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: What kind of mileage are you getting
Replies: 53
Views: 3624

Re: What kind of mileage are you getting

@joebartels
Funny, I usually feel pretty good getting 3-400 miles out of a pair of Keens. I must need to shave off some poundage too. Lately I haven't had much time for hiking unfortunately, so my boots are lasting longer... :doh:
by The_Dude
Mar 02 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199772

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

@chumley
I saw that on the SRP site this morning, that has to be crazy! If it weren't for this dang work thang I would be out there right now.
by The_Dude
Feb 25 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Camping near Peeley TH
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: Camping near Peeley TH

Thanks guys! We enjoyed Camp Grasshopper 2 miles east of the TH. Fantastic spot, nice tree cover despite the heavily burned areas around. Definitely a little chilly though. Room for a few vehicle's worth of campers at the first spot alone. I did pick up some Arizona pinstriping on my truck, the scru...
by The_Dude
Feb 23 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Camping near Peeley TH
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: Camping near Peeley TH

@chumley
Awesome, thanks! I kind of figured there was TH camping that happened, and that we would be unlikely to have issues with rangers out there. This sure looks like a more scenic alternative to say the least.
by The_Dude
Feb 23 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Camping near Peeley TH
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Camping near Peeley TH

The Earthiest and I were planning a quick camp trip for the weekend to enjoy some outdoors and get in a fun hike. We were wanting to do Mt. Peeley, but the Tonto rangers said no go for camping at the TH when I called unless we lugged our gear a half mile in, not the urge for this trip. I was figurin...
by The_Dude
Feb 16 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: FR 172 & 172A to Rogers Trough TH
Replies: 110
Views: 7172

Re: Forest Road 172 & 172A to Rogers Trough TH

I made it up to Roger's Trough back in November with my stock Ram 1500 (6 cyl) with street tires. I did engage the 4 X 4 for the last hill, but mostly because I have it and it helps to justify the cost for buying it. :y: As long as it has not rained for a few days, and there is no snow, the drive is...
by The_Dude
Jan 20 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Flora
Topic: Massive Plant Collection Finds a New Home
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Massive Plant Collection Finds a New Home

This is an amazing project! I have been working with a few of the folks involved in the move, numbers alone don't tell the story. Some of these plants are mature specimen Yuccas, Saguaros, and other large succulents. These plants are all individually root trimmed and boxed (a few bare-root too) and ...
by The_Dude
Jan 11 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Fitness & Health
Topic: Hiking pain and pill popping
Replies: 43
Views: 2544

Re: Hiking pain and pill popping

I have a pill kit I bring along that has naproxin (Aleve type), ibubrofen, sudafed, pepto (pill form), and benadryl in it to combat a wide range of potential issues. I rarely use any on day hikes, but I find I do like a naproxin or two in the morning if I am backpacking to help combat knee & shoulde...
by The_Dude
Dec 22 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199772

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

@Jim_H
I saw that forecast yesterday, and it must have bumped up a bit since I looked at it. I guess I can keep my fingers crossed and hope...
by The_Dude
Dec 22 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199772

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

@chumley
We were thinking about heading up to Flagstaff next week to play in the snow, but now I am reconsidering. I would think all of this rain will either melt it off, or turn it into ice...
by The_Dude
Dec 22 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Desert Rats: Will you begin a hike while it's raining?
Replies: 37
Views: 1739

Re: Desert Rats: Will you begin a hike while it's raining?

I enjoy hiking in the rain as well, close by lightning notwithstanding. I picked up a nice lightweight but waterproof jacket three years ago that works like a champ (Woot special, back when that website had good outdoors gear), I even finally got some rain pants last year but have oddly enough not u...
by The_Dude
Dec 20 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199772

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Got my fingers crossed, last week petered out to nothing but a few sprinkles. Chances look pretty good for Saturday as well. Bring on the Slushy Xmas!
by The_Dude
Dec 11 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Favorite Peaks
Replies: 37
Views: 1107

Re: Favorite Peaks

Wrightston has to be on the short list, fantastic hike. Guadalupe Peak in TX is right up there too, that was an amazing solo experience to a highpoint surrounded by nothing but wilderness for about as far as you can see. Sandia Crest via the La Luz was pretty epic in NM too. I think I prefer the gri...
by The_Dude
Nov 30 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Camelback Christmas Tree
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Camelback Christmas Tree

If they are leaving trash afterwards that seems like a pretty crappy thing to do. If you are going to haul it up there, take care of it yourself dangit! Seems like the tree was not that large in the years past that I have seen it, the last one I saw I though was about 7-8' or so. Camelback stopped b...
by The_Dude
Nov 30 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Political
Topic: Camelback Christmas Tree
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Camelback Christmas Tree

I found the tree an interesting find when I saw it a few years ago, pleasant surprise to come up top and see. I could certainly see there being issues hauling a tree up that way, and mess would certainly be an issue if the folks that brought it up did not take care of it. There are some folks that a...
by The_Dude
Nov 18 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 6087
Views: 199772

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

@chumley
Yeah, NOAA has cut it's totals in half since I looked yesterday. Thought it was too good to be true...

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