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by big_load
Jan 15 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Beginner 2 Night Trip Nearer to Phoenix

One simple approach is to do two nights at Reavis Ranch, with a side trip to Circlestone on the middle day.
For a more traditional two-nighter, some version of the Charlebois Loop is good.
by big_load
Jan 09 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 765

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

BRichard wrote: Is their reliable water at Oak Flat?
Not that I know of. That was too close to my start/end point to research carefully, but I recall Oak Flat as a rocky confluence of dry creek beds with some decent campsites and a big corral.
by big_load
Jan 08 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 765

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

Metalrunner wrote:You might consider starting your trip from Miles Ranch TH
That would make it like this trip, which was fun. The first and last days were tough.

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by big_load
Jan 07 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Good places for beginner snowshoeing around Flagstaff
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Good places for beginner snowshoeing around Flagstaff

chumley wrote:
Jan 07 2019 12:17 pm
Arizona Nordic Village. They rent snowshoes and groom trails specifically for snowshoeing.
I agree. However, if I were going there I'd much rather do some Nordic skiing. Snowshoeing is for when nothing else is possible. It's fun on packed trails in reasonable doses, though.
by big_load
Jan 06 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: NOBO in the fall?
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: NOBO in the fall?

sandyfortner wrote:As long as you're prepared for snow ...
That includes being comfortable with route finding when the trail is buried.
by big_load
Jan 06 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop
Replies: 12
Views: 765

Re: Thoughts on this eastern supes loop

There is a good campsite where the Fireline Trail intersects Campaign.
by big_load
Jan 04 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: First timer visiting AZ for a long week
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: First timer visiting AZ for a long week

nonot wrote:March to me is a bit early for Sedona hiking if its a cold winter, but to each their own.
Somebody from Ludington would probably scoff at a "cold" March day in Sedona. (I'm still shivering from my last ferry ride from Manitowoc).
by big_load
Jan 04 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5984
Views: 180670

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Jim_H wrote:Are people "enjoying" the low desert's first real winter since 2016? I've had enough of the cold, but I know it's healthier than the two previous winters.
Yesterday I saw a nice picture of Bisbee covered with snow. It's not low desert, but I haven't been there yet when it snowed.
by big_load
Jan 02 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: 2019 Hazolutions
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: 2019 Hazolutions

@outdoor_lover I know you have your work cut out for you, but I hope you can find some respite for yourself. I saw your other post elsewhere. The caregiver also needs to take care of herself, and you'll find solace in doing an occasional hike. Don't be a stranger, though! And happy New Year! I agre...
by big_load
Jan 01 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5984
Views: 180670

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

The statewide average was 63.3" as of yesterday, 0.65" short of the record set in 2011. It's been raining for 12 hours, with 1.5"-2" expected before it stops. The nearest weather station says we've had 0.75" so far, so the statewide average may have pushed into record territory. If the remainder of...
by big_load
Jan 01 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 26
Views: 1054

Re: Government Shutdown

I heard a report on the radio of yahoos off-roading in Yosemite while there weren't enough resources to stop them.
by big_load
Dec 30 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 2019 Hazolutions
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: 2019 Hazolutions

I'm in on a fantastic GC permit this year: Tanner/Beamer to the confluence and back on the Escalante Route. My goal is to get through the exposure without disaster or freaking out. Hopefully scrambling up to all those ruins has built up my nerve.
by big_load
Dec 28 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5984
Views: 180670

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

The statewide average was 63.3" as of yesterday, 0.65" short of the record set in 2011. It's been raining for 12 hours, with 1.5"-2" expected before it stops. The nearest weather station says we've had 0.75" so far, so the statewide average may have pushed into record territory. If the remainder of...
by big_load
Dec 28 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5984
Views: 180670

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Big rains today should put NJ over the top for wettest year on the books. The statewide average was 63.3" as of yesterday, 0.65" short of the record set in 2011. It's been raining for 12 hours, with 1.5"-2" expected before it stops.

ETA: I'm really glad this storm isn't snow.
by big_load
Dec 24 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Astronomy/Sky
Topic: It's the Solstice!
Replies: 51
Views: 3559

Re: It's the Solstice!

@Jim_H
That's getting closer every day.
by big_load
Dec 23 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Astronomy/Sky
Topic: It's the Solstice!
Replies: 51
Views: 3559

Re: It's the Solstice!

@Jim_H
Because the weather is better than Iowa, and so are the jobs.
by big_load
Dec 23 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Astronomy/Sky
Topic: It's the Solstice!
Replies: 51
Views: 3559

Re: It's the Solstice!

I just want to see the sun. I won't be back in AZ until the end of March.
by big_load
Dec 13 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Flora & Fauna - Weather & Fire
Topic: Bobcat sighting
Replies: 25
Views: 839

Re: Bobcat sighting

rcorfman wrote:Hmm, I haven't been able to spot the bobcat.
Just like real life. :lol:
by big_load
Dec 10 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Astronomy/Sky
Topic: Watch for the Geminids
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Watch for the Geminids

chumley wrote:you just need to figure out how to stay warm away from light pollution.
I'm not worried about staying warm, but the clouds won't cooperate in NJ. I was just happy to see the sliver of moon for a while tonight.
by big_load
Dec 07 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch
Replies: 25
Views: 718

Re: New Singletrack To Be Built Across Babbitt Ranch

AndrewAZ wrote:And the camping options all seemed to be covered in grass filled with cockleburs (or some other spiny little thing).
Was it teasels?


https://www.nazinvasiveplants.org/teasel/

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