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by big_load
Apr 12 2005 10:03 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Bear bagging in the desert?
Replies: 11
Views: 1889

I've seen plenty of bear sign and a few live bears on Tanque Verde and at Manning Camp. Some of the metal bear boxes at those designated camping areas have really impressive dents and scratches. Almost everywhere else I've been in the AZ backcountry has bears, too. And bears or not, the desert is lo...
by big_load
Apr 11 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What exactly is Canyoneering .???
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

I like to think of it as breaking your leg and drowning at the same time :wink: .
by big_load
Apr 08 2005 3:25 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots and Stick
Replies: 23
Views: 2902

Re: HIKING BOOTS AND STICK

In response to Nay_Nay's reply: Whether you need boots depends mainly on how much weight you carry and what the terrain is like. If you're day hiking on reasonably even-surfaced trails, running shoes or trail runners should be fine as long as they fit well and give good support. I wear boots on roc...
by big_load
Apr 06 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: Havasu
Topic: Supai Status?
Replies: 1
Views: 763

:( Mrs. big_load and I visited the falls 2 1/2 years ago and were really struck by the canyon's vulnerability. Parts of the village and trail must flood every time it rains (which it did during our visit), and it looks like they're constantly repairing erosion damage. Given a choice, I would never c...
by big_load
Mar 28 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Earliest date for Blue Range
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: This and $5 gets ya some good coffee!

In response to montezumawell's reply: That's for sure. But here's one prediction I'll stand by: some day in the two weeks centered around Thanksgiving it will snow 6" everywhere northwest of Flagstaff. I think I'm 3-for-3 on that one (with no ill effects). I'm mostly concerned about being able to f...
by big_load
Mar 28 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Earliest date for Blue Range
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Earliest date for Blue Range

What are the chances of more than an inch or two of snow in the Blue Range WA in late April?
by big_load
Mar 27 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Do you carry a compass and Topo Map every trip?
Replies: 40
Views: 3544

In response to bigracket1's reply: Yeah, that's frustrating. I got trapped once on top of a mesa where the trail was faint to invisible. I spent two hours going back and forth looking for the way down (which had also been the way up), but just couldn't find it. The trail had been marked with very s...
by big_load
Mar 26 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cost Share
Replies: 7
Views: 817

Re: Cost Share

In response to montezumawell's reply:

The easiest no-hassle way to share costs is to hike with your spouse :) .

However, in order to do this more than once, make sure her sleeping bag is at least 10 degrees warmer than yours and bring lots of hot chocolate and a few chemical handwarmers.
by big_load
Mar 26 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: North Face sleeping bag question again
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: North Face sleeping bag question again

In response to Abuelo's reply: I use a silk liner most of the time. It helps, but probably only 5 degrees or so. I also wear long underwear or any other clothes I have when it gets cold, but you might be less sensitive to the cold. People vary quite a bit. I would first spend a night in the back ya...
by big_load
Mar 26 2005 6:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pine Canyon Tragedy
Replies: 62
Views: 10629

In response to matt gilbert's reply:

I pretty much agree. What worries me is that I might have done the same thing, and whether its punishable or not, I'd rather not have it on my conscience.
by big_load
Mar 25 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pine Canyon Tragedy
Replies: 62
Views: 10629

Re: Pine Canyon Trail Shooting Death

In response to montezumawell's reply: It sounds like a tragic series of bad decisions by everyone involved. Lacking a reliable independent account of the situation, I couldn't say whether there was criminal wrongdoing. It does provoke a few thoughts on issues that have been discussed here before, b...
by big_load
Mar 24 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New Here, wanted to say hello!
Replies: 10
Views: 863

Re: New Here, wanted to say hello!

In response to AZHikr4444's reply:

Here are two classic navigation tutorials:

"Land Navigation Handbook", W. S. Kals
"Be Expert With Map & Compass", Bjorn Kjellstrom

Also, I find an altimeter even more useful than a compass most of the time.
by big_load
Mar 22 2005 10:04 pm
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: North Face sleeping bag temp rating question
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: North Face sleeping bag temp rating question

In response to Abuelo's reply:

Old posts at backpacker.com say 25 degrees, but TNF temperature ratings tend to be very optimistic. If you're a cold sleeper, the right number could be 10-15 degrees higher.
by big_load
Mar 22 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Maps and Guides
Replies: 11
Views: 1029

In response to Tim's reply:


Ditto. It is among the best map stores anywhere. I have ordered on line from them and received maps within two days. Every time I visit, I buy three times as many maps as I planned.
by big_load
Mar 18 2005 2:00 pm
Forum: Phantom Ranch
Topic: Phantom Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 4144

A year ago at Thanksgiving my wife and I stayed at the campground. Power was out for two days at the ranch and their guests were FREEZING (it was about 22 degrees at the bottom, single digits at the rim). The vendors lent out old sleeping bags, but I was really glad to be in my tent with a 15 degree...
by big_load
Mar 17 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Do you carry a compass and Topo Map every trip?
Replies: 40
Views: 3544

Re: Thanks for your post!

In response to montezumawell's reply: I totally agree. Even when there is little chance of getting lost, a map is helpful in estimating how long it will take to reach key points, including some you might not have been looking for in the other direction. This applies to not only to yourself, but esp...
by big_load
Mar 14 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: Scale Recommendation Sought
Replies: 5
Views: 787

In response to xxxclimber's reply:

Oops, too much information!
by big_load
Mar 14 2005 11:15 am
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: Scale Recommendation Sought
Replies: 5
Views: 787

In response to xxxclimber's reply:

The specs are pretty impressive; such accuracy in the high range is very unusual. I wonder if it has a built-in temperature sensor or thermal control and a bunch of processing to compensate the non-ideal characteristics of the pressure transducer.
by big_load
Mar 14 2005 12:46 am
Forum: GPS & Electronic
Topic: Scale Recommendation Sought
Replies: 5
Views: 787

I very much doubt the existence of a commercial product with such accuracy over the full range you wish. However, you can do pretty well with two scales. I use a Teraillon digital kitchen scale, which handles up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs) and is accurate to about 1/8 oz., and a Tanita bathroom scale/body fat...
by big_load
Feb 11 2004 9:44 am
Forum: Food/Recipes
Topic: Mountain House going to 20 oz.
Replies: 6
Views: 1888

In response to AZBrad123's reply: Thanks for the suggestions. My wife prefers the dog solution, but I'm stubbornly resisting. I've seen pre-dividing meals proposed elsewhere, but I wonder how well it works in practice. Some meals have plastic spice bags that accumulate a lot of static charge, so I ...

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