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by big_load
Apr 29 2005 8:49 am
Forum: First Aid & Bug Repellent
Topic: Bug Repellent
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Here's an interesting new development. I haven't tried it myself, but I might be more likely to use it than DEET: Repellents containing the chemical picaridin or the oil of lemon eucalyptus offer "long-lasting protection against mosquito bites," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, a...
by big_load
Apr 25 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: 14er
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

None of the fourteeners in the San Juans are difficult except for length of access and altitude. I find the length of access helps with the altitude. A few days of slow acclimation is easier than charging right up. I should say that I haven't gone for the 14ers themselves. I'm happy just going up t...
by big_load
Apr 25 2005 11:16 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: 14er
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

I'll have to check at home on difficulty, but there is a good (and very popular) concentration of them in the Weminuche Wilderness just north of Durango. At least a few of them are non-technical. Early July is about the soonest you could get through, but I would call for a real prediction. I spent a...
by big_load
Apr 20 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Skull Mesa Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

In response to hikeaz's reply: In response to hikeaz's reply: Two words say it all: slot canyon. There's only one way for a slot canyon to develop, and that mechanism is still quite active. I've heard too many stories about people drowning in flash floods. I'm especially worried about rain farther ...
by big_load
Apr 17 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

Re: My mistake-not the snake's

One of the final analyses of this topic ought to be that everyone think about the "smartness of snakes," and compare and contrast that to the "smartness of hikers." j Considering only cases in which somebody stepped on a snake or came close enough to seriously endanger it, it's remarkable how few b...
by big_load
Apr 16 2005 9:22 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Skull Mesa Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Where are you going in Escalante?
by big_load
Apr 16 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

fitzcaraldo wrote:
mikeinFHAZ wrote: I don’t believe I said snakes could hear.
I think Mike's hearing comment was in response to my earlier statement that I make plenty of noise.

Bears don't understand English either, but that doesn't stop me from talking to them in mostly complete sentences when the need arises :wink: .
by big_load
Apr 15 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

you can make all the noise you want, unfortunately snakes dont have ears and they cant hear, not even like the "old wives tale" that says they can hear with their tongue. Nonsense. If the terrain looks snakey, I try making the ground vibrate a little more, considering their form of hearing is reall...
by big_load
Apr 15 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

Refined Question

Apart from good basking spots, what features of the immediate environment make you think "there might be a rattlesnake there"?
by big_load
Apr 15 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

Few things create such an electric primal adrenalin rush as getting buzzed by a rattlesnake at close range. That's for sure. Something primitive in your brain instantly recognizes the sound, even the first time you hear it. Last year I stepped on a garter snake while barefoot in camp in CO. It seem...
by big_load
Apr 15 2005 11:01 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

In response to Shi's reply: In response to Shi's reply: A ranger in the Mesa office told me that bears in the Superstitions generally do not hibernate. The question came up because of some things I noticed in a winterish return trip along the Two Bar Ridge trail. Most of the cairns had been scatter...
by big_load
Apr 15 2005 10:02 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

Abe's post reminded me that only once has a critter approached me while I was in a tent. It was a deer at Reavis Ranch in late fall / early winter. It kept coming closer, but would freeze when I shined a headlamp on it. Then when I tried going back to sleep, I could hear it coming closer. I'm not su...
by big_load
Apr 14 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: Where do you see rattlesnakes?
Replies: 75
Views: 9410

Where do you see rattlesnakes?

Over the last few years I've read everything about posted on this forum about rattlesnakes, and most of what I could find in the library, but I still feel deficient in knowledge of their behavior. OK, so here's the question: Where do you see rattlesnakes? I have most often seen them basking in open ...
by big_load
Apr 14 2005 9:04 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Rattlesnakes and tents!
Replies: 26
Views: 5859

Re: Snakes, snakes! [off topic]

In response to montezumawell's reply: I really love reading Farley Mowat, even if I disagree with him on some points. If you haven't read them all, his recent books are interesting since they add some important (and disturbing) details that I think he couldn't (or was afraid to) include in the orig...
by big_load
Apr 13 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Bear bagging in the desert?
Replies: 11
Views: 1928

In response to john.roach's reply: In response to john.roach's reply: Bear Vault just came out with a new, smaller unit good for soloing. I prefer the Ursack (http://www.ursack.com), which is essentially a stuff sack made of Spectra. It's a little more packable, and can get smaller as you eat the f...
by big_load
Apr 12 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Bear bagging in the desert?
Replies: 11
Views: 1928

In response to mikeinFHAZ's reply: Its amazing to watch an experienced ringtail empty a backpack. They get all the zippers open and everything out on the ground in a few seconds. The habituated ones won't scare off either. I poked at one in the GC (Phantom Ranch campground) with a trekking pole, an...
by big_load
Apr 12 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: Hiking Boots and Stick
Replies: 23
Views: 2937

In response to Trishness' reply:

I agree, but I sure wouldn't try taking Abe's stick away!

Sometimes I pick up a saguaro rib on unplanned day hikes. It's better than nothing, and I always feel sad leaving it behind. They just don't collapse very well.
by big_load
Apr 12 2005 10:03 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Bear bagging in the desert?
Replies: 11
Views: 1928

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: 1074

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: 2937

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...

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