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by big_load
Feb 02 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tonto fees make unhappy campers (AZ Republic; Feb. 2, 2004)
Replies: 16
Views: 2313

I'm surprised there is no mention of equipment malfunctions. Several times the trialhead machine has refused to accept any of my currency (and I brought plenty of spare $ based on previous experience). Maybe it has improved, but I don't know how they can fine people if the lot is unattended and the ...
by big_load
Jan 30 2004 2:52 pm
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Compass Bubbles in Cold Weather
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

I'm not at significant elevation (home is just under 900', skiing/snowshoeing about 1600'). However, the presence of dissolved air under nominal ambient conditions would certainly contribute to bubbles at altitude as well as in the cold. One factor I hadn't considered before was thermal contraction ...
by big_load
Jan 28 2004 7:16 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: What is the best shelter?
Replies: 19
Views: 2852

I'm really attached to my Sierra Designs Light Year CD. It hasn't suffered a major downpour yet, but it holds up great under high winds (the kind that make you worry about flying debris). It has also survived a modest ice storm. However, I wouldn't expect it to do well under more than 8-10 inches of...
by big_load
Jan 26 2004 5:11 pm
Forum: Map & Navigation
Topic: Compass Bubbles in Cold Weather
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Compass Bubbles in Cold Weather

Has anyone experienced bubbles in a compass capsule? My backup, an older Silva baseplate Type 3 had a tiny bubble in it last week just after I returned from snowshoeing in in single-digit temps. Saturday I looked again when I was X-C skiing (again in single digits) and noticed that the bubble was mu...
by big_load
Jan 15 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lion Treed; News from Prescott
Replies: 1
Views: 369

If the frequency of lion reports continues to increase, my wife will ban me from solo hiking. She's afraid that lions have caught onto the fact that people are slow and defenseless. I claim that while my hooves are not very sharp, my trekking poles make good horns. However, she points out that they ...
by big_load
Jan 07 2004 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Geocaching
Replies: 39
Views: 3970

In response to azhiker96's reply:

It seems like removing a cache without also notifying its creators increases the risk of searchers disrupting the area even further.
by big_load
Jan 05 2004 5:16 pm
Forum: Havasu
Topic: Havasupai
Replies: 29
Views: 5047

In response to Glitter's reply:

That number was good a year ago (11/02). It wasn't regularly staffed then either, especially in the off season. The entry fee was $20 each, plus $10 per person per night camping, plus 5% tax.
by big_load
Jan 05 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Geocaching
Replies: 39
Views: 3970

In response to azhiker96's reply:

I don't care much for peak logs. You know if you got there. Nobody else ought to care, except perhaps the folks looking for your body. I only sign logs that appear to be maintained by rangers. Even then I feel silly.
by big_load
Dec 18 2003 6:02 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: High arch support shoes/ boots
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

I agree wholeheartedly with ghoster, and I'd like to amplify on a few points. Superfeet are great, but forming them to the shape your foot should have is best done by a podiatrist, especially if you're doing so to counteract recurring pain or injury. Furthermore, they can't account for some critical...
by big_load
Dec 18 2003 3:33 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Orientation
Replies: 19
Views: 2311

I always carry M&C, but for on-trail travel in most AZ terrain I find an altimeter much more useful than a compass. If you check a few times an hour and track your progress, you can usually pinpoint location with a single, easy observation. It weighs less than a GPS and the battery is good for years...
by big_load
Dec 17 2003 3:42 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: What makes this sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

In response to Leva's reply: I wasn't aware rabies presented this symptom. Your description sounds eerily like what I did with my throat to imitate the sound for the rangers. Maybe I don't need to feel so bad about cowering in my tent. I have encountered (probably) rabid animals before, but none th...
by big_load
Dec 10 2003 1:54 am
Forum: Fauna
Topic: What makes this sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

In response to pfredricks' reply: Well, I sure hope nobody ever has to pack out my half-eaten carcass (great quote, by the way). My handle comes from all the water that seems necessary to get where I'm going with a comfortable safety margin. I long ago swore off camping near water, and I'm still pe...
by big_load
Dec 09 2003 2:25 pm
Forum: Fauna
Topic: What makes this sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

What makes this sound?

The week before Thanksgiving I was camped at Juniper Basin on Tanque Verde ridge. I don't know why, but the NPS-designated campsites are adjacent to fairly dependable water (i.e. no chance of sleeping soundly). Shortly after a chilly sunset the critters started coming out. One (or more) made a conti...

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