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Sep 20 2015
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42 male
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 Patagonia, AZ
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
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Off trail to pick up a camera. Just getting one recent log in for the loads of times I'm in here.
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Dec 25 2013
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Brought my sister here for her first, long overdue visit. Looked like we were the only humans in there, which was the plan. Gorgeous day, leaves falling like rain, bobcat tracks, and the water felt great. Probably going on triplog hiatus again, got motivated for 2 tonight. Keep it up HAZ, best place on the inet.
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Oct 16 2013
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Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2013
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Haven't posted to a triplog for any hike in a long time. Been coming and going in the Eagletails since the last one. Logging this one because the childhood crew was in town and got their first visit. We set up a car camp at the Horntail, built an oven, and did our thing. Hiked, listened to the new Pearl Jam, and made our own music. Brought them in the Eagletails from the south and didn't make our way to sights along Ben Avery. Let them lead the wander to what seemed interesting. No wildlife asides from avian. Crossed some mine ruins. They were hoping for another cougar in this area of course, but obviously with them in tow I wasn't going to find one. Hard enough solo.
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Sep 16 2012
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Malicious GapGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2012
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Hiking5.00 Miles 650 AEG
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Went to the end of the gap and back along the burnt ridge, checking out some peaks. Cougar track and lots of bear tracks up the canyon. Judging on the mud and drying within an hour, but couldn't find him. Found a couple nice ruins with hundreds of cherds. Ran the site in AZSITE and it hasn't been surveyed. Nothing new to an Ancha hike...ruins and bears every time.

Another note...the road in is blocked about half a mile or less from the suggested TH.
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Jul 02 2011
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Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2011
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Hiking20.60 Miles 4,609 AEG
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Took it up to Humphrey's. Been awhile since I last took this trail. The peacefulness of it faded at the jct with Humphreys...mob scene. Touched the top quick and got back real thing. Took it nice and slow coming down to make sure I got some night hiking in. Never get tired of listening to the thrushes. Some campers at Doyle. Standard horned lizard catches. No bear though, have has good success in the past here. Speaking of past, do I dare start to backlog tonight. Oy. If I don't make it back for awhile, Andrew coming in from Cinci and wants to go to the highest AZ point instead of a water hike this year. But, from the Snowbowl side, ouch. Definitely no bears on that trip!
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May 21 2011
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Secret MeadowFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2011
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Hiking2.40 Miles 980 AEG
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Been some time since I made it to the site...plenty of backlog. Since I logged on no brainer to hit an SSK hike. Secret Meadow is a winner, and hopefully remains secret. Went with the girls to this little gem and shot myself in the foot for not bringing a little gear to spend the night in the meadow. The elk love this place; current sign and dead ones abound. Saw 3 grazing. Grabbed Dara on the way home.
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Feb 06 2011
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Arrastra Moutain Wilderness, AZ 
Arrastra Moutain Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2011
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After many delays of rummaging around the largest Wilderness in the state I finally made it out there. No trails in there, just washes and cattle/burro trails to use...and shortcuts over mountains. Parked on 17 Mile Rd and struck south up and over ridges until I found a good approach to flat-topped Signal Mountain. Found some lithics on the northern end...will check AZSITE this week to see if there's a site up there. Wouldn't surprise me with its commanding views and being surrounded by washes at its base. Hiked across the top to the southern edge to eat. Dropped down the mountain here, tip-toed the scree, and more or less tumbled into Hackberry Wash. South it connects into Big Sandy, north it takes me back somewhat where I need to end up. Went north and real cool. The wash tightened up into a nice, unexpected, well...tight canyon. Maybe 8 feet across, 30 feet high. A lot of crannies to explore and found a lot of staining on the rocks from bats and pile after pile of guano. The overhangs were more exposed than I would have thought for them, but cool. Probably night roost. Something to check out come spring. Also found a dead chuckwalla...so that means I now have a chuckwalla skull. Took the whole guy and if I have time would like to clean him up and put all his bones back together. Nice bit of cougar logs too. No luck seeing one though. From there I kept to as many washes as possible to get out of there. When I finally popped up on a ridge to cut north I was due south of car...who needs maps.

Plenty of spots to come back and explore here.
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Jan 30 2011
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 Patagonia, AZ
MS 7225 and Hike Around, AZ 
MS 7225 and Hike Around, AZ
 
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Site visit for some MSO work. After that strode off into the woods to explore. Just kinda went whichever way the animals did. One elk and a dozen plus turkey. Felt good in the woods with cool weather and snow patches. Sierra Anchas never fail. Plastered some tracks too.
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Jan 22 2011
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 Patagonia, AZ
Kofa-Ten Ewe, AZ 
Kofa-Ten Ewe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
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Oy, got some backlogging to do so I can relive some hikes 50 years from now.

A little wandering around Kofa was the most recent. Rolled in Friday and camped at the end of Queen Mine Rd at the pits. Haven't been getting enough desert nights in lately...it's so nice out there. Kofa's perfect because there is pretty much no one there. Palm Canyon gets some traffic and folks camp around that TH, but that's about it. No doubt I was the only one sleeping in Queen Canyon, along with the 4 barn owls. Watched their silhouettes, black on black, make their strafing runs all night. They ate well. Took some star trails, hiked up the canyon a little looking for some nocturnals (none), and shared my dinner with the local mouse. Fell asleep by the fire.

Hiked up a side canyon in the morning with no plan. Just wanted to get up top to play on the ridgelines and peaks. And did so. The lizards were out, but found no snakes. Plenty of cougar sign, but failed to find one. Found 2 dead sheep; one skull. Otherwise just explored nooks and crannies. After consulting the topo when I was done I believe I topped out at Ten Ewe. There were 2 small water holes which was nice to locate. That's about it, great day out there.

And, on the drive out a dude may mention to the hikeaz sticker saying it's a great website, cool.
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Dec 19 2010
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Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2010
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Covered some more ground here. Hit up a new peak. Typical day, which is a good day. New ridges and washes. Silent animal day. Some burros at the start. Oh no, barn owl on my way out in a palo verde too. Lizards aside, I've seen barn owls on more occasions here than any other animal. Bighorns in second. Spied a new area for next time further to the west.
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Nov 30 2010
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Peeley/Sheep Area search, AZ 
Peeley/Sheep Area search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2010
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Headed out to the Mazatzals to put forth my efforts in locating missing hiker GPSJOE from this website. I have never met him, but have seen his posts often and hiked many of the same trails. He'd been missing around 16 days by the time I got there. Being that he often hikes alone and off trail, like me, I feel compelled to come here and search. Had my fall at The Spine been a 2 inches off it could be me missing. I hope for the best in Joe's survival out there. And if he has past on then I imagine he's still hiking in the next world and perhaps I'll see him there one day.

Got on the trail at Peeley TH about 7:30a. Passed a sleeping camper (later learned this was nonot from this website)as I neared Thicket Spring. I took a right at the junction to head on the Thicket Spring Trail. Since new to the area I first wanted to get a feel for all the ravines and ridgeline. I hiked the trail until in crested a small hill where I had a commanding view of the area. I sat here a good 10 minutes deciphering the topography and deciding how I would off-trail it to Sheep. I looked over my maps made by ssk and Joe B and for a quick second felt overwhelmed. Threw that feeling away and got on my way.

Backtracked on Thicket to a smaller hill top between ravines 5 and 6. I knew a lot of folks would be to the NE of here, so this was as far E as I was going. Looked up at the peak, made the quick analysis of the way up in my head, and began the day. Moved up along this ridge and cut over to 6. I searched in the ravine, but would pop out anywhere I saw cliffs, grotto, or a suitable shelter spot. Manzanita crazy in here, but skin makes good armor. Plenty of bloody cuts, but really insignificant as they heal. Tromped up 6 to its end, and from here worked a ridge to Peak 6910. The ridge was very doable, game trails and openings, and I could see it being a good initial start if I had to hike down from 6910. As I was heading up I spotted my first other HAZers, a dude in a yellow shirt. As I neared the peak I saw one, just one, twig break that was fresh. Too fresh to be from 16 days previous. But I did my diligence and made my circles in the area. No other sign...sneaky animal. Hit the top and searched up there awhile.

From 6910 I was going to keep going east. Went to the edge and began my analysis again...and saw a route, a better route than down to 5. My hopes went up, U must say. A few hundred yards down I saw a black lab, and then a guy, and the fellow in the yellow shirt. So, I met my 2nd and 3rd HAZers. Yellow shirt was none other than Vaporman. The Vaporman. This was internally funny because I remember seeing a fighter jet as low as I ever saw one screaming through the Mazatzals off the Barnheart trail years ago. I mentioned it in my triplog and Vaporman left a comment that he heard it. From then on I've noticed the Vaporman, the canyon superhero eh. He was cool and we debriefed each other on what we've done. He filled me in on the efforts between 8 and 10 and on the ridgeline. After Vaporman, properly known as Brian now, I met Kenny and his lab. Chatted with Kenny too and felt he was a tough, good guy to have on your side in the search.

So from here I headed down the ridge, picking my way towards a thicket of pine. Nothing on the ridge. Where the ridge ended the natural route to me was into ravine 5 where a small pine gathering made good shelter. The ravine from here down was very doable, but, I saw no broken twigs and knew I was the first down in some time. A spring pushed out some water that trickled down the rocky cliffs on this route. I made some circles here in case Joe holed up in the area and used the water supply. Nothing. Down the ravine from here to Thicket Spring Trail. The manzanita got hellish the lower I went. Crawled through it, and scrub oaks, in many spots. Nothing on 6 or the adjacent.

Back on the Thicket Spring Trail I had some V water and headed back to the hill lookout. And, I met another HAZer, Ken. He had a strong post set up, glassing all the ravines for any signs and keeping an eye on the folks on the mountain. Made me feel good knowing we had a control point that was keeping tabs on things out there...very important. Chatted with Ken awhile and learned he'd been on a search/rescue squad in the past...cool.

I scanned the area again. After being up top and now having a better feel for the area, ravines 2-4 began making a lot of sense to me. From what I learned through posts and talking to people out there, I know Joe as an explorer. I could envision once he finally summited Sheep, he could have carved a new off-trail route down. 2-4 area looked to be the most direct route to a trail, the Arizona Trail, and the ridges there looked very doable. The ridgeline to Peeley is the best route, but with so many folks over there I figured I should move west. I basically covered his last bailout and ssk's suggest new bailout, so a newer bailout was now my goal. On the bailout. I still don't know why he took it. If he knew he was a slow hiker, why not stick to the route you took in. That is always the easiest route out. What would the difference have been to stop and rest on that route versus the bailout? I just don't know. I have a feeling knowing the weather conditions from that night would make a difference, as well as the weather the night of his disappearance. Oh well. I know he was an off-trail, so off to scout a new area.

Time was running on me and I knew I would not make it up and down with light to spare. So, I checked out just the first 100 yards or so of 3 and 4 from the Arizona Trail. Very doable. If I had to bail, or just wanted off trail, coming down these routes with what light remained would have me at blazed trails the quickest. These are obviously fairly easy to find my way out on, especially with a headlight which I assume Joe had.

Hiked back to the West Fork Trail and bumped into Ken again while I munched on a bar. I headed out on West Fork and bumped into Ken one last time at the Cornucopia Junction. From there I head toward the TH, and he headed to the mines to see if Joe holed up in there. Good thinking. Pleasant hike out as the sun set. Came up to the backpacker's camp at Thicket and met my last HAZer of the day, nonot, aka Steve. No doubt knowledgeable hiker. If there is a team leader out there coordinating things, Steve is it. He's taken the bull by the horns and I feel motivated a lot of folks to get out there. Debriefed what I covered and my thoughts on the 2-4 area and ridgeline with Steve and Brian and listened to their thoughts. I am very confident that while we may not be in search/rescue, we got good f'in heads out there working. Left Steve my ravine map and headed back to the TH amongst the dark.

I feel guilty saying so while I am out for dark reasons, but the views at night were sweet. Seeing the lights of Phx from wild area where bears and puma roam was awesome. Views a top 6910 also incredible...Humphery, the lakes, Weaver's, 4 peaks, Ord...everything.

So, the day was unsuccessful. But, i felt there was good to take from it. Just seeing and hearing and reading posts of all the folks putting forth their efforts in a multitude of ways made me smile. Considering my take on humans, experiences like this remind that we're alright after all. Unfortunate situation, but I met some folks I never would have otherwise.

I learned later that Steve and Brian scoped out 3/4 and saw some sign, but it could have been animal. Saturday/Sunday also saw numerous others from this website in the field. Great hustle to all, really.

When I check back, I would like to check out 2 and 3, and still want a look at the ridgeline from Peeley to Sheep. Sounds like north of the ridge there are some treacherous spots to scope out. Guess I will play it by ear my next approach, but I am thinking to get a better idea of the area I will need to hike to Sheep Mtn along what I feel the best route is, and from there take a bailout route. Very well could be ridge to Sheep and then down 2 or 3. We'll see. I'd like to get out here 1 or 2 times at least per month. I feel compelled to this like nothing I have felt in years, very interesting, not sure where this is coming from.

Best of luck in the wild to Joe.
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Nov 30 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Listening to Sharp 5. Quickest time since the speedy days. City looked nice to me tonight with the sun down. Nothing else to say about this monotonous hike.
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Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2010
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Hiking6.50 Miles 900 AEG
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Realized after typing out my search triplog that I did this loop while accessing different ravines and hiking back to TH.
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Nov 14 2010
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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2010
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Hiking11.30 Miles 1,560 AEG
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Didn't feel like driving so ended up in the Superstitions. Highlight of the hike, up to this point, was finding a HAZ trip description in Boulder Creek, printed from 11-9. Best part was the description was for the Black Mesa loop, not Boulder. But close enough, can't imagine they were lost for too long...could have meant to take the route too. The highlight later was finding a decomposing kestrel and able to add the skull to the shelf.
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Nov 04 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Continuing on with Sharpe 4.Runner passed by half way through, but he faded and caught him at the last rail. Sucka. Remember the running days...maybe get back to them. Note to self...just as amazed today as I was 7 or so years ago when I first was here that people wait in their cars for a parking spot in the first lot. If your about to hike a mile or so straight up what is an extra 50 yards. Also note to self...need more real hikes this month; lack of wilderness in Oct getting to me.
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Nov 02 2010
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Onto Sharpe 4.
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Oct 30 2010
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Sycamore Canyon Rim LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 590 AEG
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We spent the day driving around the FRs and popping out for mini hikes here and there. Did a little bit of the Rim.
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Dogtown Lake Trail #44Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Bopped around on this a little during hike/drive day.
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Verde River west of Perkinsville, AZ 
Verde River west of Perkinsville, AZ
 
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Parked at the bridge and headed west as the last hike of the drive/hike day. Easily the nicest hike of the day. Good fall and halloween feel in some of the thickets with all the leaves and creaking wood. Managed to blow 2 tires between the bridge and Clarkdale. Dinner in Jerome.
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Oct 16 2010
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Pumpkin Trail #39Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,158 AEG
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Ah, real nice hike. Aspens were popping. 21 elk; stumbled on one off trail that was recently cleaned by a hunter. Yum. Really big fan of this loop. Pretty cool post-fire area and shows multiple forest stages quite nicely. We had an amazingly pleasant hike in the forest before I left tortoise survey in Nevada. Nice temps, a little bit of rain with mini hail nuggets, and meadow napping. The woods will always be my favorite for sure. I'll keep coming back to Kendrick Wilderness and super happy that nearby Kachina Wilderness draws the crowds.
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