username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
1, 2, 3  Next
51 triplogs

Apr 28 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking17.71 Miles 5,252 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   12 Hrs   46 Mns   1.94 mph
5,252 ft AEG   3 Hrs   38 Mns Break
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Did a Rim to River to Rim from the south (South Kaibab to Bright Angel) . . . Started up at 9:11am and finished up at 9:50pm. Weather conditions in the canyon were pretty good. A bit warm . . .

Lots of wildflowers
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
1 archive
Mar 29 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking12.66 Miles 4,022 AEG
Hiking12.66 Miles   49 Hrs   44 Mns   0.42 mph
4,022 ft AEG   19 Hrs   16 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We got to see a bighorn sheep up close, and that's always a treat.
Fauna
Fauna
Bighorn Sheep
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
2 archives
Mar 28 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking20.52 Miles 3,310 AEG
Hiking20.52 Miles
3,310 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Good hike in and out of the Havasupai campground. We hiked in Thursday and out Sunday.

The mules--as always--showed no signs of abuse.
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
Mar 23 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking18.30 Miles 5,346 AEG
Hiking18.30 Miles   11 Hrs   24 Mns   2.14 mph
5,346 ft AEG   2 Hrs   52 Mns Break
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
We took the South Kaibab trail to the Bright Angel campground, and we turned back north to Indian Garden then up to the Bright Angel trailhead.

Beautiful conditions in the Grand Canyon this last weekend. About 32deg at the trailhead and 65 at the canyon floor. South Kaibab is completely clear of snow/ice, but there is some slush/snow/ice for about a mile from the Bright Angel trailhead.

18.3 miles . . . not sure what I did wrong with the posting.
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
7 archives
Mar 03 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon from Woodbury THGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking12.51 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking12.51 Miles   10 Hrs   18 Mns   1.98 mph
3,022 ft AEG   3 Hrs   59 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Incredibly overgrown between Tortilla Pass and Angel Basin. Ran into WallyFrack
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
1 archive
Feb 16 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Isabella Trail #377Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking6.73 Miles 1,278 AEG
Hiking6.73 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.62 mph
1,278 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Since my weekend backpack didn't come together, my bro drug daddio and I out to the Prescott area. Pretty cold today. It was snowing most of the hike. I used microspikes this time, but they did not perform well. Large, hard ice balls would build up on the heel. So we ended up doing the hike without crampons, and that was sufficient. Really I think the Yaktrax would've performed better in this situation, but more research is necessary here. Saw some White Alder and Arizona Cypress trees. Even saw a prickly pear cactus at 7300ft . . . .

Road in was pretty tough to traverse. I wouldn't do it without 4x4 or chains. We got through with AWD and chains.
Culture
Culture
Holiday Spirit
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
1 archive
Feb 10 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking17.73 Miles 5,806 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   10 Hrs   6 Mns   1.76 mph
5,806 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
strava relive video

Pretty challenging hike. I didn't summit Wrightson until 4pm. My YakTrax crampons weren't really cuttin it . . . might just be the wrong size, though. There was a small portion making the final ascent up Wrightson where I could've benefited from an ice axe, and past Armour Spring, I was achin for snow shoes a bit. Snowed on me during the hike, too. I heard the rangers were looking for an 83yo man who had been missing in the area since Friday. Found a great spot to camp near an unnamed spring, though. I'm planning to do an overnighter there for President's day weekend. Might end up doing the Supes instead though . . . kinda cold.

Steepest, most challenging part of the trail for me was taking the Pipeline trail north off the Super trail through Roger's Rock connecting up to the Four Springs trail again.

Sun 9:30 am
Got started at the Bog Springs Campground. Was disappointed to see this is a fee area . . . didn't remember that mentioned in the hike descriptions I had read. I have a Nat'l park pass anyway though, so I was golden. Bog Springs Campground had ~5 parking spots labeled "trailhead parking." I mosied over to Bog Springs trail from here.

Sun 10:09 am
A little bit of sprinkle-sprankle. Time to put the poncho on.

Sun 10:19 am
Saw 9 bluejays

Sun 10:26 am
It began dusting.

Sun 10:54 am
Snow's starting to stick, and I think I heard an elk bugle.

Sun 11:08 am
Saw two white tails scuttling their butts up the trail just above Kent Spring.

Sun 11:15 am
Everywhere is covered in snow.

Sun 11:55 am
It stopped snowing.

Sun 12:01 pm
3in hard-packed snow

Sun 12:54 pm
I lost the trail a bit after Armour Spring. 6 inches of snow here. Was wishing I'd brought snow shoes at this point.

Sun 12:59 pm
Columbine spring frozen . . . but some drippin.

Sun 1:20 pm
Reached the Crest trail junction. Time to take the poncho off.

Sun 4:45 pm
Saw some leprechaun tracks

Sun 5:35 pm
White-tailed doe near sprung spring

Sun 5:48 pm
Rocky and muddy

Sun 6:31 pm
Headlamp time

Sun 7:30 pm
fini
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
7 archives
Jan 27 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking3.00 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
4,390 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Beautiful day in GCNP
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
6 archives
Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon - JF Trail LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
Backpack14.68 Miles 2,905 AEG
Backpack14.68 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.24 mph
2,905 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Drove in to the Woodbury trailhead because I don't trust my AWD Saturn Vue to get to Rogers Trough trailhead.

We did this loop in reverse--starting from the Woodbury trailhead and taking the loop to the west.

Emma, Bruce the pooch and I got started on the trail at about 8am. It's the first time I haven't lost the trail immediately from the Woodbury Trail/JF Trail junction . . . some kind soul erected a few cairns, so we were good to go. Pruned thorny branches as I went . . . actually broke my pruners! Hiking up to Tortilla pass was challenging per usual. Weather was perfect. Clear, treatable pools were encountered on the JF Trail south of Rogers Canyon Trail junction. HIking down into the canyon, the brush was extremely overgrown. Unfortunately, by this time I had already broken the pruners . . .

I'm pretty stoked! I've been to this area several times, but logistics never worked out to see the ruins. Got to see them this time! Awesome :)

The creek beside Angel Basin was half-full and flowing. This particular evening happened to include a complete lunar eclipse as well. That was a treat.

It's a fun section of slight bouldering going NE on Rogers Canyon Trail past the cliff dwellings. Once we rolled in to Rogers Trough Trailhead, we needed to hike the road for about 2 miles to join the Woodbury Trail to the JF Trail and back to the Woodbury Trailhead.





Named place
Named place
Angel Basin
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
3 archives
Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking1.62 Miles 554 AEG
Hiking1.62 Miles      43 Mns   2.26 mph
554 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Hiked from Angel Basin to the Rogers Canyon cliff dwellings
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
3 archives
Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon - JF Trail LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking1.22 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking1.22 Miles      45 Mns   1.88 mph
399 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Elavelle
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Hiked into the crag. There is a separate photo album for this side hike from Angel Basin. Got a nice view of Angel Basin from above.
Named place
Named place
Angel Basin
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
3 archives
Jan 06 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Whiskey West-Red Tanks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 06 2019
nathanbrisk
Backpack7.15 Miles 969 AEG
Backpack7.15 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   1.89 mph
969 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
Day 2:

The rain stopped around 8am. Unfortunately, one of the tents let in a good deal of water (through the walls, I think). I'll need to Scotchguard it up . . .

The morning was a bit chilly, so we got the fire started with the aid of the dry tinder and firewood I had wrapped in a tarp the night before + some denatured alcohol.

Trimmed the catclaw as I went: south on the Dutchman trail, west on Bluff Springs trail, then south for a bit on the Dutchman again to the Peralta trailhead.

The sun was out for less than 2 hours all day, but I got a few nice pictures during that time. There was a man named Shepherd looking for a hiker he'd lost named Jeff. Shepherd waited for a few hours but eventually went home. Hopefully Jeff got out ok . . .
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
2 archives
Jan 05 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Whiskey West-Red Tanks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 05 2019
nathanbrisk
Backpack8.78 Miles 1,392 AEG
Backpack8.78 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.19 mph
1,392 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
Day 1:

Started up at the Peralta trailhead at about 7:30am bundled up a bit. We ended up doing this loop in reverse via the east. Trimmin thorns as we went . . .headed east on the Dutchman trail, north on Whiskey Spring trail, then west on Red Tanks trail until we reached Bluff Springs Canyon. We put down camp here, and there were a few different groups who had spent the prior night there. Whiskey Spring was bone dry, but La Barge Spring was going strong. There were plenty of clear pools along Red Tanks as well. One group brought along a dog that was quite territorial . . . coming over to our camp to bark aggressively every few minutes. They rolled out that evening (perhaps due to the forecast).

It rained alllll night. Pretty nice!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max LaBarge Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

dry Whiskey Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout some bad pools
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
3 archives
Jan 01 2019
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Baldy Mountain - AKA Francis RogersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,061 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.12 mph
1,061 ft AEG   2 Hrs   24 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
2 archives
Nov 03 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 03 2018
nathanbrisk
Backpack11.54 Miles 3,720 AEG
Backpack11.54 Miles   8 Hrs   27 Mns   1.76 mph
3,720 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
The pack animals have not been seriously abused, and that is a serious accusation that shouldn't be leveled against the Havasupai Tribe lightly.
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
2 archives
Nov 02 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2018
nathanbrisk
Hiking16.72 Miles 12,918 AEG
Hiking16.72 Miles   30 Hrs   46 Mns   1.45 mph
12,918 ft AEG   19 Hrs   14 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
Jul 17 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Inspiration Point via Tunnel Trail, CA 
Inspiration Point via Tunnel Trail, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2018
nathanbrisk
Hiking3.54 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking3.54 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.17 mph
1,153 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
Jul 14 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Inspiration Point via Tunnel Trail, CA 
Inspiration Point via Tunnel Trail, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2018
nathanbrisk
Hiking2.05 Miles 522 AEG
Hiking2.05 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.98 mph
522 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
1 archive
Jul 04 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 04 2018
nathanbrisk
Backpack6.99 Miles 3,141 AEG
Backpack6.99 Miles1 Day      54 Mns   
3,141 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
briscoe04
presumably didn't leave a helpful, detailed trip log due to the unchecked, eager fingers of elitist, condescending, authoritarian limousine liberals as well as the mean-spirited, insufferable uncivil servants who have made HAZ their unhappy, toxic home. presumably left less of a trace than did the wind, rain, animals, and our ancestors living free in the land freely given by their Creator, and presumably left more of a trace than did the United States government of Native Americans who previously lived there--killed, corralled, displaced, separated from their children--all for the creation of your beloved national and state parks systems...
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
8 archives
Jun 11 2018
nathanbrisk
avatar

 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - GET #7Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 11 2018
nathanbrisk
Backpack10.33 Miles 1,309 AEG
Backpack10.33 Miles3 Days         
1,309 ft AEG   12 Hrs    Break45 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Amateur Aur At Aravaipa: Insult and Injury

This was one of my most humbling trips in a while. It seemed like everything went wrong!

A friend of mine invited me to join her for a 2-night backpack to Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. She had a pass for 10 people, but as the trip date approached, her attendees were flaking like Tony the Tiger. The night before the trip, the trip organizer herself even backed out. She told me she'd do a day hike to meet me on Tuesday or Wednesday. But me--being a stubborn [insert ancestral stereotype here]--decided to go anyway. She emailed me a copy of her permit, and I saw it at about 3 in the morning--about an hour before I planned to drive out. Turns out I wasn't even allowed to go there without her; the permits are "un-transferrable." I decided to give it a shot anyway. Worst case scenario--someone tells me to go home.

During the drive in, I saw some wild javelinas (i think).

Day 1:

The highs for the day were in the low 100's, so I got an early start at 6am from the trailhead. The heat was completely bearable at that hour. The hike in was alright. I'd never done a wet hike before, so I didn't really know what to expect. I brought some pruners and was able to cut back some thorny branches from off the trail at a few points. I saw a coatimundi. I rolled in to Horse Camp and got my camp set up. i was surprised to find the fire pit dismantled. So of course--I made one. I know I had read somewhere on the permit to "use existing fire rings," but I didn't find any of those. I played in the creek some, lounged in the hammock, chatted with some other hikers. I saw about 4 other people at Horse Camp. I spent the evening playing my ukelele (feebly) around the campfire but was eventually driven into my tent by the bugs. They were unbearable.

Day 2:

I wake up in the morning to find my food bag completely molested by some wild animal. I felt so ashamed. I thought I had done it all! I hanged if from a branch about 8 feet off of the ground and 3 feet from the upper branch. What was peculiar to me was that the animal(s) didn't tear or bite through my stuff sack--THEY OPENED IT. As in--squeezed the button release and freakin' opened the stuff sack. I'm not altogether sure what I did wrong. But I know there are a few possible probs 1) the branch I hanged it from was too thick . . . critters were able to scale it easily and/or 2) I didn't store my food in thick freezer bags. Of course using a bear canister or ratsack would have resolved the issue, too, but I've never had to do that before. Of all the food I packed, the animals left me two tuna packets, 3 cheese packets, and few a hot drink mixes. That really took the wind out of my sails. Due to my newfound lack of nutrients, I opted to stay around camp until it was time to hike out on Wednesday. I ate my final food for breakfast and lunch. Spent all day reading Ian Fleming novels on my Nook. In the evening, I decided to not fight the bugs and instead spent a few hours in my tent listening to the pitter patter of all God's insects assaulting my plastic walls. Heard the sounds of a large animal poking around outside, so I kept my bowie and bear spray close. I saw about 6 people that day.

Day 3

Waited until 11am for the trip organizer to show up. She didn't. I decided to wait until dusk to hike out. By that time I hadn't eaten for 24 hours. Fortunately, I brought some salt tablets to replenish my electrolytes/sodium levels/anti-exhaustion-units. Hiking out went by a good deal faster. I was surprised at the preponderance of dead-and-down wood; that will certainly be a problem in the future. When I came to the trailhead, I looked more closely at the bulletin board. NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED. What the heckenstein? No friggin' wonder there weren't any fire rings. I was ashamed of myself. I put my fire out completely, but I had still inadvertently broken the law. Sucks. I might be fined--we'll see. The bulletin board also said that bear-resistant food containers were advised.

During the drive out, I saw some white-tailed deer (I think).

This has been my most embarrassing trip for a while. Hopefully I learned some life lessons. I've certainly learned that real bug spray is necessary (my tea tree oil solution didn't cut it), and I won't go camping again without better food protection. I'll read over the dang trail bulletin board before beginning.

Here's my trip vlog: [ youtube video ]

UPDATE 6/26/2018:
I made an honest mistake, and I've made no attempt to hide it. Really I posted this trip log in hopes someone might learn from it. My conscience is clear, and I had learned my lessons before driving away from the wilderness area. One further thing I could have learned: hide my sins, and find safety in a lie. But not today.

I've been reported to the BLM. Perhaps I struck someone as the type who needed to learn his lesson in the wallet. And if a HAZ member saw fit to alert an authority about my candid trip log, I wonder how far my ~$500 will go to maintain their self-righteous smirk? And frankly--judging from the over-abundance of dead-and-down fuel in this wilderness--my quarantined, controlled, tended and summarily-snuffed campfire did more to decrease the risk of wildfire in the area than had been done prior; so, you're welcome.

As you sicc the authoritarian bulldog of our nanny-state on my finances for ignorant appreciation of yesteryear's freedoms, our founding fathers turn over in their graves, and you inch yet closer to the karmic destiny of a miserable louse.
Culture
Culture
Camp-fire
_____________________
leaving no trace of liberty-confining voices in my ears
8 archives
average hiking speed 1.94 mph
1, 2, 3  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

help comment issue

end of page marker