GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 11  Next
219 triplogs
login for filter options
Dec 27 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.19 mph
4,050 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Saw 23 people on the trail. Only one asked why I wasn't wearing a jacket. I thought I got an early start at 7am, but there were several people who hiked up before me. It snowed lightly when I was descending. No ice on the trail yet.
_____________________
Dec 26 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,600 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Tried to do this hike under 2 hours. I did it in exactly 2.
_____________________
Dec 04 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Jozani National Forest, WW 
Jozani National Forest, WW
 
Walk / Tour avatar Dec 04 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles 10 AEG
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles
10 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First time in Zanzibar to get away from the 1st world problems that plague us. Zanzibar, if you don't know, is an island off the coast of Tanzania. Most Americans have never heard of it. Only 2% of tourists are American, from what I heard. It's a tropical island that was used heavily in the slave trade. It's part of the spice island. Most of the world's spices come from Zanzibar. They seem to have a spice and natural cure for everything there.

I'm not much of a beach person, but if you go to Zanzibar, you're going to end up on the beach and in the Indian Ocean. Blue water surround the island. Small crabs come out at night on the beach and dart into holes when you come close, and marijuana is mostly grown, smoked, and sold in the north.

The people are friendly and will "attack" you like vultures wanting to help for you for small fee or sell you something. Tanzania is a Christian country, but Zanzibar is mostly Muslim, but alcohol is served to tourists. Locals do not drink for the most part.

Day One, I got in @ 4am and started my day going to Jozani. Good call, because it was clear and sunny that day. I went in the dry season, but it rained often when I was there. Jozani is famous for red colobus monkeys, which are endangered but thrive in Jozani National Forest. The forest also have Sykes' monkeys, and black monkeys. I was not able to photograph black monkeys.

Day Two, I went to prison island, but heavy rain kept my camera in the dry bag, so I made a return to the island. Prison Island only costs $10 to $20 per day. I did a short tour of Stone Town on day two also before going to Nungwi (North beach).

Day Three to Six, I spent on Nungwi. I played with some sea turtles at the sea turtle sanctuary, then I found a dive shop near the hotel to scuba that night. I'm not much of a diver, but I am scuba certified. Diving in the Indian Ocean is much different than the Caribbean and Pacific. There are no sharks, except whale sharks according to the locals, and you'll see lots of pupperfish, scorpionfish, lionfish, and cuddlefish. Most of those fishes you will see at night. My underwater camera broke after the first dive so no photos. :(

I then swam with dolphins (sort of) and completed two other dives before taking a cab back to Stone Town. I met up with 3 other people (2 from Uganda and one from Germany) to relax at Jambiani for the remain of the trip.

Covid rules: In short, there are none. :y: Their leader denied Tanzanians all coronavirus vaccines, and they did not care. In fact, a lot of people were glad. There were no mask regulations, even in the hospital. No one wore masks, except when getting your PCR or antigen test and the airport, and even then they were relaxed about it. Hospitals were not overcroded. In fact, the one I visited was empty. Tanzania does not report Covid cases to WHO and never put restrictions or closed the country due to Covid-19. There are no vaccine requirements when entering Tanzania. So if you're tired of wearing masks and being told that you're evil for not getting vaccinated, then you should check out Tanzania. There are plenty of things to do in Tanzania besides Zanzibar. I don't want to politicalize Covid-19 in this triplog. I do wear masks and got vaccinated, but it did make the trip more enjoyable without the mandates. restrictions and media blitz.

Side note: I skipped over a lot on this triplog. It would be a novel if I didn't cut out information. Tanzania has a lot to offer: hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, fine cruise, scuba, snorkeling, safari, spices, old historical buildings, beautiful world-class beaches, and tribal tours. The flight to ZNZ was $1280, which I thought was reasonable. It took 25 hours to get there and 27 hours to return.
_____________________
3 archives
Nov 28 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.35 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.38 mph
1,318 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Lost 8lbs since 2020. Resting pulse is down at 56-59bpm. Getting in shape is hard. Being out of shape is harder.
_____________________
2 archives
Nov 25 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking4.35 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.56 mph
1,318 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I did the "split", which is shorter. I don't know the exact mileage. It's jacket-tied-around-the-waist weather.
_____________________
Sep 10 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Salt River Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking6.00 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
110 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I didn't have the energy to stay out all night, so I did a morning hike. I barely had the energy for that, but I have a job to do.

I found three snakes, all small. The dback seemed a little dehydrated. I gave it some water. I found the very skinny coachwhip. I thought it was dead until it started to strike at me. It didn't even try to slither away. I gave it some water. I don't think it drank enough but it did stop drinking. Perhaps it might need to eat also. I hope it makes it.
_____________________
Sep 08 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking0.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Went back to this area again. I think I found the female dback (no photo) that was in the area of the two combating diamondbacks. I also think I saw the one dback that I wasn't able to photograph on the previous night, but I'm not sure. I saw four snakes total, all mid-sized dbacks on 9/8.

On 9/9 (after midnight), I only saw two baby diamondbacks. You can tell that the snake activity decreased. It's getting hotter and drier in the area. I might have to hit another area in the upcoming days. The toad activity also decreased.
_____________________
2 archives
Sep 07 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking6.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.83 mph
100 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
10 snakes total. :sweat:

Returned to the same area and saw 10 different snakes. Although, one snake could have been the same one I saw two days prior, but I was not sure, because it disappeared before I could photograph it.

Started off by seeing a 4.5' gopher snake. I followed its tracks to see it still in the wash. I saw a plethora of small river toads in the same wash. I saw a resting coachwhip that did not look healthy. I tried to water it, but it would not drink and slithered away.

Then I saw a night snake and then two male dbacks in combat. They stopped when I arrived, so I decided to look for the female. Males do combat in the presence of female. I didn't find the female. When I returned, they were at it again. I went for my camera, but then they stopped again. One dback coiled up (see photo), but the other one went under a bunch of rocks, and I lost sight of it.

I saw a sand snake stuck in a black widow's web. I thought it was dead as it hung off the ground. The black widow was occupied with a beetle at the time. When I touched the sand snake, it squirmed and was able to break-free. It appeared tired as it didn't move much, but it seemed okay, just tired.

I saw 2 more dbacks but they were in high grass and were hard to locate. I then saw a kangaroo rat bounce by a hole. When it did, a small gopher snake popped its head out to track the rodent. I snapped a photo then gave it some water. It actually drank a lot. I would have missed that fella if it wasn't for the rodent.

I thought I would start earlier to get home earlier, but I ended up staying until 2am. Good variety tonight! :)
 Flora
 Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Sacred Datura
_____________________
1 archive
Sep 05 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking6.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.63 mph
100 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Finally had a decent day of herping. I combed the washes and starting finding snakes after 2am. Total of 9 snakes. Left the trail @ 5am. I would have left earlier, but 2 guys were yelling incoherently in the parking area @ 4am, as if inebriated (hope I spelled that correctly). I wasn't sure if there were in the parking area near my car or in someone's property. Nonetheless, I opted to stay an extra hour until I didn't hear them yelling anymore.

Long night...
_____________________
Mar 27 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
La Jolla Caves TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took a trip a much needed trip to San Diego. I even met my cousin there, who I didn't know was there. She was staying about a mile from my hotel. Anyway, I learn what brittle stars were looking in the tide pool. I've never saw one before and found 4 in a short amount of time, learned what grunions were (https://www.californiabeaches.com/grunion-run-schedule/), and forgot how fun it is to swim in the ocean. I swam with a seal for a short while until I thought this was a bed idea, as seals attract sharks.

Everything is more expensive in CA, but most people seemed happier and were in better shape. I think it's because of the beach and hills people have to walk up. Plus, it's harder to drive there, so people walked more than here. Last time that I was in San Diego was March 2015.
_____________________
1 archive
Mar 07 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,977 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.18 mph
1,977 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
New trail for me. I've never done Elephant Mtn. The sign said that the trail to the top was closed, but people were ignored the sign. I wasn't that inspired to reach the top. I looked for snakes on the way down and in certain areas, but it was too crowded. I did see one snake track, so they are out.
_____________________
Feb 17 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Feb 17 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
 Hiking5.35 Miles 1,318 AEG
 Hiking5.35 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.74 mph
1,318 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
Feb 15 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
1,600 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I thought the canyon would be crowded for President's Day, but that wasn't the case. Trailhead temp was 51F, not cold enough to go shirtless. It was drier than I thought, but there was some puddles in the creek. I got lost by taking the wrong trail back to the car, but it wasn't too bad. I had camera issues, but I didn't see much anyway this trip.
_____________________
3 archives
Feb 14 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.88 mph
3,140 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Trail temp was @ 39F at the start. I did the Big Loop for my cold weather training™. I wasn't able to get out as much as I hoped in the mountains this winter, so I was not sure what my cold tolerance was. It wasn't too bad. I did the loop in my winter shorts and shoes. I was hoping that it would snow here, but it didn't. Snow covered the southern Chiricahuas but missed the monument.

I passed 29 people on the loop. Only one asked if I were cold. She stated that she was wearing 4 layers including a thick coat and a hooded sweater.

The sun shined at the end of the hike. The trail temp at the end was @46F, so it really never warmed up. People were friendly. The hike and being exposed to the cold was not too challenging, but it was still a good hike.
_____________________
1 archive
Feb 13 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking4.80 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.06 mph
681 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I'm slow compared to every else on here. It might be because I'm always on the lookout for wildlife, but I'm somewhat sure this is how fast I can go. Not that I mind too much. I did take a few minutes to try to catch a bird (I'm not going to explain), but other than that I walked the whole time.
_____________________
3 archives
Feb 08 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking3.70 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.93 mph
960 ft AEG      13 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
1 archive
Feb 07 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
 Hiking6.50 Miles 1,350 AEG
 Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.47 mph
1,350 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This will probably be my workout trail until mid-March. It wasn't as crowded as I thought, and I don't remember it being hard before, so I must be getting out of shape. I am coming off an injury, which may explain why I was dragging today.
_____________________
Jan 31 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.47 mph
1,967 ft AEG      11 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 no routes
Partners none no partners
It wasn't as crowded as I thought. Car issues kept me local this weekend. I would have preferred to hike in snow. Lots of side-blotched lizards though. No photos.
_____________________
1 archive
Jan 18 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Vault Mine Trail #77Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.73 mph
2,360 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Did the loop. Up Vault Mine and down Super Trail. Did some scouting also. I didn't see much wildlife besides a deer and a few birds. I'm working on getting my stamina up. Much warmer than yesterday, but there's supposed to be a cold front coming in this week.
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Steller's Jay
_____________________
1 archive
Jan 17 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,198
 Triplogs 221

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.81 mph
1,600 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
39F at the start @ 8AM. Air temp was 58F when I ended. No wildlife. I saw people starting the hike near the end after 10AM.
_____________________
average hiking speed 2.18 mph
Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 11  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.

helpcommentissue

end of page marker