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    Good for you! Hope the mosquitoes aren't as bad...

    Good for you! Hope the mosquitoes aren't as bad in August.
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    Glad you enjoyed it! You are very welcome!

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    You are very welcome!
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    My work here is done ;-)

    My work here is done ;-)
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    Thank you for your kind words. Didn't have my...

    Thank you for your kind words. Didn't have my JRB quilts on this hike. I'm testing the HH Explorer Zip for the next few months for BGT, and using the Double Bubble pad.


    It is a special spot.
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    It is a very beautiful spot, deserves to be on...

    It is a very beautiful spot, deserves to be on your list!
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    We do allow Phoenicians on Tucson Backpacking...

    We do allow Phoenicians on Tucson Backpacking Meetup trips, you are welcome to join. Melissa does several CA trips every year.


    I didn't know I had a style of reporting, but thanks!


    It was...
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    Thanks, but no I have just been a computer geek...

    Thanks, but no I have just been a computer geek all my life. The animated map was done with Mac Keynote, pretty easy. We hiked about 7 miles per day, a fairly relaxed pace.


    Thanks for the...
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    Epic hang in Yosemite

    Just got back from a 6-day/5-night backpack through Yosemite starting at Tuolumne Meadows. Included Cloud's Rest, etc. Had an epic hanging spot at Cathedral Lakes, just a few feet from the water:...
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    I'm originally from West Allis, had to Google...

    I'm originally from West Allis, had to Google Fillmore. Not far from Big Cedar Lake where I spent most of the summers of my youth.
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    Yep, Shug lives in Roseville.

    Yep, Shug lives in Roseville.
  11. Rick probably knows this, but Kevin may not. It...

    Rick probably knows this, but Kevin may not. It is supposed to be mercilessly hot this weekend and into the beginning of next week. The bad news: the drive over will be punishing, and hiking at the...
  12. Yep, 20-21 would be best for me. --Kurt

    Yep, 20-21 would be best for me.

    --Kurt
  13. I am headed out at 10:00 on 6/25, and my wife...

    I am headed out at 10:00 on 6/25, and my wife would probably like to see me before I go, so preferably the weekend before or early in the week.
  14. Let's save the Beer & BBQ to share with Rick. ...

    Let's save the Beer & BBQ to share with Rick. See you 4:30pm on Friday June 10 at Sycamore CG. I'll be parked right near the entrance/toilets.
  15. OK. Why don't we camp Friday night at the saddle...

    OK. Why don't we camp Friday night at the saddle at Johnson Peak up the Morse Trail. It's just over 2 miles from the TH, that should give us plenty of time to eat dinner and set up camp before...
  16. Good question. On the average, I'd estimate...

    Good question. On the average, I'd estimate about a 25 degree difference at the peak, and about 1/2 that at the trailhead. Keep in mind Tucson is about 2500', the trailhead 6000', and the campsite...
  17. Video: How to hike the Chiricahuas from Turkey Creek - best place to hang in southern AZ!

    If you are looking for a place to cool off and get some altitude, the Chiricahuas are a great summertime destination for hangers. The video includes a peek at my new HH hanging at Anita Park:
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  18. Here's the video I've been filming during my...

    Here's the video I've been filming during my trips to Turkey Creek:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUWu23sXcAE
  19. No worries whatsoever. You can't camp in the...

    No worries whatsoever. You can't camp in the burn area, so you need to work around that, but otherwise lots of trees for hanging. Feel free to ask any specific questions about the route. Here's...
  20. Great! I'll be there. Google says about a 4.5...

    Great! I'll be there.

    Google says about a 4.5 hour drive for you. What time do you expect to arrive? My vehicle is a burnt orange (Mango Tango) Jeep Wrangler, very easy to spot. What do you...
  21. I follow the Coronado National Forest on...

    I follow the Coronado National Forest on Facebook. They don't post very often, which is nice. Just special events, fire news, etc. The Coronado National Forest covers most of the Sky Islands in...
  22. Might not be the best time for a hike in the...

    Might not be the best time for a hike in the Chiricahuas anyway. Several fires burning, but none near Turkey Creek (at the moment). Here's the FS post from this morning:

    Three lightning-caused...
  23. I didn't think you were going until next week. ...

    I didn't think you were going until next week. Headed out today for the Morse Canyon. Let's plan on next Friday, we'll meet up at the Sycamore CG. More details next week.

    Sorry for any...
  24. Sure. I'll be going every week, so anything...

    Sure. I'll be going every week, so anything works for me.

    It's going to start warming up quite a bit this week, into the 100's in Tucson. I'm thinking the Morse trail might be best because it...
  25. Next week it will be some days from Thursday 6/2...

    Next week it will be some days from Thursday 6/2 through Sunday 6/5. The following week looks similar - sometime from 6/9-6/12. The week after that look pretty open, anytime.

    I leave for...
  26. AZ > Chiricahuas > Turkey Creek TH > June 2016 (dates flexible)

    I will be doing some regular (weekly) altitude training in the Chiricahuas in the next month in preparation for a weeklong backpack in Yosemite (Cloud's Rest, etc.) This is one of the best hanging...
  27. Hey, thanks for your kind words. Yes, that is my...

    Hey, thanks for your kind words. Yes, that is my trusty Ohm 2.0. My review of that pack is here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEZdxLn8-gg
  28. Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate the...

    Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate the feedback.
  29. Reavis Creek is supposed perennial, but I've...

    Reavis Creek is supposed perennial, but I've never gone during summer to see it with my own eyes. My guess is it reduces to just a trickle.

    Reavis Ranch is indeed a great little oasis, but too...
  30. Thanks for the feedback! That's what I'm trying...

    Thanks for the feedback! That's what I'm trying to do!
  31. Thanks for the feedback and subscribing! Yes,...

    Thanks for the feedback and subscribing!

    Yes, for me the Superstitions are a late Fall, Winter, and early Spring hiking destination. As you well know living in Nevada, in the Southwest you end up...
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    The Supes are a wintertime hiking destination for...

    The Supes are a wintertime hiking destination for me - November through April. The water sources at the cliff dwellings and Reavis Ranch are both considered perennial.

    Purification: I have used a...
  33. It was believed to be built for ceremonial...

    It was believed to be built for ceremonial purposes. The stone walls were clearly not sturdy enough to be defensive.
  34. It was, but the sunset was even better. Posted...

    It was, but the sunset was even better. Posted the video to another thread.
  35. +1 !!!

    +1 !!!
  36. Video: AZ > Superstitions > Circlestone Ruins (Stonehenge-like)

    An unusual overnight hike. Circlestone ruins date back to 1250 AD and seem to be aligned with solstice/equinox events, similar to Stonehenge. Great spot to hang my Hennessy - perfect temperature...
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    Hey, I just drove through Florence the other day...

    Hey, I just drove through Florence the other day on my way to/from the Superstitions. You are only a short drive from some of the best hanging in AZ! The Rogers Trough TH is the closest to you:
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  38. My HH in the sunset atop Circlestone. Nice hike....

    My HH in the sunset atop Circlestone. Nice hike. Video in the works.

    http://i.imgur.com/iRsA4Ta.png
  39. Bummer :-( Normally I would delay a day, but...

    Bummer :-( Normally I would delay a day, but in this case I want to specifically be there for the full moon on the night of the 21st. I'll catch up with you on a future hike!

    Enjoy Romero...
  40. I love Capital Reef, but so far only day hiked...

    I love Capital Reef, but so far only day hiked there. Now that I know there's enough trees to hang you've given me inspiration to raise it in my destination queue!

    Recommendation: get a lapel...
  41. No worries mate. It's been a while since I've...

    No worries mate. It's been a while since I've done a solo hike, so if nobody can make it that's OK with me.
  42. AZ > Superstitions > Circlestone April 21-22 (tentative)

    I am considering doing a quick overnight to the "mysterious" Circlestone ruins in the Superstitions. See the HAZ description here.

    I'd like to be there on a full moon, and April 21 works for me. ...
  43. Greetings. Got any good recommendations for...

    Greetings. Got any good recommendations for trails in the Whites? That's one area of AZ that I haven't explored yet, need to get up there and film a video or two this summer.

    Cheers!
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    Good catch! I'll have to make an annotation in...

    Good catch! I'll have to make an annotation in the video at that spot. Much appreciated!!
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    The eastern Supes are under-appreciated. ...

    The eastern Supes are under-appreciated. Everybody does Flatiron or Weavers Needle and thinks "thats it", but there's so much more.

    So many trails...
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    I am going to start publishing GPS tracks for my...

    I am going to start publishing GPS tracks for my hike videos in the show notes, but for the benefit of you Phoenicians and others that may take this hike you can access the tracks here:
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    Good luck on your move to Anthem! You'll be...

    Good luck on your move to Anthem! You'll be close to a lot of good camping up there.


    You need to come back :)


    Never camped at Canyon Lake, I'll have to try it sometime.
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    Thanks! Hey, I used to hang out at Big Cedar...

    Thanks! Hey, I used to hang out at Big Cedar Lake not too far from where you live. My Grandfather lived there when I was growing up in West Allis.

    Go Badgers!
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    Video: AZ > Superstitions > Reavis Falls

    This would be a great weekend hike/hang for folks in the Phoenix area. There was one hanging spot for two hammocks where we camped, but down in Reavis Creek there were tons of them -- in fact it...
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    Be prepared for the agony of willpower that will...

    Be prepared for the agony of willpower that will be required to extract yourself from the cocoon of comfort in the morning. Know that you WILL lay there for about 1/2 hour steeling yourself to pull...
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