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15 hours ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

rockhopper
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No lion, just some wicked cats claw in the upper reaches of Martinez canyon. I use a folding saw for branches. Cat's claw I try to avoid at all costs but sometimes we all have to push thru. I have a machete in storage somewhere collecting dust. While traveling down in the Amazon over 20 years ago, the number one injury was machete to leg injuries. You have to be super careful about the machete deflecting off branches and I am too accident prone anyway so I put it away for good.
edited by rockhopper on 8/22/2019
2 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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rockhopper wrote:
Ok, I'll come clean. I admit to using old 100% cotton dress shirts for many expeditions in the past. They usually get torn to shreds when I go "off trail" or down in the drainage gullies with the dreaded cats claw. I am surprised there is no blood showing in this photo. Anyway, I now use the appropriate long sleeve shirts. Columbia is the current protection. Looking forward to getting back to the desert when the Sun moves South again.
Cheers




edited by rockhopper on 8/20/2019



Sure you didnt get attacked by a lion or something? smile I bought a small machete for that cats claw.
2 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

rockhopper
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Ok, I'll come clean. I admit to using old 100% cotton dress shirts for many expeditions in the past. They usually get torn to shreds when I go "off trail" or down in the drainage gullies with the dreaded cats claw. I am surprised there is no blood showing in this photo. Anyway, I now use the appropriate long sleeve shirts. Columbia is the current protection. Looking forward to getting back to the desert when the Sun moves South again.
Cheers




edited by rockhopper on 8/20/2019
17 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

tommy750
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Nice pics Ziphius. Your pics would fit right in on reddit.com/r/natureismetal
19 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

ziphius
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Daren, very cool observation! Thanks for sharing the details on that and the ranger story.

dsefcik wrote:
Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.
20 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

dsefcik
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Topic: The Killer at Christmas Circle
Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.
20 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

dsefcik
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Topic: Light weight long sleeve shirt
I have also bought these, they work great also

Under Armour Men UA Tac Tech Long Sleeve Tee

for pants, I just use denim or camo pants of some sort, Pencott Badlands is my favorite pattern for sure but hard to find, A-TACS is another good pattern for the desert.

Helikon Badlands CPU Pants

Tru Spec A-TACS Pants


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20 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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Edit changed shits to shirts. Haha bad typing.
23 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

Buford
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Awesome.
23 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

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Topic: The Killer at Christmas Circle
Perfect timing on the pictures.
23 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

Britain
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Didn't know that the RR was such killers. Good series.
23 days ago
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

ziphius
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Short trip to participate in a wildlife tracking survey near Ocotillo Wells. Picnic lunch at Christmas Circle in 112F was worthwhile because of 'The Roadrunner'.

It proceeded to stalk and kill a mourning dove.

Repeatedly slammed the dove to the ground.




The roadrunner didn't eat the dove, just walked off 30 feet and rested, while the great-tailed grackles looked on in shock. We returned a few hours later and the dove carcass was still there.

The next day, we did the wildlife track and sign survey.




Saw the tracks of Colorado Fringe-Toed Lizard, Desert Kangaroo Rat, Coyote, Shovelnose Snake, Desert Iguana, and lot of other stuff.

Fringe-Toed Lizard:


Tracks of Desert Iguana:



Shovel-nosed snake:



Kangaroo Rat tail drag marks:

and coyote tracks


edited by ziphius on 7/30/2019
edited by ziphius on 7/30/2019
23 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

tekewin
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Britain wrote:

Suggestions for lightweight hiking pants?



I used to go with cheap White Sierra zip off pants, but lately I've started hiking with Prana pants. They are stretchy so scrambling is easier and they are tough. I usually destroy pants in about 6 months but these are lasting longer.
25 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

ziphius
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Britain wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Britain wrote:
ziphius wrote:
I noticed no shrinkage with the Coolmax in warm water and air-drying. Neck fit seems normal.



Thanks. Prob go with Coolmax. Support the small business vet.


Britian, my shirts came within 10 days, backorderd, so be patient.


Got the shits in. Like them. Next question is this. I've always hiked in Jeans. They're starting to chap the inside of my legs.

Suggestions for lightweight hiking pants?


Railriders are extremely-durable and comfortable.
25 days ago
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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ziphius wrote:
Britain wrote:
ziphius wrote:
I noticed no shrinkage with the Coolmax in warm water and air-drying. Neck fit seems normal.



Thanks. Prob go with Coolmax. Support the small business vet.


Britian, my shirts came within 10 days, backorderd, so be patient.


Got the shirts in. Like them. Next question is this. I've always hiked in Jeans. They're starting to chap the inside of my legs.

Suggestions for lightweight hiking pants?
edited by Britain on 8/2/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
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27 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
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Newport Beach Bay. We have an apartment up here. Theres about 40 miles of trails. Nothing extreme. Goal is to loop the bay @13 miles.
27 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

dsefcik
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Topic: Any hurt yourself out hiking?
Britain wrote:
Well, Got in 10.2 miles today. No pack weight. I'll be ready when desert cools off.
Where did you get the 10.2 put in??
27 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
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Well, Got in 10.2 miles today. No pack weight. I'll be ready when desert cools off.
7/18/2019
Topic:
Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop
That is different one, I saw one up under a Juniper more near the boulders.
7/17/2019
Topic:
Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop

tommy750
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Here's the deer carcass I saw in Nolina downstream from the guzzler. Not sure if this is the same one you saw, Daren.

IMG_1714 by tomteske, on Flickr
7/17/2019
Topic:
Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop

ziphius
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dsefcik wrote:
When Tom and I were out at Blue Spring recently I definitely saw a baby deer carcass up under a Juniper.


Thanks. I thought I knew the range of mule deer pretty well, they always surprise me.
7/16/2019
Topic:
Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop
When Tom and I were out at Blue Spring recently I definitely saw a baby deer carcass up under a Juniper.
7/16/2019
Topic:
Bighorn-Nolina Canyon Loop

ziphius
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It turns out that the baby sheep in this thread is most likely a mule deer carcass. Based on the location, that's quite surprising, but not impossible. https://www.coyotelearning.org/post/why-being-wrong-is-important
7/16/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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Thanks for the input.
7/14/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

dsefcik
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Topic: Light weight long sleeve shirt
I don't think any of mine have ever shrunk, if anything they tend to stretch a bit....but I use mine for years before replacing. Some people like cotton shirts that hold all your sweat, not sure why but I prefer these as they dry very quickly.
7/12/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

ziphius
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Britain wrote:
ziphius wrote:
I noticed no shrinkage with the Coolmax in warm water and air-drying. Neck fit seems normal.



Thanks. Prob go with Coolmax. Support the small business vet.


Britian, my shirts came within 10 days, backorderd, so be patient.
7/11/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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ziphius wrote:
I noticed no shrinkage with the Coolmax in warm water and air-drying. Neck fit seems normal.



Thanks. Prob go with Coolmax. Support the small business vet.
7/11/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

ziphius
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I noticed no shrinkage with the Coolmax in warm water and air-drying. Neck fit seems normal.
7/11/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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For the Condor and Coolmax, A couple questions. Hows the neck fit? I don't like tightness here. I'm tall narrow build with long arms so hows the shink once washed? I like both and my hat also has a neck flap. Thanks
7/11/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

dsefcik
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Topic: Light weight long sleeve shirt
This what I got in tan color:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JQ08PZ6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Coolmax does the trick also.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

ziphius
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These Coolmax shirts are excellent. Wore the same shirt during the recent 2.5 day sheep count. Excellent breathability, granite and cactus-resistant. No collars ... but I wore a hat with a neck flap that took care of that.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Buford
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Any REI, Columbia, Sunday Afternoon Adventures, or other similar brand travel/hiking shirt will work. I like collars for sun protection. Mesh side panels are nice. Front chest pockets are good for storing items. Loose and baggy is good for airflow but catches on more cacti and cat claw.

I buy close outs from past seasons, it doesn’t have to look good. My main complaint is too many shirts marketed as for hiking and sun protection are too dark.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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Think its about time to start wearing something to protect from the sun and cats claw. Suggestions?
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Agua Caliente sounds resort like. Great pictures too. I carried in a real chair to our count site and it was worth it.

That Ramsey stuffed animal is awesome. Too bad it didn’t bring in sheep.

We are 100% confident in our ewe lamb ratio with a margin of error of 1. It was either 19/20 or 20/20. There was some water in the spring, but it was drained by the sheep each day. It replenished at night.

That agave in our photos is probably the same one. It is right in front of the count site.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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Love the photos Daren, particularly the trail cams. Agua Caliente was long-overdue to become a regular count site (or was it also a count site long ago?). Chairs, ice chests, swimming pool .... you've paid your dues.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

Britain
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
ziphius wrote:
Yucca stalks have come in handy a couple of times when I forgot a pole.


Prob reason I got trek poles. Pulling out splinters.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
The final BHS count totals attached
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
ziphius wrote:
Short blog about the Big Spring 2019 experience.
Ramsey is bad ass...!!
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Photos from the new Agua Caliente count site...

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2019

Drive right in, kick out the cooler, swim in the pool, chase out airplane landing guests looking to sneak into the park, count BHS, have a few ice cold drinks.....twist my arm to go back next year.....Cool

Oh wait, forgot...USE A CHAIR!! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Buford wrote:

The remarkable thing was we saw 99-100% lamb survival. Every single ewe that came over the hill had a lamb following her. The lambs ranged in age.


At first glance the 1:1 ewe:lamb ratio did not surprise me as it seemed like we always saw the ewes with lambs....however, looking back at previous years results it was roughly a 70% ratio.

I would swear I have taken pictures of that same agave.....



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7/10/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

dsefcik
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
ziphius wrote:
Yucca stalks have come in handy a couple of times when I forgot a pole.
Done the same with and without gloves...prefer with gloves...wink
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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Short blog about the Big Spring 2019 experience.
7/10/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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I'd noticed the 20:20 lamb:ewe ratio in the final count and was amazed also. Nice photos. How was the water at the spring?
7/9/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Another fun count this year.

I took the backroads to the desert and saw this guy run in front of me. I pulled over and took a picture as he buried himself to try and hide.


The remarkable thing was we saw 99-100% lamb survival. Every single ewe that came over the hill had a lamb following her. The lambs ranged in age.



Even the pros get cholla bombed:


Some more pics:






Messing around in the slow hours to kill time:


7/9/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

ziphius
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
Yucca stalks have come in handy a couple of times when I forgot a pole.
7/7/2019
Topic:
Carrizo Creek

Britain
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Topic: Carrizo Creek
Not sure opening the gate is a good or bad thing nowadays. We hiked through the middle from the bluff on the Leckie side. Didnt go by the gate. Lots of stuff now growing in it now. A few years back it was pretty much dead. Didnt find any water just dried mud areas.
7/5/2019
Topic:
Carrizo Creek

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Topic: Carrizo Creek
I went out yesterday and only saw one Tamarisk. Lots of Mesquite and Cat tail. The biggest difference. Lots of Cane is growing in many areas and there was water out past the tractor near the rock house. The rock house has a new roof to protect it from the sun and they cleaned up the area. My wife would not let me drive through the crusted over mud hole to reach the Carrizo Stage Station Site, So I did not see that portion of the swamp. The gate was unlocked and the closure sign was gone so I guess its open again for good.
7/1/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

ziphius
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Topic: Orientation weekend
Daren, no problem with the bees for awhile. Did once have a problem camping near Sunset Mtn. in a wash, with a guzzler only a 1/4 mile away. I figured that if there was nearby water, the bees would be interested in the guzzler, not my several liters. Have not had a problem near Big Spring the last few years in summer.
6/30/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

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We had an awful time with the bees Sat morning out at Glorietta...about an hour after sunrise they had completely swarmed the back of my truck trying to get into my water bottles, I woke Gary up and we scrammed. Down at Christmas Circle all was calm. We spent the 2nd night up near Wilson and it was fine with the exception of an early morning black swarm that flew over.

ziphius, you have any problems with the bees??
6/29/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

ziphius
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Topic: Orientation weekend
Spent post-orientation looking for lizards and animal tracks. The wind had obviously been up, which wiped out a lot of tracks. Grass that was connected to the center of the circle by extremely-thin roots, nearly invisible. Whipped round and round by the wind.


Desert iguana were numerous.

edited by ziphius on 6/29/2019
6/26/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

tekewin
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
dsefcik wrote:
Nice work....I'd have to say my poles wear out way before the grips do....mostly 'cuz I use them to whack all the brush out of the way.



Ditto. I use cheapo Kelty poles so it's easier to just get new ones when end up bent.

Looks like nice workmanship on the new grips.
6/24/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

Buford
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Topic: Orientation weekend
Nice. The Sentenac homestead is a cool area.

Sorry we missed you guys at Wilson. I think your camp is in the mid left of the sunrise pic.
6/24/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

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Nice photos again..looks like you are taking well to the new camera.

Some of the old Sentenac homestead









A couple of late night visitors at our camp (ignore the date/time stamp) (burrr...a chilly 52 degrees up at the Wilson peak area)





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6/23/2019
Topic:
Orientation weekend

Buford
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Topic: Orientation weekend
Good to see the usual suspects this weekend at orientation. Anyone else have any pics?

First light on the San Ysidro Mountains Saturday:


Went for a walk after orientation. Saw a fox and a rattler but couldn't get a camera out fast enough. Saw some of the usual wild life as well.

Sheep and sheep backsides:


Injured sheep, wouldn't put weight on his right front leg:


Saturday night light(s) pollution:


Sunday sunrise:


There are still some flowers. Driving to camp in the dark they were glowing under car headlights:
6/21/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

Britain
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
Buford wrote:
I repaired my cork grips with epoxy and shoegoo. Soon I’ll need to do a full replace like yours. I was thinking cork tape for bike handlebars might work well.

I use aluminum trekking poles because I would shatter carbon ones. Mine are bent, paint chipped but still work. I’ve had to replace the tips due to wear and snapping them off many times. I keep spares in the car.


My replacement is not cork but some foamy rubber. They feel pretty good I don't have straps anymore. Don't use them straps anywho. I too have aluminum poles. Wives are the cheap Wally world aluminum ones with a rubber handle. I don't like the way the grips feel.
6/21/2019
Topic:
Trek Poles Grips

Buford
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
I repaired my cork grips with epoxy and shoegoo. Soon I’ll need to do a full replace like yours. I was thinking cork tape for bike handlebars might work well.

I use aluminum trekking poles because I would shatter carbon ones. Mine are bent, paint chipped but still work. I’ve had to replace the tips due to wear and snapping them off many times. I keep spares in the car.
6/21/2019
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Trek Poles Grips

Britain
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Topic: Trek Poles Grips
Haha Bush whacking. I feel I should have got the wally world cheapies. The price for the new grips modifying them to fit, now most likely the lower ends will break. They probably look like they should from the rock damage..
6/21/2019
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Trek Poles Grips

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Nice work....I'd have to say my poles wear out way before the grips do....mostly 'cuz I use them to whack all the brush out of the way.
6/20/2019
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Trek Poles Grips

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My cork grips gave out. The poles have been my bud for many years and miles. So I replace them.
6/20/2019
Topic:
Anyone still here?

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Topic: Anyone still here?
Roko,
You did it! Congrats. One of my top10 favorite So.Cal hikes. San Gorgonio. Highest peak in the Peninsular range and Transverse range. The peninsular range extending almost 1000 miles down to the tip of Baja California. The next highest peak is hundreds of miles north in the mighty Sierra Nevada range. Numerous aircraft ran into "Old Greyback" over the years. Much wreckage still up there. Looks like you went up Vivian creek trail. More pictures?
Cheers






Rocko1 wrote:
Great pics Buford!

I have been doing non-AB hikes lately. Just did San Gorgonio Peak this weekend.


6/19/2019
Topic:
Anyone still here?

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Keep up the good work on the photos, they look great and it is a lot fun to come home and see all the photos you have. The BHS ones are always great to get....Thumbs Up
6/17/2019
Topic:
Anyone still here?

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Topic: Anyone still here?
Great pics Buford!

I have been doing non-AB hikes lately. Just did San Gorgonio Peak this weekend.


6/17/2019
Topic:
Anyone still here?

Britain
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Topic: Anyone still here?
To remove plane trails most paint programs or photo program will do. Its a simple cut copy and paste a like area into the affected one.
6/17/2019
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

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I just wanted to pass on, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo has a fund raising grant that expires on June 30th 2019. They have a matching NEH endowment challenge grant that matches dollar for dollar on donations until June 30th. The museum has the most extensive display of Kumeyaay pottery I have ever seen. Along with arrow straighteners and videos from the Kumeyaay themselves on how they live off the land.
So it is really easy to donate. Just call on the phone and donate they will e mail a receipt and you can write it off on your taxes. Thanks for your time Scooter

Museum 760 358 7016 ivdesertmuseum.org
6/16/2019
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Buford
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@Tekewin I don't take the camera peakbagging. I wouldn't trust myself with it bashing through rocks on anything tough.

@Ziphius I will probably be there.

@Dsefcik I always knew lots of planes flew over Borrego, but it is ridiculous. The star trails and milky way were taken with multiple photos stacked with a free software I found online. Planes get removed with varying degrees of success since they are not common between the images. I don't know a better way to remove planes without photoshop skills well beyond me. Here is one of the individual photos from the milky way set with a plane trail.



One more round of spamming the board with pictures:



This ram had a branch stuck in his horns all day:


Another attempt of the badlands susnet:
6/15/2019
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ziphius
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Nice photos Buford! Maybe I'll see you at orientation next weekend?
6/15/2019
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Photos look great...I never did figure out how to keep airplanes out of night sky photos in ABDSP though. Keep up the good work..!
6/15/2019
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tekewin
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Beautiful photos, Buford. Love the bighorn shots and the night shots. If only I trusted myself with an expensive camera, I would invest. I don't have a good track record.
6/14/2019
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Star trail pretty awesome. The other looks like you captured Jupiter crossing the Milkyway.
edited by Britain on 6/14/2019
6/14/2019
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Carrizo Creek

Buford
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Unfortunately the Tamarisk seem hard to permanently remove. Same with the Sahara Mustard.
6/14/2019
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Correct, got a new camera. Learning to take better photos and process them.

I know most of the ones I've posted and will post have some major flaws. It's a work in progress. More below:

Star trail attempt:


More sheep:


Sunset over the badlands a couple weeks ago:


Milky way attempt:
6/14/2019
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Carrizo Creek

Britain
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The Tamarisk was starting to grow back last year. More this year. I didnt get to the lower Carrizo gorge area this year to see if this area started to come back. I did notice last year in Jacumba Jims the stuff was chainsawed all the way almost to the rock fall. I didn't notice after the fall if any action was done.
6/14/2019
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Descanso District

Buford
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That is a fun place to explore. Cool Lizard pic.

I hate ticks.
6/14/2019
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tekewin wrote:
Forest there looks really lush.
That is what made getting to those BM's difficult, the thick brush and then brushing off all the ticks. It is pretty out there but lots of bugs flying in your face. Sat night and Sunday morning were very windy out there.
6/14/2019
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Those are great photos....did you get yourself a new camera?
6/13/2019
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Carrizo Creek

tommy750
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Tamarisk already coming back?? Wow. Upper Carrizo Creek at I-8 is a complete mess and Google Earth seems to indicate the Carrizo Gorge eradication has ground to a halt. Maybe another couple wind energy projects to fund the long term maintenance? Just kidding. Or, maybe an "Adopt a Tree to Kill Over And Over" might catch on...
6/13/2019
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Nice pics Buford. Really like your spiny lizard pic.
6/13/2019
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Showed up to ride bikes on Saturday but missed out on all the exploring and the San Diego 100 race that passed a few feet from Daren's campsite on Friday night and made him miss a few winks of beauty sleep. Apparently he's run that race a few time. Winning time was 16:49:13 which is about what it take me to climb El Cajon once.

Somewhere near Morris Ranch Road

Fat Bikes by tomteske, on Flickr

Couple lizards from the week before when my wife and I walked that stretch of the PCT. Lots of flowers along the trail but summer is coming...

Horned Toad by tomteske, on Flickr

Lizard by tomteske, on Flickr
6/13/2019
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A couple more pictures from last weekend. It was windy Friday night, very nice Saturday night.

The family hanging out and waiting to be counted:


Pausing between pushups:


Sleeping on the hot rocks:


The spring had running water, but the flow was definitely less than a few years ago. The pipe is probably partially clogged.
6/12/2019
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tekewin
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Forest there looks really lush. I had to look up where this was. Boy, the Cleveland National Forest is really big. Probably a nice break from the heat.
6/12/2019
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Nice area, photos! You have a knack for finding old bathtubs. wink
6/11/2019
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Tom and I hung out in the mountains this past weekend, rode the bikes and did a little hiking.

The USFS makes some serious guzzlers out there. I bagged a couple of the more difficult BM's, Korth & Long....Cool
Plenty of ticks out there right now.









Oh Yeah....I sold the '81 Toyota and bought Tom's truck..!!


Korth BM




Long BM


View from Long BM


Old mining stuff










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6/11/2019
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Carrizo is one my favorite places....thanks for posting. Getting hot out there now.
6/11/2019
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The long history of peoples traveling along Carrizo creek trails and the geology of the entire area is so fantastic. Glad you got out before the heat really turned on.
6/11/2019
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Buford
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Nice. Another area to explore.
Summer heat is here this week.
6/7/2019
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Did a quick loop through Carrizo creek before the desert dragon returns. Was hot nevertheless around high 90's. The Tamarisk is coming back. Didn't see any water. Cats Claw was really thick in places.

Close up with Leckie in Background
Moved over to the other side roamed the badlands. The Lost BM is on this hill.
Hot but nice to get out.
6/2/2019
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ziphius wrote:
Could be (more likely) a raven's nest. Large-diameter stick cliff nest is consistent with other raven nests I've seen. Hard to tell how deep the bills on those birds are. Crows are extremely-rare east of Borrego Spr.


Thumbs Up What He Said i agree !!!
6/1/2019
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ziphius
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Could be (more likely) a raven's nest. Large-diameter stick cliff nest is consistent with other raven nests I've seen. Hard to tell how deep the bills on those birds are. Crows are extremely-rare east of Borrego Spr.
edited by ziphius on 6/1/2019
5/31/2019
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rockhopper
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Glad you got out to the Desert before the temps go up. That was the coolest May in memory. I know the spring winds have been strong as usual. Made for a nice extended Desert hiking season. Neat crows nest picture.
5/30/2019
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Sounds like a nice weekend out. Know it gets windy out there, but that Nolina guzzler looks like it's built F5/Category 5 tough!
edited by tommy750 on 5/30/2019
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tekewin wrote:
Big fan of Bighorn Canyon Peak. That guzzler photo is the one on the low end of Bighorn Canyon? I never found the register.
Yep..the register is right where you would think it should be but sorta hidden...we did not know if a register existed and looked a bit and gave up. Sat down to eat some lunch and saw the red can in some rocks right in front of us...good 'ol Maniacs....
5/30/2019
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Nice. Glad you are out and recovering. Bighorn is a register I have yet to go to.

I hit up the guzzler in the picture earlier this year when everything around it was in bloom.
5/29/2019
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tekewin
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Big fan of Bighorn Canyon Peak. That guzzler photo is the one on the low end of Bighorn Canyon? I never found the register.

I thought the slopes on Sunset were steep and crumbly. The boulders higher up were better footing. Slow coming down from that one. I also remember it being dead silent, but I was there without the wind.
edited by tekewin on 5/30/2019
5/29/2019
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Rabbit East Ridge Loop

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dsefcik wrote:
uhhh....count me out...nice work!...Applause
Not sure what motivates that kind of "day hike" but power to y'all..!!



Yeah, the route is pretty outrageous and I would not recommend it to anyone (except the many people faster than me). We weren't really going for an epic, but we greatly underestimated the descent. We really thought it was going to be 7 more hours, and of course getting caught in the dark made it worse. East ridge of Rabbit by itself is worthy and not as much of a stretch.
5/29/2019
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After tekewin's post my TR just seems silly...

Gary and I did a few "day hikes" around Pinyon Wash area, we hit up 4 guzzlers, Sunset Mtn and Peak 3567 (Bighorn Cyn Peak). I am just happy to be out in the desert again. Sunday was super, super windy up on Sunset.

Found a nice crow's nest with 3 young'lings in it.

Total Mylar balloons this trip - 2 (no pics, sorry)











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5/29/2019
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uhhh....count me out...nice work!...Applause
Not sure what motivates that kind of "day hike" but power to y'all..!!
5/29/2019
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Rabbit East Ridge Loop

tekewin
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rockhopper wrote:
Good show man! Rabbit peak from the East is in the top 3 toughest hikes of my life! We did the same Barton canyon accent route as you did. I have an identical pick of photo #5 but decades earlier. We decended back down from the summit via Barton route. No hiking poles, no headlamps, hiked back under starlight. Your route was truely a heroic effort.
Cheers!



Thanks, Rockhopper. I won't forget it for sure. You must have had great starlight, there are so many boulders and washes in that canyon.
5/29/2019
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Rabbit East Ridge Loop

rockhopper
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Good show man! Rabbit peak from the East is in the top 3 toughest hikes of my life! We did the same Barton canyon accent route as you did. I have an identical pick of photo #5 but decades earlier. We decended back down from the summit via Barton route. No hiking poles, no headlamps, hiked back under starlight. Your route was truely a heroic effort.
Cheers!
5/28/2019
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Scooter
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Nice way to end the season! I felt your pain and fatigue while reading your trip report. Great report, might have to skip that one 😀




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