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Conditions on Mt. Wilson

I was planning on climbing Mt. Wilson in Red Rocks on January 2. Anyone know what the conditions are right now? Snow?
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Planning Wheeler Peak NM

I'm planning to bag Wheeler Peak NM in February 2017. I'm an experienced hiker, winter gear is not an issue. I'm looking for waypoints I can use for my route, I fully expect any trail will be buried under feet of snow and I'll have to navigate on my own. Any advice folks have for doing Wheeler in winter is much appreciated, this is the highest peak I'll attempt in full winter conditions. I see ...
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Lost Gloves - Tamarack Peak (Tahoe / Reno area)

My wife and I lost 2 pairs of Black Diamond Guide Gloves at the parking lot (left them on the roof)... on my birthday no less. Hoping someone found them - they're $160/ea! They're black with tan leather, sizes M and L. Happy to pay a reward.

Please email if you found them at

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Road to Muddy Peak/Hidden Valley


Was just curious if anyone has recently been on the road to the Hidden Valley route up Muddy Peak, DPS. Last I heard it's pretty rough 4x4. Guessing it's the same, but hoping for something a bit smoother. Also, if it is rough 4x4, how long of a stretch is the road in that condition for?

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Hayford Peak access threat

Peakbaggers and outdoor adventurers ought to be aware that the U.S. Air Force is proposing to expand the Nellis Test and Training Range and take over 227,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Public access to this area would be lost, placing Hayford Peak (an ultra-prominence peak), Sheep Peak, Hidden Forest Canyon and the Alamo Road off-limits. This would make Hayford the only lower 48 Ultra without legal access. It would cause big problems ...
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Hiking Bush Mt from N Mex Side/Dog Canyon

As anyone hiked up Bush Trail to the Bush Mt, Guadalupe Mt Nat Pk 8,637' summit from the New Mexico side from camp grounds at Dog Canyon? I have hike Guadlupe Peak at the park and have tried twice to go up Bush Trail from the TX/south side, Pine Springs, but the knees gave up about 2 miles from the summit last week. I checked the topo map and found the route from the north. ...
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My first highpoint

I'm hitting the road tomorrow so I can go to Guadalupe Peak sometime next week. Please pray for good weather.
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Day Hikes Sedona area

suggestions for day hikes in the Sedona area?

I have hiked Humphrey's Peak already.

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Best time to hike and camp around Tucson?

Planning a trip to the Tucson area for next spring. Ideally camping a few nights, with hikes in Saguaro NP, Chiricahua NM, and a spot of birdwatching in the Portal area. Which month would be best for this, weather-wise: March or April? Any other tips from old AZ hands appreciated!
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Lightning strike death on Humphreys Peak, Arizona

A sad and unfortunate death atop Arizona's highest peak.

I have been caught myself in fast-developing storms that can go from blue skies to black clouds in about 15 minutes... including one such storm last year on Humphreys. Those storms develop so fast, and there can be literally no time to retreat. It's almost a case that even if you see a cloud above the peaks past 11 a.m. during July and August, turn around. ...
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