Backstory Hammocks seem to be all the rage these days. It seems an entire subculture has popped up around the lightweight hammock whether it is used for a relaxing car camping trip or as part of a sleep system for the experienced backpacker. I have to admit, I blatantly ignored the hammock fad thinking that…Read more
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[huge_it_maps id="4"] [spacer] Trail: Bright Angel Trail - Grand Canyon National Park Length (approx): 9.6 miles (round trip to Indian Garden Campground and back) Difficulty: Moderate to Extremely Difficult (depending on turn-around point) Water: Every 1.5 miles* Elevation Loss & Gain (approx): 6,120 ft (3,060 ft in each direction) Route Finding: Easy Time: Minimum 4 Hours Recommended Gear: Hiking…Read more
[huge_it_maps id="2"] On Saturday July 15th, 2017, a flash flood decimated a popular swimming hole near Payson, AZ, killing 10 people - all from one extended family. The family had made the trek to the Cold Springs swimming hole to celebrate a birthday. And in an instant, they were gone. No warning, no chance and…Read more
The inaugural Backcountry AZ playlist features a decidedly Arizona feel with The Refreshments, Gloritone and Gin Blossoms all making an appearance. Also included on the list are the perineal boys of summer - The Mighty Van Halen. The playlist was has a very chill vibe for laying back in your hammock and losing yourself in…Read more
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