Friday, September 23, 2016

Arc'Teryx Altra 65 Bag Test

Finally took some time to to load up my new Arc'Teryx Altra 65 and take it for a quick spin. For those of you who remember, I had a bag sizing issue on my last trip that caused me to cut it short.

For the test I decided to try a short trail out by my house called the Calderwood Butte Trail, it is a one mile trail that I figured would be perfect to give the bag a, it is never that busy.

I did not load the bag up to capacity, all in all it was probably 20ish pounds, however, I could tell an immediate difference in the comfort of the bag compared to my Gregory Baltoro 65. I say this only cause the Gregory had a too large of torso length for me which caused it to ride incorrectly.

Some quick likes and dislikes:

  • Materials, Arc'Teryx definitely did not skimp on the materials.
  • Hip belt, I really like the articulating hip belt.
  • Hood, nice large hood.
  • Adjustability,a lot of different options for shoulder harness configurations.
  • Front kangaroo pocket, allows easy access to everything in the bag.
  • No ice axe or trekking pole loops.
  • Hydration bladder area, seems like bladder is not secure...will report back after serious use.
Overall I am really liking this bag, can't wait to get it out on a multi-day trip and see how it does! In the meantime, a few pictures from the trail.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Highline Trail - Geronimo Trailhead 240, Payson AZ - 28 Aug 2016

Trip: Highline Trail - Geronimo Trailhead 240, Payson, AZ.
Distance Traveled: 6 miles
GPS (Map): 34°24'02.8"N 111°21'55.5"W

This trail offers some beautiful scenery and is quite easy, it is a small section of the overall 50 plus mile Highline Trail. Future plan is to leave the Pine Trailhead and head towards the Geronimo Trailhead and from there to the Washington Park Trailhead for an approx 18 mile, two night backpacking trip.

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And We Are Off!

Thought This Flower Was Cool

I Don't Know What These Trees Are Called, But Very Cool.

Friend We Met On The Trail

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crystal Point Loop Trail, Munds Park AZ - 29 May 2016

Trip: Crystal Point Loop Trail, Munds Park, AZ.
Distance Traveled: 5.4 miles
GPS (Map): 34°56'20.57"N 111°37'10.69"W

Not a lot to say about this trail. It is a nice hike through the pines, not difficult so definitely something to take the little ones on. Easy to get to and the Munds Park Trail Stewards do keep it nice.

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And We Are Off!

Prescribed Burn In Progress

On The Trail

Sedona's Red Rocks

Thought These Were Cool

Overlooking Munds Park, AZ

Osprey Nest

Lake Odell

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

West Fork Trail, Sedona AZ - 23 April 2016

Trip: West Fork Trail, Sedona, AZ.
Distance Traveled: 9.5 miles per GPS, although, this conflicts with other reports of the trail being about 6 miles.

GPS (Map): 34°59'26.5"N 111°44'34.6"W

On Saturday 23 April 2016, I along with my wife and kid as well as some friends of ours and their kids decided to hike West Fork Trail near Sedona, AZ. Depending on where you look, I have seen this trail rated hard as well as moderate.

This trail is extremely popular, we arrived at the parking area at 10:45am and finally gained entrance at around noon. I would suggest getting there as early as possible, the parking area opens at 8:00am, if the attendant is not there, there is a self-pay option.

This was my first time hiking this trail and it was a blast, scenery was amazing and while the trails were busy, other hikers were friendly. I was disappointed, however, to see people have carved various garbage into some of the rocks and slot canyon walls.

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Lets Get Started!

Just prior to crossing the foot bridge you will come to Mayhew Lodge which has a pretty amazing history behind it. Carl Mahew who was a Flagstaff photographer purchased the cabin then added on to it. In 1926 he opened Mayhew Lodge to guests and the Mayhew family operated it until 1968. Some of the guests at the Mayhew Lodge included; President Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, and Clark Gable. In 1968 the Forest Service acquired the property, however, without having the funds, closed it to the public. In 1980, the complex was destroyed by a fire.

Remains Of The Mayhew Lodge

Behind the remains of the Hayhew Lodge stands the remains of a cabin that was converted into a chicken coop as well as a nook in the cliff wall that was likely used for food storage.

Cabin (Chicken Coop)

Nook In Cliff Wall

Now For Pictures Of The Hike

The last picture is about 100 yards past the official end of the trail. You can continue a couple more miles, however, you are going to have to get wet.

Little Wind Along The Way

Overall, this is a great hike and I highly recommend that if you like the outdoors you give it a try!

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