Outdoor Rec Page
Table Of Contents
|• Sports that I made pages for|
- Skydiving Gen Info Safety
- Rock Climbing Rock info
| Future / Potential Trips|
- 2005 Kilimanjaro, Africa
- 2005 Grand Canyon , Arizona. Slightly technical vertical climb.
For a good general-purpose equipment list, click here. Thanks to Steve Hall.
Potential Trips, Places To Go, Info to save
Stuff to do, places to go, information I didn't want to lose.
Trip Sources / Ideas
Ordinary guy Tucson restaurant review: http://ursa.as.arizona.edu/~rad/restaurants.html
Arizona Sierra Club Outings
Arizona Hikers with BBS.
Arizona Hiking Trails, listed alphabetical or by region.
Todd's Hiking Guide - AZ and Utah. Great list.
Tucson Hike list (can also expand out to other regions/states).
Great Outdoor Rec Page. GORP
TheBackpacker.com Pick a state for trail information.
Backpacker.com - Affiliated with the magazine. Log in for more info.
Canyoneering links -- good rope & other technical information
General Tucson area stuff to do.
4x4 / Offroad Links
4x4Now home page: Info on new trips, trip reports, books on 4wheeling, and 4WD route books
4x4Now By-state trail reports.
Arizona Off-Road: Excellent trail reports with GPS coordinates.
4 Wheel Drive trips: Arizona based trips to Mexico.
4x4 Trails, Arizona: http://4wheeldrive.about.com/od/arizonatrails/
4x4 Trails, All southwest: http://4wheeldrive.about.com/od/southwesttrails/
Arizona Bike Shops, by city: http://www.sportsfun.com/gaba/azlinks.html
Arizona Greater Biking Assn: http://www.sportsfun.com/gaba/
Tucson: Mountain Biking: http://www.cherba.com/atmb/index.html
Tucson: Sonoran Desert Desert Bicycling Club. Rides every week.
Tucson ride list: http://www.epicrides.com/events.htm
Tucson ride/races list: http://www.topofusion.com/diary
Tucson Mt Bike Clinics: http://www.soljourneys.com 520-795-0035 (also has other trips)
Specialized fluid vs Slime: Specialized works better, but dissolves patches.
Mountain Biking in Dallas. Believe it or not the Dallas area has a number of very good mountain bike trails. Dorba has all the details. http://www.dorba.org/cgi-bin/trails/index.cgi Erwin Park is a good ride. Arbor Hills was nice. Grapevine Northshore is very good. Rowlett Creek is good because there are a lot of small loops so you can pick your level of difficulty and distance. If you're willing to drive 1.5 hours the trail at Tyler State Park is excellent. It is by far the hilliest of the trails around Dallas. LB Houston is a good beginner level trail. It is basically flat but has a lot of twists and turns through the woods.For 'other' scenery, I rode the green belt that ran from Plano down to White Rock Lake. It's a nice ride on a paved trail, and runs along the river a few points as well. It's obviously flat, but once you hit White Rock Lake (a nice ride-around), the scenery was great with all the girls out riding/jogging/hanging out. There's also some good riding up at Amarillo, or down at Austin/San Antonio. I'd also drive out to Big Bend, but that's a bit of a haul. Chicago to Dallas: 5 states, 967 miles. (About 16 hours, 45 min) Dallas to Big Bend: All in one state, 575 miles (about 12 hours) The three main spots that would rent bikes are REI, Wheels in Motion, and Richardson Bike Mart; when shopping I was happy with all three. Google might have more.
Maps and Info
DeLorme mapping products. They don't use Navtek data and thus their roads aren't the most up to date (although sometimes they beat them). But they have GIS-type tools, so you can have multiple draw layers, hot links, embedded photos, send maps to friends, etc. And that means they're great.
Offroad Guides GPS track files for Arizona, Colorado, and Utah
EasyGPS - Great program for managing your waypoints, routes, and tracks, especially on non-routing GPS's
ExpertGPS - Same as above with a one-time fee and it downloads topo maps and aerial imagery from free servers.
TopoFusion. Similar to Easy and ExpertGPS, but written by a bunch of guys who like to mountain bike. Has a lot of great extra functions, like contrast/brightness control over the downloaded images, the ability to merge two images on top of each other and adjust opacity, and my favorite: You can enter multiple GPS tracks and the the program will average them out into a single track.
Information I found worth saving
Pack light or pack heavy? You eat better packing heavy, but light tends to make you a happier hiker.
Outdoor Law. Interesting legal information on why things are.
Ecology. Return of wolves changes the entire ecosystem, down to plants and minnows.
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