In July, my 80 year grandpa and I went salmon fishing in Alaska....ssshsh
A lump formed in my throat as the sound of rushing air emanated from a rear tire
on my 1998 Ford Ranger. No spare tires left, 4x4 out of commission, and 15 miles
of rough doubletrack mountain driving to the nearest pavement...
This Ill-advised camping trip into the Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona
could have turned out much differently; however, a tool kit and bit of
preparation saved the day.
The tire was promptly patched and reinflated with a small, onboard air
compressor, anBut it’s a dry heat…
115℉ and bone dry look scary on paper, but with the right gear, it’s manageable.
Note: As I’m finding out during my stay in southern Texas, these tips don’t work
well in high humidity.
The gear and tips below have been honed over 15 years of desert travel, and have
kept me comfortable through everything from late summer bow hunts to speed runs
down the Grand Canyon.
1. Bandana / Shemagh
In my opinion, this is the #1 trick to staying comfortable on a desert hike. A
plain cNeed to pack in the calories for a summit push and also celebrate a birthday all
in one go. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you what I think will be the biggest
thing in sports nutrition since someone decided that Clif bars were actually
made of edible materials: Birthday Cake!
This gastronomical revelation was revealed when we decided to summit our local
high point on a weekend that also happened to be one of the participant’s
birthday. Also, food shopping while hungry, never a good idea…