Here is a sampling of my favorite 2014 videos. You may find more in the above trip reports. Enjoy!
Kathleen and I hiked a good deal in the Sedona area during the winter of 2013-2014. We also day-hiked often in the Coconino NF surrounding Flagstaff. And, here are a few videos from the Redrock - Secret Mountain Wilderness:
Hi, Rob here. A Solstice Saturnalia Salutation to you!
I found myself feeling sorry for any man who was not free to abandon whatever futility detained him and walk away into the desert morning with a pack on his back. Colin Fletcher, The Thousand-Mile Summer.
I am writing this note after the review of trips from 2014. Yes, it was the year of the foot. In too many ways. First, there was a prolonged struggle with plantar fasciitis, which caused abandonment of a long Grand Canyon hiking permit and also prompted some lower mileage adventures.
Then, after dealing unsuccessfully with insurance death panels (I'm still alive, yet my bank account nearly died) the foot became functional. In the midst of Fall hiking, I slipped off slickrock made doubly slick by post thunderstorm mud on my boots and broke my ankle. Knocked about in the Needles District. I self-extracted myself from the Canyonlands backcountry over three days of hiking, only to once again face the insurance company death panel. Well, that severely cramped my hiking and trip season. All the same, my yearly totals were OK, given over two months invested in recovery.
Prior to being able to shuffle around the neighborhood, I invested a good deal of time in replacing most of the maps in the WV (Wildernessvagabond.com) trip reports. I had used these wonderful google dynamic topo maps, but then google began changing their codes - over and over. So, I produced maps and made them into *.jpg files so they don't get dropped from support and so I can focus on new adventures. I hope you enjoy the new maps.
A data sketch from 2014 includes:
Hiking - total miles = 1,008.6 (ERM* = 1533.5)
of which Backpacking = 228 miles (ERM* = 388.2)
Bicycling - total miles = 1555
of which Self-contained touring = 364 miles
I'm pleased to report that I have exceeded that 1,000 mile mark for hiking (bicycling too). Also, I'll add the last trip report in the new year.
*ERM - Energy Required Miles. A mile is added for every 500' elevation gain or loss. It's a very serviceable method of estimating energy required miles.
Thanks to co-adventurers who enhanced the fun in the above trips, including Kathleen, Dave R., Bob B., Cheryl S., Ben M., Decker U., Bert F., George W., and Nancy W. Thanks one and all.
The adorable Kathleen and I are well, and we plan to continue to enjoy what is left of our public lands in 2015 :-)) We wish you the very best. Finally, please remember, wherever you go there you are. Let's all work for more peace and less repulsican.
Take good care, Rob
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimmy Hendrix.
The wilderness once offered men a plausible way of life, now it functions as a psychiatric refuge. Soon, there will be no wilderness. Soon there will be no place to go. Then the madness becomes universal. And the universe goes mad. Doc Sarvis in "The Monkey Wrench Gang"
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for the slickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blue ridge. May God's dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake and the screech owl amuse your reveries, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyes by day and the Great Bear watch over you at night. Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside