Another Mountain Biker is Born April 26, 2011Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Day Hiking, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, orienteering.
Tags: hiking, Mountain Biking, multisport
One of the biggest thrills I get from my job is taking people to places that they would normally never see, and seeing their face light up from the experience.
My second favorite thrill is when I see that someone is hooked, whether it be on mountain biking (like this great story), hiking, orienteering, adventure racing, or climbing. To turn someone onto something that will perhaps change their life for the better is really, really cool.
Regarding the story that I linked to above; I do not know this girl at all, but her story is all too familiar to me…..and I love it!
The “B” is for Blowout October 27, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: hiking, Mountain Biking, Wilderness, Wilderness B
Wilderness B. The B is for Blowout, as in the escalation of feelings about this issue.
I am not going to go on and on about it, or even define it. Look it up.
I will say that I wholeheartedly agree with the move for the new designation to allow mountain bikes in some parts of the wilderness.
Outside magazine addresses it in an article this month too. Take a look.
Hiking with Haley at Pioneer Park October 8, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Just Stuff.
Tags: Brownlow Trail, Day Hiking, Haley, hiking, Pioneer Park, Prescott
Today was a real treat. Because school is on fall break, I had the opportunity to take my oldest granddaughter for a hike. We went out to the Pioneer Park/Brownlow Trail to hike the 2 running legs of the upcoming Go! Off Road Duathlon (GORD). The first leg is 1.5 miles that includes some of the wide smooth trail, and some less traveled single track. I wondered how it would go when about half a mile into it Haley was asking how much longer it would be! My response to that was that we were doing great and would soon turn back toward the truck. This seemed to satisfy her, and we finished the first loop without much trouble.
We took a potty break (that’s Grampy talk), and had a CLIF bar while we were at the truck. Then we headed out to do the 2.2 mile loop. This loop also uses single track and the wider smoother trails that are out there. When Haley kept wanting to stop and “rest” (we were going at a very easy pace even for her), I had to break out the story of the tortoise and the hare. After that, it was smooth sailing! She just wanted me to keep telling her stories while we hiked. This worked fine, as she had her mind on the story and not how far we had gone or how far we had yet to go. When we completed the second loop, she was surprised that is was already over.
All in all, it was a great way to spend the morning. I am extremely proud of my little hiker girl, as we covered the 3.7 miles in about 90 minutes of hiking. She is a trooper, and I hope to get her out again soon, if not hiking, then on her bike!
The GAR is Almost Here! September 14, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking.
Tags: AR, Gilmore Adventure Race, hiking, mountain bike, orienteering, Prescott, trekking
Less than a week now to the Gilmore Adventure Race near Prescott, Arizona. Kent and Bob and I did a mountain bike ride on the short course yesterday, and everything is looking good.
Teams are coming from all over the state and southern California to be a part in the what has become the largest (in attendance) and longest running (in years) adventure race in Arizona.
They will begin to arrive on Friday about mid-day, by Saturday at sunrise, we will have almost 200 people revved up and ready to go.
This year’s event will send teams of 2 or 3 persons out into the mountains where they will mountain bike, trek, hike, complete mystery events and finish up with a freestyle navigation leg that is very similar to an orienteering meet.
The weather gurus (yeah right!) are predicting perfect weather for the day.
I can’t wait!
Soggy Granite August 31, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, trails.
Tags: biking, granite, hiking, Jeep. Cherokee, monsoons, Motorized Adventure, mountain bike, Prescott, trails
I took a drive in my Jeep Cherokee today (my mountain bike is still in the shop) for some motorized adventure recreation. We have had an above average monsoon this year, and I found that even the forest roads that are mainly DG (decomposed granite) were soggy and mushy.
Making ruts in forest roads is one of my pet peaves, so I opted to go to a place that was mostly DG. Well, I found that what appeared on the surface to be mainly dry was in fact mushy. So instead of spending a whole day out jeepin’ it, I called it quits after just a couple of hours for the sake of the roads.
The forests are filled with grasses, which should help the deer population around Prescott too. This also means that many of the biking and hiking trails, especially the less traveled ones, are becoming overgrown.
Take note, I am not complaining, we need the moisture!
The monsoon should end in the next week or so, then maybe I can get a full day out in the mountains in the Cherokee.
Afternoon In Arizona August 22, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, trails.
Tags: day hike, Granite Mountain, hiking, Prescott
Tracie and I put the dog in the pick-up and headed out to do a short hike on a trail we had never been on before. We waited until the temperature dipped below 90° and then took the 20 minute drive to the trail.
The trail had not been used in a long while it appeared, because in the flats near the beginning, there were wild sunflowers growing eight feet tall right in the middle of the trail. As we began to climb into the trees, the trail got very rocky and looked like the only thing that had been on it recently was runoff from the recent heavy rains.
When we got up near the top end, we had a stunning view of Granite Mountain and the surrounding area. The trail got better as we went, I think partly because hikers usually come in to see the view from the end we were going out. In other words, it is the more travelled half of the loop.
We made it back down to the flats, then hiked along the dirt road towards the truck. Here’s something gross, there were literately hundreds of huge grasshoppers squished in the roadway…..and to make matters worse, other grasshoppers were cannibalizing them!
We took this hike at a very leisurely pace, and finished the 3 mile loop in a little over an hour and a half.
It is really nice that the days are long enough to get out in the hills at the end of the day for a short day hike.
Time to Get Outside! February 27, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Just Stuff.
Tags: hiking, Mountain Biking, Outside, sunshine
We finally have a few days of sunshine and the trails are drying out, so it is time to get out on your favorite trail! Whether you are hiking or mountain biking, it doesn’t matter. Just find a way to get out there!
Staying Fit While Traveling February 26, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation.
Tags: business travel, exercise, fitness, guide, hiking, Mountain Biking, outdoors, travel
If you search on ways to stay fit while traveling you will get a whole gaggle of things to read. For me, I try to find ways to do the things I do at home. I am not a gym workout person, I like to hike, mountain bike, and various other outdoor pursuits. It is because of this, that I started my company, Go! Adventure Recreation, in Prescott, AZ. Before I travel, I try to find out if someone in the city I will be in offers a way for me to get outside to workout. Booking a guided mountain bike ride is a super way to discover the area you are visiting, and not have to worry about gear or transportation or have any knowledge of local trails. The Guide picks you up at the hotel, takes you out to the trail that they have selected for you based on your self described fitness level and skills, they fit you to a bike, give you helmet and gloves, then lead you out on a ride! When it is over, they deliver you back to your hotel, and you can get back to the business you came to do with a renewed vigor having just had the type of exercise that you are accustomed to at home.
First Post for the Go! AR weblog February 24, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in About this Blog.
Tags: adventure, Adventure Recreation, Arizona, guide, guided day hikes, guided moutnain biking, hiking, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, recreation
Hello anyone out there? This is the first post on what I hope will turn into an interesting weblog about well….lots of things, but first and foremost, I want it to be about Adventure Recreation.
Getting outside and doing something that gets you away from the throngs of civilization can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. That hike up to a hilltop to find a spectacular view into the next valley; or a mountain bike ride up an old forest road that takes you into another era when gold prospectors eeked out a living panning for gold along the rocky creek that you have pedaled to.
It is these exhilarating moments in life that I hope to write about. My business (Go! Adventure Recreation) is about helping people find these wow moments. The few hours “out there” that wash you clean, re-charge and invigorate you….they are what Adventure Recreation is all about.