Archive for December, 2010

Brent Strikes Again

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Brent was at it again today,  I have to admit he is getting pretty good.  Just don’t tell him I said so.

This is what we do to try and generate clients for our world famous guides into the back country of The Sonoran Desert.

Yes, I know life sucks.

Remember:  In case you forgot.  We can, we will take YOU there.

John Heiman


Southwest Trekking

Enjoy the video.

Bugs Spring

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Yes, Bugs Spring, a trail in The Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson Arizona.

WARNING:  This video is a bit long, 12 minutes, BUT if you want to sit back and fantasize that you are there, please do so.

REMEMBER:  We can, we will, take YOU there.

You all have asked for more videos, we will try and get more to you.  We ride and hike so much with clients that it is hard to find the time to go out and ‘just’ ride and hike for the purpose of videoing.  Imagine that. 

Tucson and Southern Arizona has a VERY divese selection of hiking and mountain biking trails.  From extreme to sublime, we will help choose a trail that suits your needs, wants and abilities.  And if we, by some slight chance, choose a trail that is to much or to little for you we can and will adapt.  Imagine that. 

Call, e-mail or visit us in person and we will create an adventure for YOU.  We do fun and we do it good.

Southwest Trekking

Arduous Journeys For Those Who Indulge In Extremes


Contact me direct at or 520-296-9661

John Heiman


Enjoy the video.

Brent’s version of TMP 2

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

So here is my version of the footage we took last week. The software is neat, and the process is something that’s a little new to me. Regardless, mine is still better than John’s. Who would have guessed.

We are riding in the Tucson Mountain Park, and John is doing most of the camera work. So kudos to him for not dropping the camera. And I’m doing the riding.

Enjoy the video!!

So, Brent forwarned you, here it is

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Sit back, relax and crank up the sound.

Oh yeah, and hit full screen.

If you want to, don’t let me tell you what to do.

Just do it.

Oh, I’m sorry, that’s a Nike thing isn’t it.


Yeah, well, it had some advertising, but what do you expect?  Brent and I plan of going out to do some more shooting and then we will let Brent get his hands on the raw material and see what he comes up with.

So…  Check this out:  We can, we will, take YOU there.

Come ride with us.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

John Heiman


Southwest Trekking

Today in the Tucsons

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

I went out walking on trail in search of something,  in the now, to blog about today. It wasn’t more than fifty feet out on the trail that the Sonoran wonderland had a surprise for me! What is that red fuzzyness on top of that one ocotillos stalks? Yeah I know it looks dry and dead just like the rest lets climb up and see if those are actually flowers or some plastic or fuzz stuck up there . So up the steep loose hillside I go, imaginary friend in tow.  once at the ocotillo in question I am wonderfully pleased to say that dead looking plant has sprung some beautiful red/orange flowers! Its winterspring in the Sonoran ! Flowers sprouting from random dead looking plants! Ah reproduction in mid winter, “a chance to reproduce should never be wasted” say the plants! I am off to see more beauty.

Randy Young, Southwest Trekking Guide

Area Attraction

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Took a little trip to Kartchner Caverns today. Wow what a wonderfully preserved and protected place! If you haven’t gotten over to see it,……. go!  The place is pristine, as is evidenced by the mister and air locks you go through to enter or exit the caverns. The beauty and delicacy of the formations you’ll see will amaze and delight! Descriptions would be blasphemous

Randy Young, Southwest Trekking Guide

Coming soon . . .

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

John and I went out riding the other day with video cameras in hand, looking for some cool shots and tricky riding in the Tucson Mountain Park. We ended up heading around the Bowen/Yetman Trail. It was a rather short ride, but we were able to get some cool footage of rocky tails and spining wheels. Stay posted, and we’ll have those video treats available soon!


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Mountain Biking is a wonderfully hazardous activity undertaken primarily by those who border on lunacy. Being mildly crazy myself, I enthusiastically took to the challenge of riding, and managed to acquire 20 stitches in my knee on the second day out. The wound was rather deep, and I failed to refrain from riding long enough for it to heal in totality, reopening the cut. This misstep took me on an excursion to the Tucson Herb Store, where I was directed towards Yarrow. I brought home a baggie of dried plant material and started doing my research. This plant grows in temperate regions – the particular bit I bought was harvested in Colorado – and has been used in both European herbalism and Native cultures for the healing of wounds. An alternative name is “Soldier’s Woundwort,”and it is a member of the aster family. Used as a poultice, the plant is supposed to speed the healing process and prevent infection. It is homeostatic (stops bleeding) and has anti-microbial properties. Traditionally it was masticated and used as a spit poultice, but the option also exists to add a little water and mash it up without using your mouth. I’m going to give it a shot and compare it to the effects of Neosporin. Herbal medicine pitted against modern pharmaceuticals: which will win?

Commit To It

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Yesterday I went out for a mountain bike training ride with my boss, the distinguished John Heiman. Were his livelihood as a guide ever threatened, I believe he could profitably take up the role of a drill sergeant. “Get your butt up, Brit, get your BUTT UP!” was echoing in my ears 24 hours later on today’s ride. I’m beginning to learn that the preservation of one’s hindquarters is of the utmost importance if mountain biking is going to be enjoyable. Bouncing over rocks is only fun if you’re not bruising your butt. Another tidbit of advice hollered down the trail was “COMMIT TO IT”, look ahead in anticipation and trust that your body will respond to the trail that’s already underneath your tires. I have a bad habit of looking down, as though scrutinizing the placement of that front tire will ensure that I don’t crash and burn. I’m also learning that it’s alright to crash and burn, as long as you don’t do so directly on top of a cholla. The body has an amazing ability to mend itself, is highly adaptable, and responds to challenge by becoming stronger. Biking seems to be a mental game just as much as a physical one, so that is the lesson I’ll have to hold like a koan: Commit to it.

24 Hours

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I went for a ride at the ol pueblo corse on Saturday. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, low 70’s, sunny and a light breeze made cruzing around the desert absolutly perferct. I’ve only been on the corse one time before, so I thought it would be a good day to start “learning” the trail in preperation for the upcoming 24 Hour race in Febuary. Each lap is just over 16 miles of smooth flowing single track, with a little riding on some dirt roads. The corse is relativly flat with only two moderate climbs, so you can make some good time. I got 3 laps in, with my middle lap time being my fastest at 1:17, which was pretty good seeing as I crashed in the last 2 miles which added some time to the lap. I still have some work to do though . . . that time is going to have to be my average lap time for 24 hours!! Rest day today, then back to the saddle.