Archive for April, 2011

Snakes are Stirring

Monday, April 25th, 2011

It’s that time of year when things start to heat up in the desert. While that might be daunting to us warm blooded animals, it is a blessing for all of the reptiles that have been forced to hibernate through the winter. I’ve seen little lizzards and geckos running around the afternoon (which due to size are active first), and I’ve also seen a couple rattlesnakes warming themselves in the sun. I even heard of a Gila Monster putting on a show on Finger Rock trail. So keep the eyes on a look out for things that rattle; and remember the golden rule. DON’T HANDLE WILDLIFE – ESPECIALLY SNAKES! They won’t jump on you, or ambush you from a tree, but they will defend themselves if they percive you as a threat. So leave ’em alone, and they’ll be no bother to you. Enjoy they trails!

New Bike

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

About a month ago I went out and bought a new bike. Its one of the New 2011 Specialized Tarmac SL3’s. I know what you might be thinking; here we go again, just another damn mouth-breather on a Specialized. That might be the case but the neon paint scheme definitely stands out of the pack and the carbon fiber frame which is a trickle down from their S-Works zenith is uber fast.

So after a couple of Top 10 finishes, the racing season is already winding down here in Arizona. Unfortunately, other parts of the country are just pulling back the winter covers of their road races. What do we have left out here? A couple of time trials and up hill time trials, namely the Mt Lemmon Up Hill TT. Which reminds me, how about the most challenging marathon in the country, the Mt Lemmon up hill marathon? And if that isn’t your style, you can just ride you bike up instead of running. Or how about you have the folks at Southwest Trekking drive you and your bike to the top and just ride down? Happy times!

Barker

Lead Guide, SWTrekking

 

Mt Lemmon Ride:

http://www.roadbikerides.com/ride/view/mt_lemmon_/117

 

 

The New Specialized

Anxiously awaiting a bike ride

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Going on a guided bike ride in about nine minutes with a strong guest. A chance to show our grea trails to a fellow mountain biker from different terrain. Well this is a short post for the best of reasons

Been away, but now I’m back.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Was away for a while, out getting married!! Now all of the nuptuals are out of the way, it’s time to get back to reality. It seems like things are heating up in the desert. Spring appears to be over, and we are wiggleing our way towards summer. Hotter, longer days and really dry conditions mark the begging of the heat. With highs supposedly reported in the 90’s for the weekend, now is the time to get your last low elevation sonoran desert adventures in. So don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’ll be happy to show you the sights and places around Tucson.

Just remember that if you do go out to follow these simple rules:
1. Go with someone, or let someone know where you are going. If you dry out into a prune, at least someone will know to find you.
2. Avoid the heat of the day. Between 1-5 pm are usually the hottest times, try to avoid being out during the heat. If you do go out, make sure to bring plenty of water. This leads to:
3. Water Water Water. It’s called a desert for a reason, and you don’t want to be “that guy” who ran into trouble because they didn’t have enought water. Plan a gallon a day per person for a hard hike.
4. Hat a sunscreen. I’m not your mom, so I’m not going to lecture you on how dangerous the sun can be. SPF 50 is a good bet for any extended activity outside. Hats keep the sun off of you, and really make a difference.

Have fun, and I’ll see you out there.

Saguaros in the Mist

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Wow, we are having weather! I mean not just sunny and warm but real weather. Here’s a sight you don’t see every day! Had a couple photographers on the morning hike that got some great seldom seen shots of our beautiful desert! Here’s a shot of them getting their shots.

Saguaros in the Mist

Mantra “I am Going To Ride Every Trail”

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Hello all, I am going to ride every trail in our area in 2011,( mantra and goal) especially those that I am not  familiar with. I will be posting on many of the trails I experience so that you can try them too. As many as I can I will post gps tracks for, once I figure out how my newest  gadget  works.  Trail crews have been building lots of great new trail in the area. It seems every mountain range has new stuff to be discovered, and I plan to enjoy or at least  endure every one. I spent the last couple years working on my dream house. So I was only riding trails that I knew wouldn’t hurt me, not easy mind you just familiar, but now its time to branch out and get out, there’s many an adventure awaiting! I will be riding with a recent beginner on a single speed, and when possible my girlfriend, so you race weenies might giggle at the lap times. Riding with friends is worth the slow down, plus you might just get to see some nice pics upon my return. Waiting for others is a great chance to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you on trail.

Randy Young, Southwest Trekking guide

Spring Racing Season

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Yes, its that time of year in the Old Pueblo. The spring temperatures are starting to rise and local riders are amping up their workouts for racing. A couple weeks ago was one of the largest stage races in Southern Arizona: the Tucson Bicycle Classic (TBC). I finished a respectable 12th overall with some particularly fast riders despite being crashed out in the final sprint of the second stage.

This coming weekend is the Colossal Cave Road Race (CCRR). As with last year’s race and this year’s TBC, I have continued to miss out on a Top 10 finish because I am a terrible time trialist. A time trial, for those of you who dont follow road racing, is usually an individual effort against the clock over a set distance. I am a climber. Fortunately,these races often include laps with some hills involved. This will work to my advantage… if I dont lose out in the time trial.

Barker

Lead Guide, SWTrekking

 
  

Hiking with the author

Friday, April 1st, 2011

 We began a new series of hikes with William Ascarza, author of several books including two on our own Tucson Mountains. The series is being offered through the JW Marriott Starr Pass. As well as private hikes throughout the Tucson basin and beyond.  Upcoming dates include, Friday April 8th, 9th, and 15th at 6 am, meet us at the concierge desk for a one hour complimentary hike.  I would highly recommend booking us for a 2-4 hr. hike, as the one hour time frame doesn’t  do the information or the scenic beauty justice. Join us for an hour and relish the experience the rest of your life! Book us for a 2-4hr and change your life altogether.