Archive for December, 2011

New Year

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Hello all! Well its the last day of 2011! The ominous 2012 is upon us. There are many ideas about what 2012 may bring. Heres my prediction for 2012; We will be hiking and riding, new trails with new friends, old trails with new friends. And I supose if you’ve been around long enough to be an old friend you can come along as well. There are many places, critters and expieriences to be enjoyed. We can take you there!

New Bike Shop

Friday, December 30th, 2011

A new bike shop has opened in Tucson.

Check out their site, store.  Go by and say hey to Chris Gould, the owner.  And if you want, and what I would appreciate, punch him for me.  But not to hard.  He is kinda a whimp and whines a lot.  But he does ride a mean road bike.

John Heiman


Southwest Trekking

This Little Guy

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Was walking the dog the other day over near Agua Caliente Canyon when I almost stepped on this little guy. Well, he wasn’t all that small actually, he was almost a foot long. And he didn’t have a tail, which leads me to believe that he must of gotten into a brawl with something.

I’m not sure what spicies of reptile this is, but when I find out I’ll let you know.

Happy Holidays etc etc

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

We hope your Holiday season is treating you well – and that you’re getting enough calories stored up to get you off to a strong start for the New Year.

Here at Southwest Trekking we have been keeping busy. A few guides here and there, Morning Hikes at the JW (took six people out this morning), and new bikes at the Westward Look have been keeping us occupied.

Last Thursday I took the video cameras out to Fantasy Island to do some filming. In the next week or so I’ll have the footage edited into a movie, so check back and check it out. I’ll also be going up to the 24 hour course to do some filming, so keep an eye out.

Until then, happy trails.

Bikes at Westward Look Resort

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Yesterday Southwest Trekking combined forces with the quiet and scenic Westward Look Resort by setting them up with some mountain bikes they can rent out to guests. Being reasonably close to Catalina State Park and the 50 year trail, and also by it’s close location to the Rillito River path, guests can truly do the sublime ride along paved paths or test their skills on the dirt and dusty.

We took some time to talk with the staff about the bikes, safety, and routes to recommend to guests. As arranged, Southwest Trekking will stop by once a week to look over the bikes and provide the necessary maintenance and love to ensure the bikes are working properly.

Currently we have 5 mountain bikes available at the resort, all with their water bottle cages, helmets, gloves and packs with spare tubes and patches. If things go well, we might toss in a few road bikes to the mix. If you find yourself and Westward Look and yearning for the skinny tires of a road bike, fear not, as Southwest Trekking would be happy to bring one up to the resort to rent.

Check out the resorts web page:
and/or give ’em a buzz at:

Cochise Stronghold

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Yeah baby, Cochise Stronghold, one of if not my favorite place to hike.  Certainly my favorite place to take visitors to The Southwest.

Yup, that be me. Yeah, I know you like the hat.  To bad, it’s mine.

John Heiman


Southwest Trekking


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Wildlife abounds

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Hello all,  well we are getting over a cold snap. It’s supposed to be back in the mid 60’s for at least a week. But even the freezing temps havn’t stopped the wildlife from cruising the trails. Last saturday I got this picture of a adult desert tortois within 200 yards of the JW Marriot Starr Pass

 and on wednesday this beautiful bobcat decided to grace me with her presence. The buildings in the background are the JW


Sunday, December 4th, 2011

I think they call it K A R M A.  I think.

So, Fiona comes into town to do some road bike riding.  Cool.  I can handle that.  So we go for a road bike ride, below.  And we are tooling along, I am out in the front, of course.  Yeah, well, OK, it is down hill and my big bulky body goes down hill faster.  But that is not the story.  I am coming up on a stop sign.  Weird, there is a fire truck on the side of the road and all kinds of ‘fireman and fire women’ are on the intersection.  I figure, they are doing a fund raiser or toy drive.  And SMACK.  Yeah, I said S M A C K, and no I did not get hit by a car.  Sorry, for those who were hoping.  I was hit right smack in the forehead with a snowball.  Yeah, a snowball, in the Sonoran Desert.  I guess that makes it a Sonoran Desert Snowball.  Now, I have gotten hit in the head several times with snowballs, but not for a VERY long time and not in the desert, at least not The Sonoran Desert.  Long story short, the fireman that threw the snowball did it by accident, yeah right, he tells the story that someone in a pickup had stopped by with a bed of snow and gave them some.  In The Sonoran Desert mind you.  I laughed, I called him several names, smacked him in the chest.  All the time he is apologizing.  I explained the only difference between him doing it by accident me and me doing it,  I would have done it on purpose.  I think they call it Karma.

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