Comments for ...Life, Love and Adventure from an Arizona Hiker... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:09:59 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How my training diet ruined my life… by Sara Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:09:59 +0000 Thank you for sharing this story! About a year ago, I decided to jump on a more Paleo type diet and my health began to slowly get worse. I cut out sugar and cut down fruit and I started suffering from depression. Then after my child was born, I began experiencing inflammation and pain in certain areas, especially my neck and upper back. It then started to effect my wrist, my arm and then both arms. I was also having some discomfort in my legs. I went on an even more strict (anti-Candida) diet and the symptoms became more pronounced. I was getting exhausted hours after eating chicken. Even with enzyme supplements and Betaine HCL, I was wiped out after meals and having painful inflammation attacks in my upper back. I finally decided to try a day without any animal protein and just eat other sources including oats, yogurt, and even some bananas. No pain, muscle aches, chest tightness and no feeling exhausted! I’m going to experiment with whether or not I can eat any at all in small amounts or if I have to switch to other sources going forward. It’s bizarre, but I’m glad there’s an explanation behind it.

Comment on How my training diet ruined my life… by Trish Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:22:58 +0000 Hello, I think I’m suffering from the same problems. I think there needs to be more warnings about taking to much protein. I have suffered with the pain in the pads of my feet I love to run and I do some weights and was trying to build some muscle so I was drinking 2 protein drinks a day on top of lots of eggs plant based diet no dairy. Now the last few months I have had problems with my back have been going to chiropractor who has put me on a rest period has been 15 days but no better actually pain is kinda through out my body now. The chiropractor told me not to drink protein drinks for 2 weeks and to walk when I can and put me on vitamins. What kind of doctor did you go to for this? Thanks for letting people know about your struggles with this problem I want to get through this and hope I can get back to my exercise I worked out 6 days a week and so i really would like to be able to get back to that and get rid of the pain! Thanks Trish

Comment on How my training diet ruined my life… by Orphia wilson Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:53:15 +0000 Hello..I’m thankful for your post also…I frequent the gym about 5 days a week..I went from a size 16 to a size 8 and still reducing…I’ve been juicing broccoli..celeries apples..cucumbers as my main ingredients for about 3 years..I have extremely high energy ..BUT this year I wanted more protein to help looseness in the abs..due to cessarian..years ago…and just about 3 to 4 weeks now I’m experiencing pain in both thumb joints…I do take a class that has weight training…with dumbells…this could also have exasperated this pain..but it’s continuous when touched..but I now know that it’s related to the whey protein that I have been adding to my juice.. Because I was pain free and symptom free prior to this protein intake..thanks Dave

Comment on The Making of a Teardrop Trailer… by David Creech Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:12:13 +0000 Adam!

Thanks for checking out my posts about the teardrop. There is another one coming soon but it’s not ready yet. It addresses many of your questions but I’ll answer here as well.

We got our trailer last October and it’s been great! TC Teardrops makes a nice product well worth the price (and the wait). There have only been a couple of times that I’ve thought I might have liked to have the offroad package over the ground clearance package. Otherwise, I’ve been perfectly happy with the ground clearance package. And we LOVE the Foxwing awning…get the Foxwing. It’s awesome.

Since getting the trailer we’ve added a couple of things…some decorative, others practical. We added RotoPax water storage and a rooftop shower (by Roadshower).

If you are thinking of ordering one from TC it’s nice to know they are made to order. You should be able to let them know some specific things like the dimensions of your cooler/fridge and the dimensions of your stove so that they can modify the galley to fit everything well. I totally recommend getting the storage box and solar package (much harder to add later). Depending on where you live, def consider a spare tire cover and trailer cover to protect it from the elements when it’s not in use.

Hope that’s helpful. Feel free to ask if you have more questions. If you do call TC Teardrops, be sure to mention me and maybe they’ll be extra nice! ;)


Comment on The Making of a Teardrop Trailer… by Adam de Laveaga Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:31:07 +0000 Hi Dave,

Thanks for your posts so far in your search (and acquisition) of a teardrop trailer. My wife and I are currently shopping for one, and sound like we’re in a very similar place as you were when you decided on TC. While we may opt for the Off Road package, we’re fairly set on a 5×9 with a fairly modest build and room to add what we need later. That said, I’m curious if you’ve had a chance to pick up your trailer and put it to use? Anything you wish you had opted for, or, any design elements in the TC that you’ve found interesting?

We may look at other manufacturers due to lead time on the TC, however, we’re hoping it’s worth the wait. Thanks in advance!


Comment on Exped SynMat UL 7… by David Creech Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:26:29 +0000 Jon,

I like hammock camping. I was pretty comfortable in the hammock with the SynmatUL7. It’s a nice pad and doesn’t make the noise many insulated pads make. It’s also small and light enough to be used in the hammock without too much trouble. Only down side is that the hammock prefers a mummy shaped sleeping pad, and the Synmat is rectangular.

I usually hammock in temps where the lows don’t dip much below 50. I think the coldest night I had was around 42. It was warm enough, but could have been better with an underquilt.

One note (if you don’t have your hammock already), at your height make sure you get a large hammock. A doublenest or large hammock will give you enough room to sleep in the right position. I have a small UL hammock I take sometimes and it is too small for me at 5′-11″.

You’ll have to let me know how you like Hammock Camping!


Comment on The Joy of Small Adventures by Dan Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:42:34 +0000 Hey Dave,

I stumbled across your blog while scouting out camping spots near Payson and was hoping you could point me in the right direction to find this area? I love discovering new camping / hiking spots ever since I was in boy scouts in St. Louis, Mo. Once I moved to Phoenix 8 years ago I was in awe at how diverse and beautiful the landscapes are out here.

I’ve bookmarked your page for future inspiration so please keep sharing your amazing photos!


Comment on Exped SynMat UL 7… by Jon Cam Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:07:48 +0000 David, I am seriously considering buying a double layered hammock with a sleeve made for a pad. I will be using this exact same pad (While I save up for an under quilt if I like hammock camping). How comfortable were you in a hammock with Exped UL 7? What was the outside temperature range while sleeping in a hammock with your Exped? Did it keep you warm lenough on your backside? I have used my Exped for a few years in a tent and really have enjoyed it warmth and compressibility. I have the wide model and am very pleased. I am 6′ 2″ 160 lbs tall and lanky.

Comment on Turning 40: As good as it gets… by Paul Sat, 16 Jan 2016 04:12:15 +0000 Happy 40th man. Sorry I missed out on Lake Tahoe. Que te vayas muy bien.

Comment on How my training diet ruined my life… by Rob Sat, 09 Jan 2016 06:33:15 +0000 Thanks for the reply. I had a prior attack that I got under control with a weeks supply of Colchicine but this one is lingering. My Doc also suggested getting on allopurinol as well. The bright side of this is not taking protein supplementation and not having to worry what heavy metal intake you may be subjecting yourself to.