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aostling
04-21-2009, 10:12 PM
It was 104˚F today at my weather station in Phoenix. The average date for the first 3-digit temperature is May 2, so this was a little ahead of normal. I like climbing in the heat as I did this afternoon on South Mountain.

Are some of you guys are still climbing hills this way? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-brLcZh1M. I'm not sure which is better.

Mcgyver
04-21-2009, 10:23 PM
well I guess it's still mostly a free country.

104, that's hot. I was in the desert in Mexico last year near Hermosillo and it was 125F, tough to take.....definitely would take snow over that

Lew Hartswick
04-21-2009, 10:57 PM
The only "hill climbing" I've done was in a sports car on a real curvey
road.
...lew...

tony ennis
04-21-2009, 10:57 PM
Those hill climbers look like they need to be machinists too to repair those sleds.

aostling
04-21-2009, 11:07 PM
I was in the desert in Mexico last year near Hermosillo and it was 125F, tough to take

I don't know anybody who can climb when it is 125˚F. The record high for Phoenix is 122˚F (50˚C), in 1989. There were reports of some who climbed Camelback then, but I'm not sure of the veracity.

Here I am last July on South Mountain. It was my birthday, and about 110˚F.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/67thbirthday.jpg

doctor demo
04-21-2009, 11:14 PM
Are some of you guys are still climbing hills this way? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-brLcZh1M. I'm not sure which is better.
Looks like something Torker should be a part of,


Steve

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2009, 11:29 PM
I climb in the heat but on my bicycle -- you can still get a slight breeze even @ a 17% grade --- and believe me it helps because your sweating it up pretty good (well - helps where I live due to the low humidity --which means the "swamp cooler" system works pretty good - just dont run out of water)

I love this weather -- been on my bike for the last three days, Im really starting to get happy again cuz i made it through another winter...

kendall
04-22-2009, 01:57 AM
There's only one way I ride snowmobiles
http://picasaweb.google.com/merc2dogs/WaterRun#

Lived in Glendale Az for years, new mexico, California, then Washington and Oregon before moving to Michigan, HATE snow.

Climbed south mountain a few times, always had fun up there.

Ken.

BadDog
04-22-2009, 02:54 AM
This is more my type of hill climb. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59nL-dcoG-c) Or at least it was before I got to broken down to keep up my buggy, and sold it. I've been up that very notch in a buggy very similar to that one. 42" IROKs at 4 psi on custom bead locks, tricked 60/14, linked, stack cases, EFI on a motor that would keep running vertical on and on it's side, even on upside down as I proved a few times. Had 4 shifters, all custom made, nobody but me, my son, and my daughter could drive that thing. :D Talk about theft deterrent! <sigh> I miss that rig...

Your Old Dog
04-22-2009, 06:55 AM
Alan, how come they don't use grappling hooks to catch the machines when they come off the hills out of control? I thought in the old Harley Hill Climbs they had around Warren Ohio they used hooks to catch the bikes on the way down.

Either way, I'll find another way to the top !

aostling
04-22-2009, 07:05 AM
Allan, how come they don't use grappling hooks

Ah, yet another way to die.

Evan
04-22-2009, 08:30 AM
Hill climbing in the hills in Southern Arizona using a military Jeep obtained under slightly false pretences...

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics/view1.jpg

The fire trails are so steep that when going back down we felt like if we dared to lean forward the vehicle would end over end.

I "borrowed" the Jeep from the motor pool one Sunday telling the specialist I needed to drive an officer somewhere. I was a driver at that post so I checked out the Jeep and me and a buddy went for a Sunday afternoon cruise. The only way to get to the fire trails was to drive through officer country on the post and go out the unguarded back gate. I wore my black insignia and buddy polished up his mosquito wings and pinned one to the front of his cap. From a bit of distance it gleamed like a first looie bar. Collected a few salutes on the way and made it out the back gate, went for a drive.

We made it without trouble and I turned in the jeep no problem. If we had been caught or worse yet destroyed the vehicle I would probably still be in Leavenworth. :eek:

mochinist
04-22-2009, 08:55 AM
When it gets over a 100 I hang out in my pool:D. I worked out in the AZ heat for a number of years building houses and don't feel any need to climb mountains when its summer.

Your Old Dog
04-22-2009, 09:19 AM
Ah, yet another way to die.

I meant for the machine, not the rider :D

aostling
04-22-2009, 11:12 AM
The fire trails are so steep that when going back down we felt like if we dared to lean forward the vehicle would end over end.


I'll bet you were ready to jump.

That's a nice fort. I recently drove through the west gate, taking a shortcut from Sierra Vista to Patagonia. When I do it next time I'll think of your youthful escapade.

This road goes through Elgin, an unpopulated settlement where the movie Oklahoma! was filmed. You'll recognize the skyline, next time you rent that movie.