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There's a lot of awesome stuff covered here. Jacob Emerick is a web programmer with years of experience in scalable architecture and development of best practices. He also enjoys hiking the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This blog contains a mix of topics ranging between these two interests and more. read more

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Social Contracts Under Stress

A few weeks ago, during normal working hours, something interested happened in one of our team's Slack channels. One of the engineers (from a different team) came in, asked a question about a project they were working on, and, after waiting less than ten minutes, decided to "@here" with a rude…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 16, 2021
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Haunted-Paradise Loop

Camping near Miles Trailhead

Noah and Charlotte had been asking about a camping trip for a few weeks, and Thomas, while more hesitant, was lured in by the mention of s'mores, so after work we all piled into the Jeep with a full trunk of gear and headed out to Globe. There are some great trailheads in the Eastern Superstitions…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 18, 2021
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Nankoweap Trail

Silhouette of Saddle Mountain in the waking sky

Wind roared off the Kaibab Plateau, tumbling over gullies and canyons and thrashing through pines, plummeting into the fire-scorched forests of Saddle Mountain Wilderness to slam in the side of my Jeep. Huddled behind the tiny vehicle, curled under a strapped-down sleeping bag, I made a feeble…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 7, 2021
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Rincon Double Feature

Fantastic trail setting along Turkey Creek

South of Mount Lemmon and the Santa Catalinas is another sky island, a shorter one, that has been spared from the devasting wildfires of the last few decades. The Rincon sky island sprawls across several mountains, including Mica Mountain, Rincon Peak, and Tanque Verde, and supports a large stand of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 17, 2021
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Powers Garden of the Galiuros

Galiuros in the morning

Galiuro Wilderness is a relatively short sky island located between the Santa Catalinas and Pinalenos. Compared to those two mountain ranges, with their lofty 9k and 10k peaks, the highest point in the Galiuros is Basset Peak, a mere 7663'. While it may lack the elevation of its neighbors, this…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 5, 2021
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Black Ridge Loop

Three cold kids climbing up the dirt road

On the southern edge of the Mazatzal Wilderness is a little hiking loop made up of access roads, the Arizona Trail, and an old ranching single-track on top of Black Ridge. I've been wanting to take the kids on this loop for a while and, once I felt confident in their endurance, we headed out on a…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 28, 2021
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Reavis Ranch Loop

A very early start

Reavis Valley is located in the Eastern Superstitions and is regarded as one of the premier backpacking destinations of the wilderness, with tall pines surrounding a cool, grassy valley, and even an apple orchard thriving at an old ranch site. Thanks to the Arizona Trail traveling through it, trail…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 11, 2021
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Red Tanks Super Loop

Burn over Bluff Spring

There is a loop in the Western Superstition Wilderness that has intrigued me for years. Chris and I attempted a version of it, back in 2016, and even though we split the route up over three days we still struggled to finish a shorter version. I've been steadily increasing my mileage and heat…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 30, 2021
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Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

Imposing walls of the North Rim

The moment my feet dropped off the rim I was buffeted by gusts roaring up the canyon walls, forcing me to lean forward, against my trekking poles, to avoid being pushed off the narrow trail. A long, dark fall down hundreds, if not thousands, of feet was not how I imagined this day would start. When…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 18, 2021
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Intro to Blue Range: Climbing up Steeple

Early start on Steeple Trail

Last night's storms left their mark at my campsite on the bank of the Blue River. A few broken branches were strewn around, ground was soft and damp, and the air felt crisp and cool, a welcome change from yesterday's hot, stagnant atmosphere. More alarming, though, was the river itself, which had…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 5, 2021
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