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Who are the Experience Arizona Adventurers?

Matt Marine

Matt Marine is an Arizona resident who loves exploring Arizona's wonderful outdoor adventures. To find out more about Matt, click the link below.

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Cat-Dog

Cat-Dog is my faithful trail companion. Her real name is Cammie. Why do I call her Cat-Dog?

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Interns

Tobey Schmidt

Although I come from the flat lands of Indiana, I now call Arizona home where I love to rock climb, bike, backpack, paddle—and photograph it all. I can’t wait to share my adventures with the readers of Experience Arizona!

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See Intern Page for previous interns


It's a Jeep Thing
Jeep people are awesome, but we do have our idiosyncrasies. Join me as we look at the humorous side of owning and loving Jeeps.

Feature Adventures
Want to try something different? These stories showcase a wide varitey of unique adventures that allow you to experience them first hand!

My first book. It's a mystery called Devil's Moon and has already received outstanding reviews. Set in Sedona, Devil's Moon offers anyone who enjoys a good mystery (or who just loves Arizona) a great read.

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Outdoor Adventures based on Offroad Exploration!

Arizona N2O - The Lighter Side of Experience Arizona

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Disclaimer

Read the Experience Arizona Disclaimer before attempting any of our adventures. Check with local authorities (FS, BLM, etc.) before heading out on any adventures for updates road conditions, closures, etc.

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Road Closures

Trails and roads listed within this site may be closed at any time by the Forest Service, private property owners or other governmental agencies. It is your responsibility to verify state of trail prior to attempting to run it.

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Reviews
Trasharoo
Ruby Arizona

Litecam HD
Trekking Pole
Camping Food

Estwing Axe

BFG KM2 Tires
Coleman Instant Tent
Merrell Hiking Boots

Toshiba Laptop

My Tracks

Cactus Cymry

Az Backcountry Adv

Smittybilt XRC Sliders

Dragoon Book

Topo

Thudbuster LT
Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper
2010 Jeep Rubicon
Magellan Triton GPS

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Reviews

Want some unbiased, non-techie reviews on gear and equipment? Look no farther than Experience Arizona.

We offer our opinion of a wide range of items needed to experience Arizona's outstanding beauty, with a couple of caveats: we are not professional mountain bikers, hikers or four-wheelers. This is our hobby, what we do for fun. And although we may not be able to provide you all the technical reasons why a certain bike suspension or off-road tires didn't work well for us, we will tell you, as the end user, that it may not be what you're looking for and why. Or if they're the best thing since sliced bread.

Our policy is to provide unbiased, non-technical reviews of gear, equipment and vehicles that end users can use and understand.

Stunning Digital Photography Book Review

By Matt Marine

Most of us who enjoy exploring the outdoors also like taking photos of our adventures. And, if you're like me, you could do a better job at this. I have a suggestion if you want to improve you photography skills and get some really stunning shots. Buy Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup (and watch his Youtube videos). They have really helped me and can probably do the same for you. Here's my review: 

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Barricade Rear Bumper Review

By Matt Marine

I finally was able to remove my stock rear bumper and install and nice rock crawler bumper with a swing out spare tire carrier.

Here's my installation notes and review of the Barricade Rear Bumper with Swing Out Spare Tire Carrier from Extreme Terrain.


Bottom line: awesome bumper for a great price.

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Trasharoo Review

By Matt Marine

This product is one of those that you slap your forehead and say, "Why didn't I think of that?"

Me too. It's a great idea and a great product. This trash bag (that's more than a trash bag) is a "must have" for anyone camping, four-wheeling or hunting.



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Ruby, Arizona Book Review

By Matt Marine

I read this book when doing research for on the Old Glory and El Oro Mines. This is a wonderful book on southern Arizona history of the Ruby area and shouldn't be missed.

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Litecam HD

By Matt Marine

I needed a screen capture program to show readers how I used programs like Google Earth to help with my research. I found Litecam HD, which seemed to be fairly highly rated and a moderate price.

It's a decent program, but I can't give it a full thumbs up due to some issues I've had that have not been resolved.

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Swiss Gear Trekking Pole Review

By Matt Marine

Want a trekking (hiking) pole, but don't want to break the bank?

I bought the Swiss Gear Trekking Pole for about $18 six years ago and its been a great trail companion.

Here's a quick review on this budget minded trekking pole and why you may just want to go out and buy one.



















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Dehydrated Camping Food Review

By Heidi Jaenicke

Need a quick and tasty meal while out camping? Years ago, these two things were mutually exclusive, but today you've got a bunch of options that will satisfy both your palate and your need for easy preparation and cleanup.

Intern Heidi Jaenicke puts her mouth and stomach to the test as she tries five different kinds of dehydrated camping food. And it's not all fun and games. As she describes it, "Ever wondered what it’s like to chew on an egg flavored sponge?"

Also, don't be deceived by looks. Just because it looks like dog vomit doesn't mean it's not a tasty treat that will make your taste buds jump for joy.

Don't miss her review where she tells you what foods you'll want to pack and what you'll want to leave on the shelf.

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Estwing Long Handle Camper’s Axe Review

By Iain Gordon

When it comes time to collect and cut wood out in the bush, there is no substitute for a good axe. I have had my Estwing Long Handle Camper’s axe by my side, through thick and thin, for seven years now.

            In the seven years that I have owned it, there is nothing I can’t put it through, nowhere it can’t come with me, and virtually no wood-related job it can’t handle. If you need an axe for camping, hiking, backpacking, basecamping, or canoe-tripping, go no further. This is THE axe to have. Definitively.



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BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Tires

By Matt Marine

I replaced my KM2s with only 23k on them. They seemed to perform well in the Arizona desert, but were chunking quite badly and starting to scare me a little. Here's my review of the only tires I've ever had (except for the first 26 miles) on my Jeep.

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Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent

By Matt Marine

Now that I'm camping more and more by myself (okay, Cat-dog's with me but she doesn't help setting up the tent) I found I needed a smaller tent that easy to set up. The Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent to the rescue!

This tent is just plain awesome. At less than five minutes to set up and take down, it makes tent camping a snap. Though it does have some faults, it's highly recommended.

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Merrell Geomorph Blaze Hiking Boots

By Matt Marine

I've always hiked in my tennis shoes. Well, they weren't really tennis shoes, they were walking or cross-training shoes. Usually bought solely on price and comfort for standing of light walking. I didn't really believe there would be much difference between hiking in them and a dedicated hiking boot. I was wrong. Very wrong.

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Toshiba P845-4200 Laptop Review

By Matt Marine

I had been a diehard Toshiba laptop fan for the past 10 years, but after buying (and now returning) this laptop, I no longer buy Toshiba. This laptop was disappointing in many ways.

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Google My Tracks

By Matt Marine

I recently upgraded my cell phone from an old Blackberry Curve (what some people my call a Crapberry) to a Motorola Photon Android based cell phone. One of my favorite features on this platform has been My Tracks from Google. And it's FREE. This app was designed for the outdoor enthusiast: hiker, biker and runner. If you routinely do these activities, My Tracks is an awesome piece of software you may want to use.

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Cactus Cymry

By Matt Marine

I just finished a new book on southern Arizona history called Cactus Cymry. This book takes an in-depth look at the Welsh who immigrated to Arizona to escape the economic and social crisis in Wales. The Arizona Territory was a wild and ruthless place in the late 1800s. It took a special kind of person to live and thrive in this harsh environment. Some of them were ranchers, farmers, miners, businessmen, thieves and sometimes murderers.

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

By Matt Marine

If you could only buy one 4WD adventure book for Arizona, I would have to recommend the Backcountry Adventures: Arizona. It is the best 4WD adventure book out there. It not only has detailed information on hundred of trails, but history and interesting facts about Arizona too.

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Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders

By Matt Marine

If you're looking for a reasonably priced, solid pair of rock sliders that should get all but the hardest core wheelers through, then the Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders may be for you.

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Mines, Camps, Ranches and Characters of the Dragoon Mountains Book Review

By Matt Marine

I found a great reference book for those interested in the Dragoon Mountains called, Mines, Camps, Ranches and Characters of the Dragoon Mountains, by Lynn R. Baily. 

The people and places in the Dragoon Mountains were instrumental in shaping southeastern Arizona history. From rich mine strikes, to huge cattle ranches and battles between Americans and the Apache, the Dragoon Mountains are not only beautiful, but tell the story of the wild west.

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National Geographic Topo State Series

By Matt Marine

Need a great topographic software? National Geographic Topo State Series works great on both your computer and in the field.

Find out why I believe this is some of the best topo software available and why I use it for Experience Arizona.

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Thudbuster LT

By Matt Marine

Want a smoother ride for your mountain bike? Don't have the money for a good full suspension bike? You can always get some added suspension for your hardtail. The Thudbuster is a different kind of seat post suspension for your mountain bike. See if it's a good buy or not.

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Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper

By Matt Marine

I wanted a front bumper with an integrated winch mount. I found the Rugged Ridge XHD fit the bill ... except for one thing.

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2010 Jeep Rubicon

By Matt Marine

The Jeep Rubicon is touted as the most capable stock 4WD vehicle on the market. And I believe it. The Jeep Wrangler is already a capable 4WD vehicle, then you add front and rear lockers, big mud tires and better gearing and suspension, and you've got a kick-butt four-wheeler right of the showroom floor.

For most of you, this shouldn't come as a surprise. I bought the vehicle for that reason. But it was everything else the Rubicon has that truly surprised me.

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Magellan Triton GPS

By Matt Marine

I had high hopes for the Magellan Triton GPS. I already owned a Magellan Meridian and I loved it.

I researched the Triton and found many bad reviews by users, but I really wanted a GPS that used National Geographic's Topo software (the topographic software I use on my computer).

Well, the bottom line is that I probably should have listened to those reviews.

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