I love all the big Catalina hikes. While I've done all these trails I was excited to get back for the AZT!
We took a wrong turn onto the Cathedral Trail and ascended 315 feet. Denny mentioned something at the junction. Dave and I ignored him and kept on trekking...lol Luckily Dave noticed the error quickly and we didn't lose to much energy.
The highest temp Bruce noticed for the day was 80 degrees. With lack of shade 80 is pretty toasty at times. Exposure and grade were not to Dave or Bruce's liking from the Cathedral junction to Wilderness of Rocks. Hopefully they get to experience the phenomenal spring snow melt in the lower half some year!
The foxtails were pretty annoying. Foxtails are bad when your socks look like fur. It's really bad when they penetrate the shoe. When I got home I witnessed a new level... embedded in the skin. Perhaps someday I will remember to prepare for all aspects... unlikely. Today I brought 5 quarts of water which was not nearly enough. I started rationing before the big climb. Otherwise this was another great hike. We got some nice distant views from the top. Denny is starting to tell mean jokes that are funny, he must be getting that from Bruce. "if you don't like your burger then I'm sorry we didn't stop at one of the other 104 restaurants you had us pass up"
We only have 10 segments left to finish the Arizona Trail. 5 between the Kelvin Bridge and the Rincons with the remaining 5 north of the Grand Canyon. We should be able to knock out the lower 5 before summer 2012 easily.
Large swaths in areas yet not super photogenic as they are tiny. Most of the interesting varieties are along #39
I added up all the ascents and came up with 6,500 ft. I threw in 200 for tiny uncalculated blips. Recorded, TOPO! and DEM SYNC figures seem too high.
September appears to be shaping up to be my third largest mileage month, currently at 183mi
AEG currently at 64k is a far cry from my best at 92k last Dec
Temps seem to be warmer than normal yet still a huge relief from the hottest August ever last month