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by garyc57
Jan 07 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Bear bagging
Replies: 23
Views: 763

Re: Bear bagging

Bumblebee wrote:Is it common to encounter bears, mountain lions, rattle snakes?
So far, I've hiked over 40% of the AZT, and I haven't seen a single bear, mountain lion, or rattle snake. Sorry! :pray:

(BTW, I just noticed... This is my 100th post! Whoo Hoo!)
by garyc57
Dec 06 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: desert passages in January
Replies: 10
Views: 511

Re: desert passages in January

@Preacher When my son and I hiked the Black Hills and Tortilla Mountains segments, we cached water. For the Black Hills segment, Sredfield gave me these tracks: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=26231&M=1 My wife and I followed the green route to the end, and then followed the red until it crosses...
by garyc57
Nov 17 2017 5:28 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: AZT #14 Freeman Rd access from Dudleyville
Replies: 8
Views: 865

Re: AZT #14 Freeman Rd access from Dudleyville

Coming from/Going to Hwy 77, there's a wash(?) San Pedro River(?), that might have some water in it. There was last time we went through. Not much, maybe 10-20 yards? 6 inches deep? I know I didn't want to risk getting stuck, so I put the Suburban in 4 Low, and drove right thru it - no problems. Tha...
by garyc57
Sep 18 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: 5 day backpacking trip in mid-November
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: 5 day backpacking trip in mid-November

@gorgehiker , Two years ago, my son and I hiked the Tortilla Mountains segment the two days after Thanksgiving. We camped near N 33.013348, W -110.997776, and it froze overnight. The tarp over my sleeping bag had frost on it. My cheapo Wal-Mart thermometer read 26 degrees, and our water jugs were f...
by garyc57
Aug 25 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Hydration Pack Pressure Pump
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Hydration Pack Pressure Pump

Geigerrig Hydration Engine Joe, my son and I each have one. I really like mine. If physical challenges prevent sucking on a tube, then this is what you need. Just bite on the value, and your mouth fills with water. Or, squeeze the valve with your fingers, and squirt your hiking "buddies", wash off ...
by garyc57
Feb 26 2017 4:21 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Section Hike Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Section Hike Advice

Patagonia as a starting point, and Oracle looks great for an ending point In that stretch, there are a number of places where the AZT crosses or comes near to major roads. What I usually do is drive to that location, walk 200-300 yards down the trail, and "hide" the water where it won't be noticed ...
by garyc57
Feb 22 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Questions on Passage #14 & #15
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: Questions on Passage #14 & #15

@garyc57 It seems like caching any water on passage 14 is overkill. There's plenty of water on that passage. You're right, but I hike sooo slow, that stopping to filter water just kills the distance I can hike in a day. So, I cache, and carry just enough water to get to the cache. The plan is to hi...
by garyc57
Feb 21 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: Moving to Casa Grande / Phoenix / Kayenta / Anywhere
Replies: 471
Views: 18336

Re: Moving to Casa Grande / Phoenix / Kayenta / Anywhere

I lived in Grants Pass MANY moons ago, and loved the area. As I recall the PCT runs near Medford. That would be nice to hike!
by garyc57
Feb 21 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Questions on Passage #14 & #15
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: Questions on Passage #14 & #15

My son and I are hiking #14 this Friday and Saturday. My wife and I cached 4 gallons near the middle. Probably over-kill, but better too much than not enough. As an aside... the aztrail.org website says all the well and tank water belongs to the property owners, and says we have to get "permission",...
by garyc57
Jan 22 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: SR 88 - Apache Trail
Replies: 42
Views: 2384

Re: Apache Trail SR88 Road Closure

lindaagm wrote:near milepost 226
According to AZMapper from ADEQ, milepost 226 is at:

Latitude: 33.5375352 (33° 32' 15.1269" N)
Longitude: -111.2784571 (111° 16' 42.4454" W )
Elevation: 2377 feet (724.5 meters)

Thanks, Victor!

Gary
by garyc57
Jan 20 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Long(est) water carries
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Long(est) water carries

@mando Check out the Water Sources .pdf file on the Arizona Trail website. You can see there are easily 60+ miles between even semi-reliable water sources. Much longer than that if you want "reliable". Of course, this winter is starting out to be a wet winter. The water sources may be more reliable...
by garyc57
Jan 17 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Bike
Topic: An Open Letter to all Trail Cyclists
Replies: 16
Views: 874

An Open Letter to all Trail Cyclists

Yesterday, I hiked along the National Trail in South Mountain Park in Phoenix. For the most part, the cyclists I shared the trail with were polite, gregarious, and friendly. But... :) You guys are as silent as death! These geriatric ears don't hear like they used to. By the time I hear you, I have t...
by garyc57
Dec 13 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains

Sredfield wrote:@garyc57
I'm not a horse person...
Shawn, neither am I. Maybe a "horse person" could chime in with some advice...? What about rubber shoes? Would those help a horse in rocky areas?

(not to hijack the thread... :D )
by garyc57
Dec 13 2016 4:12 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Passage 11 Santa Catalina Mountains

As I recall, the "official" route (the western route) as you call it, goes through the Wilderness of Rocks (WOR). Very challenging, if not impossible for horses. That's another reason for the re-route.
by garyc57
Nov 25 2016 6:43 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: #15 Tortilla Mountains Water Cache
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: #15 Tortilla Mountains Water Cache

To close off this post... As most of you know, October here in Arizona was WAY too hot, so I postponed the retrieval until Veteran's Day. My wife (Trail Angel Extraordinaire) and I drove in about a half mile, and walked in from there. It was exactly a four mile round trip! :y: I found the glasses I ...
by garyc57
Nov 20 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5702
Views: 168351

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

After 4:00pm here in central Mesa, and we haven't had a single drop! :pout:
by garyc57
Nov 17 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: HAZIVERSARY
Replies: 13
Views: 627

Re: HAZIVERSARY

I was googling for information about the Arizona Trail, and this website kept popping up in all the search results. After a month or two of lurking, I decided to join. I've never regretted it, and I tell everyone I can - go to hikearizona.com! (Maybe one of these days, I'll even get one of those win...
by garyc57
Oct 21 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Trip buddy Azt, Phoenix to Tucson, dec 26-31
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Trip buddy Azt, Phoenix to Tucson, dec 26-31

tibber wrote: I didn't know that!
That's one of the things I love about HAZ - every week or two I discover yet another little gem that makes using the site such a pleasure!

Joe - :yr:
by garyc57
Oct 20 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: How Late is Too Late to Start a SOBO AZT Thru?
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: How Late is Too Late to Start a SOBO AZT Thru?

Boogata wrote:not sure what the Southern ranges will be like in November or december.
Last year, my son and I hiked Section 15 - Tortilla Mountains on the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and I like-to-near froze my bippy off. The days were bright and sunny but the overnight temp was 26 degrees. Brrrrr!!!
by garyc57
Oct 20 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Trip buddy Azt, Phoenix to Tucson, dec 26-31
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Trip buddy Azt, Phoenix to Tucson, dec 26-31

Did you just want to go the one day, back to work Tuesday? Yes, just the day. That week is my 38th anniversary, so I can't do more than that. :scared: Heck, who knows, my trail angel extraordinaire might even want to come with us - as long as it's only a few miles. I don't know how to IM. Is there ...

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