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by igellen
Feb 25 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Hiking AZT for our troops!
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Hiking AZT for our troops!

Hope your hike goes well; it's certainly for a good cause. Know you are planning an early start. I live in Tucson, have hiked the AZT. If you haven't seen a forecast, there is a storm predicted for the beginning of March. Snow expected at the higher elevations, and since you go up to 9000 feet in th...
by igellen
Jan 03 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Scoping options for a Northbound trip starting late November
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Scoping options for a Northbound trip starting late Nove

Water sources would be your first problem...monsoons end sometime in September usually so that by November, many water sources could be dry. There are many high elevation sections before you hit the Superstitions (talking 8-10,000 feet), so if winter comes early, there could be some good snow storms...
by igellen
Dec 25 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: 2015 AZT Thru hike North to South
Replies: 12
Views: 950

Re: 2015 AZT Thru hike North to South

Your plan to leapfrog cars should work well. You could even do the leapfrog more often, as the distances of many of the passages can be completed as dayhikes. Lots of the trailheads have reasonable parking, are OK for camping, and even have pit toilets for your early morning convenience! Most of the...
by igellen
Dec 25 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Water Treatment on the trail
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: Water Treatment on the trail

I like the squeeze filter. Only problem is trying to suck up water from shallow sources. For those, a pump mechanism is nice to have. Sometimes I put a bandana over the pre-filter to keep sludge out. Aqua Mira drops are also good, although not as effective as a disinfectant. I've had some friends fr...
by igellen
Dec 25 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: best time of the year to start the hike
Replies: 8
Views: 5845

Re: best time of the year to start the hike

Southbound hikers usually start late summer/early fall. It's nice to get to the N Rim of the Grand Canyon before the post office, store, showers, etc close for the season. Also means that by the time you are hitting Pine (south of Flagstaff and at a lower elevation), it's starting to cool off a bit....
by igellen
Dec 19 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: looking for partner(s) for spring 2015 thru hike
Replies: 30
Views: 3345

Re: looking for partner(s) for spring 2015 thru hike

I may be hiking it again this year (haven't committed yet). Other post is correct that you won't want to start at Utah; too much snow potentially, no services, etc. OTOH, too early a start in the south can be a problem, too; in the first passage one climbs to 9000 feet. If Arizona gets much snow thi...
by igellen
Nov 25 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: 2015 ThruHike
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: 2015 ThruHike

I agree with what others have said about water sources. I think the longest dry segment was between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Russell Tank got seriously low with the drought, and some of the cattle tanks on the Babbitt Ranch were non-existent or had cows standing in them. It's pretty easy to r...

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