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May start date NOB

Post by Drdynamo » Sep 29 2019 11:13 am

Hi,
Due to work constraints, I cannot start this hike until May. I'm comfortable with heat, but I'm wondering if others have hiked this during May-June and what the weather is like. Thanks in advance.

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Post by Sredfield » Sep 29 2019 12:42 pm

One strategy would be to flip flop to do the warmer/ lower passages first.
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Post by Drdynamo » Sep 29 2019 3:49 pm

@Sredfield Hi, That was my plan. I’d start at the Mexico border and go north. My sense is that in May, it shouldn’t be so overwhelmingly hot that it’s unbearable, however, I don’t have any experience with the Arizona weather.

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Post by Tough_Boots » Sep 29 2019 4:25 pm

Drdynamo wrote:however, I don’t have any experience with the Arizona weather.
Not to be too discouraging-- but you should really take a close consideration of the temperature, amount of full sun exposure, and possible dryness you will encounter this time of year. Most locals stop dayhiking in low elevations by this time.
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Post by Drdynamo » Sep 29 2019 4:58 pm

@Tough_Boots Thanks. I know that it will be hot. Would you say it’s completely asinine lol?

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Post by SuperstitionGuy » Sep 29 2019 5:56 pm

Not if you leave May 1st and plan on getting up at 1 AM to start your day.
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Post by Grasshopper » Sep 29 2019 6:10 pm

SuperstitionGuy wrote:
Sep 29 2019 5:56 pm
Not if you leave May 1st and plan on getting up at 1 AM to start your day.
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I'm not an AZT through hiker, but that comment is kind-of confusing & just muddies the water :(
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Post by SuperstitionGuy » Sep 29 2019 6:16 pm

It HOT and backpacking at night until you reach the higher elevations is the better choice......
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Post by Sredfield » Sep 29 2019 6:26 pm

By flip flopping, I was suggesting starting on say, passage 14 at Tiger Mine TH, hiking to maybe Picket Post or Rogers Trough as early in the adventure as possible, then going to the south end and hiking to Tiger Mine TH, jumping north to wherever he left off and continuing on the way.

Regardless, heat and water are going to be issues.
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Post by Tough_Boots » Sep 29 2019 6:28 pm

Drdynamo wrote:Would you say it’s completely asinine lol?
Not completely but I wouldn't recommend it to someone inexperienced hiking in Arizona heat and terrain. Just do some research and be prepared.
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Re: May start date NOB

Post by Sredfield » Sep 29 2019 6:31 pm

@Drdynamo
Maybe not completely, but the whole thing is supposed to be fun, and if you're flirting with heat exhaustion it isn't fun. Check the historical temperatures on this website for the lower passages (14-18).
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Post by joebartels » Sep 29 2019 6:44 pm

Sredfield wrote:historical temperatures
examples for the curious

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Mobile > forecast tab > view historical button
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Above is for the trailhead. Check along the trail as follows below.

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Plan > Map > Zoom to Area > Options > Historical Weather

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Post by LosDosSloFolks » Sep 29 2019 7:09 pm

@joebartels
Oh, you coder you...that's a pretty sporty feature. :app:
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Re: May start date NOB

Post by Drdynamo » Sep 30 2019 6:26 am

Thank you everyone. The consensus seems to be a no go. I really appreciate your input. I did my research and looked at the weather but sometimes having real people with the experience there helps.

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Re: May start date NOB

Post by Mountain_Rat » Sep 30 2019 7:38 am

@Drdynamo
I plan to start around the 1st of April, which is as late as I would gamble.
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