Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

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Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by gardener » Feb 01 2019 12:16 pm

Hello,

I've done a search on this forum about the SOBO experience and am not finding a lot of information. That easily could be my fault. In any case, I'm planning to do hike around October 1 and I've got some questions:

**How's the water this time of year and how much water do people usually carry. I did the Appalachian Trail in 2018 and usually only carried a liter, but there was water water everywhere.

**What is the weather typically like? Is there a lot of rain in the fall? Also, how cold can it get?

**Any really good links about going South on the AZT?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by sandyfortner » Feb 03 2019 8:50 am

October is a great time to start generally. So far, we are having a pretty good winter, which helps the spring NOBO hikers and also fills reservoirs and regenerates springs. But for the SOBO fall hikers, a good summer monsoon season is what really helps. So - stay tuned. Pretty much figure on carrying 3 liters. Of course, a lot depends on how many miles you can cover in a day - more miles = getting to more water sources each day. Also depends on how much food you're re-hydrating, your personal conditioning, temps, etc. You're from the cold, so nights at the northern end probably will seem balmy to you! Ha! But you shouldn't hit anything below the 40s at night generally. The desert areas will be great that time of year. Maybe a tad warm for you during the day = more water, sun umbrella, more breaks, but nights will stay in the 50s. Have you also joined up on the FB Arizona Trail Class of 2019? Good resource. Most of our rain is over by Sept., both around Flag and here in the Valley. But last October was WET. So, as we all know, Mother Nature can do as she pleases!
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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by gardener » Feb 04 2019 5:55 am

@sandyfortner

Thanks for the response. On the Appalachian Trail I averaged 20 miles a day. Frankly, I can't imagine terrain more difficult than that, so I hope to match that on the AZT, maybe with slower going around the Grand Canyon. Will take your advice on the sun umbrella. Do you think I can reliably resupply every 80 to 100 miles? Are there usually reliable water sources every 10 or 15 miles?

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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by sandyfortner » Feb 04 2019 2:55 pm

@gardener
I would say yes to resupply - as long as you're flexible and 15 miles, maybe in a few places, 20 between reliable water. But, you may find unexpected happy surprises and find water where you didn't think you would. Be sure and get the app. It's 10 bucks and is a great resource. You'll be able to check water and other resources plus use it to navigate.
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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by gardener » Feb 04 2019 7:08 pm

Thanks, Sandy. Will get Guthooks.

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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by gardener » Feb 11 2019 6:33 am

Is Lyme disease a big issue on the AZT? It's huge on the Appalachian Trail.

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Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Post by Tough_Boots » Feb 11 2019 12:35 pm

@gardener
Nope.
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