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Royal Arch RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 09 2010
Tortoise_Hiker
Backpack40.50 Miles 5,500 AEG
Backpack40.50 Miles4 Days         
5,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Wow!My longest backpack adventure so far! Learned a lot!Stayed in Williams Thursday night and pigged out on there free breakfast, then headed out. Hit the trail around 9:30am Friday.Steve(Berks Dad)and Jamie(Berks cousin) joined Berk,Bob,Joe & I for the 1st 1&1/2 miles and helped us cache some drinks.(Thanks)This will be the only section we cover twice. Took a quick break and headed out while they headed back up to car camp for a night. The first day had some great views,Noisy Frogs, quite a few water holes, and the famous ledge! :scared: I didn't trust myself with my pack on so we used Joe's rope for the packs. The 4 of us made it across and set up camp not to long after that. The second day had more nice views,The Arch,The rope climb,Elves Chasm,and camping at Toltec Beach. Joe headed back at the rope climb and we went on. I don't think I could have found my way back from there but Joe's a pro. We filtered water at the Chasm and Bob and Berk carried most of it back to camp. I got a few cramps that night. It's a must to make yourself drink plenty of fluids weather you fill thirsty or not. The 3rd day was the long day. Plenty of great views hiking in and out of side canyons but very little water and it wasn't to tasty. We wound up hiking all the way back to our 1&1/2 mile cache.I think it was about 16.5 miles. That Gatorade never tasted so good. Bob finished the last 1&1/2 miles that night( Joe was already out) and Berk and I camped there and hiked out in the Morning. Bob meet us on trail with some more drinks we cached at the top.Mmm Mmm. Great times and Great guys to hike with. We stopped in Williams on the way home for some food at Pine Country Rest. IT tasted Sooo Goood. Many Many thanks to Bob for planning and driving. Thanks to all of you for your knowledge and teaching me so much each and every trip.You guys are a blast to hike with! :y: :D
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