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Eagle Creek - Painted Bluffs - GET #14
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Eagle Creek - Painted Bluffs - GET #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 03 2010
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Backpack38.50 Miles 3,150 AEG
Backpack38.50 Miles4 Days         
3,150 ft AEG
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Spent 4 days on the GET doing Segments 14 and 13 (east to west). This is some amAZing country, no doubt, and the wet winter and mild spring has left the area lush, green and blooming its head off. I am totally smitten with the GET now, and can't wait to get back to it!

It's impossible to make the story of a 4 day hike short...but I'll try to sum it up.
Day 0: unexpectedly brutal car shuttle leaves us to make camp at 3:00am
Day 1: high winds, constant ups-and-downs, difficult trail finding and lack of sleep make a moderately challenging hike truly grueling - only make 7 of 9 mile goal
Day 2: even more difficult trail finding/non-existent trail, deep water crossings, flood debris and catclaw make for another tough day, though weather and spirits are perfect - only make 7 of 9 mile goal again
Day 3: 'we came, we saw, we kicked it's pumpkin' More water crossings and rough rocky trail didn't slow us down - beautiful weather and perfect conditions - make 15 miles which makes up for short comings and then some!
Day 4: Tired feet and more wind slowed us down a touch, but we found the Old Lady Gay cabin amongst the beaver and flood debris and made it to the car by 2pm - only 8 miles today, but hard earned. Made it back to Tucson in time for Mexican food and a long, long shower. Glad we missed the storm.

For those of you who want more beta on the trail, details on the trip and all the hootin' hollarin' fun we had... well I'm always happy to oblige. PM me or visit me on that infernal facebook - and I'll post a full trip description soon, too.
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