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Grand Canyon - North Rim - AZT #39
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Grand Canyon - North Rim - AZT #39Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 21 2012
Backpack51.20 Miles 3,890 AEG
Backpack51.20 Miles4 Days         
3,890 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Tom & I decided to knock off the passages of the AZT north of the Grand Canyon all at one time due to the long drive from Phoenix. The week we chose was a little rainy but we got it done anyway.

Passge 39, Grand Canyon, North Rim 12.70 miles, 1,500' aeg. We began at the North Kaibab TH and camped just outside the park border after the day's hiking. We had cached water at wp 39-103 and carried it the last 2.5 miles. We camped at the eastern edge of an open area but should have camped on the west side. It had rained during the day and we expected rain that night so I had the rain fly on my tent closed. During the night my sleeping bag got wet due to condensation inside the tent. I have an ultra-light tent of a "hybrid" design without mesh on part of the roof. The foot of my sleeping bag kept touching it. I dried it out in the sun the next morning but had to walk on the other side (west side) of the clearing to find good sun early. It would have been easier had we camped on that side. Also my sleeping pad got a small puncture so wouldn't hold air for more than 2 - 3 hours. Luckily I was able to find the hole the next morning and patch it. Not a great way to start the trip.

Passage 40, Kaibab Plateau South 22.0 miles 1,800' aeg. This was a great section up to the burn area. Pine forest and open, grassy valleys. The East Rim view was a good lunch spot. Then it rained most of the afternoon stopping enough for us to pitch our tents near wp 40-128 where we had cached our water. As it turned out there was plenty of water along this section, but we didn't know that ahead of time. Of course it showered some more keeping us in our tents before we could cook dinner. And it rained during the night as well. I got even wetter than the previous night. The next morning we dried what we could, but gave up and continued the passage. Crane Lake offered a good stopping point where I was able to fully dry my tent and rain gear. We continued on to Telephone Hill, the end of the passage.

Passage 41, Kaibab Plateau Central 17.2 miles, 571' aeg. From Telephone Hill we continued to hike the burned area to waypoint 41-046 where we had cached water. We camped near some trees to the east. We had our tents up before this day's rain, and I was getting a little better at organizing my sleeping arrangements so my sleeping bag didn't get as wet. I was able to dry it out somewhat with my body heat. The rain ended after a couple of hours and we ate and retired. The next day we finished this passage and saw the only other hikers we saw during the entire 6 days on this trip. The leader was Andrea Michaels, the trail steward for passage 31a and there were 3 other women. We talked with them for a bit and then were on our way. After completing this passage we went to the Jacob Lake Inn where we had reservations, had lunch, retrieved my car at the north rim and the water cache empties we left along the way, then cleaned up for dinner and got ready for the next day's hike on Passage 42.

Despite the rain this was an enjoyable trip. The Kaibab Plateau forests and valleys were great. We didn't see much wildlife but it was bow season for bucks so that could have scared the animals into hiding. We did about 13 miles a day which wasn't too taxing and my pack was only 30 lbs starting weight.
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