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Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2013
Sredfield
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The AZT Four Peaks Passage has been in need of serious love since the fires of the late 1990's and the subsequent overgrowth. Thanks to Arizona State Parks, Coconino Rural Environmental Corps (youth corps), and American Conservation Experience (youth corps) it is getting some big time lovin this spring.

The youth corps needed water at their back country camp site for the next two work sessions, called hitches, that begin Feb. 27. The only way to get it was to pack it in, so the Arizona Trail Association hired Zay Hartigan, a horseman from Patagonia. There was water a mile and a half in at Buckhorn Creek; packing it from there would reduce the haul from 3 miles to 1.5 miles. But we needed to get the containers in to Buckhorn, fill them, and pack them in boxes to put on the horses. So three of us met the packer at Mills Ridge trail head to do the deed.

The containers are "cubies," plastic 5 gallon jugs and boxes developed for wildland fire fighting. The Forest Service provided 48 of them at the TH for us to haul in. Eight were full and loaded on the horses for the first trip. It's mostly up hill so it was a short but slow hike to the creek. We had been instructed on the process: build a tiny dam and pool, run a hose down hill, and fill the containers. We carried in a batch of the containers and got to it. The word was that a "seniors hiking group" was coming in with the rest, and may carry some of the filled ones in to the camp site. Yeah? Seniors hauling 40 pound boxes a mile and a half? Right.

Well, the word was a bit scrambled, it was a senior wildland fire fighting crew out to get some physical training in preparation for the coming fire season. Ten young hardbodies showed up with the rest of the containers, loaded up eight of the filled containers and headed on up the trail! Oh, to be young again . . .

Thanks to the OCD-level planning and prep of the FS fellow running the show, all went off without a hitch. We had the 40 containers filled, boxed, chlorinated, and taped by 11:00 and were back to the trail head shortly there after. The packer was taking two days to get them all to the camp site so he should be done today.

So we mastered yet another skill that we will likely never use again :?
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