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Santa Teresa Wilderness - GET #8Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2013
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking37.96 Miles 6,485 AEG
Hiking37.96 Miles   14 Hrs   56 Mns   2.54 mph
6,485 ft AEG
 
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Yesterday I completed the GET section 8 with the assistance of Pam on Shuttle. I had studied it well and was prepared for a hearty day. Unfortunately I smacked my knee a couple days prior on the Parsons trail. After 8 miles into the hike it really started to flare up. I took some ibuprofen and powered on.

Brett Tucker (GET's founder) warned me about the difficulty of this one. The terrain is rough in spots, there is a bunch of off trail or as Brett calls it "cross country" and it is pretty remote. He recommended that I not do it as a day hike. For those of you that know me you would know that I don't "backpack" and day hiking is what I do. Long or short it is just me and what I enjoy most.

I would second his suggestion to most people. If you are planning on doing this as a day hike just make sure you know what you are getting into. The route finding can be really easy at times and extremely difficult at others. I was prepared with detailed notes, maps, and a GPS. Actually I may have been a bit over prepared in that department as the three didn't always jive which played games with my head. Overall the land marks are such that if you pay attention you will be fine.

As for the hike itself it was absolutely gorgeous. There was a price to pay for admission but I would say it was worth it.

My GPS track has been cleaned up the best I could but is still probably not perfect. Wrong turns and some doubling back are just the way this one will likely play out for most. I cut out over 2 miles of mistakes and 600 feet of gain. I am going to use the cleaned route for my stats even though it was actually a good bit more.

Pam thanks for the shuttle assist, it worked out great!
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