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Organ Pipe (ORPI) Dec2013, AZ
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Organ Pipe (ORPI) Dec2013, AZ 
Organ Pipe (ORPI) Dec2013, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2013
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking7.86 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking7.86 Miles   8 Hrs      0.98 mph
640 ft AEG
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ORPI December 2013

It seems like if it’s winter in Arizona, it’s time to take a trek down to the Mexican Border and go explore Organ Pipe (ORPI) Cactus National Monument. Check out :next: http://www.nps.gov/orpi/index.htm

Last year saw Mt Ajo tackled :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=23249

I’ve had some ORPI backcountry adventures including El Camino del Diablo :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=7356 and Quitobaquito via Puerto Blanco Loop (albeit aborted) :next: http://hikearizona.com/gps=1004 plus some others…

When I arrived at the ORPI Visitor Center today, I asked if there were any “re-opened” areas in the park. Ranger Krystina indicated that they just began issuing limited special permits (5 per day) on Sunday 22Dec2013 to travel 6 miles beyond the "pit toilets" to the Dripping Springs trail head. I scored permit #3 for today. This is all part of a grand experiment to reopen the Puerto Blanco Drive loop to Quitobaquito Springs in small increments. Let's hope the experiment is a success! For consideration :next: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/general/pdf ... mpacts.pdf

“Rest of the Day” recap;

Coffee and bagel at 48th & Ray Road Einstein’s - rendezvous with additional Trekkers
Shawmut Trainspotting Loop aborted due to a Border Patrol activity - 2 males being taken into custody at sunrise
Ajo open pit mine visit
11 miles from Visitor Center to Dripping Spring TH
Also had time waiting for sunset at Desert View Trail and Victoria Mine Trail
Left the park after a disappointing sunset for Mexican food at Marcella’s in Ajo

7.86 miles, 640 AEG (64 floors) on Fitbit
264 total photos (62 on iPhone, 108 on 6D, 61 on 7D, 33 on rebel XT)- will post some when I get the chance

PS. That annual NPS pass came in handy once again!
PPS. Will Puerto Blanco Loop be recovered as an ORPI backcountry option? :next: http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizon ... drive.html :)
PPS. Still planning that El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Can we make this happen in 2014? http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/pinacate.htm and http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/north ... -altar.htm

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