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Two Bar Ridge Trail #119
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Two Bar Ridge Trail #119Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,103 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.20 mph
2,103 ft AEG      30 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
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It's been 4 years since our one-and-only backpack (in Aravaipa) so with Tracey having a very rare three days off we figured it was time to give it a shot again. Since she has a new pack we wanted to keep the distance to a minimum but over two nights. To go along with that we wanted something reasonably close to home, halfway reasonable temperatures and hopefully solitude. Because of the lack of solitude on every hike we've done to Reavis Ranch that was a no-go.

Although Two Bar Trail runs concurrent with AZT #19, it seemed like far enough off the beaten track that we would be alone... which proved to be the case.

With foreknowledge there was likely to be no water sources (until after the forecast T-storms anyway) most of the weight in our packs was water. Because of that both our packs were over 30% of our body weight, which is why we planned on hiking no more than 5 miles out, set up camp and do a series of fanny-pack hikes from there.

The temperature ranged from 80-90 over the course of the day but the terrain was not conducive to getting back into the swing of back-packing, especially with such heavy packs.
:wlift:
Within a few miles we decided to find the first reasonably flat spot and set up camp. But by time we dragged ourselves as far as 3 miles, NOTHING looked good... between the rocks, prickly-pears, ants, etc., we found nothing suitable. So we dropped the packs and set out to scan the area for a decent site. That soon proved to be a waste of time so we returned to the packs and decided to drop back down to the previous saddle where there was one tiny spot that could possibly fit our tent, which we took due to the weather forecast of T-storms over the weekend.

But by time we returned to the spot, Tracey was about to the end of her patience with the no-see'ums... they weren't biting they had been crawling along our eye-lids, into ears and noses and frankly, just being a pain in the pumpkin. I had a mesh screen for head cover but the mesh was just large enough they came right through. We didn't want to set up camp, get in the tent to avoid the bugs with 6 hours of daylight left or we'd go stir-crazy.
:tt:

Taking stock of our water situation we realized the rough terrain and heavy packs had taken such a toll that we'd be short by the middle of the second day... unless we collected more during the forecast T-storms, which we couldn't know ahead of time.

So... with both of us already feeling the aches and pains of the effort and top it with the bugs, well if we aren't going to enjoy the trip, why prolong it?
:out:

Now that we were heading back and we had plenty of ice-cold water at the Jeep, we dumped almost all our water to lighten the load on the return, which would include the longest continuous climb of the hike.

While we may have wimped-out, better be safe than sorry and paying for it for a long time to come, we were both ok with that. A flatter route with water sources should be included until we get used to it... or sell the packs and stick to day-hikes. :whistle:

Although the rain squalls were moving in the last few hours of the hike and we took a number of photos of them, we did not get a drop of rain, not even on the drive home.

Now if wishes could become reality, we'd wish for lightweight dry-water... you know, something we could carry in small pouches and dump the contents into a Nalgene bottle and it would reconstitute itself into water.
So much for wishes & pipe-dreams. ](*,)

With a number of peaks to climb out there I have unfinished business so I'll be back for a series of day-hikes soon.

BTW, FR 83 was pretty decent until about half-way where erosion has been taking a toll on it. Only the last half-mile would present a challenge for a stock 4x4, yet taking it carefully it could be done. Let's put it this way, it's nothing even close to the drive in on FR 49 coming in from AZ 88.
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