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Peekaboo TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
Hiking8.50 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
560 ft AEG
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Day 3 of my Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Trip. We went to the Needles District of Canyonlands, and hiked Lost Canyon to Peekaboo Trail. We had hoped to go to Peekaboo Spring, but were stopped by an uninviting icy traverse along sloping slickrock.

I didn’t care where we ended up, as long as I was enjoying the outdoors with new friends. The landscape was dotted with gorgeous tinajas- slickrock pockets full of water after recent rains. The other Trail Ambassadors, most from cool, wet climates probably couldn’t understand my giddiness over such a small amount of agua. Grant Sible, president of Gossamer Gear, joined us and it was so nice to meet him and Glen Van Peski, who founded the company. There was an international contingent as well- Tomo from Japan who owns an ultralight backpacking store in Tokyo, Hiker’s Depot. I sent some Arizona Trail maps back to Japan with him.

One of the best parts of the weekend was getting to talk trails with others who are just as obsessed as I am. We kept intersecting parts of the Hayduke Trail and geeked out with the guidebook, trying to figure out where it ran in the area. Plans for adventures big and small were discussed and tips and tricks exchanged. It was a fantastic experience.

I really enjoyed the fact that there were so many women represented, including Heather “Anish” Anderson, who has the PCT unsupported speed record and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas, who has the Appalachian Trail unsupported speed record. Always inspiring to meet ladies who kick ass!

In the evening, some people asked me if I had a presentation with me about the Arizona Trail. Of course- that’s what I do for a living! I got to give my full slideshow and I’m pretty sure I left some people dreaming of future thru-hikes of the AZT. I even got a mention on the latest episode of The Trail Show podcast (at about 52:00).

There were two more days of Ambassador fun, and Outdoor Retailer after that, but I had to leave in order to be home on the 20th for Mr. Sirena's birthday. No missing that date, no matter how much I wished I could hike some more! I took the scenic route back through the Grand Canyon and met Levi Davis, the wonderful videographer who produced the new AZT promo, so that he could see his work on the IMAX screen. It's so great that thousands and thousands of people will learn about the AZT while waiting for the Grand Canyon movie to start. :y: The promo is also played on all the TV screens inside the visitor center and there is a giant billboard promoting the AZT exhibit on East Rim Drive.
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