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Black Hills - AZT #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking27.02 Miles 3,886 AEG
Hiking27.02 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   3.63 mph
3,886 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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And so it begins! AZT Journey number 3 for me. Sam and I spoke recently about doing some or all of the AZT this year. We wasted no time in picking a segment to start with. I suggested 14 or 15 since they tend to get real hot in the summer months. Sam picked 14 and he also chose to travel south bound.

We met early this morning in Superior where we switched cars. I dove his car to Tiger Mine TH and he drove my Cherokee to Freeman Road. The weather was perfect, if not a bit chilly. I started out with a long sleeve shirt but went down to short sleeve by noon. Sam and I crossed paths mid-way I saw him and two other south bounders plus one trail steward. Thanked the gent as I passed by.

I started off with a hundred ounces of water. Normally I hike the first 8 to 10 miles on these long hikes without taking a sip to ensure I have plenty for the second half. Today I started off with the same strategy. Only difference is the weather was so nice I didn't really need any water. I went all the way past 20 miles before it even crossed my mind. Once I realized that I figured I would just do the whole segment without any water consumption. I am probably the first and only person to do AZT 14 without water. The only downsize to this is that I carried the full hundred ounces from start to finish. I could have really moved without the pack! :D

One other item of note: This time I had a GPS Track. In 2012 when I did the AZT I used printed descriptions and maps. While the purists would prefer that method I can tell you having the route on my Garmin Fenix was FANTASTIC! It was like being on cruise control the whole way! I loved it!

Stoked to be back on the Arizona Trail!
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