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Azt #1 & #2, AZ
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Azt #1 & #2, AZ 
Azt #1 & #2, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 12 2016
Backpack37.38 Miles 7,981 AEG
Backpack37.38 Miles2 Days         
7,981 ft AEG
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1st trip
It's border land time!

Me, Bradley (cousin), and my friend Alex left PHX friday night and camped near the Canelo Pass TH. I was fortunate enough to see my first Sun Spider run across my tarp just as I was inflating my sleeping pad... Boy do those things look intimidating considering how harmless they are.

March 12th

After reaching Montezuma Pass, we left the backpacks in the truck and hiked down to the border.

Back on the AZT!

Once we made it to the border, we snapped a few pictures with the monument and then headed back for Montezuma Pass.

When we returned to Montezuma Pass, it was much busier. We met 2 other section hikers (going to Summer Haven), and a couple of thru-hikers who were starting their trip. We finished putting our packs together and started the ascent to Miller Peak. I love the "transition" climbs where you start in a completely different environment than what you end in. I was surprised how bare the south facing slopes of Miller Peak were considering before we knew it we were at 8,000 ft with very few pine trees. On the north facing slopes, the Ponderosas were thick, and we passed through several aspen groves.

The climb is indeed a formidable one to tackle, I can imagine plenty of prospective NOBO thru-hikers get a big dose of reality here on Day 1. That said, the grading is excellent so if you're in shape, the climb isn't too bad. We made it up with only a couple of short breaks.

The top of Miller Peak was extremely windy and chilly. The views on top of the surrounding sky islands and into Mexico were amazing! We only stood up there for around 2 minutes, but we were thoroughly chilled by the time we were on our way back down to the AZT.

After jumping back on the AZT, we headed for Bathtub Spring. There were a couple of areas in the shade with a little bit of snow along this section of the trail, ankle deep at its worst. Mostly it was just slick due to the freeze-thaw cycle, so we took it a little slower than usual.

After taking a lunch break at Bathtub Spring, we filled our water bottles and started the long descent out of the Huachucas. We set up camp around mile 16 of AZT segment #1, where there was a cement trough full of water, and some pools in the drainage nearby.

March 13th

We woke up much later than intended. I failed to set my alarm on my phone the night before, and the sun didn't reach the interior of the canyon until around 8:30. We got up around 8:00 and we were off around 8:45. I woke up with a sore throat, coughing, and congestion which I attributed to the smoke from the fire blowing right over where I was sleeping all night. Now I'm pretty sure I've caught a cold.

The day started out easy as we finished exiting the Huachucas and entered the Canelo Hills (East). We took a break at the Canelo Rd TH and met a thru-hiker who had come here all the way from Japan. His English wasn't great, but we were still able to communicate pretty well.

The Canelo Hills (East) is one of those segments which looks easier on paper than it is in reality. It is by no means a physical "strenuous" section like the previous one, but mentally you can be caught of guard by the amount of up and down on loose rocky trail that you'll encounter. The developing cold certainly didn't help.

Around 4:30 PM we reached the Canelo Pass TH and had some refreshing treats before heading back to Montezuma Pass to get the truck.

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