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Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 19 2016
tibber
Backpack11.78 Miles 1,659 AEG
Backpack11.78 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.23 mph
1,659 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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DAY ONE The AZT section crew does a backpack thx to a little help from Shawn and Roger dropping water at the intersection to the single trail section. They had to install a sign on Tuesday so some water was cached and that's why that section was picked for the weekend. I can't recall that our Crew has done a backpack as we usually car camp and day hike. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Roger :yr: for agreeing to drive us up in Shawn's truck to Pigeon Spring TH so that we wouldn't have to shuttle back to get it.

We got on the trail a little after 10 I think. While reviewing the trip reports I read that it was a very hilly road walk... and they weren't kidding. The first hills getting to FR 422 were quite a warm-up. Fortunately there were some nice views off toward Roosevelt Lake to break that up.

We finally make the turn on to FR 422 which would be our guide for the next 9-10 miles. So up and down we went with the wind swirling around us and blowing at pretty good gusts from time to time. I needed my hat for warmth this day, that's for sure. Your views would change of course as you went from one part of the mountain to another. We passed thru Big Pine Flat on our way to Little Pine Flat and the flora would reflect that. I think about 5 miles in we took our lunch and then finished the last up on THIS mountain.

We gradually made our way around the corner. While looking across the way as we came to the other side of this mountain I asked the question one shouldn't ask, "Shawn, do you know where that road way over there toward the top of that mountain goes?" and he smiles that Cheshire grin. I persisted, "where?". Silence. :o and said a little something under my breath ...hoping it wouldn't be as steep as it looked. We continued onward. The terrain to our west was impressive with all the bouldery mountains.

We continued across Little Pine Flat where we encountered some ATV traffic. It was near here where we took our last break for the day and I'm glad we did because now we had that steep section I saw from way over there. It really wasn't too bad and once we topped out I was duly impressed with the day thus far. The road was pretty good until this climb and from here on out it got a bit gnarly if you were driving.

You go down pretty steeply and we were in the shade so it got a little nippy. Every bit of sunshine you could see was a mental moment of warmth. And before you knew it, we had reached the intersection with the single lane trail. We each grabbed our gallon of water and headed up the road about 1/4 mile for our camp. There is a fire ring and everything and plenty of room for tents scattered about.

We set up our tents and made our dinner. It was windy still and would be all nite. We discussed a fire and while Shawn balked a bit at that, we girls gathered up some firewood and kindling and fired that baby up. It makes such a big difference. Keeping Shawn up until 7:30 though was a challenge :lol: . We discovered we had very good internet access up here so we took a picture to post on FB. Ambika even made a couple phone calls.

After retiring to our tent, I caught up with some of my electronic media and even watched one of the videos I posted on youtube. I just can't go to bed at 7:30. So I burned another hour before crawling into the sleeping bag for a normal restless nite of being a human rotisserie. The wind kept blowing so the tent flapped off and on altho if I put my sleeping bag hood on I couldn't hear it as much. The temp was 53 in Punkin Center according to Kemosabe. Not bad!

Videos will be forthcoming but I'm far behind so it may be awhile.

youtu.be/o5lqhLbD-zg
youtu.be/GZmulXOstbc
youtu.be/ManWdsBeGRI
youtu.be/rUsJVFTPJec
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