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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2018
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Hiking10.45 Miles 1,257 AEG
Hiking10.45 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.96 mph
1,257 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Day Three of the Backpack, Day Two on Passage 16 now eastbound.The wind blew occasionally during the night but no rain. We got up to a somewhat cloudy morning. I cooked up some Mountainhouse Biscuits and Gravy and split it with Ambika. No time for coffee though, takes me too long to get ready and we had another big day ahead of us.

So off we went as the sun toyed with the idea of coming out which it did off and on for a lot of the morning. I could hear cow bells in the distance and Ambika said she saw some cows. It was fun to watch the clouds and scenery on the other side of the river from time to time. Today's hike was not too far from the river but once again involved a lot of little ups and downs. After about a mile you cross the old jeep road and you get a little closer to the river for awhile. This is great hiking down here. When we do come up from the River we get views to the White Canyon Wilderness including The Rincon and Battle Axe to the north and Copper Butte to the east.

We paused at Walnut Canyon wash as there was no need to be in a hurry today. Plus I needed to get some little rocks out of my boot. Later we would discover it wasn't rocks but I had a blister under my fourth toe. Have no idea how I would get a blister there. We continued on our way and now would start getting occasional views of Battle Axe, Copper Butte and The Spine; all fabulous :y: . At about mile six on this day, we started a gradual 200 foot climb high above the river almost from the river. We found a perch tucked between some rocks to have our lunch and tend to my apparent blister which I discovered I had as my sock was a bit bloody; otherwise I would have still thot it was rocks. Ambika band-aided me up and I was good to go. So down we went contouring around the end of the Spine above us.

Back down to the river we go and in a couple miles, we come to an area to water-up for the duration of our hike which meant tonite's meal, tomorrow's breakfast and the hike out which would be around 5-6 miles. So I went with around two litres. Incidentally, the water tasted better here. We had to walk a bit to get to the River from the trail. We hiked back up the large wash to the trail and continued on our way. Shawn figured the camp site he had in mind was about another 1.5 miles. When you pass under those power lines in high gusty winds they make quite the sound.

Shawn made the call to stop early and not stay in the wash in case the brewing storm came to pass. Well that was a good call because we barely had our tents up and the spats of rain started and the wind continued to howl. It was a bit of a challenge getting the tents up in the gusts of wind. We were not too far off the trail and up slightly on a bluff rather than down out of the wind. It was 4 o'clock when we were confined to our tents without supper. I tried to read stuff on my phone but once again, my glasses were in my safety bag which was in my pack which was outside the tent under the side fly. The rain came and went as did the gusts of wind but 14 hours in your tent is way too long.

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