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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15
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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 24 2018
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Backpack7.69 Miles 553 AEG
Backpack7.69 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.00 mph
553 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Day Three Northbound on the AZT. It was a nice morning to rise and shine. I was surprised how much UP hiking we were doing to get down from this very long ridge... well not a ridge really but the top of a couple mountains I guess. The views were great in every direction really so it's a pretty hike.

Once we quit going up to get down on this roller coaster it was time to do some switchbacking. We went thru a beautifully backlit ocotillo forest and seemed to come down pretty fast actually. There was one part of the trail that was nearly washed away. It has since been fixed by our wonderful AZT road crew so to speak. Once we finally got to the bottom we took a little break which was a good thing as I was developing quite the blister on the side of my foot. I got this the last time I was out with the AZT Section Crew. I know I've been in need of new boots as I commented to Wendy when we were up in Glacier, and I had actually planned to get them the week before but I got tied up with getting our wares ready for consignment in Sedona. Anyway, Ambika, my personal medic, helped to cover the damage so that I could finish the hike and not be in agony.

From the wash it's a gradual downhill to the TH at Florence Kelvin Highway. We signed into the logbook and then slowly completed the last couple miles to the River. Once again, I think it's a pretty hike through our incredible and currently pretty happy desert. The last mile through the washes was a bit annoying but only because we were ready to be done. Once we got almost to the river, the smile returned to our faces and then we crossed the bridge and the tracks to the end of our trek on Passage 15.

Thx to all my crew mates; we are a great support group of each other and poor Shawn has to be awarded diet coke points for all our whining he has to put up with. We are finally over 500 miles done after this 29 mile chunk but have 4 Mountain Ranges to pass thru yet: Huachucas, Rincons, Superstitions, Mazatzals and of course, the Big Ditch.

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