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Azt #6 & #7, AZ
mini location map2020-10-24
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Azt #6 & #7, AZ 
Azt #6 & #7, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 24 2020
trekkin_gecko
Backpack28.95 Miles 2,361 AEG
Backpack28.95 Miles2 Days         
2,361 ft AEG
 
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john had arranged for a shuttle to hike/backpack passages 6 and 7 of the arizona trail
after last weekend's hikes, and a couple more during the week, thought i could give it a go
left town at 0400, and were at the southern trailhead for #6 at 0615, hiking by 0630
chilly to start with
good views of wrightson
somewhat rocky trail
took a snack break about halfway
this passage winds in and out of several drainages and finishes with a gradual downhill
janie picked us up early afternoon
we retrieved my car and had lunch from fito's in vail
nice to spend some time with janie, and very nice of her to spend several hours making this trip possible
dropped my car at gabe zimmerman trailhead, then janie dropped us at the southern end of #7
set out around 1530 and hiked close to five miles where we found a level campsite
nice sunset while setting up camp, then some dinner before hitting the tents
heard john making coffee at 0500
overnight temps were pleasantly warm
had coffee, breakfast and packed up, and we were hiking by 0645
the first several miles of #7 are on smooth trail with a gradual downhill, making for easy hiking
we finished up just before 1000
while not the most difficult segments, this was a good test in terms of mileage for my knee (pass)
tried out my new zpacks arc scout backpack - love it!
also a neo air xlite - a little noisy but lighter and very comfy
have most of my gear dialed in, brought the right amount of food, clothing and water
new territory and two more arizona trail passages
good choice, lp
good times :)
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