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Azt #2 & #3, AZ
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Azt #2 & #3, AZ 
Azt #2 & #3, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 15 2020
johnlp
Backpack30.20 Miles 3,800 AEG
Backpack30.20 Miles2 Days         
3,800 ft AEG
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Finally knocked these two AZT segments out. Been on the list since the crazy adventure I had with JJ doing segment #1 in 2012. Kelly and I secured a shuttle from Patagonia up to Parker Canyon Lake Sunday morning. Saw an antelope, a bunch of deer, and about 15 turkeys on the ride there.
We got started hiking Sunday morning to very nice cool temps on segment #2 Canelo Hills East. The miles passed by quickly. We stopped to brew some fresh coffee and chat with a few thru hikers who were excited to reach Mexico soon.
Water was available for public consumption at the Canelo Pass #2/#3 trailhead, which was nice as it has been so dry. We pushed on into segment #3 to reach at least the halfway mark of our backpack. We passed Down Under Tank through a gauntlet of catclaw. We grabbed some water at the Cott well, but it stopped pumping while we were there as the sun left the solar panels. Red Bank was the next water so off we went. The water at Red Bank is tasty though getting to it amid the mass of cow pies is nasty.
Shortly after we found a camp site as the sun had set and daylight would be soon gone. Awesome cold starry night.
Following breakfast, we packed up and headed out for Patagonia. Most of the rest of segment #3 is a little lacking in trail quality and scenery. We arrived in Patagonia late morning as temps had warmed 50 degrees since we started.
Another fun backpack with the gecko. Thanks Kelly. :)
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