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Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 29 2020
trekkin_gecko
Backpack27.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles2 Days         
4,700 ft AEG19.6 LBS Pack
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john and i decided to get one more azt segment in this year
we did redington pass as an in & out backpack/day hike combo
the passage now starts at redington road rather than italian trap trailhead according to the arizona trail website
left town early, and cached two gallons of water at molino basin trailhead just in case
set out around 0800 in upper 40s, quickly shedding layers
the entire day offered beautiful hiking weather, warming into the 60s
took a break at west spring, where we found a pool of water, and on the return, water in the spring box
had we known that, we might have started from gordon hirabayashi, which is a much easier drive
we had found a decent campsite a mile back from the spring, so we hid most of our gear there and day hiked the rest
good uphill to a saddle overlooking molino basin, then down to the campground and on to gordon hirabayashi
both the bellota and molino basin trails were smooth with good footing
enjoyed the sky island terrain throughout the hike
took another break at gordon hirabayashi
on the return, picked up three liters of water each, then our gear and on to the campsite
once the sun dropped, temps fell quickly
john climbed a nearby ridge for views of the sunset and of tucson
an almost full moon lit things up nicely
backpacking this time of year means a long time in the tents
it had been breezy all day, but the wind really kicked up early morning
we could barely heat water for coffee, had lara bars for breakfast, crammed our gear into packs and took off around 0645
a challenge fighting the wind on the way back : rambo :
good thing we didn't know there was a high wind warning beforehand, and glad it wasn't like that sunday
nice to have less than eight miles to finish, and we were eating breakfast at snooze by 1100
this was one of my favorite passages so far
always a good trip with lp, especially with an opportunity to practice backpacking
thanks, john! one more green checkmark for the azt :)

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water in a pool below the spring, and in the spring box
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