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Oct 11 2019
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
AZT In A Day 2019, AZ 
AZT In A Day 2019, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 11 2019
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Backpack39.82 Miles 9,646 AEG
Backpack39.82 Miles2 Days   9 Hrs   7 Mns   
9,646 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break47 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice 3 day getaway to knock off a section for AZT In A Day. The section I picked began at Cathedral Jct, below and east of Romero Pass, and ended at the Oracle Ridge TH (about 11.5 mi & 4,000 ft), so I set off a day early in order to camp at my launch point. Since this trip would become multi-day, I decided that a third day would top it off nicely.

Day 1:
Started around 10:30, with 5 liters and a heavy pack. I expected to see much more water, after some heavy rains last month, but I crossed stream only once through the entire canyon. This made day 1 tough, as I hit camp with under 2 liters to get me through the night and half way into tomorrow. Okay, so no food tonight and get out early in the a.m.

Day 2:
Got up, got packed, and got going. By now I had under a liter, 5 miles to go & 2,400ish ft to climb. I guess I was mentally prepared, as it all went just fine water-wise and just seemed like any other hike through the Catalinas. I finished up mid-afternoon, arriving to find a post hike BBQ happening. Kim, one of the trail stewards for the area was cooking burgers & dogs, she also had chips, cookies and lots of water (my favorite menu item at that time). I took her up on a burger which I adorned with a slice of spam and an envelope of tuna, and instantly vacuumed down. Now back to feeling sub-human, I continued to graze for the next hour or two. I hung out with the trail peeps until sunset, setup a functional, cold camp and zoinked-out.

Day 3:
04:43, Woke to a squawking turkey, immediately followed by a screeching owl. Not sure what was going on there, but my heart was pumping, so I got up. The turkey must have won (or at least survived) the earlier argument, as he started back up at around 05:00 and continued until the time I left.

I had to gamble on the best route down, due mainly to water issues, and ultimately decided on the Box Camp Trail. For those who have never done it, The Box Camp is 30% Disneyland (the upper) and 70% Hell, so a decision to take it is not made lightly. I won't go too much into it rather than to say that it's far worse now than my previous trip, and that I've probably made my last pass there.

By the time I hit the West Fork, it was in the 80 deg range, under full sunlight. I took a minute at the junction there to assess my egress. My god was it steep, and upon consulting my Guthook app, found that I had over 6 miles & 2,400 ft to go. $#$#*&^!!!, I said, then put my head down and made the final push. Miles don't much bother me, I can do them 16 hours a day, but there's something about climbing out to finish a hike that just isn't natural (to me anyway). Anywho, I made it out around 17:00, and as tough as the last few miles were, I was bummed out to be going home.
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Jun 08 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 08 2018
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Run/Jog5.70 Miles 1,110 AEG
Run/Jog5.70 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   58 Secs4.12 mph
1,110 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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Sweetwater Preserve was PACKED with mountain bikers by 0630, so I shifted my plan to run the Sweetwater Trail instead (confused? Everything in the area has 'sweetwater' in the name). The 5.7 mile distance was the significant control for today's event, but the enormous difference in AEG threw everything out of wack.

Though a trail run was my intent, and it is listed as such, this one almost fell back into the 'hike' category. It was tougher than anticipated, for sure, but was the awakening of a new challenge that I plan to put a whoopin on at my very earliest opportunity.
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May 31 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 31 2018
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Run/Jog5.50 Miles 446 AEG
Run/Jog5.50 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   3 Secs4.78 mph
446 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to do 7 miles, but biffed it at around 3-1/4, so decided to cut it short. Five hours later, and I can neither feel or remember which ankle I tweaked.
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May 29 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 29 2018
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Run/Jog4.00 Miles 255 AEG
Run/Jog4.00 Miles      45 Mns   5 Secs5.32 mph
255 ft AEG
 
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May 20 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2018
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.21 mph
2,320 ft AEG
 
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Had the chores done by 07:00, with nothing on the books til noon. Only 2 deg hotter today, but without a breeze, it seemed much warmer.
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May 19 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2018
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   3.27 mph
2,320 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Nice weather and a morning off. Started with 71 deg, ended with 87, light breeze to soften the temps.
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May 06 2018
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2018
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Hiking6.35 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs      3.18 mph
1,345 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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08:50 start
Sunny, 94 - 102 deg, light breeze kept me cool.
Carried 100 oz (for consistent weight), drank ~30

The ironwoods in the Tucson Foothills are casting a subtle, lavender huge to the area lately.
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May 01 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2018
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Hiking9.90 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   3.39 mph
2,150 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 
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Just in town for a few days. Went out to burn some energy for the 3 hours I had to spare. Excellent weather for mid-day, desert hiking.
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Apr 19 2018
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2018
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Hiking9.15 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.21 mph
2,320 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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After spending most of the previous 72 hours trapped in a moving vehicle, I really needed a leg stretcher. As wiped out as I was, I had a ton of energy simmering inside, so I just swung in to the TH and went. I must have been only semi-conscious, cuz the whole thing is kind of blurry now, but I know it was really windy. Other than that, it was pretty pleasant out and I was appreciative to be out.

Had a pretty good run, all things considered; Up in 01:29, down in 01:22, 85-ish deg, winds 15-ish w/ 25+ sustained along the upper ridge, drank 40 ozs of warm water, saw only 1 couple the whole trip.

Now if you'll excuse me, I really need a nap. :zzz:
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Apr 14 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   1.94 mph
4,200 ft AEG      18 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Weird day on the mountain. I arrived at the TH just after 07:00 to find the parking lot full. Not a big problem as this lot is private property, so 'Creative Parking' is the weekend norm. As I pulled in, I saw a large hiking group just departing, so I drug mt feet until 07:30 in hopes I would avoid trying to pass them. I figured that I would see quite a few people, but by the 2ish mile mark, had only come across a pair of moron, frat boyz, cawing like jungle birds into the canyon (still half in the bag from last night).

From there, it was peaceful all the way to Kimball, where I came upon a group of about 15 mutes. I barked out a general greeting, bold enough to cover everyone present, but most didn't even flinch. The few who did react, gave strange looks as if I were a Sasquatch in their living room or something.
Here's a picture I took of them... :scared: :o :( :--: :--: :--: :-s 8-[ :scared: :o :stop:
Then they gave me that look that a baby gets when it's filling up a diaper for you. I guess I arrived at just the wrong time, as there seemed to be a general panic that nobody's snap-book or insta-face was working because everyone was trying to wifi off the one Verizon customer who had service up there. It was total Millennial-Madness, so I quickly tagged it and split.

The trip down was much better. I crossed paths with a lot of friendly, trail type people, none of which were suffering smart phone withdrawals. I even stopped to chat with several of them (potential HAZers, some).

On the way home, I stopped for a Double-Jack w/ Cheese and a pair of Jack's Tacos (they make good insoles :lol: ). I'm kind of thinking that this might be the end of the nice weather, so I'm glad I got out, even if it were on the weekend. :D

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
No sign of water anywhere along the route
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Apr 07 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2018
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.33 mph
2,180 ft AEG      24 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Out to push myself today. First decent night of sleep in over 5 months, so I was good to go. Started with a warm up, track run (something that must happen every Saturday morning), then off to the TH. I tied my best up time, but was 6 minutes behind my best down time. This time, there was no running, so all around, I think this as my best go at it. Mid 80s and mostly sunny while I was out.
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Mar 25 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2018
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Hiking4.85 Miles 2,228 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   1.91 mph
2,228 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
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Leg stretcher / workout / recon hike with Roy. The weather was kind and I held up just fine.
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Mar 24 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 24 2018
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Run/Jog4.69 Miles 312 AEG
Run/Jog4.69 Miles      58 Mns   38 Secs4.80 mph
312 ft AEG
 
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Had to wait until 6:00 for it to be light enough, then I headed out clockwise on the Desperado Loop. Wanted to do a 7 miler, but had to settle for a shorter version. This is my first trail run in 5 months, so I wasn't too disappointed. Nice weather, saw no one else until the end, at the parking lot, where the mountain bike hoard awaited.
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Mar 13 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2018
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Hiking6.37 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking6.37 Miles   2 Hrs      3.19 mph
1,335 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
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Short on time, but last chance for the week. Set a timer for 1 hour then turned back. Finished in exactly 2:00:00. My uphill and downhill speeds seem to be tightening up. Not sure if that's good or bad. Also, my average HR on the up averaged 147 bpm (I was pushing) for a solid hour. The overall hike averaged 135 bpm.
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Mar 09 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
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Hiking4.16 Miles 1,329 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   1.72 mph
1,329 ft AEG      28 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked with my daughter to the cave, took a break, then headed back. We are both on the mend, so we made for good trail partners.
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Mar 08 2018
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56 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   3.05 mph
2,180 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Went out to check my status, and it seems identical to last week. :| I'm hoping this isn't my new normal.

On a brighter note, you can now add two slices of seared, pork belly to any sandwich at Jack In The Box, for the low, low price of $1.49. :o I'm pretty sure this will be my new normal. :y:
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Mar 01 2018
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2018
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   3.03 mph
2,180 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Day 106 of recovery:

Did pretty good today. I'm up to 194 lbs and wore a pack for the first time. Though only using about 8 ozs of water, I carried 110 ozs. I also carried a bunch of crap that I would use on an all day hike, just to see how that would work out. I'm still a few minutes behind my benchmark, but with less pain and repercussion.

I ran into a couple of the Saddlebrook girls, Bertie and Margaret who had diverted here to avoid snow on Tanque Verde Peak (their original plan). Good to see them again.

Nice to get out on a pretty perfect day. :)
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Feb 18 2018
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Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ 
Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
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Hiking12.90 Miles 3,107 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.82 mph
3,107 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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When they said 90 days recovery, they meant it. This is day 93, and while it's still a bit uncomfortable getting out of bed in the morning, I feel pretty good once I'm vertical.

I set out today to do a test run on my benchmark trail, Wasson Peak. When I'm on par, it's 1:30 to the peak from the ECDC TH. While it was 1:37 today, about half of that discrepancy goes to the 25 hikers that I had to wait for as I tried to pass. All said, I am back to normal as far as pace goes. With that thought now seated in my head, I'm curious about my endurance.

I decided that since it was such a nice day, and I had only used a little of my water, that I would stretch this one out by taking the Hugh Norris :next: Sendero Esperanza :next: King Canyon route back, adding 3.75 miles to my trek. This worked out nicely, taking exactly the 5 hours I had to spare before getting back to not having a life, here on the couch. :?

The take away seems to be that I've got my speed back (at least reasonably so), but my dogs are barking a bit over a 13 mile stretch. Looks like I have to work on my long game now.
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Jan 28 2018
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Charouleau GapTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
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Hiking14.30 Miles 2,716 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.36 mph
2,716 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Still on the trail to recovery. Picked this as a higher mile : lower elevation hike to see how my speed is doing. Not very impressive. Weather was great and I caught a quick glimpse of a fox. Downed a quart of Tart Cherry juice afterward, and feel pretty good. Another week or 2 might see me back in the game, but peak performance is still in the distance.
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Jan 16 2018
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2018
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.34 mph
2,180 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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First real accomplishment in months. It took 33% longer than normal and do I ever hurt today, but I did it. I'm on day 67 of a 60 to 90 day recovery, so I'm doin ok I guess. I've got big plans and a lot of lost time to make up for, so I need to get into gear. Can't beat the weather right now. It's a perfect time to get out and back into shape.
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