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Apr 17 2017
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 Arizona
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Backpack9.60 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Well, I'm off the trail now.

The Superstitions beat me up. It was rough trail and the end of 180 miles without a break. I have nerve damage in my back and legs and they were acting up. I took 4 days off to rest and then returned. First day up Four Peaks went pretty good. Second day not bad, but the third day I was having problems again. So, I took off 9 days to rest. I rethought all my plans. I'd not push so hard and do shorter days until I got to the flatter passages. More resupply points to carry less.

I got back on the trail at Sunflower and within an hour my legs were not working right again. I struggled, with the trail, and the decision of what to do. I didn't want to quit. I had made myself believe that if I just walked a bit slower, took more breaks, I could continue and finish. But I've been ignoring the obvious, didn't want to accept defeat. I finally stopped at the Potato Patch to think. I went back and forth in my mind for an hour, then headed back to the Saddle Mountain trail junction and down FR 25.

So, I'm done. I made it to mile 396, a bit past the half-way point. Maybe I'll try again next year.
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Apr 07 2017
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Azt #20 - #21, AZ 
Azt #20 - #21, AZ
 
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Backpack39.20 Miles 9,075 AEG
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Started up that first big climb from Vineyard TH in the early afternoon. It was a bit warm with the sun beating down, but once up on the flatter section it was a nice hike. Great views of Roosevelt, Salt River canyon and Four Peaks. Decided to stop at Buckhorn Creek and leave the next big climb for the morning. Lots of water, and a sweet little camp site just above the trail crossing.

Next morning as I was packing, there was some cracking of brush and 2 other hikers went up out of the creek bottom. They must have arrived late last night while I slept to the other camp site that's just below the trail crossing. Above Granite Spring I came upon an ACE trail crew and I chatted with them a bit. They were hoping to soon get some spots cleared enough for the mules that haul up their water so they could move their base camp further up the mountain.

I caught up with Two Liter and Top Shelf, the 2 thrus I saw in the morning, at Shake Spring. That was the first good water since Buckhorn. We met up again at Pigeon Spring to fill up, and chatted about water, gear and the sun. The spring was just trickling, and tasted rather of sulfur, but it's water. After that it's 12 miles of road walk. A few steeper spots, but mostly good road. I camped before the big downhill started.

Boulder Creek was my next water source, cold and good water. Had lunch on the banks of Sycamore Creek and then hiked on to Sunflower. I missed the trail that goes to the trailhead so I went through the tunnel under 87 and then up to the road and caught a ride into Payson.
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Mar 31 2017
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Azt #16 - #19, AZ 
Azt #16 - #19, AZ
 
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Backpack83.90 Miles 15,366 AEG
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Gila River Canyons - Beautiful canyon along the river. I like the old train bridge. Tread was good although it likes to go up and down a lot for no apparent reason. Saw my first rattlesnake and second Gila monster of the trek. Gnats were beastly in the evening. Red Mountain seep is nasty, worst water I've had on the trail. I'll have a Gila River Water, please.

Alamo Canyon - Yup, more beautiful canyons, and lots of flowers are blooming. Saw no one on the trail. The TH was empty so I hiked to the US60 tunnel, then cross-country to the exit for the TH road and tried to hitch to Superior. After a while I started walking to town with my thumb out. There aren't many places for someone to pull over though, especially with construction, so at the arboretum exit I stopped and decided I'd stay till I got a ride. After about 15 minutes someone pulled over and I spent the night in Superior.

Reavis Canyon - I can see why the Reavis Ranch area is popular. Lots of water, meadows, and nice camping areas. I chose a spot near the creek. I hadn't seen anyone since passing Rogers Trough TH but I kept smelling a fire. Then I saw a nearby fire ring with whiffs of smoke rising. People can lug slabs of rock over from the rubble of the burned ranch house to build a large ring and benches to sit on so they can have their stupid bonfire, but they can't be bothered with hauling a couple gallons of water up from the creek 50 feet away? I put the fire out. I wish I had seen the ranch house before. Now it's a slab and it appears much of the rock from the walls have been carried off for fire rings.

Superstition Wilderness - Beautiful mountains, ghastly trails. The trail builders apparently had a few rules. 1) No switchbacks, just go straight up and over. 2) If given a choice, steeper routes are better. 3) Cover tread with loose rocks.
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Mar 24 2017
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Azt #8-#15, AZ 
Azt #8-#15, AZ
 
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Backpack150.60 Miles 26,654 AEG
Backpack150.60 Miles
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Some highlights from the passages

Rincon Valley - finally met other thru hikers headed all the way to Utah, and a pack of cub scout camping at La Sevilla.

Rincon Mountains - saw a Gila monster and more thrus. A long tough climb to the top, and then a steep descent.

Redington Pass - brutal sun during a heat wave.

Santa Catalina Mountains - The east and west forks of Sabino are beautiful. Too many people at Hutch's pool. That climb from Romero Pass to Wilderness of Rocks is killer. It's mid afternoon, can we make it to Sawmill Restaurant before it closes? The cheeseburger challenge is on. We make it in time. Joy!

Oracle Ridge - They should move the trail to the control road. Seriously though, there are some great views along the trail, but the steep tread, loose rocks, and overgrowth spoil it. This was harder than the ascent.

Oracle - Easy trail. Something to do on a rest day between two nights at the Chalet Village motel.

Black Hills - Down, up, repeat. Good water sources though.

Tortilla Mountains - Trail magic (sweet fresh oranges). Racing across the trail in high winds, rain and hail. A desert tortoise near the end.
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Mar 08 2017
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Azt #4 - #7, AZ 
Azt #4 - #7, AZ
 
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Backpack61.60 Miles 8,027 AEG
Backpack61.60 Miles5 Days         
8,027 ft AEG24 LBS Pack
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Continuing north

Days 7 and 8 - zeroed in Tucson to plan and resupply for the next section. Sort of doing this on the fly. I decided to go on this trek only a few days before I started, so I don't have any resupply plans etc. I also decided to try it stoveless to keep my total pack weight below 25 pounds with water and food for five days. I've always been a heat and eat person so it is a challenge to think of meals without going the poptart diet. Replaced my sawyer squeeze which no matter how much backflushing has become rather slow.

Day 9 - Headed out of Patagonia about 10. Fortunately it was breezy and not too hot which made that long road walk easier. Still tedious though. I passed the time by counting caterpillars intently crossing the road. Met a few people cruising up and down on their UTVs but no hikers. Water was plentiful after the TH parking. Why is Anaconda Spring always a scummy looking pool?

Day 10 - Next morning Dan walked by as I was packing up. First northbounder I've met. He's going as far as Pine. We passed each other a couple more times but I won't see him again since he's moving much faster. Cruised along the old aqueduct. Big Casa Blanca, Gardner Canyon and Cave Creek all had great water. Met a couple on horseback and that was it for the day. Spent the night in Kentucky Gulch.

Day 11 - The forecast from my inReach had said a mild night, so I was surprised to wake up with frozen water. CRAP! I didn't sleep with my Sawyer. 2 days of use and time to buy a new one. I do carry a few aquamira tables for backup but water will be short. Hiked in to Kentucky Camp. What a great spot for hikers. Behind the large building are a couple picnic tables, a toilet, sink and faucet with fresh well water, outlets to plug in devices, and a garbage barrel. I had my breakfast and chatted with Tikka (SOBO sectioner) and the care taker. Loaded up on clean water and headed out. Did a bit over 15 miles, biggest day so far.

Day 12 - River walked by as I was packing up. She's a young 69 and cranking out the miles. She said she doesn't walk that fast, but does long days. I think she'd already been hiking a couple hours when I saw her. Caught up with her later and we chatted for half an hour or so. She's going north as far as Grand Canyon. Grabbed a liter of water from I think Mulberry Canyon. There was another source of good water noted in a comment in the guthook app I was going to stop at later, but apparently missed it. Had to get a couple more liters at Twin Tanks. I ran it through the Sawyer to remove chunks and then added the aquamira. Do those tablets expire? I've had them a few years.

Day 13 - Felt really drained yesterday afternoon and this morning. I hope it's just that I haven't been drinking enough, and not the higher temperatures. High 70's low 80s but it felt hot. What will I do when it's 90s, 100? Just a few miles to Gabe Zimmerman today and now for a couple more zeros.
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Mar 01 2017
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Azt #1 - #3, AZ 
Azt #1 - #3, AZ
 
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I don't think there will ever be a better time for me to try this so I'm giving it a go. I've got my gear dialed in and my base weight down. All that's left is to hike.

I thought I'd start out easy. The first day I did the 1.8 miles to the border and back, then went in to Sierra Vista and stayed the night. That took 900 feet off the climb to Miller for the next day.

Day 2 was the climb up to Miller Peak. I had spoken to a SOBO section hiker yesterday about snow conditions, and he said it was icy in spots but not too bad. I was still anxious though. I have some leg problems and can be clumsy and un-sure-footed at times. At the peak trail junction I decided to skip hitting the peak. That was already enough of a climb, and I still had to get through the snow which the hiker had said was worst between there and Bathtub Spring. He was right, but it wasn't too bad. I sat down a few times, but got through by taking it slow. Stopped for the night before I got to Sunnyside canyon. It was a cold night, only 29F but strong winds all night.

Day 3 I hiked to Trap Tank. Saw a number of deer and a couple of turkeys in Sunnyside Canyon. Met a SOBO section hiker near Parker and that was the only person I saw all day. Good water in Parker Canyon Creek and Trap Tank.

Day 4 woke up with lots of condensation and 26F. Having just done this passage last fall, I wasn't looking forward to the ridge walk to the saddle, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Easier going this way maybe. Silver Tank storage was almost overflowing, Pauline had water, and the big pool in Middle canyon was huge. I met 6 day hikers, 3 going south, 3 north, doing a key swap. They warned me about a storm moving in. I went as far as the Canelo Pass trailhead and stopped early to find a good tent site. Just as I was set up, a border patrol officer drove past. He turned around and came back. I was afraid he'd tell me to move on, but he just stopped to talk a bit, and also warned me about the storm.

Day 5 dawned windy. It had been really windy all night. Whump, whump, whump went the tent, but no rain. It was windy and cloudy most of the day. Met Woodchuck doing another large section of the trail SOBO, starting from Reddington Pass. We talked about water conditions. Down under, Cott Tank and Red Bank are all good in this passage and he said it was good all the way he had come. He never treats his water, but is choosy where he gets it. I camped about 5 miles from Patagonia.

Day 6 dawned coldest yet, 22F and frost over everything. No rain from that storm front, but it brought the humidity. Too cold for breakfast so I ate a bar and headed for town. Stopped for coffee at the Gathering Grounds and then hung around waiting for lunch and my ride.
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Feb 12 2017
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Black Hills - AZT #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack27.60 Miles 4,702 AEG
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Did the passage southbound. It was mostly a quiet weekend except for all the hunters out on their ATVs. No hikers or bikers. Only people I saw on the trail was a crew from American Conservation Experience working on the switchbacks above Tucson Wash. The only other excitement was at Beehive Well. Apparently it's "a thing" with drunk local youth to drive out to the well after dark, climb the windmill, and then takes videos of each other peeing off the tower for snapchat. Apparently it's not so easy for girls to do this without peeing on their shoes.

Beehive Well has dropped a lot in the last month, maybe half full now. Far enough below the rim you would have to rig up some dipper to get water. The concrete tank in the corral is easier to get to, but pretty murky with algae. Most of the other sources had water but some were pretty nasty. A windmill along the pipeline road (mentioned in the AZT data) was also working, with a full reservoir tank.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Antelope Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
A good amount of water, but quite muddy.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Beehive Well 26-50% full 26-50% full
Water level about 3 feet below rim. Lots of floaters and algae. Cement tank in corral easier to get to, but worse.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Corner Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
small pool of chocolate milk colored water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cowhead Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
Full to the top. Water flowing in from the pipe was great.

dry Hidden Well Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mountain View Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Good water, filters clear. Love the minnows.
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Feb 03 2017
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Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack8.60 Miles 759 AEG
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Nov 12 2016
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack14.30 Miles 2,530 AEG
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Last time this passage didn't go so well for me. I didn't make it through, but HAZ ticked it off as done and that's been nagging me. Part way doesn't count, so I went back and did the whole thing. It was a good time to go, not too hot, not too cold, and plenty of water sources. Fish tank, Middle Canyon, Pauline Tank, Silver Tank, Trap Tank and Parker Canyon creek all had water.

Saw no one on the trail until I reached the Parker TH where I met some people who had been day hiking passage 1. They came back to find both their vehicles with a flat tire. I didn't think to ask until later if it was road damage, or if they thought it was vandalism.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Middle Canyon @ AZT 2 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Still one deeper pool and several smaller pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Parker Canyon Creek @ AZT 2 Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pauline Canyon Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Trap Tank - Canelo 51-75% full 51-75% full
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May 02 2016
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Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking7.90 Miles 1,224 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.23 mph
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I've been searching for that herd of black sheep that lives in the Tucson Mountains. Found them today.



Note: This is "the most elaborate prehistoric pictograph site known in the Tucson area.
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Jan 11 2016
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.58 Miles 2,367 AEG
Hiking9.58 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.02 mph
2,367 ft AEG      53 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Jan 03 2016
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Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.08 Miles 1,252 AEG
Hiking12.08 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.64 mph
1,252 ft AEG      46 Mns Break13.8 LBS Pack
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Dec 30 2015
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Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.48 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   2.53 mph
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Dec 28 2015
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.79 Miles 3,750 AEG
Hiking10.79 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.86 mph
3,750 ft AEG      54 Mns Break14.4 LBS Pack
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Dec 23 2015
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Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.34 Miles 1,117 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.56 mph
1,117 ft AEG      26 Mns Break14.3 LBS Pack
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Dec 19 2015
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Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.99 Miles 751 AEG
Hiking12.99 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.78 mph
751 ft AEG      33 Mns Break14.3 LBS Pack
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Dec 16 2015
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Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
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Hiking13.65 Miles 1,118 AEG
Hiking13.65 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   2.73 mph
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A last minute change in hiking plans led to an interesting encounter. I ran into Ultrapedestrian on the trail. They are attempting a yo-yo of the AZT. ultrapedestrian.blo ... com/ With less than a hundred miles to go, I think they got it.
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Dec 12 2015
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Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
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Hiking14.91 Miles 2,348 AEG
Hiking14.91 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.45 mph
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Dec 05 2015
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Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.67 Miles 1,545 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.40 mph
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Nov 29 2015
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Hiking10.27 Miles 1,430 AEG
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