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Done with the Matazals!!!

Hi All, Just keeping you posted on the progress. Tom and I just completed all the AZT day hikes of the Matazal Wilderness. Monster mountain climbs, long approach trails and skinny overgrown / dangerous trails. Will try to get caught … Continue reading

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Still Hiking – Closing in on the finish

Hi All, Tom and I are still at it !!!! Up to hike #82, mile 1447, now. Completed the missing 40 mile section in the Rincon Mountains (outside Tucson) and currently chipping away on the “tough” Mazatzal Wilderness. Updating the … Continue reading

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Hike #76 – Miller Peak from Parker Canyon Lake – 20.5 miles

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Location : Sunnyside Road just east of Parker Canyon Lake off of highway 83 (NOBO Mile Marker 16.2 ) Date: 9-5-2019 Weather: Clear skies then enjoyable “sun covering” slightly overcast, starting temperature 65 degrees and the turn about 85-88 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : 20.5 … Continue reading

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PBD Ultralight – 4-1 Trailpack

Hi All, So…… Packback Designs (PBD Ultralight) has developed another backpack, this one is a little larger than the 3-1 and it’s call the 4-1 Trailpack. Standing at 30″ tall (total collar) and 12″ wide, 7″ deep, this 40 liter … Continue reading

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Hike #A – Summit Humphrey’s Peak – 10 miles

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Location :Snow Bowl Parking Lot near to NOBO Mile Marker 603 Date: 8-22-2019 Weather: Light clouds, starting temperature 65 degrees and the turn about 75 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : Zero mile on the AZT Hike Description: So not officially on the Arizona Trail, … Continue reading

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Hike #75 – Winter Road South – 15 miles

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Location : Winter Road Trailhead (NOBO Mile Marker 778.1 ) Date: 8-15-2019 Weather: Clear skies light clouds, starting temperature 79 degrees and the turn about 94 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : 15 on AZT Hike Description: This hike was to be the conclusion of the … Continue reading

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We’re still going……

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Tom and I are still hiking. Completed nearly most all of the North of the North Rim section of the AZT. Amazing up there. 1350 miles down only 270 to complete. Will catch up on the blog soon. Also been … Continue reading

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Hike #74 – Telephone Hill Trailhead – 16 miles

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Location : Telephone Hill Trailhead (NOBO Mile Marker 744.2 ) Date: 7-25-2019 Weather: Clear skies light clouds, starting temperature 72 degrees and the turn about 87 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : 16 on AZT Hike Description: Hi All. So this hike we returned to the … Continue reading

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Hike #73 – Forest Road 610 – 16 miles

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Location : North Rim / Kaibab Plateau – Forest Road 610 (NOBO Mile Marker 735.5 ) Date: 7-11-2019 Weather: Light to moderate clouds, starting temperature 68 degrees and the turn about 79 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : 16 on AZT Hike Description: This hike was a … Continue reading

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Hike #72 – North Rim Park Entrance – 16 miles

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Location : North Rim / Kaibab Plateau – Park Entrance (NOBO Mile Marker 722.2 ) Date: 6-20-2019 Weather: Light to moderate clouds, starting temperature 70 degrees and the turn about 78 degrees. Total Mileage Completed : 16 on AZT Hike Description: This hike was a 16 … Continue reading

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