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Drewsmith - Arizona Trail Journal - 2017

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Drew "HappyHour" Smith
City: Boulder
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 21, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017
Start: Mile 0
End: Mile 8.5
Daily Distance: 10.5
Trip Distance: 10.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 231
Journal Visits: 5,414
Guestbook Views: 32
Guestbook Entrys: 3

Arizona Trail Map

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At the border

Heading north

Arizona Trail
@ 31.4049, -110.3150
Near mi 8.3

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=31.40488,-110.31500

Well, it didn't take long for the AZT to deliver its first ass-kicking.
Rode down to the trailhead with Mike from Washington as per the plan, picked up another hiker, Numbers from Indiana along the way.
The road access is 2 miles north of the border so we walked down together, took our border pix and turned north.
And uphill. It's a 3000 foot climb in 6 miles, straight up the ridge of this sky island. It was a beast with a full pack. Made it to Bathtub Spring, the first water source on the trail at mile 8.5 just as the sun was setting. Waited a while for Mike and Numbers, but I think the elevation was slowing them down and night was coming on so I had to find a spot out of the wind that is howling over the ridge top.
It don't especially like cooking dinner in the dark but dinner got cooked and eaten just fine while I watched the lights come out: stars above, Patagonia below and to the west, Sierra Vista below and to the east. Pretty nice.
I am definitely ready for an easier day of hiking tomorrow.

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Sky Islands And Scorpions

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people. Learn more: www.aztrail.org

 

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