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Jason "Steelcranium" Repko
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Country: US
Begins: Oct 19, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Oct 19th, 2017
Start: SeaTacAiport
End: AZT
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 10.0
Hours Hiked: 3
Entry Lat: 36.926018
Entry Lng: -112.10579
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 288
Journal Visits: 4,993
Guestbook Views: 140
Guestbook Entrys: 19

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Tom, a Navajo from Window Rock, AZ was my Lyft driver.

Day 1 - And were off!

3am the alarm rings and I crawl out of bed in a zombie like state. Making the last second decisions (as in - should I wear this pair or that pair of shoes, because there no bringing a second option), I hurl my pack into the back of My Lyft, driven by Tom. Tom is Navajo, and from Window Rock, AZ. No way, I thought, I just got picked up by a native that grew up in the Navajo nation capital. If thats not a sign affirming my decision to do this trip, I dont know what is. I spent 15+ years in the Southwest, in Durango, Moab, Crested Butte, Austin and Tucson. Tom and I swapped familiar locations and stories and suddenly I was at the airport.





I threw my coffee mug from home in the outside trash (Julie will be happy that one is gone), and made my way to Alaska Airlines which has a convenient roll of heavy duty plastic bag and I grabbed one and tossed the pack inside. Got my boarding pass and slightly fretted as my bag scuttled its way along the conveyor belt, through the dangling flaps and into the abyss where no one knows what happens next. We just hope it gets to where were going.





(more to come today...)



AZT



From airport I walked the easy 15 min to town. Picked up fuel at the ace hardware and then met my shuttle, Paria Outfitters, for my ride to Stateline trail.



A nice faculty at the trailhead, it contained covered picnic sites and camp spots. Theres always that combination of a sinking feeling and excitement when your shuttle drives away and you realize, holy shit, im out here...After chatting with a couple picnicking - oddly they were from Whidbey Island, just an hour north of Seattle. I started at 2:45.



A leisurely beginning, in about a half mile the trail switchbacks - and to my friend Jeff (aka mountain man), I mean that loosely.



Rounding the top you see a beautiful stretch of the valley before you dip into juniper and pinion. At 4 miles the first water was easy to spot on the left. Just look for the metal gates. Plenty of water in the animal tank.



I stopped at almost complete dark at mile 9, about 6:15 or so. Theres a easy to spot fire ring and spot at mile 9.



This is where I thought of Del, my recently deceased friend, as the sun set so beautifully in the west.



Lets do the numbers...



# of coyotes heard 2

# of mule deer seen 12

# of times I urinated (its dry) in 9 miles - 9

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Southbound On The AZT 2017

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