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

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Nov 29th, 2017
Start: Carr Peak Tr. Junction
End: Mexico border
Trip Distance: 298.9

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 114
Journal Visits: 4,991
Guestbook Views: 140
Guestbook Entrys: 19

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Day 42 - MEXICO!!!

Wed, Nov 29

Carr Peak Trail Junction (Mile 780.4) to the Mexico border! (Mile 788.7)

(31.480931,-110.5108627 to 31.333643,-110.282823)
Honestly, I could have titled this entry, "MILLER PEAK," because waking up today and catching the sunrise (see photos!) on Miller Peak was breathtaking. Once in a lifetime and forever imprinted within my memory.
The day started with another early wake up. This time with the anticipation of this being my final sunrise on the trail. It would be a day full of lasts, but full of memories as well. The former making me a bit nostalgic already, and I hadn't even taken a step yet! But the main reason to get up before sunrise was to catch that sun at the top of Miller Peak, only about 2.5 miles away from where I was waking. This camp spot, although not perfectly ideal in layout, provided an excellent start to the morning climb and an advantageous starting point to access the peak.
It kinda cracked me up that I enjoyed my final freeze dried coffee along with every last scrap of food I had. It was perfect, really, but I also can't claim any special wizardry behind the timing of it all. A great case when what you buy at resupply matches your hunger and your energy output/needs right down to the last day. It certainly didn't work out for me this way on every resupply to resupply stretch, but it was satisfying that the final one did!
After packing up I headed down the trail by headlamp passing the Carr Peak trail to my left, right off the bat. It would have been nice to have instead of getting to camp at dark, get to this last camp a few hours earlier and be able to do the short trail to Carr Peak for sunset. That would have made a fine finish - and I recommend it to anyone heading SoBo.
Decendiing a into calm, wooded forest I quickly made it to Bathtub Spring. Exactly what it is - a bathtub sitting in a spring. Long ago, someone must have horse-packed or trucked a porcelin bathtub up to the spring which has a short pipe hammered into an area of rock and ground that then juts into the bathtub where the faucet would actually go. Watter drips out of the pipe and the bathtub fills for the wildlife. Looks like the tub has cracked and not much accumulate in the actual tub. But it does drip from the pipe and at the very end of November, took about a minute to fill a liter.
The trail then acended back to the ridge and from there wound its way along southwest until I reached the junction. It was starting to get light and I was worried I would miss out so I turned up the peak trail and picked up my pace. I reached the top as the sun had popped up just a few minutes earlier.
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Southbound On The AZT 2017

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