Arizona Trail 2019

  • The Preparations Begin (12/26/2018)- How long does it take to prepare for a thru-hike? A long time! I've actually been planning my Arizona Trail (AZT) trip for several months now, and it's still two months away. I bought both the guidebook and the guidebook app, joined the Arizona Trail Class of 2019 Facebook page, read the AZT trail journals of people like Late Start and Hiking Dude – friends I've made while hiking other trails – and am currently sketching out my itinerary.
  • The Start Is Near! (2/28/2019)- How long does it take to prepare for a thru-hike? A long time! I've actually been planning my Arizona Trail (AZT) trip for several months now, and it's still two months away. I bought both the guidebook and the guidebook app, joined the Arizona Trail Class of 2019 Facebook page, read the AZT trail journals of people like Late Start and Hiking Dude – friends I've made while hiking other trails – and am currently sketching out my itinerary.
  • Arizona Trail Day 0: Getting Ready in Patagonia (3/4/2019)- Day 0 on the Arizona Trail. The journey began this morning heading to the airport at 5:30 a.m. The temperature was -10 and we still have a foot or so of snow on the ground. It's hard to believe the next time I'm home spring will be in full swing, the grass will be green and trees and shrubs will be leafing out.
  • Arizona Trail Day 1: Patagonia to Canelo Hills West (3/5/2019)- I headed out from my cute B&B in Patagonia at 8:15 a.m., heading southbound. The first 2.7 miles were along Harshaw Road, so that was pretty easy. The temperature was forecast to be in the 70s, so I wore my favorite shorts with calf sleeves.Then the fun began as I entered Passage 3: Canelo Hills West.
  • Arizona Trail Day 2: Canelo Hills East to Huachuca Mountains (3/6/2019)- Had a great evening last night in my cute campsite. It wasn't too cold at night and I heard some coyotes, but nothing else. Right now it takes me about two hours to get up, eat breakfast, break camp and get going. Let's see if I can get that time down by the end of the hike!
  • Arizona Trail Day 3: Huachuca Mountains to Southern Terminus (3/7/2019)- I was nervous today. I had arranged for a shuttle from Montezuma Pass and the southern terminus back to my B&B in Patagonia. This would allow me to flip back northbound tomorrow.
  • Arizona Trail Day 4: Patagonia to Tunnel Spring (3/8/2019)- I hated this day! Well, that’s not really true. It was just very taxing. I left Patagonia and bumped into Cashmere, Cookie and Tick Tock. It was fun hiking with them for the first hour.
  • Arizona Trail Day 5: Tunnel Spring to FR 4062 (3/9/2019)- Today was a day of highs and lows. Last night was really cold. They predicted 29 degrees. Here’s what I wore to bed: compression sleeves on my arms and legs, running tights, thermal shirt, wool socks, lightweight vest, puffy coat, mittens and a hat.
  • Arizona Trail Day 6: FR 4062 to Sahuarita Road (3/10/2019)- Why do I keep losing things? Last night I realized I didn't have my vest. It's my only coat, really. I have the requisite puffy coat for around camp and wearing to bed when it's cold. But for chilly mornings on the trail, I have my vest.
  • Arizona Trail Day 7: Sahuarita Road to Saguaro National Park (3/11/2019)- This day had such promise! Sandy made me oatmeal with blueberries, plus coffee with heavy whipping cream. Pure bliss! Then she got me on the trail around 8:15.
  • Arizona Trail Day 8: Saguaro National Park Evacuation (3/12/2019)- I heard mid-afternoon yesterday about the rain and snow coming. And how everyone was getting off the trail. Except me, apparently, who didn’t get the memo! 
  • Arizona Trail Day 9: Hunkered Down in Vail (3/13/2019)- Today was a zero day in Vail, at Sandy's home. It rained quite a bit again, plus the winds were very strong. I'm sure it was snowing on the mountaintops.
  • Arizona Trail Day 10: Confusion (3/14/2019)- Diana dropped me off at the Gordon Hirabayashi Trailhead around 8:20 this morning. The plan was for me to hike SOBO. She and Amy would meet me later on.
  • Arizona Trail Day 11: Another Crazy Day (3/15/2019)- Last night we heard lots of coyotes as we drifted off to sleep. It was pretty cool, although their howls were interspersed with the sound of planes flying overhead. 

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