Arizona Trail

Thru-Hike

Winter

2018

Southbound

 

Completed

800 miles through the Arizona wilderness, from Utah to Mexico

Apex Predator

Day 1, Night 1

I started at the northern terminus at noon, and st...

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

Dangerous Honey

Day 2, Night 2

I camped on a weaving trail with a cloudy sky over...

Wed, Oct 17, 2018

Slower Than You

Day 3, Night 3

There’s full LTE coverage at this campsite, and fo...

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Stupid Tree

Day 4

Eyes open. Darkness. I’m completely underneath the...

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Into The Rim

Night 4

The North Rim. Finally. Here. I walk up to the r...

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Tim’s Pills

Day 5, Day 6

Joe got up later than he said he would. At 6:19, h...

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Escape From The Rim

Day 7, Night 7

It was time. Time to leave the North Rim. Either ...

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

No Hookups

Day 8, Night 8

My thighs and quadriceps are burning. My calves a...

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

Retreat

Day 9

The closest town is only 0.2 miles off the trail. ...

Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Mistletoe Kills

Day 10

Upon returning to Tuscayan, it was already within ...

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

Judgemental Elk

Night 10

It’s 4. Time to start setting up camp. And now we...

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

Tarantino

Day 11, Night 11

Time get up. It’s cold, but it’s not below freezin...

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Vestibule Open

Day 12, Night 12

Today I got up before sunrise. I was walking by ...

Sun, Nov 11, 2018

Tubs

Day 13

Encouraged my fantastic campsite, I was up before ...

Mon, Nov 12, 2018

This One goes to 11

Night 13

I set up camp in a great spot, and plugged my phon...

Mon, Nov 12, 2018

Lodge Not Found

Day 14

The yelp was a coyote. As with most wild animals,...

Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Flagstaff Reprieve

Day 15

Day 15 was spent in Flagstaff. I had a room for $...

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

There to Entertain

Day 16, Night 16

The plan was to leave Flagstaff and be on the trai...

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Train to Mormon Mountain

Day 17

​ I got up earlier than Mowgli, intent on being go...

Fri, Nov 16, 2018

Mormon Laundry

Night 17

Mormon Lake is a small campground with a local com...

Fri, Nov 16, 2018

That’s right, Monkey

Day 18, Night 18

The intent was to be up at 5 and walking by 6. Th...

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Don’t Shoot

Day 19

At 7:15, I was walking. Earliest yet. It was 60 ...

Sun, Nov 18, 2018

The Kindle Ignites

Night 19

Far too late, I come across a campground. It’s on...

Sun, Nov 18, 2018

Not a Trail

Day 20

So. It’s not temperature that determines whether I...

Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Exposure

Night 20

Sunset passes. There’s still light, because I’m u...

Mon, Nov 19, 2018

The Highline?

Day 21

Before the sun rises, I’m up. Though I’m all cozy...

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Lucy Loves Everything

Night 21

I exit the trailhead, and immediately see some bro...

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

French Toast for the Bun

Day 22, Night 22

I wake up, take a second shower to wash away all t...

Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Powerline 100

Day 23

I drop by the store once more in the morning to fi...

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

Night Hike Part 1

Night 23

Had I known this was going to be such difficult se...

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

Night Hike Part 2

Night 23

It’s 10:30. In winter thru-hiker time, that’s effe...

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

This is Excessive

Day 24, Night 24

I wake up at 8. Eh. I don’t care. I wake up aga...

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Shut Up, City Creek

Day 25, Night 25

At 6:30, I’m walking. Earliest yet. Not much wat...

Sat, Nov 24, 2018

It’s a Human

Day 26

I got up fairly early, because I wanted to try to ...

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

Jackson the Hitch

Night 26

Dropped off at the highway, I say goodbye to my t...

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

Jermaine

Day 27, Day 28

I walk into Walgreens, looking quite disheveled. T...

Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Randy the Hitch

Day 29, Night 29

The hot breakfast is amazing. For each day I’m at...

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

20 Gallons of Water

Day 30

The new sleep system worked well. I’m up relative...

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

The Storm

Night 30

I start to set up my tent, but I stop to take a ph...

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

The Aftermath

Day 31

Once I get up, I have to face the reality of wrap...

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

You Guys Need Lessons

Night 31

Roosevelt Lake is in view as I start a steep desce...

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

Prickly Pear

Day 32, Night 32

My host used to be the Mayor of this town. I ask, ...

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

Coverage Mountain

Day 33, Night 33

The sun has risen. I’m not feeling so peppy. In t...

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

Wild Apples

Day 34, Night 34

Erg. It’s cold. Colder than I expected. And look...

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

Never Cut The Trail

Day 35

No snow in the tent this morning. It’s a good star...

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

The Smallest Town

Night 35

A girl comes to meet me and tells me the rate. The...

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Don’t Touch The Syrup

Morning 36

I get up later than I wanted to, but the heated ro...

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

500 Miles

Day 36, Night 36

The trail weaves through the hills, going around P...

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Unused Tracks

Day 37

Now we head down the mountain. It’s a relatively e...

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

An Amortized Solution

Night 37

The terrain is easy to follow. Some rocks, of cour...

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Fear The Awkwardness

Day 38, Night 38

I'm up! Up, and unclear as to where I am. There's...

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Rather Large Supply

Day 39, Night 39

I can fit my sleeping quilt, my shelter, sleeping ...

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

Snacks

Day 40, Night 40

Goodness. The inside of the bivy is covered in wat...

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Derivative Song

Day 41, Night 41

Upon waking up, I'm pleasantly surprised that ther...

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Coming in Hot

Day 42, Night 42

I woke up before first light today. I have a certa...

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Nefertari

Day 43, Night 43

My next stop is up another mountain. I'd like to m...

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Mostly By Sugar

Day 44

I'm up before first light; I want to make sure I g...

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Alcohol Fails

Night 44

After eating at the restaurant, I head over to th...

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

A Package

Day 45, Night 45

Eventually I slept. At 5:30AM, the cleaning staff ...

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Prison Camp

Day 46, Night 46

Ok, today is going to be downhill. I think. Yeste...

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

I Have To Go Back

Day 47, Night 47

I hear no horses, or anything but a slow moving cr...

Sun, Dec 16, 2018

It’s a Poodle

Day 48, Night 48

I'm up before first light. It's going to be a long...

Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Another Night

Day 49, Day 50

The next morning, after a shower, I put on the rob...

Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Save The Wasp

Day 50, Night 50

I was concerned about getting through the night wi...

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Mortal Enemies

Day 51

The alarm goes off at 4. 4AM. This is the earlies...

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Amber and Jordan

Night 51

After picking up my package from the post office, ...

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Fallen Comrade

Day 52, Night 52

Once again, it would be ideal to take off early. ...

Sat, Dec 22, 2018

A Slight Strut

Day 53, Night 53

I have just over 2 miles until the next water sour...

Sun, Dec 23, 2018

A Triumphant Bathtub

Day 54, Night 54

There's a pupper waiting outside the store as the...

Mon, Dec 24, 2018

The End

Day 55

Now I know why they say not to camp on peaks. Dur...

Tue, Dec 25, 2018