dmac4g, on 29 June 2018 - 01:06 PM, said:
Are you planning on going straight through or doing the trail in sections over the course of time? I really enjoy your photos. I lived in PHX in the mid 90's and your pictures bring back memories.
Im a working dude so taking a month or so off to thru hike is not really an option. I'll be section hiking it. I have the first 17 passages planned out. Most of them are overnighters to try to cut back on driving time of the 17 passages I think 3 maybe 4 will be day hikes. A couple of the longer remote passages 28-30 miles will be single passage overnighters. We have a new schedule at work. We work 8.5 hour days and use the extra time towards a free 3 day weekend each month which will be a big help and save vacation days.
Main goals besides just finishing the thing.
Mex to PHX area by Feb 1 current plan has earliest ETA as 01/05 so have some leeway in case bad weather at higher elevations.
Phx to Flagstaff before fire season really kicks in. Currently there are 3-4 passages closed due to stage 3 fire restrictions and preservation. So if I can get just north of Flagstaff by early June I should hopefully avoid any potential closures.
Mini Break to take a vacation with the wife in late summer.
Flagtaff to Utah by early October. Fall in Northern AZ is awesome so looking forward to being up north in fall. Ill be putting in for Grand Canyon backcountry permits for the Rim to Rim portion of the trail. Probably spend two nights at the bottom of the Canyon exploring a bit before the climb out. Hopefully mid Sept for R2R After Grand Canyon only about 80 miles left to Utah through the Kaibab Plateau.
Once that is done I really want to get more into mountaineering, because I really like summiting more than anything Planning some awesome summits for 2020
AZ #1, and #2 highpoints in winter crampon snowshoes ice axe style.
Pikes Peak via Barr Trail.
Boundry Peak NV Highpoint. possibly spring ascent so still snow covered.
CO high point with more 14ers to follow.
Eventually some more PacNW snow covered peaks Hood, Shasta, Baker Adams etc.