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Old 02-28-2014, 11:38 AM   #61
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Great post!

Agreed. Excellent stuff right there.

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Old 02-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #62
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Thanks guys, I only have one month left in AZ. to get a few more in before I head back up to deal with spring time in the Rockies.
I sure hope others will contribute to this thread over the summer.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:19 AM   #63
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It has been a while since the pack has been on the bike. This trip has been in the planning for over a year, and has been on the to do list for many many years. I am forty eight, my hiking partner is eighteen years my elder ( you do the math ) who's passion for this stuff gives him the power to get through these types of walks. With the rains a few days before, forecasted high temps in the low eighties and five days allotted, it was a go! We knew this trip would be tough, the canyon we chose gets visited by less than a handful of humans every few years, and most of this was new terrain for us.
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Walking in the Galiuro range off trail............
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I left late in the afternoon and rode hard for an hour.
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Found a choice site just off the river road.
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After removing potential offenders, I pitched and waited for the moon rise.
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This morning I will meet Pat some where along the jeep road to the TH.
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We meet where he spent the night and I hear the story of the jeep not running well, we get to the TH and Pat pulls the carb off finds a bunch of garbage floating around, after a thorough cleaning of jets and ports the jeep is purring again.
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We start walking around noon.
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After a few hours we see the saddle that will be home tonight.
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The view for the evening.
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Time to drink and converse.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:51 AM   #64
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In the morning we step off the saddle into the unknown. We pick up a faint route to the bottom of the drain.
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Sensing a big drop ahead I step left through a notch and confirm.
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Moving to a notch on the next subridge I can see the bottom of the canyon.
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Pat wondering how we are going to get there. I say up of course.
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Then down towards this.
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The Gate.
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The final decent.
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This is going to be good!
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:56 AM   #65
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Great pics. Quite an adventure
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #66
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Now that our feet were in K-berg canyon the work was about to start after a little lunch.
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As we started to move up the canyon we realized what kind of a fight we picked with the elements.
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The water level was the significant factor, where one could walk up the dry bed normally, now the choice was wade, swim, or crash through the brush. we could boulder and rockhop a little ways then into the brush, repeat.
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At these narrows it would be a swim with an unsurmountable waterfall a hundred and twenty yards up.
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So up and over a bypass canyon left.
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After the narrows we had some nice walking for a quarter mile.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:19 PM   #67
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Thanks Tom.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:44 PM   #68
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We had been moving for close to three hours and the travel was staying consistent, hop, crawl, thrash the brush, wet boots slipping on the red polished rocks, at one point Pat showed at a rest spot wet up to his hips, results of a bad slip. we were really enjoying what most would avoid at all cost!
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Pat on one of the many fourth class sections.
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At this pool I noticed a lack of water in the main bed, I stepped to the right crashed some more brush and stepped into a nice small Maple grove behind massive boulders, it had the only potential camp spots we had seen in over three hours
We had been traveling with the packs almost eight hours and were getting tired, we settled in.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:40 PM   #69
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After setting up I poked around up stream, the first thing I noticed was no water, it was quiet. It was then that I realized that the Maple stand was right at the source, the spring, the flow was cranking out of a boulder cave fifteen yards from where we pitched. I also saw bear sign and scat.
We made our plan for the morning then started consuming tequila
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In the morning with out packs we tried to get further up but were thwarted by the vertical world.
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Back to our packs, we headed back down K-berg with intentions of one more night below the Gate.
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A typical sequence of moves.
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The oaks were sometimes helpful.
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It took about the same amount of time to go down as it did to go up.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:02 PM   #70
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I saw this alcove on the way in and regretted not taking a peek.
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Not spectacular, but what I thought might be there was.
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First Poppy of 2015.
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The side drain we came down the first day.
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A nice mild evening with bats snapping up insects as we
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Up at 0530, and walking a little after 0700.
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Back at the Jeep and bike by noon, another awesome few days of adventuring off trail.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:30 PM   #71
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Contemplated another night out but decided not. Packed the bike and rolled out from the TH.
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Getting up this hill fully loaded was a little tough, going down it was more challenging.
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This Ford boom truck with meat hook have been sitting in the same spot as long as I have been driving this route, well over twenty years.
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Just as that hook can snatch a large cow carcass off the ground, the Galiuro range is a favorite, rather it be traveling by Jeep, Motorbike, or by foot, I am hooked!
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:11 AM   #72
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Amazing stuff.

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Old 02-11-2015, 02:09 PM   #73
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Nice

Thanks for making me aware of a cool spot in Arizona that I haven't visited yet. Great report!
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