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    Overnight in Arizona High Country

    I traveled to the northern part of Arizona again this weekend to enjoy some cool weather. The hike was a 15mi loop. But since it's a 4 hour drive, I decided to drive up on Saturday, do half the loop, spend the night, finish it on Sunday and then drive home.

    There are 2 trails and a connector trail between them. I started at the east trailhead and followed the connector to the west trail. I knew I was there when I had to cross the west fork of the Little Colorado.



    After about an hour of hiking, a monsoon rain hit. It was quite a downpour. I setup my Matcat Deluxe as quickly as I could. It kept me dry for the next 30 min.

    For the next 3 hours I hiked through meadows and forest trails.



    Then the rain started coming down again at about 3pm. I set up the tarp again, but this time I decided to also setup the hammock. I finally decided to just stay put and play around with the hammock suspension. (I also knew water was going to be sparse if I kept going and I didn't want to carry an extra 2L.) Initially I setup the tarp thinking it was going to be windy that night. So I used the 2 panel guyouts and kept the panels fairly low.



    As it turned out, it wasn't windy at all ... so I switched to a porch arrangement.



    I got to tryout the new Dutch clips. They worked great! ... and 1/2 the weight of the carabiners. I also used the marlin spike hitch for attaching the whoopie sling.




    The one thing I learned was that the tri-rings that come along with the WB are a LOT easier to adust under load than the whoopie sling. I had already loaded a bunch of stuff in my hammock. I decided I wanted a little more sag. I had to detach the hammock from the marlin spike in order to adjust the sling. Not a big deal, but I'm still trying to decide which suspension I like best.

    Well, in a few more months my trip reports will have pictures of cactus instead of spruce trees. The WB, GoLite Ultra and Yeti kept me VERY warm down to 45F.

    Dan
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    Good trip, good post, good pix, good times. Thanks for sharing.

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    mmm.. Mount Baldy Loop, Arizona
    i just did that one last month!

    (for the record, the White Mountains are in the southern half of AZ )

    that looks like a great place to hang, thanks for the images, Dan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by te-wa View Post
    (for the record, the White Mountains are in the southern half of AZ )
    For the record, the White Mountains are north of where I live ..
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    For the record, I wish I could spend more time west of here!

    Beautiful pictures, great report!

    - MacEntyre
    "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    For the record, I wish I could spend more time west of here!

    Beautiful pictures, great report!

    - MacEntyre
    For the record, I'm pretty sure that area ( on the little CO hiking towards Mt.Baldy) was the sight of my 1st ever official real deal backpack in May of 1984. The closer we got to Baldy, the deeper the snow got. We slept on the ground in my little NF West Wind. I thought I was in heaven. But I wouldn't know what it is to hang a hammock there!

    But it looks good!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Great report! Like you, I have to go solo when I get the time. Playing with gear and what my buddies call my "puttering around" keeps me occupied when not on the trail.

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    Dan, we'll have to go back out there this spring, i never got the summit bagged since i was having some altitude sickness troubles.
    betcha guys didnt think this mountain is 11,500' high!

    i also filmed the te-wa underquilt video up on the w. fork trail. horrible night's sleep after that. wasnt until i was down around 7K feet in ShowLow before I felt better.. so yeah, i want to go back
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