How to Train for the Arizona Trail

Mesquite Trees Below Rocky Hill

Rule #1: Do not start the trail without any training. The Arizona Trail thru-hike will test you in ways you never anticipated, so your physical condition should be the least of your worries. Without proper training, you will succumb to injuries, as well as the possibility of not reaching water sources or food quickly enough. It’s important to get that …

Day 4: Canelo Hills West to Patagonia

Dawn over Canelo Hills

I’m currently sitting outside my hotel room overlooking Patagonia, Arizona where I’m doing my best to get my electronics charged up. I fortunately packed my camera battery charger into my bounce box, so I should be good there, and I also threw in two extra AA batteries for the GPS so that should hopefully have enough juice till Colossal Cave …

Day 3: Canelo Hills East to Canelo Hills West

Moon in Twilight Sunset

Last night I slept great tucked away in my sleeping bag. At the lower elevations now, it wasn’t too cold and there was a faint but pleasant breeze so I even left the rain fly off to have the stars out above. I woke up at dawn this morning and was able to enjoy coyotes howling both near and far …

AZT Mail Drops

Arizona Trail Leaving Patagonia, Arizona

One of the more minor reasons I wasn’t able to complete the Arizona Trail in 2015 was a general lack of preparedness and a haphazard attitude for my overall organization on the trail. Likewise, I was also very dependent on friends in the area for help which didn’t benefit either of us. In 2016, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign …

AZT – Patagonia to Mount Wrightson Wilderness Trailhead

Day 7 (continued) After saying goodbye to Giggles, I spent most of the day running errands and getting in some blogging at the local library. I developed a fond admiration for the small town of Patagonia. It has a real sense of community and seemed to genuinely care about the nature around it. I would have liked to have stayed …

AZT – Canelo Hills East to Patagonia

Day 5 Most sites along the AZT are rocky. It’s highly recommended that hikers bring a light foam pad to put under their air pads to avoid springing a leak. We didn’t do that. As a result, my pad sprung a leak the night before, and while I still slept ok, it could have been much better. Outside the tent, …

AZT – Miller Peak Wilderness to Canelo Hills East

Day 3 We woke up to frost all over the tent. Tatiana checked the thermometer and inside the tent it was 20 degrees F, with the wind still howling outside. I checked it a short time after the sun had finally risen and began lighting our tent and it had already jumped to 35 degrees F, a good sign indeed. …