We stopped in and asked if they would hold a food drop until I hiked back through and picked itup. They were glad to help. So we filled a box to last until the Grand Canyon, the next resupplystop north. This was the pattern that we used as we headed south. At each possible resupplypoint we left a food drop and boxed it up at that time knowing how far it was to the last one wehad left.
Gray Ghost at U.S. Mexico border
The trailhead for the start of theArizona Trail is at Montezuma Pass.From there, you have to hike 1.9 milessouth on the trail to the border, thenback to Montezuma Pass. Dan and Idid this on March 27 and the three of us spent that night in a motel in SierraVista. I thought this might make the
next day’s mileage over Miller Peak
easier.I had two goals in mind for the firstday, March 28: one was crossing overMiller Peak that still had snow on it, and two was to be as far north of the border as possible. Iwas given a lot of warnings about people illegally crossing the border. I did not get very far thefirst day. There were many different trails made by the border crossers and I did considerablesearching for the trail after the peak. I finally started to use my GPS (
which I wasn’t planning on
taking along until the last minute). Used right, a GPS would have solved all my problems but myGPS was an older cheaper model
that had limited memory and couldn’t hold all the coordinates
for the trail. My solution was to load the waypoints on my IPod as a document, then take awaypoint reading with the GPS and compare that reading with the ones stored on the IPod. Thecoordinates the Arizona Trail use read to 5 decimal points. Example (33.10583 N, 111.00167 W).If the readings for the next waypoint are larger (33.15732 N, 111.08051 W), then I knew I had totravel north and west. This worked but did not give me precise compass directions or distancesto the needed waypoint. I became fairly competent at this procedure especially after findingout the GPS batteries lasted a long time and I had extras in most of my drop boxes. I thenstarted to play with it to become more experienced when necessary.The first full day I hiked only 8 trail miles, with all my wandering and trying to find the right trail.By the time I gave up and started using the GPS, I had passed Bathtub Spring which is just like itsounds-an old bathtub to catch spring water. I have seen pictures of it and decided that I had
enough and didn’t want to backtrack
so I moved on.