July 1, 2011
I've had a Gregory Palisade for 9+ years and it'll probably last another 2 years. Just got a beast Gregory (Wind River) back of about the same year of manufacture (don't make them like they used to) for long hauls for a rock bottom price on ebay.
Getting away from people, I'm anti-social to some extent but when I'm around other BP'ers you better bring duct tape! Remember silence is golden but duct tape is silver. I love the physical challenge as well as the mental challenge of hauling a heavy pack while smelling and hearing the pines rustling in the wind or feeling the burning desert heat.
Unfortunately the only BP'ing I've done in your beautiful state has been in the Gila. I've done about 3 solo trips and 6 or 7 others with people.
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Hi, my name is Ed. I live on the outskirts of the Superstition Wilderness east of Phoenix. I'm an advid BP'er with many miles under my belt throughout the SW. I'm about 5-6 hours from Albuerquerque, don't be shy your all welcome in AZ!