What we're about

The Arizona Backpacking Club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer member co-op that provides backcountry adventures for those that enjoy backpacking and outdoor fun. Our experienced members organize and lead safe backpacking trips to scenic and fun destinations. We strive to enrich people's lives through educational and fun experiences at spectacular backcountry destinations and to contribute to the conservation of these special places.

Please take a moment to review our Member Guidelines (https://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Backpacking/pages/The_ABC_Member_guidelines/) and Club Charter (http://files.meetup.com/1181021/The%20Arizona%20Backpacking%20Club%20Charter%20-%20final.pdf) for more information on how we keep things fun, easy and as safe as possible!

Upcoming events (2)

Leader Retreat

Mogollon Rim

We want to take this opportunity to build the club back up after the pandemic by bringing our leaders together to celebrate a return to relative normalcy, plan trips, spark the fire! Come hang out with other like-minded hike leaders, trade stories and ideas for hikes, eat, drink, and be merry. We will provide dinner on Saturday night, some ABC swag, and some giveaways.

We will be car camping on Coconino National Forest land with access to amenities including flush toilet, power, Verizon phone service, running water, and a fire pit. Exact location will be communicated to attending parties at a later date. No RVs.

We would also like to welcome members who are ready to take the step into leadership. If you have already spoken with someone about possibly becoming a hike leader and you're ready to actually schedule your vetting trip, join us! We'll find a suitable vetter for you on this retreat. If you are interested in becoming a leader, but maybe you're just in the informational/inquiry stage, message Wren before you sign up for this retreat and she'll get the process started for you.

To all our leaders who are still interested in leading trips and participating in the club, but can't attend this event, will you all RSVP as a no so we can still count you among our ranks?

ABC has given us new friends, countless memories, access to places we didn't know we didn't know, and we hope to continue it's mission of making safe, sustainable backpacking possible for seasons to come.

AZT Closeout trip. Passages, #36, and #39-43 (Advanced Only, Read Description)


• What we'll do
Distance First Day 18.7 miles (AZT #36)
Distance Second Day 12.4 miles (AZT #39)
Distance Third Day 20.8 miles (AZT #40)
Distance Fourth Day 16.6 miles (AZT #41)
Distance Fifth Day 16.6 miles (AZT #42)
Distance Sixth Day 10.5 miles (AZT #43)
General Elevation is above 7000 ft

My vetting process is simple: Could you do this trip, under these conditions, completely unaided? If they answer is yes, sign up. I still reserve the right to question your bona fides.

The logistics of finishing the AZT as section hikes gets expensive once you're on the North side of the Grand Canyon, so a few of us have opted to take two vehicles and do the remaining sections as dayhikes. We'll leapfrog the shuttles each day, basecamp (or Glamp, your call) however you want, and only carry dayhike gear.

The final day we'll be completing on AZT trail in a day celebration, so going out in style if you would.

Social Distancing will be in full effect using the CDC guidelines:
1) If you are sick, DO NOT ATTEND.
2) Maintain 6ft distance minimums whenever possible.
3) Wear a mask when social distancing cannot be observed. (MASKS ARE REQUIRED WITHIN CERTAIN AREAS OF GCNP)
4) Carpool only with those you completely trust are not sick.

Message me with any questions.

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