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The REAL Guthrie Mountain - AN OFF TRAIL ADVENTURE

WARNING:  DANGEROUS, CHALLENGING OFF TRAIL HIKE.  We will be going through all kinds of terrain which will include:
• Burn areas covered in deadfall and buckthorn/catclaw
• Canyons with large boulders in which we might have to scramble up using our hands.

Only those who enjoy feeling exhausted, poked by thorns, and beaten up by branches should RSVP for this hike!

Most of us have done Guthrie Mountain in the Catalinas, a nice hike that isn’t too terribly strenuous and doesn’t take all day.  However, it’s possible that none of us have done the REAL Guthrie Mountain!  According to “The Santa Catalina Mountains, A Guide to the Trails and Routes” we might have another mapping error in the Tucson area!  The 1997 topo published by Rainbow Expeditions shows Guthrie as the high point on the ridge, which is the one that most people visit since it is accessible by trail.  The 1957 USGS 15’ Series shows the REAL Guthrie mountain at Point 6464 which is less than 1 mile as the raven flies and you’ve probably guessed is there isn’t a trail anywhere close by!   I think we should go investigate…

Just going to the REAL Guthrie Mountain doesn’t look challenging enough.  Therefore, we will do a few ridges, a couple canyons, and maybe even another peak just to make things interesting. 

Stats:  10 miles with 4000 feet of accumulated elevation gain

Bring:
• 3-4 liters of water for a possible long day
• Food, lots of food (please no Vienna sausages and apricots)
• Long pants
• Jacket, hat, gloves
• Headlamp, you never know!
• Rain gear (in the event the forecast calls for it)

Prerequisites - You need to have:
• Completed an off-trail (a.k.a. bushwhack) hike within the last few months.
• Completed a long distance hike (10 + miles) within the last few months.
• Hiked with me or Joel, this prereq can be waived with the appropriate resume and references

HIKING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SPORT especially when done off trail in a remote area. By attending this hike you are agreeing that you take full responsibility of your self and the things you do. Hike at your own risk.

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  • Steve

    Fun, Fun, Fun. Thanks to all! Any hike that ends with wine stains despite no one bringing any wine is something special!

    April 23, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    Great bushwhacking with super hikers. Amazing views with good weather. Thank you Belinda and Joel for organizing and direction guiding. And thank you Gary for being in the front of line when we came back. It’s another impressive off-trail adventure I liked.

    April 21, 2013

  • Mark

    A true adventure

    April 20, 2013

  • Gary

    All day with a superb group of hikers on an exceptionally splendid Joel and Belinda stroll - life couldn't get much better.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very sorry to cancel this late, and I hate to miss this great opportunity. But something has come up family-wise this weekend.

    April 19, 2013

  • Bob W.

    I am really torn between the "REAL Guthrie" hike ( this one ) and another one I have been wanting to do for over a year.
    Gordon Hirabayashi ==> Romero Pass ==> Wilderness Of Rocks ==> Mount Lemmon.
    Unfortunately, I can't do Guthrie on Saturday AND Lemmon on Sunday ( and survive ! ) so... I chose Mount Lemmon on Sunday. Hope everyone has a GREAT -- "Real Guthrie" !
    Bob

    April 17, 2013

  • Batsheva

    Other plans now...happy trails!

    April 13, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Finally -- FINALLY -- The Real Guthrie and NOT 7281. I tell my friends that 7281 is NOT Guthrie and they ALL look at me like -- Yea right Bob. ;-)

    It is comforting to see that "some" understand that the REAL Guthrie is at 6466 and is further South.

    Never been to Guthrie -- looking forward to "getting REAL " -- ;-)

    Bob

    April 8, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    If my flight comes back to Tucson on time, I should be able to do this off trail adventure.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW.. Sounds GREAT! hope I can get the prerequisites in soon.

    April 8, 2013

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