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Just what meetup needs! Another Phoenix based backpacking group. As founder of this group I have been in a number of hiking and backpacking groups since the dawn of the internet. I've seen groups fail, flounder or thrive for various reasons and plan on incorporating the best of what I've seen into this club and steering clear of the worst. Beginner backpackers will always be welcome (I was one) however most trips will be geared to seasoned backpackers of all ages who like challenging trips to remote and less visited destinations. Trips will be in Arizona at first but as this club grows and temperatures rise, so will the mileage to our destinations. This will not solely be a backpacking group, day hikes will also be posted as will special events. Well behaved dogs are welcome. I pledge to all members to lead fairly, use good judgement, not allow any unwelcome harassment and eventually I would like to have others on board to steer and guide this club for years to come. I plan on not having a membership fee but instead a user fee, most likely a modest $1-$2 per participant per night to only fund the meetup fee. Cu on the trail!

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Backpack West Clear Creek and Blodgett Canyon - Dog Friendly

This is a intermediate trip. You don't need much backpacking experience, but you do have to be fit enough to do the hike. If you're a complete beginner, but in good shape, feel free to sign up and ask questions about gear and what not. Distance: ~14 miles AEG: 2700 ft Nights: 2 The Plan: Friday Oct 30th: Meet at Dennys in Camp Verde and drive to the TH (about 40 minutes from Camp Verde). Hike in 2 to 3 miles and camp by WCC. Saturday: Hike along the river for another 1 or 2 miles and then hike out of the canyon (all the elevation gain is in a 5 mile section). Find a nice place to camp. Saturday night will be a dry camp, but I will stash some water near by on Friday. Sunday: Finish the loop by hiking back to where we started. This is the path we'll take (counterclockwise): https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1523&sid=5f5b377581d87142b01156006864b3ee MUST: - Water for the entire day (this means 4 Liters/Quarts for someone weighing 100 - 200 lbs, you weigh more, ring more water) and some way to treat/filter water. - First aid kit. - Backpack... duh. - Sleeping bag, Tent, hammock. - Clothing: I recommend one set of hiking and one set of sleeping clothes. - Small dish towel. This comes in very handy. - Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, deo and quick dissolving toilet paper). - Tweezers (should be part of your first aid kit, but just in case it isn't). - Headlamp. - Utensils for the food. - Food: you must feed yourself. OPTIONAL: - Trekking poles. - Stove. I have one that anyone can borrow if you want to cook something. - I'm bringing a little fold out grill to cook on over the fire. You can bring another if you want. - Entertainment... whatever floats your boat. - Knives, bows and guns. If you do bring a gun, please keep it to yourself and out of sight. I say this just in case something goes missing. - Camp shoes (flip flops or some other loose fitting light shoe). This will feel nice on your feet after an all day hike. - Chair. I like the Alite Monarch.

Beginner Backpack Horton Creek (Payson) - Dog Friendly

Horton Creek Trailhead

$1.00

This is an absolute beginner trip. You don't need any backpacking experience to sign up. Distance: ~7 miles (round trip, 3.5 miles each day) AEG: 1100 ft Nights: 1 The Plan: Saturday: Meet at the Horton Creek Trailhead on Saturday at 9:00 am. Hike along the creek towards the Horton Spring where we'll find a nice place to camp. Sunday: Retrace our steps back to the cars. This is the path we'll take (counterclockwise): https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=62 MUST: - Water for the entire day (this means 4 Liters/Quarts for someone weighing 100 - 200 lbs, you weigh more, ring more water) and some way to treat/filter water. - First aid kit. - Backpack... duh. - Sleeping bag, Tent, hammock. - Clothing: I recommend one set of hiking and one set of sleeping clothes. - Small dish towel. This comes in very handy. - Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, deo and quick dissolving toilet paper). - Tweezers (should be part of your first aid kit, but just in case it isn't). - Headlamp. - Utensils for the food. - Food: you must feed yourself. OPTIONAL: - Trekking poles. - Stove. I have one that anyone can borrow if you want to cook something. - I'm bringing a little fold out grill to cook on over the fire. You can bring another if you want. - Entertainment... whatever floats your boat. - Knives, bows and guns. If you do bring a gun, please keep it to yourself and out of sight. I say this just in case something goes missing. - Camp shoes (flip flops or some other loose fitting light shoe). This will feel nice on your feet after an all day hike. - Chair. I like the Alite Monarch.

Backpack to Fossil Creek (Intermediate)

Fort McDowell Casino

$2.00

Hi everyone. As most of you probably have noticed, its been awhile since I posted a trip. Although the smoke may not have cleared, the temperature is finally cooling off. Finding water will be an issue this season until it rains so the theme for now is to go to places that have a flowing creek/river or reliable spring. Although not the best time of year to do this trip, we may see the canyon bottom foliage at its peak! I need to get out and hopefully some of you do too. The Forest Service only allows overnight camping along Fossil Creek in the cooler months of the year since visitation goes way down. It'll be chilly at night and no fires are allowed here anymore. With the current fire restriction in effect, that doesn't matter anyway. The plan for this one is to meetup on Saturday morning and drive up to the Bob Bear #18 TH which is just west of the town of Strawberry. The trail is an old road to the creek. Years ago when one could camp during the summer here, we'd hike in on Friday night with our headlamps since the old road is wide and easy to follow. This isn't an easy hike since we'll drop 1500'-2000' feet over 4-4.5 miles. Once there, we'll find a camp spot, setup and either relax or go exploring, that'll be up to you on what you'd like to do. On Sunday, we'll pack up at a leisurely pace and then head back out. We'll have to climb what we descended the previous day and its a grind. The climb its doable for people in some kind of shape. We'll go slow and take breaks and try and have some fun on the hike out. I'm by no means a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I created this meetup group to meet and reconnect with other backpackers since it sucks doing these trips solo. Most of the places that I venture to are remote with help being many hours and sometimes days away. When you sign up for a trip of mine, you must realize that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. I intend on using good judgement when leading but will not be with you at times. In case something bad happens, I will try to get you or any injured person/pet in our group out or help as soon as its safely possible. I expect the same in return.

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