Month: March 2018

Hayduke Route 7th day: 9.5 mile hike today/111.8 miles total. Hauling our packrafts and poop (literally) on our back. ¡¡Go team wag-bag!!

We are done with paddling the River. The ordeal for today was a 9.5 mile hike via Lower Red Lakes Canyon Trail with about a 2600 foot climb. I am happy I brought my 85 Liter pack for this leg of the journey. It…

Hayduke Route 6th day: 15 mile paddle day/103 miles total. Early morning squall and 20mph headwinds.

Today I turned 40 years old on the Hayduke Route. As I mentioned before, the whole reason why I am doing the Hayduke Route is to celebrate my 4 decades of existence. Well, the day started very intensely. I rained steadily for about two…

Hayduke Route 5th Day: 18.6 River Miles/88.3 miles total. Cloudy Float Day

We are still on the River. Thus far we have paddled about 55.1 miles on the River. It looks like tomorrow we have about 15 river miles left to the canyon where we deflate our rafts and climb the nine miles out. That’ll make…

Hayduke Route 4th day: 19 miles today/69.5 total. A relaxing float entering Canyonlands National Park

There is something about floating, meandering down a calm lazy river. That is what this section of the Colorado River is, from Moab to Spanish Bottom. Beyond Spanish Bottom, the beastly Colorado River becomes a demon thru Cataract Canyon with rapids that swallow and…

Hayduke Route day 3: 17.5 mile float via packraft down the Colorado River.

Today was a nice change of pace. Instead of hiking, we paddle-floated down the Colorado River. When I say we, I mean Pete, Cuban B, Dave, Sonya, and myself. Dave and Sonya are packrafting-paddling with us up until the takeout at Elephant Hill. As…

Hayduke Route day 2: Devil’s Garden to Mile 0. 7 miles/ 33.2 total

First off, after yesterday we decided to stop calling this Hayduke Trail a “trail”. Yesterday’s 26.2 mile grind showed us why some refer to this madness as the Hayduke Route. We slept in this morning needless to say. I didn’t bother to awaken Pete…

Hayduke day 1: A flip floping marathon (26.2 miles in 11 hours)

What a day? I think Cuban B and Pete hate me after today. We left our Moab motel at around 7:30am with rain showering us. We actually began the Hayduke as a flip flop, which means that we started backwards. Instead of starting at…

T minus 10 hours. Moab!

We are here!!! After 2.5 days of driving over 950 miles for food and water cacheing shenanigans, we are here! We are in Moab, Utah, gateway town to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and hence, Hayduke Trail’s northeast terminus. The Hayduke Trail…

The food and water cacheing shenanigans continue. T minus 2 days.

Today was a very long day. We were up by seven and after a shower, we proceeded to begin the ordeal of cacheing our food buckets. While we were out looking for a good spot to cache, it dawned on us that this was…

T minus 3 days. Food Cacheing Road Trip.

We hit the road today, leaving Tucson around 0800, driving into an ominous storm. The rain started just north of Phoenix, and by the time we arrived at Flagstaff, the snow was blowing down hard. Our goal was to make it to Jacob Lake…