Month: April 2018

Hayduke Route 39th day: 29 miles today/603 total miles. Goodbye Utah! Hello Arizona!

I’m hurting. 29 miles in one day is what we walked today. Ouch. So that wasn’t the original plan. The original plan was to do this section in 2 days. However, we ended up dropping two food caches on the AZ/UT state line because…

Hayduke Route 38th day: 21 miles/573 total Hello Buckskin Gulch. Hello Arizona

Last night was eerie. I was awakened several times by what I think was a lone coyote. Speaking of coyotes, we haven’t heard a single coyote or pack throughout the trail. What’s up with that? Anyhow, what i thought was a lone coyote sounded…

Hayduke Route 37th day: 22.4 miles/553 total. White Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, and Vermillion Cliffs.

Despite the fairly easy terrain today, I feel worn down and tired. Actually, in the past 3 days, I have been feeling more tired than usual by mile 16. Even my knees are starting to hurt. Either way, gotta push on, keep the momentum…

Hayduke Route 36th day: 20 miles/530 total. Goodbye Bryce’s Under the Rim Trail. Hello again GSENM!

Nobody was lost today. We all made sure we stayed within eye and ear shot. There was alot of climbing and descents and despite all the downhills, we actually topped out at 9000 feet near Rainbow Point, which is where the Under the Rim…

Hayduke Route 35th day: 20(+4) miles/510 total. Goodbye Tropic. Hello Bryce Canyon!

Finally we are back on trail after two zeros in Tropic. Why two zeros? Well, we had planned to leave on Friday the 20th of April, but a snowstorm rolled into the area, leaving us no choice but to stay in town one more…

Hayduke Route 32nd day: 22 (14) miles/ 490 total. Goodbye Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Hello Tropic and Bryce.

Damn it was cold this morning! 27 degrees F. I thought I’d be used to it by now. What was worse was that our socks and shoes were frozen from yesterday’s all day wet hiking in the Paria River. It didn’t help for me…

Hayduke Route 31st day, April 17, 2018: 21 miles/ 468 total. Wet feet all day! Goodbye Hackberry. Hello Paria River!

It was colder than usual this morning, but the thermometer, very stoically and objectively said it was only in the 40’s F. Ahh, but the wind was the true culprit in putting a bite in that chill along with sting in our eyes, with…

Hayduke Route 30th day: April 16, 2018. 20 miles/ 447 total. Slotted in Round Valley Draw and wet in Hackberry Canyon.

We left our food cache camp near Grosvenor Arch by 8:45 and I personally bee lined it to the restroom near the Grosvenor Arch parking. Yes, an actual restroom. Granted, it was a pit toilet style restroom, but at least I didn’t have to…

Hayduke Route 29th day: 21.75 miles today/ 428 miles total Goodbye Paradise Canyon. Hello Grosvenor Arch Food Cache (and halfway point).

Yes, we have made it to the halfway point today, and it took us 29 days (including rest days). I’m gonna be honest, this last stretch was kinda boring for me and not very scenic in my opinion. It was essentially a stepping stone…

Hayduke Route 28th day: 23 miles today/ 406 miles total. Smooth sailing thru Reece Canyon and Last Chance Creek.

We awoke to another cold morning; 27 degrees F to be exact. I was tired this morning, and if we weren’t so driven, we’d sleep in. But we knew we had miles to walk and miles had hikers to beat down. As we packed,…