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  Topic Name: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #120 on: February 13, 2019, 05:28:42 PM
geekonabike


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« Reply #120 on: February 13, 2019, 05:28:42 PM »

Just saw this link on Twitter, It's a list of resupply & H2o resources:  https://oneofsevenproject.com/2018/01/16/arizona-trail-resupply-guide/

Just be aware like the guthook app it follows the full hiker/wilderness route.
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  Topic Name: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #121 on: February 15, 2019, 05:54:56 PM
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« Reply #121 on: February 15, 2019, 05:54:56 PM »

I'm planning on doing the AZT300 again this year.  Made it as far as Gila river last time.  Going for Picket Post for sure this year.
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  Topic Name: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #122 on: February 18, 2019, 05:59:34 AM
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« Reply #122 on: February 18, 2019, 05:59:34 AM »

If you are wondering how snowpack and precip in AZ are shaping up, below are some links from NOAA's CO River Basin Forecast Center:

Maps of current status of AZ precip and other water data, updated Feb 17: https://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/dash/az.php  We've had a very wet February.

Snow Water Equivalent in Verde Basin in comparison to the 30 year median, updated on Feb 17:
Snotelsite https://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/station/sweplot/sweplot2.cgi?WHLA3+BKBA3+FRYA3+MRMA3-Verde?median.2019.2018

We are doing much better than last year, which was insanely dry. Snow water equivalent in the Verde is still pretty close to the 30 year median. Current snow water equivalent will definitely go up in the updated graphs this week with storms rolling through.

Anything can happen in March  icon_biggrin

Looking at about a foot of fresh snow out my window right now.





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  Topic Name: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #123 on: February 18, 2019, 12:52:44 PM
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« Reply #123 on: February 18, 2019, 12:52:44 PM »

Let me preface this by saying, a lot can change between now and April...

Myself and another guy are planning on touring the AZT route from Mexico to Utah starting the last week of March and into the first week of April. Because of that I have been watching the snow levels pretty closely. NOAA's interactive snow information page is the tool I have been using: https://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html?ql=station&zoom=&loc=35.748+N%2C+114.423+W&var=ssm_depth&dy=2019&dm=2&dd=18&dh=20&snap=1&o9=1&o12=1&o13=1&lbl=m&mode=pan&extents=us&min_x=-114.49166666667&min_y=33.758333333329&max_x=-108.71666666667&max_y=37.008333333329&coord_x=-111.60416666667&coord_y=35.383333333329&zbox_n=&zbox_s=&zbox_e=&zbox_w=&metric=0&bgvar=dem&shdvar=shading&width=800&height=450&nw=800&nh=450&h_o=0&font=0&js=1&uc=0

You can pretty easily compare the last 15 years worth of info on snow quantities on different dates. North of the Grand Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau, the snowpack looks to be deeper right now than any year they have on record (data goes back to 2003). Luckily the snow pack isn't as bad (exceptional?) in the Flagstaff area this year compared to other high snow years.

Based on 2010 (the only year that comes close to as much snow north of the rim as this year on 2/18) there will likely still be substantial snowpack from the North Rim to at least Jacob Lake at the beginning of April. Obviously a lot can change between now and April but does anyone have words of wisdom? Is it basically impassable if the snow is deep (unless you have a fat bike and hit it at below freezing temps or have snowshoes/skis)? I have heard rumors the DOT start trying to plow out the Grand Canyon Hwy in April so would the road possibly be an option if the trail is impassable? Does the trail see any usage in the winter so that it gets packed in at all? How about the Grand Canyon Hwy, does it get snowmobile traffic so that the snow get packed in?

FWIW, I live in Northern Michigan and fat bike all winter so I am used to snow riding and have the gear to do it comfortably. I am just trying to plan ahead and figure out possible strategies we may be able to employ if the snowpack is still deep when we need to cross the Kaibab Plateau. I wasn't planning on riding my fat bike on the AZT and am hoping to come up with some other solutions/options if needed.
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  Topic Name: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #124 on: February 18, 2019, 01:31:27 PM
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« Reply #124 on: February 18, 2019, 01:31:27 PM »

The highway may not be an option anymore. Once the snow freezes you can ride a regular bike. Just plan on down trees and mostly utility cut. Once you drop into the entrance gate you should be able to jump the gate. Then ride the highway to Jacob Lake.
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