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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #80 on: November 03, 2019, 07:47:27 PM
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« Reply #80 on: November 03, 2019, 07:47:27 PM »

Good job guys on the Northbound rides.

Last week there were 6 scheduled fire burns close to Flagstaff.  They postponed several because of the strong winds last week.  Not sure why they are having so many controlled burns?  It may because our monsoon rains were almost non existent this July/August.  The forests on the rim are extremely dry right now.  Controlled burns seem pretty stupid in a super dry forest but I guess they know what they are doing. For hunting season, rifles for deer started around Flagstaff November 1.  My friend told me there are alot of hunters drawn.  I think the archery hunting before rifles with deer seems safer.

For the vegetation in the South I recommend covering your shins and ankles.  I think the amount of riders of the 800 next October will make navigation easier day 1 or 2.

Man that 4 peaks section sounds tough.
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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #81 on: November 03, 2019, 09:23:01 PM
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« Reply #81 on: November 03, 2019, 09:23:01 PM »

Guess what? The AZT800 has another update!! This is a significant one because it alters the route by Flagstaff. For those that don't know, the AZT splits a few miles south of Flagstaff, passage 33 (the traditional route) goes directly through town, Buffalo Park, then around the south side of Mt. Elden to Shultz Creek where it rejoins with passage 32 (Mt. Elden). Going forward, the AZT800 will be utilizing passage 32 taking riders up Fisher Pt. through Walnut Canyon, crossing under I-40 east of town and completing a loop around Mt. Elden to the north. This route is 100% singletrack and mighty fine singletrack at that. There is a 24 hour Conoco Station about 100 yards off the AZT at the US89 underpass. Cheap lodging is only 2 miles off route from that point for those wanting a bed/roof. This routing is more in line with how the trail skirts both Tucson & Phoenix. It also cuts out more pavement, which is always the goal. I'm also very pleased to say the official route now stands at 802 miles. So, there's that. I'll be posting an updated track shortly and more than likely this will be the one used for any spring ITT attempts. BTW, it was in the mid-80's here the past few days. It's Arizona in October, anything is possible in regards to the weather.
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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #82 on: November 04, 2019, 07:48:24 AM
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« Reply #82 on: November 04, 2019, 07:48:24 AM »

We had a sobo rider this year as well http://trackleaders.com/aztrfall19i.php?name=Colin_Schindler he may have picked his own line here and there but a good full crossing. I think BMattingly is right on the amount of rider's. No doubt next year more will ITT early that and numbers should make the start just fine.

And John turns the screw just a bit tighter adding miles making bike shops farther away but staying more true with the trail. Misses the Memorial at Buffalo Park but Dale's version stayed away from towns so it's good to miss Flagstaff.

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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #83 on: November 05, 2019, 11:53:38 AM
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« Reply #83 on: November 05, 2019, 11:53:38 AM »

AZT800 gpx track has been posted, both full size & reduced 10k. v4 is the current version. Unless any ATA projects wrap up between now & April, this will be the track for any spring ITT attempts. The 300 is not affected by this update.

AZT300/800 gpx

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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #84 on: November 21, 2019, 07:40:14 AM
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« Reply #84 on: November 21, 2019, 07:40:14 AM »

Ok, once again the gpx files for both the 300 & 800 have been updated to reflect the USFS closure on Mt. Lemmon & 1918 trail. The current versions are: AZT300_2020v1 & AZT800_2020v5. (10k files updated as well) *Route still goes through Summerhaven, so the downhill boulder scramble is still on route!!  Please be sure to update your files here:

https://aztrail.home.blog/route-gpx/
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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #85 on: December 03, 2019, 04:32:25 PM
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« Reply #85 on: December 03, 2019, 04:32:25 PM »

I am so torn. I have a great window to give the 800 a run in early April, but the more I read the more I want to ride the Kaibab ST...don't think I'll get too many more windows for this any time soon. I am so itching to ride this route it is also hard to think about waiting another 5 months. There are much worse things to ponder...

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  Topic Name: 2020 AZTR Reply #86 on: December 03, 2019, 06:23:37 PM
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« Reply #86 on: December 03, 2019, 06:23:37 PM »

Jefe,
I hear ya!! My .02, do the 800 in April as planned, take the window of opportunity while you can. Then, if a smaller window opens, or the family does a campout, hint, hint, do the updated Kaibab 230 route posted on the AES website during prime season. (Late May - June or right after monsoon season). You really can't go wrong there.
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