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Got the designs done and will be getting the stickers bought shortly.  I'll be taking preorders through August 31st.  If you don't preorder / prepay before then, you're out of luck for AZ Run XVII swag.

A Tshirt and sticker is $20 if you either show up to the run or come get it in person, or $28 shipped (USPS rates went up).

It's a pretty cool design this year.  I think everyone will like them.

Preorders can be sent via Paypal at andyz240@hotmail.com, or PM me for other arrangements.   Please specify size (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL), your name, and if you need it shipped, include your shipping address.  Shirts will be shipped out the week before the run.

I have 5/5-5/7 (3 days), 7/1-7/4 (4 days), and 7/14-16 (3 days) to do some extended prerunning.

The 4th of July is on a Tuesday, so if you grab that Monday before, we can get a lot of prerunning done on what equates to a mini AZ run by itself.

Brent and I talked about 4 peaks being the night zero camp, and a run up the rim towards Young as the day 1 route.  From there it's wide open to possibilities.  We'll put a gameplan together.   No real need to prerun that first trail.  Instead, on that first prerun we could just get up by Young on a Thurs night and spend the next 2 days exploring during that first weekend of May.

Our obvious goal is to stay off pavement as much as possible.

My Pichers

I came back with about 800 pics between 3 cameras.   I've been too swamped to mess with them, but here's a filter of some of my favorites.    I'll try to dump the whole lot in to an album somewhere soon.

I'm going to try to tell the story of our awesome trip in this thread. It will take a few days (or weeks) for me to go through all the pictures and videos and get them all up here, but I want to document the trip for your enjoyment.

We started out the trip with our newly finished and packed trailer driving 307 miles from Chandler to Page via Payson. We hit a pretty major storm on the way, but when we got to page we were nice and clean and feeling good. I reset my trip odometer here:

Things started out pretty rocky, when we were in page I noticed a power steering leak at the low pressure fitting on the steering servo. I tightened it up, hit a car wash to clean up the oil and headed to the trailhead. As I was pulling off the freeway onto the dirt, the pump started screaming. The return line AN fitting had cracked, luckily I had fluid and a replacement fitting. Our friend Dennis showed up while we were repairing the truck and joined us for the long trail in to Alstrom Point, the first campsite for the AZ Run. The storm that hit us, also hit Northern AZ and Southern UT making a ton of mud. The truck lost it's shiny clean look pretty quickly:

One of the many little jobs I didn't get a chance to take care of prior to the start of the run was the broken passenger side mud flap (oops)...:

Here we are a few miles from camp at the first overlook:

Slick is checking out the cliff edge, he's braver than we are:

Here's campsite #1 of many on the first night of our trip:

This is all I'm going to get for today, hopefully I'll have time to go through some more stuff tomorrow, but I have a work event so I'm not sure I will.

 

The azrun16.kmz file attached contains all the waypoints from the trail guide (Thanks again Jesse) and the track(s) my phone recorded. 

The GoogleEarthPlaces.png file shows what to clicky click once you open the file in Google Earth to FLY the run.  There are two tracks.  I circled the second one.googgleEarthPlaces

Once you get that to work - you can move your mouse toward the lower left of the picture to make a play button doodad like your music player has pop-up, that will let you drag the timer or click fast forward a couple times so you can move through the file without investing 7 days. 

Move your mouse toward the mid-upper right on the picture to bring up the little street view guy with a height slider so you can zoom in or out to see more view.

The StinePoint.png is a sample screen shot.StinePoint

Andy's AZ Run Pics

What a run!  We will never top this scenery on an AZ run.   Weather cooperated with us wonderfully and for those of you who left early, you REALLY missed out on the Friday night camp.   It was stunning.

Anyhoo....here's a sampling.

Camp at Alstrom Point, Lake Powell.  The road out there was SLOPPY!

J Crossing the first creek from Big Water:DSCN5880

Dustin coming out of the creekDSCN5881 - Copy

Yes, that's an X5....DSCN5883 - Copy

Gunsight Bay with Navajo Mountain in the backgroundDSCN5886

Jaime working hard to get camp set upDSCN5887 - Copy

Camper's RowDSCN5888DSCN5889DSCN5897

Night Zero SunsetDSCN5901

Have a great time!

Hey all - I hope you have an amazing time on the run.  Sounds like weather is gonna work out for you and I'm sure the scenery will be one for the record books.  Be safe out there and enjoy yourselves!

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