Prerunning - got a couple long weekends on my vacation calendar

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.

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3/4 the way up the hill from the Roosevelt side, you'll see a clearing with a little road that turns off to the left.  The road goes down a little steep cut and across a meadow - you can see the meadow from the road.

Drive through there and down into the trees.  There's a cherry spot down there.

Turnoff from El Oso is N 33*44' 33.97" / W 111* 19' 49.05"

Second Prerun!   Meet Saturday, 7/1 at Punkin Center Grocery Store, gas station, hardware store, and credit card scamming machine - 9am

We're going to take the other road up the rim from there and Brent has a slew of trails lined up for the weekend.   Plan is to camp 3 nights and come home on the 4th.

Let's get a headcount.

Are there any minimum requirements for this run yet?  Unfortunately, I'm still running IFS and only have 31's w/front and rear LSD right now.  I've got a CB, tow points and gear, but I know most of the trails in the Young area W/NW of Cherry Creek.  It should be very dry until the monsoon starts.

The actual run will be after the monsoon.  Prerunning will be done by the end of July.  At that point I'll have a clear idea on the difficulty of trails.  That said, AZ runs have evolved from rock crawling trails to being much more overland style to cover ground.  I'm betting a reasonably equipped stocker would do just fine but we'll know for sure soon.

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Hey DR -- I'd like to make it out of the day, can't do the whole weekend but is there a better day than the others to meet up with the group?  I'm sure trying to be specific on a variable pre-run is hard, but if so, which day and where?   Keep in mind I'm coming out of Show Low.

I got my gear last year, but it was bittersweet.  No time off and missed a great overland adventure.  Still looking at my AZ Run XI stuff and missing Elvis along with the river crossing.  I might have to go bug Flip for some parts if he still has his dead PF.

mattman555 posted:

Hey DR -- I'd like to make it out of the day, can't do the whole weekend but is there a better day than the others to meet up with the group?  I'm sure trying to be specific on a variable pre-run is hard, but if so, which day and where?   Keep in mind I'm coming out of Show Low.

I can't say where we'll be any time other than at the start.   Brent has been working on routes and we'll cover what we can cover.  He has a couple hundred miles of dirt lined up for this weekend.   

Kove Man posted:

I got my gear last year, but it was bittersweet.  No time off and missed a great overland adventure.  Still looking at my AZ Run XI stuff and missing Elvis along with the river crossing.  I might have to go bug Flip for some parts if he still has his dead PF.

He'd love to sell you his old PF...lol 

Sooooo....next prerun in a week and a half.  There's not much left to button up, and I'm not sure I'll get everything done on my truck that I need to get done.

May just turn into a nice weekend camping on the rim....and I might be taking the Dodge.

We do have to figure out an alternate route to Clint's Well on Day 3....that should be easy enough.

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