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Arizona Strip - Parashant 10/08

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Post by unwiredadventures » Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:54 pm

The Arizona Strip is an isolated area North of the Grand Canyon. Far away from any Interstate highway, it is as beautiful as it is remote. In this 7 day trip with over 400 miles of driving we did not encounter any paved roads.

In celebration of the OAUSA group departing this week for the Parashant, I'm finally positing my trip report from last October.

I would have posted this sooner, but the day after I got back home, our house was robbed and my laptop was stolen. The thief broke in though a bathroom window mid-day on a Sunday. My laptop bag was under the desk in the study and my camera bag was on top of the desk. The camera bag had my camera and all the memory cards from this trip and I had not yet backed them up. I was happy he did not steal the camera bag. He probably thought the bag was too small or something. Anyway, my laptop along with my Inmarsat Sabre1 was in my laptop bag and they were gone. If I had to choose between the laptop and the camera bag, I'd pick loosing the laptop. I had recent backups and the laptop was almost 2 years old. The Police were at our front door when we arrived back home, our house alarm had notified them of the break in. I'm sure more would have been stolen if it weren't for the loud siren that sounded once he tripped the alarm's motion detector in our home. The next day the police called and said that they had recovered my laptop bag, without the laptop and my checkbook. The Inmarsat Sabre1 was inside the recovered bag! I'm sure the thief had no idea what is was.

Anyway, after buying a new laptop, reinstalling all the software and restoring my backup I just never got around to posting this trip report. :)

Here is the map of our October 2008 trip:
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October 11th:
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Near the Savanic Mine:
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We camped the first night at Grand Gulch Mine:
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Post by unwiredadventures » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:12 pm

Five Jeeps and One Land Cruiser.

October 12th. Several in the group realized that they didn't have enough gas for the duration. So they took off to St. George. so we waited for several hours.

We camped on the side of the road and on the morning of October 13th the water I had left out was mostly frozen:
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Every night of our trip, except one, the temperature dropped into the teens. In fact, once the sun went down, it was like the door closing on a refrigerator with us inside. We didn't spend much time around the fire most nights. This is one of the few trips I've gone on where I got lots of sleep!

This day's driving really defines for me what I want to do in my vehicle. Visit beautiful remote places and spend at least a week doing it:
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Post by unwiredadventures » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:31 pm

We camped the night of October 13th at Copper Mountain Mine:
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It was windy and some metal siding on a collapsing building was noisy all night.
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A great spot to stop for lunch on October 14th:
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You could always fly in and get a great view from the sky:
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Post by unwiredadventures » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:44 pm

We camped in the Whitmore area on October 14th within a couple hundred feet of the edge of the Grand Canyon:
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The next morning, October 15th, we we took a 1 plus mile hike down to the Colorado River:
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On the hike there is this interesting formation of Columnar Basalt (like Devils Postpile) on the side of the canyon:
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Our our way north up Whitmore Canyon we visited Pa's Pocket:
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Post by unwiredadventures » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:27 pm

Up in the higher elevations, the foliage changes dramatically:
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Rock Art:
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Toroweep:
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Pictographs:
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Last campsite the night of October 16th:
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Before the trip, I added a 24 gallon auxiliary tank to my Land Cruiser. Without this, I don't know if I would have been able to do this trip. Without it I would have needed to carry 5 jerry cans. The aux tank made it easy to keep the main tank full with the push of a button.

I have a small business and the only way I could have gone on this trip is with portable satellite Internet. It worked every night from inside my tent except one night when we camped in an area thick with trees.

The nights were colder than expected. I learned that it's best to include a big winter coat, knit cap, good gloves and a wool blanket since you never know what weather may happen on a trip. I had most of these on the trip, but a few extra items would have made it more comfortable.

I brought a Colman water heater for showers. It worked perfectly. It was easy to turn off and on the water when soaping up and rinsing off to save water. It was instantly hot every time.

I'm planning on doing more exploring in this area in the years to come. Perhaps as soon as this Fall.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:40 pm

Now that is an amazing trip! Great pics and write-up.
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Post by OLLIE » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:05 pm

Incredible trip pics and write-up. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us.
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Re: Arizona Strip - Parashant 10/08

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Post by Nadir_E » Fri May 01, 2009 8:17 am

Sorry to hear about the break-in and stolen laptop - that sucks! :(

Great trip report - looks like a nice place to be! With the 400 miles off-pavement I'm sure you were pleased with the expanded fuel capacity you added to your rig. What was your tank reading when you finally got to a gas station at the end??

As trips go, is there anything you would have changed in hindsight?

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Post by unwiredadventures » Sat May 02, 2009 10:20 am

Nadir_E wrote:As trips go, is there anything you would have changed in hindsight?
A better sleeping bag for the cold nights and a tent that sets up more quickly. I didn't realize it would be so cold at night. If I didn't bring my big winter coat, I would have been in trouble. Other than that, no other changes.
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Re: Arizona Strip - Parashant 10/08

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Post by phoenix-boy » Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:23 pm

Amazing trip and i would like to be part of it this year

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