Toward the end of the day there is a second encounter with another thruhiker, this time with Eric, the hiker that I encountered several days ago when he was headed northbound (nobo) to Utah; he’s now headed southbound (sobo). Hiking together for a stretch, Eric and I come to a golden tree tunnel of aspens where the trail bends away from the road, then descend into Upper Tater Canyon. He’s moving faster so he presses on. It’s nearing sunset, but I can feel the breeze start to pick up and come up the valley. I have no desire to repeat last night, so exhausted as I am, I push through an extra few miles to reach cover. The trail crosses Upper Tater and ascends a ridge on the east side as it heads toward the east rim of the Kaibab Plateau. I spot a relatively flat camp spot beside the trail with some trees that can act as a wind fence and call it a day after about 17-18 miles just shy of the East Rim overlook where I hope to have service for my interview.
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Hi! I’m Chris, or as I’m known on the trail, Aspen. My trail name comes from the Aspen foliage that I hiked through in northern Arizona on my current thruhike of the Arizona Trail, at the time that I encountered a trail crew that gave it to me was one of the most memorable experiences on the trail. I have traveled, hiked, and cycled all over the US and many countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe as well. I write about the hiking and cycling that I do across North America as well as my visits each of our 419 national parks; I aim to visit each one. My current total is over 150. I also work as a seasonal ranger, so feel free to ask me anything about a park and I’ll happily share any advice I may have on that park so you can have an enjoyable visit. I’m currently thruhiking the Arizona Trail, having started on September 21st at Lee’s Ferry and arrived at the northern trailhead on September 28th. Since then I have been heading south through “the land of Arizona, through the desert heat and snow, [along] a trail for folks to follow, from Utah to Old Mexico.” I will be sharing details and photos of my experience and all future hiking and cycling I do as well. I also hope to use this trip as a way to raise awareness for the Arizona Trail Association and the National Park Foundation. You can find each fundraiser on GoFundMe (links below). 100% of the proceeds go to the organizations in question. My typical pattern for a given trail is 50% to a national park organization and 50% to the organization that maintains the trail. I also donate all money that individuals give me on the trail to these causes, again split 50/50. View all posts by Aspen