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Sounds like an interesting loop and you will have no trouble getting any permits for that even during spring break. Could be hot down that low though.Unfortunately none of those springs will have any water with the exception of Grapevine Hills. I was at all of them (except Grapevine and Estufa) in Dec. after a wet period and year and none had water. I have never heard a report of water at Estufa but badknees or someone else may have better info. Caching will be your friend except that technically you have to cache even water in a bear canister.
This is gonna be a great trip. Sounds like you have the bare minimum of water sources nailed. including PJ, too, right? I hope you get a chance to report back on BK's unnamed spring. That one's new to me, too. Impressive that this tough BiBe hike is only a shake-down before your AZT. Hope you can post a report on that one, too, when you're done. Good luck, Keepa!
Pretty sweet list. Have you use the Arc Haul much?
Thanks for posting your equipment list, Keepa. Fascinating and really well-thought-out. I've heard of the Caldera Cone for years, but never really taken a good long look at it because most places I go don't allow alcohol or wood-burning stoves. I did have a Sierra Zip stove for years, but I can't remember the last time I used it. But your Ti-tri intrigued me. I spent a good couple of hours researching it and similar stoves. Well-spent time that I wouldn't have done otherwise. I have a home-made titanium windscreen and the Caldera Cone and Ti-tri have given me all kinds of ideas. Thanks!
Tip: the Planters Peanuts jar has the same cap and thread as a Nalgene bottle, but weighs more than half as less as the lightest Nalgene bottle (the white Nalgenes weigh 3.8oz, the colored, clear ones weigh 6oz, last time I checked).The wide mouth of the jar allows me to use my Steripen, if need be.
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