About 21 volunteers, members of the “socorrotrails” Google Group and a local mountain bike club, built about 1.0 miles of new trail from the dirt access road past “the Box” near Soccoro to a ridge named Gramont Peak.
Rob S. lead the project, with Mike Comiskey from BLM.
We may return to continue this new trail back down to the road for a loop, after further archeological clearance.
Some backpackers are gear-heads, talking endlessly to each other about the latest equipment developments. I am not one of those. I do not breathlessly scan the latest trends and developments. I totally missed the sun-hoodie fad, only noticing this trip when seeing twelve day-hikers in a row wear them going the other direction in Hurricane Canyon. Much of my gear remains the same as in 2012– even a few of the same original pieces. Other items, made out of Cuben fiber, now Dyneema, have been replaced with the same model after excessive fraying, and I did not hunt very hard for a similar item from another manufacturer. So I am no authority on gear. However, for anyone who might care, here is my brain-dump on equipment used during a quite challenging trip.
Most of you should skip this post unless you are rabid gear-o-philes. Go on, get out of here.