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Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein


Dave Brunstein

Lucky is an avid ultralight backpacker that absolutely loves hiking in the Southwest. He feels blessed to have so many great hikes within a 6-hour drive of his home!

To help build up a backpacking community in Arizona, he started the Arizona Backpacking Club (ABC) in 2008 and the Backpacking, Canyoneering, and Hiking Club (BCH) in 2011. He volunteers to lead about 25 trips every year. The BCH has loads of fun on its trips and Lucky really enjoys helping others start their way on their ultralight journeys. He’s like a proud daddy when he sees someone shave 20 pounds off their pack weight after only a couple of trips!

Upcoming Events

December 2014

Arizona: Northern Superstitions Backpack (12/20-12/21)

December 20

Join Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein on a fun, but rugged and tough, one night 14-mile backpacking trip in the seldom-seen northern Superstitions that loops around scenic Music Mountain via the Hoolie Bacon- Peters Trail loop.  This trip is well suited to fit and experienced backpackers. These trails are seldom used.  Expect 1,500′ total elevation gain, challenging route finding, and lots of catclaw.    

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January 2015

Arizona: Backpack in Aravaipa Canyon (1/2-1/4)

January 2, 2015

Join Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein on a backpacking trip in Aravaipa Canyon: one of the few protected riparian areas in Arizona. This canyon is truly a desert paradise with a perennial stream, towering canyon walls, lush vegetation, and lots of wildlife. On Friday morning we’ll hike in, camp for two nights near Horse Camp Canyon, and return the same way on Sunday. The hike in is a leisurely 6 miles each way. On Saturday, we’ll day hike up canyon to the…

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Arizona: White Canyon Wilderness Backpack (1/9-1/11)

January 9, 2015

Join Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein on a moderate to strenuous 26.3 mile desert backpack along the Arizona Trail south of Superior. We’ll car camp Friday evening near Superior so we can set up a shuttle and still get an early start in the morning. Saturday’s 14.8 miles route follows good trail and some jeep roads as we climb along the western slope of Picketpost Mountain and head into the White Canyon Wilderness. We’ll camp near an artesian well at…

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Arizona: Superstitions Backpack (1/31-2/1)

January 31, 2015

Join Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein on a one night backpack trip of the Superstitions Range. This moderate trip covers a total of 16 miles with about 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

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February 2015

Arizona: Sabino-Bear Canyon Loop Backpack (2/20-2/22)

February 20, 2015

Join Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein on a rewarding 3,500′ gain, 20.3 mile loop hike from Bear Canyon over to Sabino canyon is a worthy and epic desert hike from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area outside of Tucson. This loop offer access to the dramatic landscape of the spectacular Santa Catalina Front Range, famous for its deep canyons and soaring ridges.  Expect memorable views and access to  Sonoran riparian environments.  

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