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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

October 2014

Arizona: Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Mesa (10/23 – 10/26)

Join Train Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein for a world-class backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Mesa. This is a really cool 3-day Canyon trip with lots of scenery,fun, and challenges. We’ll head up Thursday after work and crash/camp just outside the park. Friday morning, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll hike down the rugged Grandview Trail dropping 3,800′ over 5 miles down to the Tonto Plateau. Along the way, we stop and explore the Cave of the Domes so…

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November 2014

Arizona: Grand Canyon – Deer Creek/Tapeats Creek Loop (11-6 to 11/10)

November 6

Join Trail Ambassador Dave Brunstein for a Grand Canyon hike on the famous Deer Creek/Tapeats Creek Loop. This rugged, challenging trip has it all: mushroom rocks, dramatic narrows, waterfalls, unique geology, remote hiking, wildlife, and endless dramatic views. We’ll head up Thursday (11/6) afternoon from Phoenix and car camp in the cool pines on the North Rim at 8,000’. On Friday (11/7) morning, we’ll start at the Bill Hall Trailhead on Monument Point and drop down 5,000′ in 9 miles…

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