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Karts Sets AZT Record

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Art “Karts” Huseonica recently set a new Arizona Trail record by yo-yoing the trail in one calendar year.

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On December 12, 2018 at 12:00PM Karts and a small group of friends and officials from the Arizona Trail Association reached the trail’s southern terminus on the Mexican border. This completed Kart’s 1,600 mile round-trip of the grueling Arizona Trail, one of the United States’ long-distance national scenic trials. He referred to it as his Arizonian Grit hike.

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Only two other hikers have soloed the Arizona Trail in one calendar year.

You can stream via Facebook or Google a commercial-free CBS news story by Briana Whitney about the record-setting hike. Or read an article from the Sun City INDEPENDENT.

Meanwhile, here’s several photos that you might have missed on Karts’ social media platforms listed on his Contact page.

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Key to support for this record attempt were sponsors that included Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, Wild Zora food and meat bars, Huppybar nut and seed bars, and SoulCare by CCC skin products for the outdoors. Beads of Courage were also an integral part of this unique adventure.

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Arizonian Grit Record Attempt

Sun City resident Art “Karts” Huseonica will attempt to set a hiking record on the Arizona Trail this fall. You can track him here starting October 7, 2018.az trail hi res logo

Starting on October 7, 2018 Karts will hike from Utah to Mexico on the 800-mile Arizona Trail. If successful he will set a record for being the oldest hiker at 67 to yo-yo the difficult trail. He solo hiked from Mexico to Utah earlier in 2018 and must complete the hike in the reverse direction by December 31, 2018.

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Only four others have yo-yo’d (round trip) the trail, but they were all in their 20’s and 30’s. In addition to the training regime, Karts spends a great deal of time and energy on logistics. This solo, supported hike will permit him to receive resupply boxes of food along the route. He can also take rides from volunteers into local towns such as Strawberry and Kearny for resupply. Kearny is frequently referred to as the friendliest town on the Arizona Trail.

Karts has received extensive preparatory medical support from Banner Health in Sun City to prepare for the grueling hike, which he is referring to as his “Arizonian Grit” hike.

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During the hike, which covers a myriad of challenging terrains, he will be wearing an orange ribbon to honor a U.S. Navy shipmate, Al Derbyshire, who is suffering from COPD.

Karts has also aligned with the Beads of Courage project, carrying beads he’ll later share with children suffering from serious illnesses. He joins others such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the Dave Matthews Band, and country star Luke Bryan in wearing beads.

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Thus, he was inspired to refer to his hike as “Arizonian Grit.” This hike moniker reflects the determination it takes to accomplish something without quitting, similar to the fight that many have taken on against serious illnesses. This includes Kart’s brother Bobby, who recently passed away.

Key to support for this record attempt are sponsors that include Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, Wild Zora food and meat bars, Huppybar nut and seed bars, and SoulCare skin products for the outdoors. More sponsors will be added as the hike draws near with a trail angel’s shuttle ride to the remote northern terminus of the Arizona Trail. IMG_20180504_071049_210

Here is one of several articles written by the Sun City INDEPENDENT about the upcoming adventure.

Karts is a 1968 graduate of Homer-Center High School in Homer City, Pennsylvania, USA, is retired U.S. Navy, and a retired associate professor. He lives in Sun City, Arizona, USA with his wife Karen Carlsen Huseonica. He is an active member of the Sun City Hikers and the Sun City PRIDES.

Arizona Trail Solo Hike

Art “Karts” Huseonica recently completed a solo hike of the Arizona Trail. This National Scenic Trail is almost 800 miles or 1,300km and stretches from the Mexican border to the Utah state line. See the photos below and read a recent article about his adventure Almost Done – Arizona
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This was not a purist thru-hike because Karts went down into the Grand Canyon on the longer Bright Angel Trail vice the South Kaibab Trail. He also went off the Arizona Trail for a few miles to hike short distances on the little-used but historically significant Navajo Trail and the Great Western Trail.

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Sponsors include Craghoppers outdoor apparel, Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, and Wild Zora snack bars.

You can read more about Karts’ adventure here. In addition, here’s a link to a commentary about Lessons Learned in preparing for the hike.

Kick the Bucket-List with Bear Grylls

Art “Karts” Huseonica recently filmed a new adventure show with international celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls. The results of the ten episode show was a unique format of 20-minute plus shows streamed online from Facebook Watch, titled Bear Grylls: Face the Wild.

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Episodes can be watched any time on any device for FREE from Facebook Watch. Click here to watch the episode that features Karts Huseonica: Kick the Bucket-List. It first streamed May 9, 2018 but is available for streaming any time on any device.

Karts is currently finishing an 800-mile thru-hike of the Arizona Trail, one of the U.S. national scenic trails. He still took time to conduct a public video chat with Bear Grylls. You can watch it here: Video Chat with Bear and KartsHe comes into the video at about the six-minute time mark.This video will also remain available indefinitely for streaming.

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Future plans include visiting family around the country. This includes his two grandchildren in Wisconsin.

Arizona Trail Class of 2018

THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT BLOG POST

Art “Karts” Huseonica intends to thru-hike the 800-mile/1,300km Arizona Scenic az trail hi res logoTrail (AZT) starting February 27, 2018. For this thru-hike he will carry all of his yearly sponsors to help support this colossal effort, avoiding the desert heat and deep mountain snows. Yes, it snows in Arizona.

Sponsors include Craghoppers outdoor apparel, Paleo Meals to Go freeze-dried meals and snacks, Epic Wipes large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, and Wild Zora snack bars.Craghoppers banner

Other support will be provided by Trail Angels who will offer Karts  transportation to and from the trailheads, shower facilities, laundry services, and a home cooked meal. He will also ship resupply packages to the Trail Angels containing food, fuel, and spare clothes. Paleo logo v1

Karts anticipates that it will take him six to seven weeks to complete the 800-mile journey from Mexico to Utah, crossing several deserts, mountain ranges, and varying alpine terrains. His path will also take him through the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim.ArmaSkin Logo

Before he departs he will publish his public GPS tracking link courtesy of SPOT Gen3 so that everyone can follow his adventure in real-time. Several hikers will join up with Karts as he traverses Arizona south to north through the 43 passages that make up the Arizona Trail.

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This is classified as a supported thru-hike. This means that Karts will have the above noted support. He will also use a trilogy of proof, including a publicly accessible GPS track, location selfies, and witnesses.

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At least every four or five days, Karts will provide updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This Blog will not be updated until after his adventure is complete.

 

 

 

 

Going to Hollywood…. Sort Of

Art “Karts” Huseonica recently was on location to film an episode of a new adventure show. You can read about it here at Your Valley, a regional newspaper serving Sun City and surrounding communities in Arizona, USA.

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Karts was very impressed with the production process that takes a team of talented women and men to ensure the process runs smoothly and everyone is safe in dangerous environments.

More details will be revealed as the broadcast date nears, probably in late Spring 2018. It is anticipated that the show will be globally available. Meanwhile, Karts is under a very strict confidentiality agreement.

 

Looking Ahead to 2019

Art “Karts” Huseonica has been accepted to an international team, Shepherds PCT ’19 that will thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2019.

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With an estimated departure of late April 2019, the five-member team will hike north from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. It will take approximately five months to complete the 2,600-mile/4180km hike. The hike will take the team through an array of climates and terrain in three states, California, Oregon, and Washington.

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The team has already garnered sponsorship from Craghoppers outdoor apparel, Paleo Meals to Go freeze-dried meals and snacks, Epic Wipes large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, and FRIO cooling wallets for insulin. There are on-going discussions with other potential major and low-level sponsors throughout the USA and in Great Britain.

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Team leader Helen Shepherd from the UK will assemble the team in Arizona prior to their departure from the California border with Mexico. This will provide an opportunity to team-gel, take a few fun desert hikes to adjust their kits, make last-minute purchases such as fuel, and prepare resupply boxes for shipping.

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Excitement is already building among other hikers interested in hiking a segment or portion of a segment with the team. The number of these hikers will be limited for each segment in California, Oregon, and Washington. To be added to the no-obligation list, please contact Karts.

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Trail Angels, those willing to assist thru-hikers have been stepping forward to offer their help to the team as they hike through California, Oregon, and Washington. This includes food, water, transportation to nearby towns to pick up resupply boxes and to make purchases of fresh food, and over-night lodging when the team is not camped along the trail.

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The team has already received considerable recognition on social media, Webinars, and in print media. In addition, more interest will be garnered as the team shares their plans on social media platforms and in Blogs such as this one. FRIO recently published an article about Shepherds PCT ’19 titled DIABETES IN THE WILD – LONG DISTANCE HIKING AS A TYPE 1 DIABETIC. Team leader Helen Shepherd is a Type I diabetic. Also on the team is David Hinchliffe from Huddersfield in Great Britain, and Mindy McKeever from Mesa, Arizona, USA.

In preparation for the PCT, Karts will thru-hike the 800-mile/1,290km Arizona Scenic Trail (AZT) starting February 27, 2018. He will carry all of his yearly sponsors to help support this colossal effort, avoiding the desert heat and deep mountain snows. Yes, it snows in Arizona.