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Digging in the Dutchman, AZ
2010-03-124 by
Digging in the Dutchman, AZ  
Snowshoeing2.50 Miles   3 Hrs       0.83 mph
1,500 ft AEG   
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I had big plans for today. But I'm still sick with a cold and decided I wouldn't be able to do the Cirque from Sugarloaf, let alone try to push for Humphrey from Sugarloaf. I then decided I would just take advantage of the recent fresh snow and do Humphrey and Agassiz from Snowbowl. I didn't even start until noon, and I should have known I was never going to make it since I was tired at the parking lot. Still, like an idiot I tried. I only made it to the top of the Dutchman before I sat down (something I almost never do on snow) and then laid down to eat my lunch. I knew I wasn't going to do and any summiting, but I though I might still hit the bomber wreck to record that officially. I started to fall asleep and when I caught myself doing that I forced myself to get up. Angry at my weakness I got up and tried to move, but I really didn't want to move. So I started digging in the snow with my ax.

It was nothing much at first, but it got more serious, and after a while I wanted to see if I could reach the rock. It took a couple of hours and eventually I hit the really loose sugar snow of the first storm in December. It is funny how dry that snow really was. It kept sliding back in on itself and by 1630 I was moving rocks around. Yup, I dug me a real nice hole. The snow is deep, almost 3 feet over my head deep, and It's not going anywhere soon. I suspect it will be there well into the spring, perhaps summer on the right aspects. I filled the hole in as best I could. There's a big wide depression at the top of the Dutchman from it. Holes always fill easier then they dig. Maybe we'll get new snow later in the month and cover the mess I made.
It is because the Mount Elden Trail is just such a great trail, and the summit is pretty nice, too.
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