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Weatherford Trail #102, AZ
2010-08-2812 by
 
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Backpack14.20 Miles2 Days          
2,920 ft AEG   
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Randal Schulhauser
After my 4 hour and 20 minute race across the state, I met Randal and Clark in Flagstaff, and followed them to the trailhead at Schultz Pass. Under cool and cloudy skies, we shouldered our extra heavy packs, loaded down with 2+ gallons of water each. We ascended into wonderful spruce-fir forest, with clouds racing overhead and ever increasing wind. We reached Doyle Saddle, our destination, just before 4 pm, and set up our tents in a log corral, sheltered somewhat from the 40+ mph winds. I was blown away (almost literally) by the spectacular view of the San Francisco Peaks and the Inner Basin. Wow! We explored and photographed a bit among the bristlecone pines, before enjoying hot tea and hot dinners. The wind was picking up even more, and the temperature dipped into the 40's, so we retreated to the shelter of our tents by sunset, hoping for better conditions in the morning for our planned summit attempt of Humphrey's Peak. I spent the evening reading Bear Gryll's The Kid Who Climbed Everest. The conditions outside our tents seemed fitting. I retired early that night, after jamming paper towell ear plugs into place and taking multiple sleeping pills. It was a fitful night of intermittent sleep for all of us with the high winds. I feared for the structural integrity of our tents.

Dawn arrives on Sunday morning. I peak out the vent in the top of my tent. We are in the clouds, and it has been raining lightly for several hours. The wind is blowing steadily in the 50-60 mph range, with sideways rain somehow making its way into our tents. Yuck. Randal shouts a suggestion from his tent: break camp and go down. Good call. We pack quickly, and leave camp. Even with my heavy pack on, I am nearly knocked down by a sudden gust of wind. I did not spill my decadent can of Diet Pepsi, however. As we descend, the winds ease, and we enjoy a pleasant walk in cloud shrouded forest. Eventually we are below the clouds, and the conditions become quite nice. We reach the bottom in 3 hours time, and head to Galaxy Diner for a hot meal. Randal and Clark leave for home, and I debate what to do with the rest of my day in Flagstaff...

Although the trip didn't go exactly as planned, I still had a good time with good company, and got to see something new. Thanks guys!
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