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Humphreys Summit Trail #151, AZ
2011-10-036 by
 
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Hiking10.66 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns    2.62 mph
3,965 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break18 LBS Pack 
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One heck of a trip. I've never slipped, fell, tripped, or rolled my ankles so many times in one day.

I arrived at Freidlein around 10pm on Sunday. That must have been enough time to acclimate as the only issue I can think of was being short of breath after some of the longer/steeper jaunts on the trail. I started around 6am, an hour later than I was hoping for, and was at the saddle by 8. I thought I'd be able to keep my typical 2.4mph average speed on this one, but I was sadly mistaken. At the saddle I was welcomed by a fairly small, unassuming cloud. After waiting a few minutes, that small cloud had turned into an ugly mass of gray. Do I turn around, or risk getting melted by lightning? Lightning it is.

I'm glad I moved on. The clouds didn't appear to pose much of a threat, and kept to themselves the whole time I was on the ridge and the peak. My short time alone on Humphreys was spent looking for a benchmark and running back and forth to get my summit shot. With those nasty clouds lingering above, I was gone after 10-15 minutes. Shortly after, I ran into another hiker who was headed to the top. I think he was deaf (another hiker down the way said he may have been "practicing silence." Based on his actions, I'm going with deaf). It was an interesting conversation. He mentioned the altitude, I pointed to his reservoir hose and gave a thumbs up. He mimicked the thunder clouds, I pretended to run. Not sure why, but this was probably the coolest part of the day.

Before heading all the way down, I stopped at the saddle for lunch. A handful of people passed by. The inner basin is full of color. On the way back down I made a quick visit to the bomber site. I only saw a handful of pieces. I think I was too high. As I was leaving, the hail started to come down. Back on the trail, it turned to rain. I also passed some folks doing some forest thinning, or prescribed burns. Whatever the correct term is.

Certainly a great day. Glad to get up there before the snow did.
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