For New Years, we did a 3-day backpack down to Phantom Ranch and afterwards planned to showshoe around Snowbowl Lodge. I talked of taking it easy and going to Dutchman Glade but a few of the others teased that I should try summiting the peak. Be careful what you ask for!
My legs were feeling fine even though we hike out the Bright Angel trail the day before, I was a natural on the rental snow shoes, the weather was perfect, and I had plenty of Gu's on hand, so I kept on pushing up the glade.
I saw the bomber wreckage for the first time with barely enough snow to keep the shoes on... I got to a little past the treeline and it was SO rocky that I finally took the shoes off.
Hmm, still no wind on this sunny day, my legs feel fine, and the altitude doesn't seem to be affecting me.
Things seem in slow motion up at altitude, must be the lack of oxygen
, so the scramble up that ridge to the ridgeline to Humphreys took longer than planned as I text my buddies how close I am to the summit.
The views were amazing up there as I slowly pushed to the peak and was again surprised to find only a trace of wind on the summit.
The skies were so clear that I could almost see the Pacific ocean.
Took a handful of summit shots, walked the ridgeline back to the ridge above the glade, found a good line with plenty of snow, put the snowshoes back on, and plowed down that ridge back into the treeline as quickly as possible.
My poor buddies waited and waited for me and I eventually made it back to the lodge just a bit before sunset. Sorry!
Only 5.5 miles?!?