I'm not sure how I feel about that. I actually liked that this summer has been reasonably cool so far. No 118 or 119 this year. 116 or 117 tomorrow sounds hot compared to the low 100s and even high 90s Phoenix was having for a while. After my week in Utah, hiking Piestewa today before noon was torture.
Mostly it was the temperature, but some of it may be the pollution, too. I know there is a separate thread for that somewhere, and this can be broken out by moderators if need be, but since returning home Saturday, I feel like I have asthma and my chest feels tight. Is it valley ozone or some other pollution or irritant? My apartment smelled like vinyl from the window shades and my place being sealed up with the temperature around 88 while I was away, so maybe it is a reaction to the that? I don't know. What I do know, is that when I was in Utah and not at 10,500' at Cedar Breaks, or over 11,300' on Brian Head or 11,522' on Mount Ellen, I felt great and I my chest felt like I could take nice deep, unrestricted breathes. For 3 days now I feel like a vice is on my upper airway. It's really weird.
Edited to add that I was getting sick with some sort of viral or flu like respiratory illness and it just wasn't obvious yet. Pure coincidence for the timing, though.
After today, I have decided to skip hiking intentionally in 115+ degrees this year. Seems by my 4th or 5th (if you count Tucson) summer at low altitude, I am not tolerating or acclimating to it as well as I recall doing in the past.
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on Jul 28 2018 9:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.