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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,870 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
3,870 ft AEG
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Ron and I decided to tackle Humphreys and the bomber crash site today. We arrived at the TH and, well, it was a little colder and foggier than expected. We would spend the day hiking in the clouds and trying to stay warm. It would turn out to be one of the more adventurous hikes I've done lately.

We took the trail up and decided to check out the crash site first. The trail out there is partially obvious from use and partially cairned. It turned out to be much easier found than I expected. Lots of large and recognizable parts are still laying around and are pretty hard to miss. We made our way back to the Humphreys trail and headed back up.

All was good until we made it past the tree line. Without the cover, we were greeted with strong winds. At this point, we estimated maybe at about 45 mph. As we gained elevation closing in on the summit, the winds grew to at least 75 mph. We were getting blown all over the place which was relatively fun at first. We soon became as numb and chapped as my great-grandmother's older sister. As we approached the last 100 or so feet to the summit, the winds were so strong that we couldn't make the ascent on our feet without blowing away. Our choices were to either crawl on icy cold wet rocks for the final 20 feet of ascent with our hands already numb or call it a day and say we came close enough. We came close enough and are none the less manly for it, although, wishing we'd worn pants and brought gloves. We hiked back down, and upon reaching the TH-- blue skies decided to dominate.
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