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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2014
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   8 Hrs      1.28 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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Every now and then I complete a hike that feels like a major life event.

Four months ago a doctor told me my A1C reading of 6.5 put me right on the bubble of being declared diabetic. If I had one more test result at the same or higher level, I would be officially diagnosed. Miles hiked in 2014 before I had that appointment: 0. Miles hiked since the appointment: 172. Why do I know that? Because of this website, its infinite amount of resources, its infinite number of features that make our love of hiking even more interesting and fun than it already is (like the mileage database that tells me I've hiked 172 miles), its members, their many supportive and educational comments, and its owners who somehow make all this happen, for free (but please donate if you feel the same way I do about it).

Anyway, I had a lab test drawn last week. The A1C was down to 6.1, moving me comfortably away from the danger zone. It needs to go down even further, so I still have much work to do. But this site has been at the center of all that "work." And why is this personal information making its way into a triplog? Because 4 months ago a doctor delivered this horrendous news to me, but yesterday I summitted Humphreys Peak. This is an accomplishment that symbolizes a lot to me, personally.

Now for the real triplog, which was a lot more humbling than what I've described above.

Humphreys kicked my fanny. Note to self: when seeing triplogs from other, experienced, veteran HAZers who can summit Humphreys in 2.5 hours, go ahead and just double that time for yourself. Despite 4 months of training to get to this point, I did great until about the treeline and then morphed into serious old-man mode (again, not a HAZ old-man, most of whom would obliterate me on the trails; but just a regular, classic, textbook old-man). Reaching the summit was fantastic of course, but I was slow and took many, many breaks. On the way down I found a little hidden corner, maybe 0.4 miles from the summit, and enjoyed my home-cooked lunch. Still, the hike back was long and felt like an eternity. My day-hiking backpack was filled to the brim with stuff I'd only brought along out of paranoia, like a light coat, 2 extra bottles of water, and the flask containing my lunch. So, my shoulders were in pain by the end. If I can't reduce my paranoia for a hike of this length next time, I'll bring an Advil or two for the final 1-2 mile stretch.

The crowds on the trail are worth noting. It was Labor Day and several massive groups from NAU were out there in full force, which I know thanks to the constant conversational-babble I overheard. It was hilarious to see blatantly unfit, overweight, out of shape freshmen zip by me uphill every 15 minutes or so after the treeline. Here I was having hiked like a maniac for 4 months and probably getting into the best shape I've been in since my 20s, but it was still easier for 21-year olds who hadn't worked out since high school to blow by me. Such is life.

One last special note to the two NAU students who decided to hike up this trail with a boombox pumping out loud, annoying music with a lot of bass... oh forget it, profanity isn't allowed in triplogs. But, readers, keep this in mind when you decide to tackle Humphreys Peak. If you're in good enough shape to try one of the alternative routes, go for it. I'll get there myself some day.
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