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Agassiz PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2016
chumley
Hiking6.38 Miles 3,089 AEG
Hiking6.38 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.66 mph
3,089 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
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I've been itching to get this one taken care of, and the stars aligned with a huge, bright moon to make this one happen!

Warm weather has compacted all the snow, and the two recent days of cool weather froze everything up again, making for a pretty nice firm surface to move on, and a subsequently stable snowpack. I did posthole one time, and it was all the way! I had forgotten to swap on the snow baskets on my poles, which would have been helpful, as I was able to push the poles their full length below the snow.

Originally my plan was to hit Humphreys first, and I decided that after a month of no snow the trail should be broken and well-traveled. I skipped the bottom part and joined it on a switchback just below the top of the new Humphreys quad. There were a few places where the trail breakers went wrong, and it was a choice of repeating their mistake for the sake of broken trail, or breaking a new one on the correct route. Either way, everything always got back on track after a few hundred yards. Until I hit the bottom of the switchbacks to the saddle, and then it was a total loss. I just climbed straight up. Damn that is steep!

Great views of the inner basin, moonrise, Humphrey's and the ridge over to Aggasiz. I headed that way and enjoyed the relatively low grade to begin with, before making the final steep push to the summit, which was much shorter than I had mentally prepared for. I snapped some photos and began to head down toward the top of the chairlift. The weather was pleasant and nearly calm for most of the night. But the breeze picked up on the peak and ridges either side, maybe 10-15mph, but when it's only in the 20s, that's chilly.

Back below the treeline, calmness ensued, and I was treated to 2000 feet of absolute bliss on freshly cut corduroy illuminated only by the moon and reflection off the snow. :D

Found a couch to crash on for a couple hours and my breakfast included a surprise puke. Not too bad! ;)
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