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Humphreys Summit Trail #151
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2016
survivordude
Hiking10.10 Miles 3,390 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.08 mph
3,390 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to summit Humphrey's for a long time, and turned out this was more than just a big check off of the list! After a week of planning to avoid conflicts with work, football, and family, my best plan was to leave Phoenix at midnight, drive to Snowbowl, sleep in the Jeep, and start the hike at 5AM. After 1.5 hours of sleep I was on the trail in darkness. While passing under the ski lift, I had 10 eyes staring at me, glowing from the headlamp. I couldn't see any shapes but the way they moved, they seemed liked deer. After about an hour I ditched the headlamp and proceeded up up and UP! I have heard many stories about the lack of oxygen and being hard to breathe up there. I had no problem until I got to about 11,500 and then I was sucking any and all air I could. It was pretty incredible how my lungs felt at that altitude. After about 10 more minutes and finally reaching the saddle I was breathing just fine. The hike up the alpine section was very tough. A lot of it is straight up and it is all extremely rocky. I made the summit in 3 hours 1 minute and I had it all to myself. I was extremely happy to finally reach the AZ High Point! It was a very cool experience to be at the highest point in AZ all alone! The views were breathtaking. I appreciated the rock walls that were built to block the wind, as it was very windy and cold up there. I thought it was time to leave when I couldn't feel my fingers anymore. As I was descending the saddle I finally saw another person headed up. I passed about 15 more groups after that. It was such a lone adventure to the top, it was crazy to see all these people suddenly! This was an outstanding hike, and one I cannot wait to do again!

Two high points down.. thirteen to go
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