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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Jan 28 2017
Jim_H
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   0.96 mph
3,380 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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It couldn't have been better! Despite the parking issues and Snowbowl basically overflowing, and having to delay by a day due to what I consider to be extreme winds, the snow is the best it has been in years. Probably, the best snow since 2010! Deep, and in very good shape, right now. It was still windy, but I planned for that. Long distance views were also up there, but clouds in Utah kept clarity on the Henry's, Pine Valleys, and Navajo Mountain a little low. The Mazatzals, Whites, Hualapais, and on, were all very good.

It was still rather windy, and the strong NE wind forced me towards the south side of the ridge, but coming down it was mostly at my back, so I took the cornice, which is harder to use to descend than I remember. At least with my snowshoes, as I didn't carry my crampons which might have been useful. I found it pretty windy on the ridge, and very much so on the summit, but there were nice protected areas where I found calm conditions.

I was also pretty pleased that I found up hill travel easier than I thought it would be, even with the dry cold air. Including my 15 minutes or so for lunch, it was right on 4 hours from my car to the summit. 30 minutes on top, and 2 hours down, as well. Wind scour has kept the snow dense and hard in a lot of exposed areas, but in the trees it yielded and was pleasant to go down through. Still, no powder day, but the snow stopped 4 days ago. However, that density was why it was easier to go up.

All in all, a very good day out on the Peaks on this old favorite, and Humphrey.
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