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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman Glade
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Humphreys Summit via Dutchman GladeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Dec 31 2009
Jim_H
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles 3,380 AEG
Snowshoeing5.50 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   0.78 mph
3,380 ft AEG
 
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I don't think I could have had better conditions for this. It was really great being out and enjoying the full moon. The snow is really good for skiing and coming down, though it is relatively soft powder and fairly deep for going up. It is early season conditions, but I think it was great compared to my last trip. We seem to have had persistent north winds this season and the cornice that normally forms on the north side of the west ridge which comes up from the bomber wreck is absent. You will probably want to use the snow slope that developed on the south side of the ridge. The north wind also produced a huge cornice coming off the summit of Humphrey. It's a 6 foot wave of snow!

I started at 3:30 and was doing well in the powder. I watched the sunset from just below the bomber wreck and started to noticeably slow down as I approached treeline. It took me nearly 5 hours to summit, and I was exhausted. I don't know if it was because I hadn't done anything in 3 weeks, or because the snow was so soft, or because I had been back at sea level in the humid east for 3 weeks, or just me being tired from still maintaining an eastern time zone circadian rhythm, but after it got dark and I was above treeline I was dragging my heels. I didn't mind so much because it meant I took my time and soaked in the trip, but I didn't like feeling as though I had just run a marathon when I made the summit.

I relaxed on the summit for around half an hour and then started down. I got down by 11:06, and the fresh powder helped a lot with that. On the way down, and I assume it was due to me being up since 4AM, I took a few breaks where I laid down on the snow and I had to fight off falling asleep. It was the sort of thing when you are really tired and you lay down in bed and it feels like all the blood in your brain is flowing to the back of your head. You wouldn't think it, but it can be very comfortable laying on snow in single digit temps at night.
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