My faithful yellow lab joined me on the trip. He loves the outdoors and is a great trail companion. Got chased off the top by lightning. The last mile my dog gave out. My friend and I made a stretcher out of a poncho and two poles to carry him back to camp.
Outrageous!!!! Started on the trail and since I had snowshoes I veered off and went straight up thru some serious powder :)!!! Took me about 2 hrs to hit the tree line and another hour just to get to below the 3rd false summit. The winds were gusting between 50 and 80 mph, ( my amature guess from being knocked to my feet numerous times!!!) so I didn't feel like it was safe to get very close to the ridge, or to go anyfurther. I boarded down after that in beautiful conditions. A great experience-felt like I was on a real mountain battling real weather for a change!!!
The July climb was my fist and the worst of the two. I completely underestimated the heat and the amount of water needed. I became extremely dehydrated to the point of nearly fainting. The November trip was much better as I was more prepared. Knee deep snow up to and past the saddle made for some exhausting post holing but it was well worth it.
AZ highpoint. Love those woods, ;-)
Wind, wind, wind. 60 mph constant on ridge with gusts reaching 100 mph near summit. Very, very cold - but many thanks to the souls who built that rock shelter! Hit freezing rain on the way down and made it back at the tail end of dusk. 11h total.
Climbed it after school with my friend. Started at 1:45PM, got to the saddle at 3:00, and to the top at 4:15. It was pretty cold on top and there were about 5 other people up there. Left the summit at 4:30 and got back down at 6:30 as the sun was setting. My 2nd AZ peak and 1st state high point.
Nice hike. Met a fellow Las Vegan, Tom, near the summit. Best of luck to Tom on his trip to Kilimanjaro next week.
Led a group of hikers to the summit. Two days after this I led the group from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in one day. They were tired after this weekend (but happy). This was my third time to summit. Great time.
First time on Humphreys. The weather was great; it was partly cloudy, and at the summit there were long periods with no wind at all. It was definitely insect season, but they weren't the biting type.
1st summit of Humphrey's
Beautiful Jan day. Used snowshoes up to the saddle. Snow was packed enough to hike the rest of the way. Fairly cold and windy but perfect conditions for a winter ascent.
August 30, 2012 - Climbed for my second time while moving my car from California to New Mexico. 3:20 round trip.
July 2001 - Climbed with Thomas after a great week at Lake Powell. Had beers and burgers at the ski bowl after the hike.
Weather and trail conditions were favorable to allow me to sneak in this ascent on the second day of winter. It felt more like autumn than winter.
Climbed this one just after we moved to Flagstaff. We made it to the top, but did not have a lot of time to enjoy it as we were chased off by a thunderstorm.
Living in Flagstaff, I do this several times a year. I never do it in summer. First, I hate heat and scrabbling up loose cinders. Second, I just love it when it's all snowy and alpine up there. My favorite is to snowshoe up after a heavy storm, breaking fresh trail through trees. Great scenery and workout. Ditch the snowshoes at about treeline, gain the ridgeline, then enjoy generally wind-packed snow to the summit. Awesome...
Left the trailhead at 7:45 and reached the summit about noon. I started the hike on my own; however, quickly caught up with two guys attempting the summit and went up the mountain with them.
We were passed by several people on their way down saying the cold and the wind at the top turned them around before they reached the summit or caused them to crawl the last few hundred yards. The wind was fairly strong, especially just after we reached the third false summit and the last push from the last false summit to the summit was a run, bent over at the waist trying to fight the wind. Enjoyed fifteen minutes atop Arizona and in the wind shelter before heading back down.
A great hike with some excellent views.
Got an early start and reached the summit about 7:00 AM. Heard many barking coyotes on the way. Sounded very close, but never saw one. Easy climb, and nice views from the top, as weather was great -- at least early. After running down the mountain, and reaching my car in the lot, I turned to see dark storm clouds enveloping the summit. By 11:00 AM, hail and rain poured down from the skies. On my way down, I had passed 50+ hikers going up, many of whom seemed inadequately dressed and unprepared for such a quick change in the weather. It was my first time on Humphreys, and I'm glad I got the early start.
Great hike. Second time to the top. Concerned about weather as much of the mountain was enveloped in clouds and thunderstorms were possible. Luckily they did not materialize and we continued our hike through the mist. Few views available but the lack of visibility made the hike interesting. Hard to believe it is Arizona. Did get a little hail and rain but only when we were well into the descent.
Great hike through a beautiful forest, and then up to saddle. From saddle, another 1.5 miles to the top along a beautiful ridge at altitude. Altogether, a short, easy hike if one is in shape. Unfortuneately, we did not get any views and it was definitely crowded. The rest of the loop started off well, but ended poorly. The inner basin was great, but once over the saddle between Doyle and Fremont, it became quite boring. It is a long 18 mile loop and by the end we had had more than enough. Looking very forward to climbing Humprey's in winter for snow/winter/mountaineering practice.
Have climbed it 6 times: once in '94, twice in '97, again in '98 and '99 and then again in '03. Have also failed twice due to total whiteout and deep soft snow. Wonderful hike all around.