Monday, June 1, 2009

AZ High Point

Today we set out early to beat the daily monsoon (and I'm mostly not exaggerating about the weather), aiming to climb the highest point in Arizona: Humphreys Peak at 12,633 ft.

In May 2001 we made an aborted attempt to climb this mountain, turning around due to finding too much snow and not enough trail. So I didn't consider this a "gimme" hike.

At the start, before the sun cleared the top of the mountain:


Tug in the aspens:


Marcy on the trail:


Agassiz Peak across the way (the second-highest in Arizona):


Team V on the snow:


The last part of the trail to the top (looking back down):


We made it!


Waaaay off in the distance, the north rim of the Grand Canyon appeared on the horizon:


I believe this is Beard Canyon:


My new favorite photo of John - at the very highest of the high point in Arizona:

To top it off, it was warm and sunny this afternoon - ah, very nice indeed!

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