26.04.2008 -17 °C
Arizona's highest point is located in Flagstaff at Humphrey's Peak, 12,633 ft elevation. My Lithuanian friend, another friend, and myself attempted to summit this peak. This trip was at the end of April and there was still about 3 feet of snow all throughout the tree line all the way up the mountain.
We were well on route to make it to the summit when the other member of our group felt he could not make the trip. =( Therefore, we had to make an executive decision and cut across the entire mountain range and guide him to the ski slopes where he could reside down the same mountain range that consists of a ski resort. We sent him packing down the slopes of a normal ski run that would typically be open during season to wait for us down at the car. At this point we decided to summit Agassiz peak instead, its sister peak at 12,356 ft elevation.
From this point on, we needed snow shoes. With out them, it would not have been possible to summit the mountain. With deep spots, you would continue to sink through up to your hips. Also, walking in boots in snow up an incline of 45 degrees is not possible...you would slide down the entire mountain. Due to there inexpensive cost ($3 dollars) it was well worth it to cart them along. We arrived at Agassiz Peak in a total of 7 hours (starting at 7:00am).
Once we got to the top we decided it might be possible to slide down the mountain, since it was still covered in snow. We made it down in approximately 1 hour 15 minutes just by skiing down in our boots and our butts =) It was one of the coolest things ever!
7 hours up...1 hour 15 minutes down...not bad!!!!
It was a great trip to experience the 2nd tallest peak of Arizona!