Breathing Thin Air

6 Jul

Yesterday Jill and I set off to hike Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff, AZ.

The hike is 4.8 times to the summit. You start at 9,200 feet and finish at 12,700 feet.

To the top or BUST! It is GO TIME!

We start off at about 9am. The weather was looking favorable but we were fully prepared to turn around if the weather turned bad.

We had water, snacks, a sweatshirt, and sunscreen already applied! We forgot to put the Nuun in our camelbacks like we had planned. No electrolytes. SHIT! We almost turned around but kept moving forward.

This was the check in spot. There was a notebook but no paper. We just wrote our names on a piece of bark that someone had already started. Safety first!!

The hike is a long steady climb. Long Switchbacks through the forest for about 3 miles.


The trail becomes more rocky and at about 11,400 feet. The tree line starts to disappear.

The scenery was amazing but this hike is NO JOKE! My lungs were burning, my heart rate was too high, and I could feel the altitude.

We were still below the Agassiz chairlift here. The highest chairlift at Snowbowl.

After we I struggled for another 400 feet of steeper and tighter switchbacks we made it to the Agassiz Saddle. It was about 3.8 miles high.


We were above the tree line finally! Now we were higher than the Agassiz chairlift.

I felt like shit. I felt like the altitude had taken a toll on me. OR I was not recovered from PC OR I was dehydrated. Whatever the reason I was pulling the plug on going to the summit. Another mile. Another HARD mile. I felt bad and told Jill just to go without me. She said she was fine turning around. She has made it to the summit 2 other times.

We were happy to be heading back! Mainly for lunch!! We hiked for a solid 4 hours!

We were headed to Oregano’s for a much deserved lunch and dessert. We met up with a classmate, April. We talked all things dental hygiene. It was fun catching up. She is gluten free so Jill and I got to share this baby:

I was super disappointed that we did not make it to the top but I quickly got over it!! 😦

Do you like to hike? Any epic hikes you have been on?? I have done Havasupai 2x. Totally epic!!

7 Responses to “Breathing Thin Air”

  1. erintris July 7, 2013 at 1:52 AM #

    Great post, gorgous photos. I hiked the Appalachian trail in New Hampshire for 10 days & climbed Mt. Washington. It was hard but so great all in one. I love hiking but I don’t get to do too much of it now-a-days.

  2. Change of Pace July 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    You still got to see gorgeous views even if you didn’t make it all the way! That dessert looks like a delicious reward!
    I LOVE to hike, and we mostly do it in jasper. Some have been absolutely incredible. Over the last few years we have seen some amazing views! Two of my favourite non-jasper hikes were in Australia in the rainforest and in march in Hong Kong.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM #

      Yes!! Definitely incredible views! It was a fun time too! I feel like I probably will have to do it again sometime and make sure I make it to the summit!! πŸ™‚

  3. Kristen L July 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

    Wow! Stunning views! I like hiking, but haven’t done this summer. Ryan and I like visiting national parks and try to do at least one short hike if we can.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

      What is your favorite national park?

      • Kristen L July 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

        OO, good question. Probably Glacier NP. Gorgeous but also has sentimental value since that’s where R and I got engaged. I also really enjoyed the Grand Canyon.

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