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The High Point of Arizona, a Meager Peak Bag
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.07 - 13:49:55
Ranges: North America Ranges
  (16 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Klaus Haring Trail hike with a few rough sections and some hard snow
A drive to Arizona and climb of the highest peak.
In years past, on my trips to the US SW, I was able to escape the BC rains to weeks of cloudless skies, sometimes as soon as eastern Washington. Not this time. Rain followed me well into northern California. Traffic on I5 was heavy and the spray from cars and trucks sometimes reduced visibility to that in a blizzard. At least it was not snowing, although there was some snow besides the road SE of Mt.Shasta. This was also the first time I was able to turn off my wipers briefly.

Usually I broke up the long trip with hikes and peak bagging along the way, but this time all objectives in Oregon and N California were out of question. Another problem was that I picked up a stomach bug early with bad diarrhea and nausea that left me unable to eat much. So when I tried to climb Charleston Pk near Las Vegas I was running on empty. Not knowing the area I chose a steep, broad gully above the ski area which turned out to have been the shortest route. There are longer trails from the E and NE. But after gaining barely 300m I was totally out of energy, physically and spiritually. The cloudy skies were not inspiring either.

So the next day I continued to Arizona. When I watched the satellite picture in my motel in Flagstaff while it was snowing outside I realized that I was under the worst weather in the SW. Oregon and Nevada apparently being clear in the meantime. But after a short visit with a friend in Sedona, a small resort town amongst spectacular red sandstone topography, the weather and my condition had improved enough to try the highest peak in Arizona. [photo]pic009.jpg[caption]Agassiz Peak from part way up the trail[/photo]

The San Francisco Mts north of Flagstaff are the remnants of an old volcano. The peak had collapsed and iceage glaciers have carved a larger...

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