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... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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