from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A mountain, 3,853.1 m (12,633 ft) high, in the San Francisco Peaks of north-central Arizona. It is the highest point in the state.
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There are patterns to my climbing style that first sprouted on this ascent of Humphreys Peak—traveling by myself, climbing through storms, making solid route-finding decisions in demanding situations, and getting lucky around lightning.
And so it was that on March 8, 1998, I set out for a solo winter climb of Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona.
After my adventure on Humphreys Peak, Mark and I spoke often about my plan to solo-climb all the fourteeners in Colorado in winter.
The San Francisco Mountains near Flagstaff - commonly known as the San Francisco Peaks - culminate in the high point of Arizona: 12,633-foot Humphreys Peak.
In addition to the Grand Canyon itself, which is visible in the western (lower) half of the images, other landmarks include Lake Powell, on the left, and Humphreys Peak and Sunset Crater National Monument on the right.
1998 First winter climb on Humphreys Peak, Arizona; first alpine rock-climbing trip on Vestal Peak, Colorado; backpacked into Havasupai Canyon with my sister for Thanksgiving; climbed first winter solo fourteener, Quandary Peak
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