On top of Arizona

On top of Mount Humphreys in October 2011.
On top of Mount Humphreys in October 2011. I'm told this bench is pretty new.

I met some friends in Flagstaff after the 2011 National Association of Science Writers meeting and we summitted Mount Humphreys. Living in Boulder gave me a certain advantage over my fit but flatlander friends, but I still had to climb from roughly 9,000 feet to 12,600 feet and scrambled over a lot of craggy rock. It took us about 3 hours to do it in perfect weather. We had a grand old time hanging out with about a dozen other folks at the windy top before descending back down into the incredible old aspen forest below.