Mt. Humphreys Hike // Senior Year Adventures

Remember my ridiculous mishaps with hiking “Mt. Humphreys” a year ago…?

Well life update: we found the real thing!

Hiking Mt Humphreys Senior Year (stronglikemycoffee.com)

It’s been difficult to find enough time to put together blog posts this past week, with such a busy start to senior year. I swear my to-do list grows faster than I can cross things off!

One MAJOR life event I was able to “cross off” was hiking up Mt. Humphreys this weekend. My university is nestled in the forest in a mountain town, which gives us gorgeous views of the tallest peaks in the state. My cross country teammates and I have been talking about a group hike to the tallest peak in Arizona since freshman year.I absolutely could NOT let graduation come and go before making it to the top of that damn mountain. I look at the thing every single day!

Weather here is completely unpredictable with monsoons, blizzards, wind storms. Labor Day weekend and September weather = prime opportunity.

Humphreys collage

If we rewind 10 hours earlier….

My friends and I had a bit of a *rocky* start to senior year. Not that we aren’t LOVING our new schedules with classes, work, internships and athletics…but I think we were all ready for Country Night at our favorite local bar. We had a blast at the line dancing lessons, but a little liquid courage was helpful. ;) A night with a couple drinks + a 10-mile hike on the agenda the next morning = hydration!!!

Hiking Weekend  Country Night (stronglikemycoffee.com)

The next morning began with coffee, water, and a trip to Sprout’s for hiking sustenance:

  • Clif Mojo Mountain Mix Bar
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Raw Almonds
  • Dried Apricots
  • Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels
  • Justin’s Almond Butter Packet
  • Water Bottle x 3

The base of the mountain starts between 8,000-9,000 ft. elevation. The hike climbs to 12,633 ft. and the steep mountain trail is really challenging in the thin air, even for altitude-adjusted cross country runners.

We rallied!

Kerri’s boyfriend Jeff had me anxious from the beginning when he casually mentioned another hiker being bitten by a brown recluse earlier this year. ?!?! If I had known this information prior to driving to the base, I may have reconsidered.

Hiking Mt. Humphreys Senior Year Adventure (stronglikemycoffee.com)Hiking Mt Humphreys steep (stronglikemycoffee.com)Mt. Humphreys View (stronglikemycoffee.com)One thing I wasn’t expecting about this hike: so many ‘false summits’! There were so many points where we all said, “THE HOME STRETCH!” to which an unenthusiastic Jeff replied, “No. It’s not.”

I will say…

Making it to the top was worth it.

Hiking Mt Humphreys View from the Top (stronglikemycoffee.com)Not going to lie, the last hour of the hike up was a STRUGGLE. The trail practically disappeared and we were climbing massive rocks and navigating through slippery gravel. Our calves and butts were burning. The altitude made it noticeably more difficult to breathe. But like anything in life, the experience is more about the people you are with. We were all in such a great mood to be tackling such a big goal, and I’m so happy to have had these three crazies to climb with :)

Hiking Mt. Humphreys // group at summit (stronglikemycoffee.com)

We occupied ourselves on the 5 mile journey back down with impromptu performances of everything from Michael Jackson to Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Drake, and everything in between. Our fellow hikers were thoroughly annoyed entertained ;)

No animal sightings either, unless birds count. Fortunately, Brenna served as the”bird expert” for our little group ;) Not sure if her observations were as accurate as they were funny, but I love being among curious people.

If this past 24 hours is any indication of how the rest of senior year will play out…I think it’s gonna be a good one. <3

Humphreys FriendsHAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! 

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College student-athlete committed to living healthy and happy. I want to share my recipes, fitness tips and silly stories with YOU! There's nothing like crushing goals and becoming stronger than you ever knew you could be.

Posted on August 30, 2014, in Blogging, College, Fitness, Healthy Habits and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Now that’s a colossal achievement and you all should be very proud of yourselves!! I was taken aback at your mention of a brown recluse spider in this post………bear, mountain lion, skunk, maybe even deer, but NOT a deadly spider.  Glad to hear your animal sightings were less threatening and provided entertainment for all. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend Kenzie!!!

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