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Guidebook writing is more than just going for a hike and jotting it down. This fact was made clear recently when I sat down to enter a description for Hualapai Peak in my forthcoming guidebook,
 Arizona Summits North. Where were my notes? Nowhere, apparently, so there was only one professional solution—go do it again.

It was a gorgeous day in northwestern Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains, blue skies and just a light cover of snow above 7,000 feet. The summit route was considerably more convoluted than I remembered. I wrote it all down in a bound notebook this time, and promptly entered my findings into the developing book upon my return home. Look for the details in Arizona Summits North, due out in the spring. For now I’ll just offer this teaser: The view from the top of the Hualapai Peak is vast, and stunning, stretching from the Spring Mountains near Las Vegas to the Kofa Range, near Mexico.

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