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Most hikers take a much-needed break after reaching the summit of Mount Humphreys.

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I tossed my water bottle behind the twisted low branches of a bristlecone pine, the only thing hardy enough to live in such an inhospitable environment. I could not bear the weight of the 25-ounce bottle anymore. It had come to that.

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