Youth - nothing else worth having in this world... and I had youth, the transitory, the fugitive, now, completely and abundantly. Yet what was I going to do with it? Certainly not squander its gold on the commonplace quest for riches and respectability, and then secretly lament the price that had to be paid for these futile ideals. Let those who wish have their respectability - I wanted freedom, freedom to indulge in whatever caprice struck my fancy, freedom to search in the farthermost corners of the earth for the beautiful. the joyous and the romantic. Richard Halliburton
It's a beautiful, blustery day up top. The high yesterday reached 26 degrees. The overnight low was 0 degrees, recorded early yesterday morning. It was 23 degrees and mostly cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received an inch of additional snow last night, bringing our snowfall total to 11 inches. There are a lot of drifts, more than I've seen yet this season. Last evening's wind really re-arranged things. The snow is deep in areas, I would highly recommend winter boots, wool socks, gaiters and Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit. The trails are still mostly hardpack snow underfoot with a powdery layer on top. None of the trails to the mountain are entirely broken. A few folks have hiked up and down, but last night's winds got rid of my tracks to the kitchen in about 5 minutes. The snow is bound to be pretty deep no matter which trail you intend to take up. Enjoy the snowy madness and stay within your limits!
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