The mountain and I are stuck in a cloud for the moment. The high yesterday reached 40 degrees. The overnight low was 28 degrees. It was 37 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received .12" of rain and a dusting of snow, but that really just made up for what melted off during the afternoon yesterday. The melt has become soft enough that you can make it up Alum or Rainbow without much traction devices, but Microspikes would still certainly make your life easier. Be sure to turn around 3:30 or so if you intend to avoid hiking in the dark.
It's one of those mornings where you need a kerosene lamp to make the coffee. It all feels like a kind of robotic ritual, fate in a microcosm. Very little sun is breaking through the clouds and it seems to hesitate at the suggestion of lighting up the snowscape atop. I don't know if we're going backwards or forwards into day or night, perhaps that new Phillip K. Dick book I started last night is messing with my perception... but either way, coffee will help.
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