It's another stunning day up top. The high yesterday reached 31 degrees. The low dropped to 26 degrees. It was 29 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain had no significant melt, but the snow is now a harder pack than it was earlier in the week. The total is still around 6 inches and there are some significant drifts on Alum Cave trail. I came up Alum yesterday morning and the trail is slow going due to deepish snow and poor traction. Be sure to consider this into your plans if you intend to reach the summit.
I would definitely still recommend gaiters, Microspikes and the whole gamut of winter gear. Check out the link above for a great, concise write up of how to make your winter hike more enjoyable.
_The colours up top are spectacular at the moment. I was greeted by a purplepinkblue fade on the horizon which was constantly changing as the sun approached it's daily perch. I notice a funny thing about gorgeous mornings like this, I stand and watch and can hardly notice the ever changing atmospheric canvas as the light intensifies, but as I brew my coffee and call in the weather, I go outside and it's a whole new day. It's startling just how limited our powers of perception are. And yet, there's still so much to see, feel & do. Life is constantly overwhelming, in all the right ways.
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