It's a nasty day up top. The high reached 47 degrees (!!!) and the low hit 28 degrees. It's currently 30 degrees and short blasts of freezing rain are coating the mountain. We had about 2 inches of melt yesterday, bringing our snow total down to about 5 inches. The mountain received .15" of rain last night before it all started freezing. If you plan to summit today, be prepared to suffer. Rain gear is a must and every trick in the book is necessary to minimize risk in conditions like this.
_All the blue skies have cleared out and it's one of the more miserable days I've seen up here. The winds were howling all night and freezing rain is creating a treacherous layer atop hard, crusty snows. There's something about that first few drops of rain in the evening... it brings me back to nights spent under a tarp on the AT. There's such a sense of expectation with rain - people are always warning you about weather and you're getting better and better at 'reading' it on your own, that when it comes, it's a kind of liquid exultation. The first few nights under a tarp during such a storm can be intimidating, you wake, wonder and worry if it'll be enough... surely, it's impossible that an 8 X 10 sheet of sil-nylon can keep such fury at bay! Once you realize the worst that ever happens is a slightly damp sleeping bag, it's incredibly empowering. You can go anywhere with this seemingly flimsy material, weighing under a pound and survive the night! It still astonishes me, from time to time... we're constantly limiting ourselves with glass ceilings.
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