It's winter again(!!!) up top. The mountain is blanketed with fresh snow and all has been made anew. The high yesterday reached 33 degrees and the low got down to 13 degrees. It was 14 degrees and snowing lightly at 7am observation. The mountain received 1 inch of new snow, bringing our total back up to an inch. I would bet that the trails are still in rough shape, given how much water has been coming off the mountain the past few days. I would recommend Microspikes as a must for anyone planning to summit.
The flurries started dancing around 6pm last night. My friend Walt and I were sitting on the porch outside our cabin admiring the low hanging clouds bearing the makings of our overnight storm. These clouds had a classic dark quality, they seemed to be tipping their cap at us as they settled in overhead. It was a great contrast with the other day on Alum, nature seemed gentle and beautiful, it's raw power hibernating for the moment, a wild muscle unflexed. We awoke to a fine powder, the perfect flakes having wrapped the mountain in a fine sheath of chaste flakes, a felicitous end to February. Nature's displays will never fail to impress those who make themselves present.
ps: Happy Springerversary to my dear comrade First Man! Wish I could be at WB with ya to celebrate!
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