If you want to get to the peak, you ought to climb without giving it too much thought. Nietzsche
It's a beautiful day up top. The high yesterday reached 34 degrees. The overnight low hit 22 degrees. It was 25 degrees and mildly cloudy at 7am weather observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is still 2 inches of snow up top. The trails are in pretty rough shape. I would definitely recommend Microspikes for the final quarter of the climb. It's nearly impassable without some sort of traction devices. Be careful!
_It was a phenomenal day to be out yesterday. When my friend Adam and I awoke, we were treated to a morning above the clouds. I knew immediately that it would be an unforgettable descent. When we reached Alum Cave, we were swallowed by the humidity. We were among the very few who got to experience the raw beauty of the day, as those in the valley had chalked it up as another gray, Smokies day. When I came back up, my friend Daniel pointed out that it looked as if only you could build the right ship, nothing could stop you from sailing right across the aether...
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