for it's true, isn't it, in our world, that the petals pooled with nectar, and the polished thorns are a single thing - that even the purest light, lacking the robe of darkness, would be without expression - that love itself, without its pain, would be no more than a shruggable comfort. Mary Oliver
It's a beautiful, grey morning up top. The high yesterday reached 23 degrees. The low was 5 degrees. It was 15 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation. There is still 3 inches of hard packed snow and ice on the trail. I'd be sure to bring some MicroSpikes if you intend to summit. In typical winter conditions like today I'd also recommend wool socks, a dry pair of socks to change into when you reach the summit, winter boots, snow/rain paints, wool baselayers, a windproof shell, a hot thermos of coffee and a positive attitude. Check out this helpful gear list for a bulletproof, snowtastic winter hiking experience. Enjoy the day!
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