It’s currently 11 degrees with clouds rolling in. There is still .5 inches of snow on the ground. Plan and prepare for winter conditions and heavy ice on the trails. I consider ice-traction mandatory for a safe ascent/descent in these conditions.
Coffee numbed the cold. Hard winds pressed eagerly against my cheeks. I zipped my parka completely closed, intent on holding my ground atop Myrtle Point. I smiled - my cheeks felt like leather. It didn’t matter, nothing mattered when I was floating through the clouds. I stared deep into the sapphire depth of the Greenbrier. Foreboding and yet it invited me into the depths. The ache of freezing fingers convinced me to reel in my ambitions. The thought would have to be enough... for now.