It's a beautiful, wintry morning up top. The high yesterday reached 40 degrees. The overnight low was 14 degrees. It was 14 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received 1 inch of new snow and there is approximately 2 inches of snow remaining. The trails are a bit slick after yesterday afternoon's rain froze overnight... I would recommend some sort of traction devices if you intend to reach the summit. Get out and enjoy the day!
I had a wonderful hike up yesterday afternoon. I got to the trailhead around 2:30 and you could feel in your bones that a storm was coming in. I'm not a meterologist, but there are some days where you just know you're in for a sufferfest. I started off in running shorts and a singlet, with my rain jacket nearby for the cold breezes above Monotony Ridge. I was both excited to get back to the lodge again for the home stretch of my season and antsy from long days of travel and it felt so, so good to be exerting myself again - every step a step closer to the calm of my cabin. As predicted, the rain started to fall hard on Monotony Ridge. My limbs were getting a raw turnip red color from the cold and exertion. I stopped for a minute to put on my jacket and collect the moment for my memory. There are only so many days and they are all a joy on the mountain...
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