It was a chilly Saturday on the mountain, one that never saw us overtake the freezing mark despite the all-day sunshine. At one point the thermometer dipped as low as 22°, and when you factor in some of yesterday’s breezes, the air certainly would have felt like it was in the teens. We’re getting a nice break from the cold already this morning. Who knew that 33° and rising would feel like a balmy heat wave? There is a solid chance we reach the 40s this afternoon, combined with another sunny sky, today will make for some fantastic outdoor exploration. Be wary though, as tonight temps will once again plummet to what could be their lowest of the autumn season thus far. With the possibility of getting down into the low 20s plus 35mph gusts, folks could endure single digit wind chills. So don’t skimp on the layers and certainly protect the extremities.
It’s amazing (not a in a good way) how many people seem to overlook bringing hats and gloves with them in these conditions. With the wealth of information available in this day and age, ignorance is no excuse for coming into the backcountry unprepared, especially when a lack of preparation can put your own well-being and that of others at risk. We’re getting into the time of year where attempting firsts or “winging it” presents more and greater challenges and hazards. In 10 days time our doors are closed for several months. That means no visitors services, no shelter, no food, only you and the raw elements of nature. And should you come into difficulty, there is no guarantee for any type of rescue, at least in a timely manner, with fewer people visiting the park or those available to assist. So please, be smart out there when it comes to planning visits to the mountain. It isn’t going anywhere.
Beginning tomorrow, we will be moving guest supper service up to 6:00. This still leaves folks with plenty of time to make the trek back down from sunset at Cliff Tops before supper. All other service hours will remain as is.
Have a great end to the week.
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