We started off with another frigid morning up top, but at least the skies have stayed clear from moonlight to sunshine. It wasn’t as cold at breakfast time as yesterday, but when you’re only talking a few degrees difference, it still feels the same. Temps at the lodge have risen sharply with the passing sun, up from the upper 20s now to the lower 50s. The rest of the week looks like it will continue to warm slightly, so our coldest nights could be behind us for a spell. There are many reasons why the lodge is closed during the winter months. Trying to maintain a water system when it’s below freezing tends to be chief among them. In five and a half weeks, it can snow and freeze all it wants up here. Until then, fingers crossed for smooth sailing and safe passage for all travelers to and from the mountain.