It was certainly a different trip up the mountain than Nathan had a week ago. It was gorgeous in the lower elevations. It wasn't until we reached a quarter of a mile to the lodge that we started hiking in the clouds. What a difference the clouds make. It was a bit cold up top. If you are hiking up, please remember to bring dry layers to put on. I started out in a t-shirt and had to put on my jacket for the last section in the clouds. The high yesterday was 40º with a chilling low of 26º.
This is the time of year when the weather can change on a dime. I start carrying my ice traction up and down the mountain. I know you have been reading about it a lot lately, that is only because we feel being prepared can make a huge difference between life and death, especially this time of year. Please be careful and always let someone know where you are going and when you return from your hike. If you are not an avid hiker, research the trails you are planning on hiking. Have a general knowledge of what you should expect. Preparedness will go a long way in making your trip a success. Happy and safe hiking. See you at the top.