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.