It's another stunning morning up here. The high yesterday reached 48 degrees. The low was recorded yesterday morning, 27 degrees. It was 35 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation yesterday. There is still patchy snow on the ground up top. Be prepared to slide all around the trials within 1,000' of the summit. There is still dangerous ice higher than the double stair on Alum Cave. Microspikes are your best bet for a summit bid free of anxiety.
_It was a gloriously warm, clear day yesterday. I whiled away the hours reading poetry on the porch of cabin 6, watching the day hikers slide down the main staircase. I was sunbathing for a bit, working on my base tan for my San Diego trip next week. It was absurdly pleasant. Sunset was marvelous. There were enough clouds in the sky to lend it a wonderful kind of texture. The colours played in the clouds for over an hour. Every warm shade of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and all types of unnamed in betweens left me almost a little too dazed to walk back to my cabin.It always feels good to see the cars & their headlights coming down from Newfound, knowing that my journey home is much shorter. It'd be hard not to be anxious traveling 30+ minutes in a car with how intoxicated sunset makes me. I'm glad I only have to stumble a short way down the Cliff Tops trail and can sleep it all off... until sunrise, of course. A little hair of the dog will make me feel better come morning.
1/8/2013 01:36:42 am
Beautiful pics! Always enjoy reading!
1/8/2013 02:45:54 am
1/8/2013 04:59:19 am
Hoping to visit you this weekend.
1/8/2013 06:59:40 am
It took me a while this morning to scroll through all the photos and read all the comments since the last time I was on here, being gone for longer than ever. Seems like since the Chritmas holiday until now there's been just too many things to do, to get done. It only strengthens my resolve to be out in the mountains hiking, anywhere, just as long as I'm out there somewhere. Being the winter caretaker for the Lodge sems like such a wondeful job, even though its brevity precludes it from being a lengthy occupation, but nevertheless one that certainly appeals to me. All the photos will make for an excellent screen saver program, one which will switch from one scene to another every thirty seconds or so. I was wondering who relieves you, JP, when you have a day or two off ? I believe I'll be hiking up either next week or the one thereafter, but I think a stop at NOC for a new pair of ice cleats / spikes will be in order. The things I have now haven't been used much and they're simply slip-ons; cannot rememebr the name of the other ones I'm wanting, but I'll remember when I get to NOC. Any word from the Kilimanjaro adventure ? I made that ascent way back in 1985 and it's said that the glacier / snow on its summit has retreated. Great trip that one was. G'day
1/8/2013 07:51:17 am
Im apart of the Kilimanjaro adventure and we fly over January 16th... Nine days away! We start hiking the 21st and finish up the 28th (full moon). I'm so excited I can hardly wait... Should be the trip of a lifetime!
1/8/2013 09:00:05 am
Lindi your so lucky to share it with Chris and Allyson in such an exciting adventure. Take it all in a share some pics with all of when you get back. JP. awsome pics today.
1/8/2013 09:41:19 am
I am on the waiting list for the first week the Lodge is opened...it's our Spring Break and we will be camping in the park...looking forward to a sunrise/ sunset from the mount
1/8/2013 10:57:57 am
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