It's a beautiful, blustery day up top. The high yesterday reached 27 degrees. The overnight low was negative 7 degrees, recorded shortly after observation yesterday morning. The mountain received no new precipitation, although there is heavy snow in the forecast for today. There is still 3 hardpack, slick inches of snow remaining up top. I would definitely recommend Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit today. Enjoy the winter weather!
I had a fantastic hike out to Cliff Tops last night. The winds were blowing in sincere gusts, as unpredictable and wily as ever. If the wind were a person, I would wish to meet him. The storm clouds were building on the horizon, looking as imposing as any advancing army. The colours in the clouds were spectacular, blues and greys that seemed solid due to their intensity. I sat there, counting my breaths and my blessings. I lost count.