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Winter Mountain Walk

10:11 a.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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It was probably the last possible day for a summit hike when the peaks wouldn't be snow-covered, but it sure felt like winter!

Dry at the TH and above freezing, but cloudy and with a nice breeze. That turned into -5°C/23°F by the time we got past treeline and about -10°C/14°F at the summit (2435 m/8,000 ft). The breeze turned into a harsh wind with gusts up around 50 kph/30 mph.

It had also started snowing lightly at elevation, the first one of the year that showed promise of staying around.  Just a dusting at first, but with accumulations starting to clog up the traction on the scree on the trails.

And that WIND....!


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The break on top was short-lived. My calculations now are that the wind gusts at the summit would have dropped the chill factor to between -24°C/-11°F and -32°C/-27°F and we really didn't want to stay around too long!

Of course, the cloud cover thinned and the sun started poking through as we came down, and the snow had blown off the trail at the lower elevations.

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It was actually quite pleasant back in town that evening, but it rained overnight. By the next morning, we could see heavy accumulations of snow on the peaks. The hike would have been a bit more difficult that day!

3:34 p.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice report...that is chilly. Did you expect such low temps?

 

My favorite picture:

 

 

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4:09 p.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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Great photos!  Looks cold.  I've been actually looking forward to cooler weather for more comfortable conditions down here in So. California.  Looks like I should be heading up north!

7:45 p.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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It's usually colder at elevation (although skiers sometimes get a temperature inversion) but I was expecting a nice fall day. Without the wind, it wouldn't have been too bad. 

But I was carrying (and wearing!) a fleece, softshell with hood, wind shell, Thinsulate toque and leather gloves, and lightly lined hiking pants. I also had a down sweater in my pack in case it got cold. Can't see much in the photo, but you'll get an idea of the bulk. 

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Moose on top. (Forgot about him for a moment.)

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8:25 p.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice shots Peter..I am just waiting for the  leaves to change here in Virgina.Herd they were getting light dustings in Maine and New Hampshire on the higher elevations already.Looks like winter is going to be pretty harsh this year..

10:53 p.m. on September 30, 2013 (EDT)
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That's my favourite, too, Pat. Took a lot in that wind to stop me long enough to take the picture, but it was worth it. 

11:12 a.m. on October 1, 2013 (EDT)
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I enjoyed some cool breezes on top this weekend but that looks well past cool and headed for chilly.  Sounds like you had all the right layers for it though.  Thanks for sharing the views!!

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