The day actually began at Jeffrey’s house in Intervale, which he operates as a parttime B&B. This is noteworthy because this sure did make the morning meeting go smoothly, even having gone over gear the night before. Talk about convenience. For breakfast they went to the Sunrise Shack, one of the Redline Guiding favorites. Once fueled, they drove to the Mt Clinton Road parking lot opting to go in that way. The trail was completely broken out, but the pair wisely opted to wear snowshoes right from the start to prevent postholing later. That often makes the most sense — beats carrying them. They made steady progress, stopping at the Mizpah Cutoff for a break, then again at treeline to prepare for their alpine encounter.
“Gary said later that although he had climbed some of the higher peaks in the USA and South America, he had never experienced wind and weather like that. He also said in spite of hiking everywhere this was the best hike he ever did,” Jeffrey reported. He also added, “Gary experienced a number of ‘firsts’ on this hike: first time on snowshoes (he liked it); first time in this type of weather; first time wearing his facemask (we supplied a Ready Pack but he had some of his own stuff), and first time he used hand warmers. All-in-all he was one satisfied guest.” That’s what we like to hear!
Congratulations on the successful summit, Gary. Well done, Jeffrey.