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7.19.16 … In his words, he had a ‘hell of a time.” … Essentially he had had a long slog in high altitude in high winds in a low cloud with low visibly and rain …

Day 29 Hiking/Day 38 from Katahdin

7.19.16

John called about 2 p.m. He was sitting in the cafeteria atop Mt. Washington (mm 332). Yesterday, he started at mile marker 319 and made it to the top of Mt. Madison (mm 326.9). Fortunately, he arrived dry.

However, by the time he got at the campsite which was about a half-mile from the AT, the rain had begun and he was soaked through. And the campsite was full, so he had to pitch his tent on the side of a hill and get inside. Once in, he took off his wet clothes and put on dry and slept, albeit uncomfortably given the incline of his campsite and the cold.

This morning, he got up, changed into his damp clothes and headed out. When I talked to him at 1 he was atop Mt. Washington. It had been a long, cold, wet slog through rain most of the day. And, yes, he was soaked. In his words, he had a ‘hell of a time.” He was sitting in a cloud in the public cafeteria at the mountain’s top and was hoping that the cloud might move. Essentially he had had a long slog in high altitude in high winds in a low cloud with low visibly and rain. He was hoping the rain would stop and he would hike down the other side of Mt. Washington to a shelter.

Since the rain did not stop, he made the decision to get a ride to the base and go back to his hostel of several nights, White Mountains Inn and Hostel.

I assume he plans to dry out his clothes and get a good night’s sleep in the warm comfort of the hostel.

I’ve had a very pleasant day in the comfort of Chez Teague.




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