Hardesty Mountain

May 1, 1999

Despite a sign-up list which had 10 names on it, only four of us showed up for the hike. The rain held off until just after we left the trail head. Within the first mile a steady mist was falling and we had already had to climb over several logs. By the half-way point the rain was coming down quite steadily. Near the top patches of snow began to cover the trail, and the rain turned to fog moving in and out of the trees. On the summit ridge we were on almost solid snow. We reached the top just after noon to find the summit still covered in about five feet of solid snow. I’ve climbed Hardesty at this same time for the last four years and this is the most snow I’ve ever seen on top. During our lunch break a front moved through, the wind shifted, and the temperature dropped enough that snow flurries began to pass through. Because of this, the trip down was a lot drier and cooler than the climb up. We all (Erin King, Susan Baker, Royal Murdock and leader George Baitinger) arrived back at the cars just after 3:00 p.m.

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