Went with one of my partners to climb Mt Rogers yesterday. Steve has never hiked much in the mountains in the 5 years he's been here in the south, though he is originally from Albuquque. On I-81 there was no snow, at Elk Garden there was 6", it was about 20 with a steady snow fall. We made our way north on the AT. Steve doesn't have snowshoes, I do. As the snow got deeper, I made good time; Steve trudged on, sometimes up to his knees. By about Briar Ridge (the open field to the left about 3/4 mile south of the Mt Rogers summit trail) Steve decided he would like to turn around.
At the bald before the car, the wind had picked up, felt like 30 mph, temp was colder also, maybe 10, about a foot of snow. A nice winter hike. Steve placed a bid on e-bay today for some snowshoes. He told me he never realized the high peaks of the south (aquifers to some) get that much snow. He was not disappointed in letting his wife and kids go decorate cookies whilst he hiked
BTW,The low at Mt Mitchell this am was -15. Off to hike the crest of the Blacks (including Mitchell) with a fellow HP'er in January.
> BTW,The low at Mt Mitchell this am was -15.
Went to check Mt Washington temps, expected them to be very low given that the current (7 AM) temp in Plymouth, low down in the valley, is -5. Surprise! On Mt Washington it is currently +14!! Balmy weather