Wow…Just wow. So the day started by leaving the Lakes of the Clouds hut. It was windy and the clouds covered us at this high elevation hut. It has been rainy/stormy for the last few days in the mountains and was forecast to continue.
Left the hut in the morning and started climbing on the way up Mt. Washington. In the past it has recorded winds exceeding 200 mph. I think over 150 people have died on the mountain over the years. Winds were 65 mph as I left. At times I was lucky to see 30 feet in front of me. It rained and sleeted. There were no views of course.
Passed by the cog train and followed the tradition of mooning it. Hiking up versus riding up. No cog train was there and in the rough weather was not going to wait.
Climbed Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Madison, the Carter Mountains, Mt. Moriah and others today.
As the day went, the weather looked like it might get better, but it got kind of worse. Towards the end of the day winds got up to 90 mph around Mt. Madison. I was well above treeline. I was getting whipped by wind rain and hail all while walking on boulders. The winds were almost blowing me over, blowing my legs around as I lifted them to walk, each step had to be braced. The hail stung as it hit. Other hikers were seeking protection behind rock piles. Falling or being blown down a mountain was not a pleasant thought.
Eventually, I made it back into the protection of tree cover, it was a relief. Most of the day I was fully exposed above treeline. Hiked on in the rain. Trails were flowing like creeks and muddy below treeline.
Hiked to a road and was able to get to The Barn hostel for the night to get dried out. Might zero tomorrow as it was a rough day.