Lack of visibility and the barren conditions made it very easy to get lost across the 1.8 mile ridge loop, and any exposed skin was immediately subject to frostbite. Ice quickly formed across the pack and gear and left even the zippers on my jacket lightly frozen in place.
Looked like about six of us hit summit today, though conditions were reportedly substantially better in the morning given one hiker who mentioned he peaked without a face mask or goggles (impossible by the time I reached summit).
Shared the trail with Coco the stray Chocolate Lab on the way down, who was bitterly disappointed when I practically had to pull her out of the driver's seat of my car to inform her she could not come home with me.
Today's trip makes for 100 miles of hiking in the White Mountains in the past three months.
7.8 miles / 4hrs 45min
What to wear to a bank if you want to get LOTS of attention
Along final ascent up to Carriage Rd
Ice began forming on our gear (and my camera)
Descending after stumbling across the summit