Good to hear from you! It's been 5 years since our last hike, so maybe we'll meet up on the ski slopes instead. I see Cranmore opened today. Glad you liked my Grand Canyon photos - it truly is awesome.
I didn't end up going today but my friend Lynn who lives in Adams had this to report:
Phil: Caveat: Started at top of Big Schuss due to complete saturation of clothes from wet snow and perspiration. Didn’t bring a puffy and was frozen. Also tired from breaking trail with snowshoes. Knee deep but Josh said the Big Bend is wind scoured and Rich reported that the summit had high winds. Too bad the race wasn’t this weekend. Take care. Lynn
Not too good right now. There is hope for snow accumulations in the next 48 hrs. Check back. But here is what I recently received vis a vis the race planned for the 20th:
We met last night and had some deep discussions ... With that said, there is a good chance that the trail WILL NOT be skiable as a continuous run on race day. Storms pop up out of nowhere. So, anything is possible. But we are now making plans in the event that we get no new snow.
...As of last night we are preparing for a partial ski race. Trail conditions are so bad that the race will be fundamentally different than anything we have been preparing for. In the event that we have no new snow, we will most likely have a partial run from the bridge down to the finish. As you know, this is not much of a run...
I guess I could be a considered an "old" yuppie to because I was a professional who made a 6 digit salary prior to my leaving my position after the "accident".
I guess I could call myself the "old yuppie" from the other side of the tracks who is not on the same page. I don't read that book, never have, never will.
Hey Skiguy...it may have gone deeper but I feel the same. It was a personal opinion based on my observations, experience, and input received from other hikers. Strangely enough recently some friends that I "dog hike" with locally mentioned they had stopped at the HC and felt the place was "cold". They are both what one might refer to as older "yuppies". He's a lawyer and she is an OT. I told them next time check to pay a visit to the PNVC. Think they would feel more comfortable there. I just can't "warm up" to that place but for some it does serve it's purpose.
Thanks for the "greenie" and I hope you have a great holiday. Lots of good skiing coming up.