The weather reports at first indicated that it was going to be a great day for a hike – then they changed to ‘maybe 1 PM thunderstorms’ – then on Saturday evening they said ‘storms after 5 PM on Sunday’. So, we went, with a plan that the ‘iPhone people’ would keep an eye on the updated weather forecast as we proceeded.
The temperature was indeed great, with a high of about 80 in Burlington, and about 65 on the summit. But, the woods were very humid on the way up, and the humidity took its toll – we did not set any speed records. Some talked about perhaps turning back, but eventually everyone continued. We were a bit spread out by the time we got to the summit, but all made it around 1 PM, about 4 ½ hours after we started.(There was another group of two younger guys (a lot younger) who were ‘training for Kilimanjaro’ and started about the same time we did. We beat them to the top. They might need to train more!)
We enjoyed the summit, and eventually headed back down. There were a few sprinkles of rain on the way down around 3 PM, but these were really brief and inconsequential. We reached the parking lot around 5:15 PM, 8 ¾ hours after we started, and the clouds were indeed building on the summit. I guess the weather folks got the forecast correctly sorted out.
Summertime Electrolyte Rehydration Concoction:
On a recent hike, John Predom was rehydrating with this excellent electrolyte concoction:
- Juice of one lemon or lime
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1/2 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- optional: salt
Participants – Phil Hazen, David Hathaway, Scott Springer, Lynda Hutchins, Sheri Larsen, Richard Larsen Trip Leader