August 7, 2016: Mount Adams

I decided it was time to take down another tall one, so I made my way back to the presidential range to tackle Adams.  The trail starts off from the Appalachia parking lot and I knew I was in trouble when the ranger on duty there told me they were forecasting 60 mph winds on the summit.

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Glad I had packed some long sleeved shirts, I started off onto the airline trail which does not stay below tree line for very long.  As soon as I got above the trees, I was almost knocked down by the force of the howling winds.

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I passed a nervous hiker who had turned back because of the winds but I was not yet ready to make that drastic call yet.

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i got over a small crest and came to the fork that leads right to the summit and left to the hut.  The wind here was ferocious so I decided to wait a couple minutes hoping to see someone come down so I would know the way ahead was safe.

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After about 10 minutes of swaying in the wind, I decided to just go for it but my enthusiasm was short lived as I panicked and headed back.  I decided to go sit at the hut for a few minutes to gather my wits. I ran into a lady here who claimed to have just come from the summit so I threw my pack back on for added weight and returned to the trail for a second attempt.

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This one went a little more smoothly as I actually continued on into the wind and clouds and felt a little foolish when I got up on the ridge trail only to realize there were many foolish people out and about and even one pooch bagging his 48th!

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After some up and downs, geographically and mentally, I finally reached the summit where I was honored to be chosen as the picture taker of said pooch.  After spending some time in a crevice, I once again ventured out into the howling winds to head back down. 46 down, 2 to go!!!!

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