Monday, January 21, 2013
Saturday’s climb was unique, and we almost did not summit. One member of our group was getting too cold part way up. It is never worth having someone become hypothermic just to summit Monadnock.
Our hike started out as normal as any other. John and I were walking with two of the most intelligent people that we know. Conversation and laughter carried us up the trail quickly and easily. Then it became apparent that one of our friends was cold. The sweat had left him cold, and something had to be done. We were all willing to turn back if need be. Hikers always need to be willing to turn around especially in winter if things do not look or feel right. In our case, the problem was solved with a bite to eat, adding more clothing and a short rest.
Monadnock in winter is a beautiful place. It is quiet and serene. It is also a place where people can get hurt. Taking the time to both love and respect nature is important. Several times, we have abandoned our hiking plans in order to keep someone safe. My advice to all winter hikers is this: hike with friends, and make sure that everyone is able to stay strong and safe. Happy trails!