Today’s Bangor Daily News featured an article about a 5 mile hike that Brad Viles had taken on New Year’s Day up to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
The headline was “New Year’s Day hike proves frigid: Cadillac buffeted by fierce winds” . It’s a decent read, although not about conditions like atop of Mt. Washington where it was sixteen below zero with sustained wind force of 123 mph. In the same issue of the newspaper was this related article: Unprepared hikers keep rangers busy at Acadia National Park.
My own New Year’s hike up to Bald Rock Mountain was in the same category as Brad’s; bitter cold and unbelievable wind combining to create wind chills conditions that were at least 20 below zero.
But all of this whining about the cold conditions pales in comparison to the new blog entry on Tim Smith’s Jack Mountain Bushcraft Blog a Winter Survival Article By David Cronenwett. It is a sobering read about an event that occurred just one mile from the author’s car in typical intense winter conditions in Montana. I include it because it can happen to anyone, especially those of us who include travel over supposedly frozen waterways in our trips up here in the North.
I’ll sign off today evoking the immortal words of “Hill Street Blues” (1981) Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, ” Hey, let’s be careful out there”.