Dodging Winter Bullets

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.

Brad Viles (left) and Scott Fisher huddle against the wind and cold temperatures before sunrise on Cadillac Mountain on New Year's Day. The wind chill was 20 below zero.

Brad Viles (left) and Scott Fisher huddle against the wind and cold temperatures before sunrise on Cadillac Mountain on New Year's Day. The wind chill was 20 below zero.

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”.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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