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Re: Weather in the Whites

At 01:23 PM 3/25/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Just read AT2000's post about the Whites, and I have to say, it is 
>good advice for a weekender, but utterly irrelevant to the AT 
>thruhiker.  Thruhikers don't have the luxury of waiting out bad 
>weather.  Unless the snow is hip deep, or wind steady at 60 mph, most 
>thruhikers will continue to hike, good weather, bad weather.  If one 
>day in three is wet, how long will a thruhike last if you wait out 
>the rainy days?  Consider the distance from Mitzpah to Madison - 12 
>miles. all above treeline.   Lake of the Clouds Hut is generally full,
> and they are not very  nice about letting 
>thruhikers stay when the cellar is filled.  So what do you do when 
>the weather is bad? Keep hiking!  You can start your hike with 
>sunshine and have cold winds and rain and fog in a remarkably short 
>time.  People have died of hypothermia in July in the Whites.  You 
>can't fool with it.  Since most thruhikers can't afford to wait until 
>the weather clears, that means they must be prepared for sudden 
>changes of temperature and conditions.  Rain gear, wool hats and 
>gloves, polartech jackets at the least.  I came very close to 
>hypothermia on Saddleback Mountain in Maine, in August.  Be 
>prepared!!  Ginny "Spririt Walker" Frost
>The advice was not for a thru hiker