Epic Skyline Weather

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Epic Skyline Weather

Postby Ellen » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:44 pm

Howdy All :)

The Craigmeister, Cindy and I headed up prepared for a blizzard based on the NOAA site and other reports. The sunrise was gorgeous -- a blaze of red in the clouds. Ania and Greg passed us at the picnic tables. Before long, we were treated to a beautiful rainbow. I was dressed in shorts and t-shirt and donned a long sleeve shirt at 4 K when it started to drizzle. The weather looked very forboding but then sun came out. I got too warm and took the shirt off at the base of the 5 K ridge.

We had a nice breeze on the Never Ending Ridge. Amazingly, we could still see the rainbow. We joked about finding the pot of gold at Flatrock. I thought I heard voices on the ridge. Sure enough, when we reached Flatrock we saw Tina, St. Patrick (Lilbitmo), Steve and Fern heading out. Caesar and Patti were up ahead as well. After a quick fuel break, we started up. It was awesome to be cool on the arduous climb and the rain had washed away most of the ice on the trail before the 7.4 K mark. There was a bit of new snow on the traverse and I donned microspikes at Coffman's.

We could hear the wind picking up as we approached Grubbs Notch. By the time we were a few switchbacks below Grubbs, the wind was absolutely howling -- it sounded like a locomotive. We immediately headed up through the rocks to the tram to escape the artic gusts. For safety concerns, no trams were coming up but we were able to ride down.

Said farewell to everyone at the museum and started the most treacherous part of the day -- driving home. The air was full of flying objects and the ground was littered as well. On top of that, it was sometimes impossible to see due to the blowing sand. I was very happy to reach the freeway (at least there the wind was blowing head on, not from the side).

All of us were very happy that the weather turned out better than expected. Another great day with friends.

Miles of smiles,
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Postby bluerail » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:36 pm

Glad you got to the freeway okay...
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Postby zippetydude » Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:14 pm

I was wondering what you were all up to today. Glad everyone got down on the tram - could be a long boring walk back down. I'll shoot both of you an email in a little while about my own adventure.

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Epic Skyline Weather

Postby Cy Kaicener » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:18 am

Awesome trip report and glad to hear that you made it and got to ride down.
The weather forecast didnt discourage all you hardy all weather hikers - WOW 8)
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Postby 2600fromatari » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:22 pm

You guys are hardcore Ellen. Congrats on making it, and coming back home in one piece. Saw you guys about two weeks ago and couldn't believe how fast you guys were. I was running out of steam and you guys looked as fresh at Flat Rock as I was at the picnic tables. :)
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Postby tramtim » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:14 pm

Glade to see you all made it down and home safe and sound :)
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Postby Ellen » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:19 am

Howdy Tim :)

THANK YOU for getting us down safely 8)

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Postby tinaballina » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:39 am

It was a great day hiking and great to see everyone.
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