Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Oh, To Be on Washington This Afternoon

Just how far off was the forecast for today, or at least my interpretation of it? Here are the summit conditions on Mt. Washington at about 3:30 this afternoon. Sorry to have missed being above treeline. Then again, had we started out we would have been on the trail somewhere between 7:00 and 8:00 am and would have made the summit by 11:00 at the latest when, according to the blue chart on the right, the winds would have been higher than I would like, especially for little Atticus. It seems the winds really died down somewhere just after 1:00 pm. We'll get up early tomorrow morning and check out the forecast again. If the updated higher summits forecast gets rid of the "w/snow showers" aspect we'll do our best to climb Washington tomorrow.