I just checked the summit conditions on Mt. Washington right now, this is roughly the same time of day I’ll be reaching the summit in a couple weeks, so it’s probably a good gauge of what I’ve got ahead of me.
Currently the temperature is -2.9°F with 65.7mph winds, gusting to 82.9mph. That’s a wind chill of -38.3°F. So, yeah… a bit cold. I think I may order another layer of insulation. *laugh*
I did a bit of research as well. The wind chill is known to go down as low as -120°F, and it holds the current highest recorded surface wind speed at 231mph. During the winter, hurricane force winds are experienced 3 out of every 4 days, topping 100mph on average every 3 days.
Oh yeah, and more than 100 people have died climbing it. Mostly due to the extreme colds.
What the hell did I get myself into? *laugh*