A Volunteer’s Week

2016-02-27 09:21:16.000 – Laura Dorfman, Summit Volunteer


This was a very exciting week for me. I have volunteered at the top of Mount Washington twice before in the summer. But this week I volunteered in the winter, which is a very different experience. I got to cook dinner for the crew (and celebrate two birthdays). My fellow volunteer Carol and I met and cooked for two groups of people visiting for the day, and for a group of hikers staying overnight. It is fun to meet all the visitors and hear their stories.

A highlight for me was to go out for some short hikes in the snow and frost. I learned about marvelous, magical microspikes which allow you to walk on the ice like it wasn’t there! My favorite thing about this week was seeing the beautiful frost. It all had such gorgeous details. I saw detailed frost feathers everywhere! Around rock outcroppings it looked like a mouth full of fancy teeth. On my walks I was amazed at the details and beauty of it. I felt guilty that every step I took crushed some natural art.
The week passed quickly, and I feel very happy and honored to have been a small part of the Mount Washington Observatory team.


Laura Dorfman, Summit Volunteer

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