2009-02-24 11:37:24.000 – NULL, Stranded Germans
Cast away on Mt. Washington can be fun. After a great week here on the summit with sunshine, snow and winds up to 95 mph we should have left on Saturday. But the world’s worst weather likes us and we like Mount Washington as well. So we extended our time here for a while because the snow cat didn’t make it up. After a week of experiments in cold weather conditions we are now getting into what it is like to be an observer.
Who are we? We are a group of seven German students from the University of Ruhr in Bochum and Humboldt University of Berlin. Although all of us are studying geography, are interested in climatology and were well prepared for the conditions up on the summit none of us would have expected to be stranded up here for 5 extra days. We have been making the best out of it though, helping the observatory staff with cleaning, shovelling and having fun while sledding in the extreme weather. There is just nothing like being blown around the weather deck in 97 mph winds.
We have plenty of food and a great cook. After more than 10 days on the summit we feel qualified to say that the observatory staff really rocks the rock pile. So no need to worry about us. We’re better than fine.
Lisa Gillmann, Eva Henze, Nicola Kleimann, Torben Stasch, Peter Irtmann, Sebastian Schmidt, Marcel Gellissen
(Photo courtesy of Marcel Gellissen)
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