2007-04-07 11:07:53.000 – Kyle Paddleford,  Observer

Sailing the high seas

I got out of bed this morning and headed to the weather room for a quick discussion of the weather with the night observer. As I was preparing to go out and do my first observation of the day, I peered out the window and noticed we were still in the fog. Glancing at the previous observations indicated that light snow was still falling on the summit for the fourth day in a row! I bent down to tie my boots before stepping out into the winter landscape and upon looking out the window the sight was quite a bit different than twenty seconds prior. In the time it took me to tie my boots, the summit went from being in the fog with light snow falling, to being in the clear with a full undercast that was about 500 feet below!

With no other peaks in sight, it was as if our crew was on a pirate ship sailing the high seas looking for treasure. Feeling inspired by this thought, I myself went searching for treasure and found it in the form of a hot cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich. This pirate was ready to tackle the day now, but with the summit going back in the fog and with no fog horn to guide our ship, we would have to anchor and stay put for the time being.

Lastly, I would like to point you towards our forums page. The forums are a great way to learn more about life at the summit, weather, and to share your personal experiences with others.


Kyle Paddleford,  Observer

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