2011-02-10 22:13:24.000 – Jim Lobley, Summit Volunteer
Leaning into the wind on the summit of Mount Washington was not the only thrill I experienced this past week as a volunteer. I watched as people came and went but all made certain to say thank you for the simple meals we did our best to cook. Winter on the mountain is something I will never forget. I have met some pretty amazing people who do an incredible job. Imagine with winds hitting over 100 miles per hour and temperatures dipping into the -25 degree category not to mention wind chill these young folks will venture outside to take readings from instruments. They are doing there part in trying to keep us all safer through monitoring the weather. It doesn’t stop there however, they also teach students with their outreach program from the summit as well as entertain those who dare to visit their, ‘home’ during the winter as hikers or curious observers. I am thrilled I had the chance to work with these very special people for a second time.
One of the other fun experiences was watching a local television crew from WGME do a live remote from the summit back to the classrooms of two teachers who ventured up with the crew. I now call all these folks friends and wonder why anyone who reads this doesn’t take the time to find out how they can become a volunteer on this majestic mountain, the home of the worlds worst weather. Thank you for the opportunity!
Jim Lobley, Summit Volunteer