2008-02-25 20:57:20.000 – Summit Volunteer,  Summit Volunteer


Today is Monday, which makes it my 5th day on top of the mountain. The past 5 days have given the volunteers and the crew some amazing views: from sunrises (that I have regrettably been too tired to get up for) and sunsets, to beautiful views of the snow dusted “Presies,” to glimpses of the sun reflecting off of the ocean, and the gorgeous, glittering rime ice that covers every surface of the summit outside. Isn’t this Mt Washington? The home of severe, brutal, unforgiving weather? The most “severe” thing I’ve experienced outside would have to be losing one of my beloved gloves last night to the mercy of the mountain and the 55 mph winds. I sure hope some family of mice is snuggling up inside that warm little glove that toppled over the side of the summit observation deck…but I’m speaking too soon. The 11 day trippers that just arrived on the snow cat have been bustling with talk of the upcoming snowstorm that is supposed to spice up our summit experience!

Even as the weather has been so pleasant outside, my mother and I have scarcely been able to spend time exploring the summit limits. Between 2 climbing trips, 2 EduTrips, and various day trips arriving and departing, there have been many mouths to feed! It has been a delightful challenge to cook for so many different people with a limited ingredient list, and I have added some newly tried recipes to my repertoire, including homemade stuffing for our thanksgiving feast, spinach balls appetizer, butternut squash soup and pasta fagioli. Only two more days on the Rockpile (if the weather holds)…and I look forward to taking these recipes, and the experiences that I’ve had, and the friendships I’ve made back down the mountain with me.

Sarah Janisch


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