Summit Sunrise

2012-06-01 17:15:11.000 – Steve Harshman,  Summit Intern


Hello from the summit!

First off, I’ll introduce myself. I’m Steve Harshman, a new summit intern for the summer. I first arrived on the peak this Wednesday and we’ve been lucky enough to have some beautiful weather over the last few days. An avid hiker, I’ve scrambled up Washington a few times before and vowed I would never get to the top another way. Sadly I had to break this oath when taking the van up the Auto Road, but hey, I sure can’t complain, being privileged enough to spend my summer up here.

So far we’ve seen fairly clear skies, allowing for some amazing views during my time so far at the top. Yesterday I managed a short hike out of a foggy summit over to Monroe with Emanuel, the other intern; just another 4000 footer to check off my list. With a high pressure system moving into the region over night, the few clouds we had dissipated, providing us with an extraordinary sunrise this morning. Luckily our night observer woke everyone up and we groggily stumbled up to the observation deck to get some spectacular pictures. Quite impressive for only my third day, seeing as we’re stuck in the fog up here a majority of the time. It rose over the peak of what we believe to be Mt. Blue in Maine, the pointed cone standing out along the horizon. While this nice weather has been quite a treat, I’m ready to experience some of the more extreme weather this mountain is known for. That’s all for now, and I hope you all can enjoy the weather as much as we are up here!


Steve Harshman,  Summit Intern

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