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  1. Keith Rayeski
    March 7, 2013

    Courageous and commendable hike! The weather IS looking favorable but then, that is way down here below the summits!! Really looking forward to your after hike report (that is a vote of confidence) and in particular, how the tents made out and what you needed for an anchoring system, if you needed to get industrious and build wind breaks with snow and, how the stoves worked with respect to melt times and fuel usage! Safe and rewarding trip!

  2. Tim Moon
    March 7, 2013

    Sounds like an awesome winter trip. Hope you guys have great weather. I’m interested to hear how the Firstlights hold up, especially if it gets windy. They look rather tall and narrow. If there is good snow above treeline that won’t be a problem though ’cause you can dig out a spot for your tent. In any case, I can’t wait to hear how it went!

  3. PaulaJeanne
    March 7, 2013

    Good Luck! Climbed Madison a few weeks ago (and should have turned around with 50+ mph winds)! Sounds like an exciting trip.

  4. znara
    March 7, 2013

    What a spectacular hike in summer, this should make it even more breathtaking. Enjoy! I can’t wait to see the pictures.

  5. Mike
    March 7, 2013

    This sounds like an awesome adventure. Good luck!

  6. ATBob
    March 7, 2013

    Good luck and happy trails. Hike on – Tattoo

  7. EconAPG
    March 7, 2013

    Sorry if this shows up twice (stupid smartphone). I think you have transposed the heights of Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams above. With the weather we’re getting now this should be a great trip. I won’t be attempting a traverse, but I’ll be in the Presi’s as well this weekend. Cheers!!

    • Earlylite
      March 7, 2013

      Good catch. Corrected.

  8. Liz
    March 7, 2013

    Good luck! Sounds like it’ll be a fun trip no matter what happens. Looking forward to reading your report. And I’ll wave at you from Washington, where I’ll be learning how to self-arrest. Woot!

  9. Noam Gal
    March 7, 2013

    Good luck and have fun. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some wonderful pictures of the hike after you come back.
    Be safe.

  10. Grandpa
    March 7, 2013

    I’ll be playing soccer with the grandkids. How does that compare?

    • Earlylite
      March 7, 2013

      Probably more dangerous.

      • Grandpa
        March 7, 2013

        Likely so, although the only thing I’ve broken playing soccer is my leg…

        A few years ago, I invited a friend who’d pitched on the same high school staff as Vida Blue to play flag football with us since he’d been telling us what a great quarterback he’d be. He said he couldn’t make the game because that conflicted with his tee time. I replied, “But George, you have to pay money to play golf. If you play football with us, all you’ll be out is your deductible at the emergency room!”

        For some reason, I didn’t sway him with my convincing argument, perhaps because he’d seen how many trips I’d made to ER from playing sports.

  11. Steve M
    March 7, 2013

    Given the amount of thought and planning you seem to do in preparation, I expect your report will cover the entire journey. It sounds rather epic, so deserves an epic write up. Good luck and stay safe.

    • Earlylite
      March 7, 2013

      It’s an illusion. The plans have changed already, slightly.
      But yes, we did a fair amount of planning, but this is also home turf and we’re very familiar with the area.

  12. Rami
    March 7, 2013

    Best of luck. Looking forward to your hike report.

  13. Brian
    March 7, 2013

    Sounds like a great adventure! I’m looking forward to the report. Best of luck!

  14. Mike C
    March 7, 2013

    Good luck on your traverse. Two of my friends and I are attempting some above treeline trekking on Saturday (Mt. Adams and Madison). Maybe we’ll bump into you. Big fan of the site,

  15. Dan
    March 8, 2013

    Good luck Philip, I can’t wait to read the report! Wishing you great weather too!

  16. Bill
    March 8, 2013

    Best of luck Philip! I tried for a traverse yesterday, but turned back short of Adams in a whiteout. The weather’s looking great for you!

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