I completed the 50 state highpoints last week on Mauna Kea! We had perfect weather until we reached the final mile, where we encountered very heavy winds. A ranger told us the wind speed was 51MPH at at one of the observatories. It seemed even higher than that on the actual summit but that merely served to add a nice exclamation point to my final state highpoint.
Unfortunately no closer now than when I left SP. Still 5 toughies to go. Going big this summer, however, with a month-long trip where I'll be attempting Hood, Rainier, Gannett and Granite. All the best to you in your continued mountain pursuits.
Kongratulations George! Looking at your album on SummitPost I noticed that the time of year you chose to summit some of these peaks didn't seem to be much of a factor. A winter climb of Mt. Washington is always a challenge and most wait until summer months for attempting the Rockpile. Well done; it's a great accomplishment.
Happy Trails & Safe Climbs. Stony
Thanks Stony. As a Midwesterner, I found that doing some of the HPs in winter is a good way to sharpen my winter mountaineering skills. A winter ascent of Mt Washington, in particular, is a great prerequisite for some of the higher western peaks. Cheers!