"The mountain is quite rugged in places, with several outdoor hazards that hikers may be unprepared for, including high altitude, severe weather, steep rock faces, and wild animals. Hikers and climbers die or are harmed every year." – Wikipedia
It was about -12C (10F) including windshield when we made it to the top from the tram station. With about 10 inches of snow and a raging wind that screamed like death itself. I’ve never come that close to feeling what frost bite felt like, sufficed to say my gloves were not up to the task.
The exhaustion from altitude was something else. Bringing with it not only a pounding heart from the exertion through the rugged and snowy terrain but also a throbbing headache and spinning distortion in the visio
n and mind. Hydration was critical, as was refueling with deep breaths at every pause along the trail.
We couldn’t quite make it to the top with the wind, snow and cold and the equipment we sported. Despite that the climb and the raw power of nature was worth every heart pounding meter.