WELCOME TO CLOUD CITY!
Nathan Wilky here, reporting for duty at the top of Mount Madahodo! As I hiked up the Hockomock trail this morning, America's "foggiest mountain" didn't disappoint, with less than ten feet of visibility once I got above treeline. Not the most fun climb I've ever done, but...I'm trying to think of something positive to say. Well, I made it. That's what counts, right??
In all seriousness, I'm thrilled to join Sally, Meredith, Keith, and George for what I hope will be a fun, educational, and above all, SAFE summer in the clouds. Hope you can join us!
Posted by Nathan on June 1, 2012
today's forecast calls for fog. and tomorrow's. And the day after. and the day after that...
You know, I'll be honest: Madahodo was at the absolute bottom of my list for summer hut assignments. But after spending a week getting used to living in a cloud, I have to say: it's actually kind of growing on me.
There's something truly ethereal when you spend morning til night surrounded by a thick white mist. It muffles the noise. You can walk ten feet from the hut and not see it anymore. There's a moisture to the air you can't describe. It's like being in a different world.
Now, don't get me wrong - after a straight week of this, I'd KILL for a nice view once in a while. But it's definitely not what I expected. People tell me that's a common reaction to Madahodo.
Posted by Sally on June 8, 2012
I don't know how we can make the Madahodo Hut rescue policy more clear to guests: there are no rescues, PERIOD.
Last night, two hikers showed up around midnight, frantic and begging us to help find a third friend who was still lost in the fog. We immediately notified the AMFS Emergency Crew on the ground, then explained that rescue attempts are not permitted by the Madahodo summit croo (or guests), as it invariably opens up a Pandora's box of trouble: well-meaning people get hurt (or worse), others get lost, and the rescue operation becomes unnecessarily burdened.
Unfortunately, this logic didn't stick, and they tried to round up hut guests to help them search. A few guests actually volunteered to help, and we almost had a fight break out trying to prevent them from going out into one of the most dangerous storms we've had yet.
Their friend was discovered this morning alive, but...I dunno, something was definitely off about him.
Again: NO RESCUES. We don't make the rules.
Posted by George on June 15, 2012