This past weekend we were blessed with our first snow of the winter. I LOVE SNOW and immediately was dreaming of being up on Roan Mountain and taking in the snow views and frozen creek. Tuesday, Deanna and I headed up to Carver's Gap to hike Round Bald. I was a little anxious about driving up there (still reliving my last unsuccessful snow trek up to Carver's Gap), but the roads were magically clear all the way to the top!! We had dressed warmly (or so we thought), but we underestimated the wind! In the parking lot it was 29* and already quite windy!
I found on the way up that I had a fierce determination to get to the top and I was climbing faster with the help of my poles, but the cold air was giving me quite a stitch in my side! If you haven't hiked Round Bald, the first half of the climb to the top is mostly through a Spruce Pine forest. That part of the hike was cold, but not unbearable. When we stepped into the open it was quickly apparent we were not prepared for this level of battering! The wind was so strong and just a continuous, sustained wind. If I had to guess, I'd say at least 25-30 mph. It was literally blowing us sideways. Deanna had on a hat and two hoods. I didn't have any head covering. My head started hurting and burning. Thankfully, Dee shared her hat and saved me from frostbite! A lot of my pictures didn't turn out because of the conditions, but here's a few.
Some people might think we are crazy for hiking in the cold, snow, and wind, but it was invigorating! We can't wait to get back out there through the winter, but the next few weeks look more like Spring!