Almost Froze on Mt. Baldy

On December 12, 2012, I decided on a whim to hike up Mt. Baldy via Ski Hut Trail. Light rain was forecast and it was partly cloudy. I did not mind as I enjoy walking in the rain. I intended to summit around nightfall, pitch the tent near the top, and trek down the next day. It hadn’t snowed yet in the winter season. But I prepared for the cold and possible snow by packing extra clothing, a gator, and face cover. It turned out to be my first camping trip in a blizzard.   On the way up, although...

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