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December 31, 2017

This past Wednesday I woke up at 5:30 in the morning as I usually do on my day off. A map was folded over to Storm King Mountain near Cornwall, NY. The temperature was in single digits (even colder when the windchill was factored in). It was extremely cold, even for late December, so I planned for a short, 3-mile hike up about 650 feet to the top of Storm King Mountain as my final hike of 2017. Many layers of clothing, thick socks, and my hiking boots were laid out alongside my pack on the floor next to my desk. I shut off a few wayward alarms as I stared at the ceiling in the pitch blackness as the sun had plenty of time before it rose. 

On my hiking days, the blankets usually get thrown right off and I hop up out of the bed onto my feet. However, as I lay there on this particu...

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