12.07.12 “The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change.” ― Thomas Wolfe Man, I could read Wolfe all day long. And I have had a chance to as I am off from the Park this week, but I wanted to check in anyways with a report on the trails' conditions ahead of the weekend. The trails are fairly clear, today. Warmer temperatures earlier in the week once again eliminated any signs of snow or ice that had built up previously. But, winter looks like it will be making a return by tonight, just in time for the weekend. The Monadnock Region will be experiencing some mixed precipitation through Saturday night. We may see some clearing on Sunday, but a mix of rain and snow will be in the works again by the start of next week. Significant snow accumulation is not expected as of this writing, but that is always subject to change. What can definitely be expected is wet, icy, and slick trail conditions on the mountain's slopes. As stated in last week's report, now is the time to start packing your traction devices and good decisions. Park Staff, NH Fish and Game Officers, and Jaffrey Fire Department all assisted in a carry off for a hiker with a broken leg on the White Dot Trail earlier this week. We are always happy to assist hikers in need, but even happier when all visitors complete their hikes safely! Especially at this time of year, take care of yourselves out there. We've all taken our spills on the trails. I've taken some nasty falls, too. Accidents do happen, bu the right gear, boots, equipment, and judgment will only increase your chances of finishing your hike so that you are able to hike tomorrow, too.