So the answer to the question is... no, I can NOT beat the storm up the mountain, and YES, it was a hail/snow storm, not a thunder storm.
But hiking up something steep, fast, on pace, without stopping, regardless of the weather (unless its a safety issue), is what's hard for me. And I made myself a deal, that if I'm gonna ask the people in MY life to do what's hardest for them, I can sure as heck haul my own butt up this hill.
This is a pretty good shot of how steep the M trail is. Super Fun!
And, hey, mom, thanks for the jacket, its awesome!!