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    Mount Washington is seen at dawn from North Conway, New Hampshire. Winter adds a whole host of new challenges for those hardy souls who venture up the Northeast's tallest mountain peak. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    Gary Gustafson, 58, leads Linda Dewey, 54, up an icy trail on the summit cone of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The hikers waited about four weeks for a calm day before attempting to climb the mountain that is notorious for its erratic weather. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    A hiker leaves the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The snow-covered peaks of the northern presidential range can be seen in the distance. They are, from left, Mounts Clay, Jefferson, Adams and Madison. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    A sign marks the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    Ryan Eyestone, 31, of Portland, Maine, takes photographs near the weather instrument tower of the Mount Washington Observatory on the summit. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    A scientist knocks rime ice off the weather instruments at the top of the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    Rime ice covers rocks on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Rime ice occurs when freezing fog hits stationary objects in frigid conditions. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    Rime ice extends horizontally from a pole at the summit of Mount Washington. Rime forms in the direction of the wind-driven fog that often blows across the summit at hurricane force. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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    Nathan Iannuccillo, 23, of Smithfield, R.I., takes a lunch break after climbing more than 4 miles to reach the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Sharp steel crampons give him traction on the icy trails. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

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