To many a visit to the great outdoors means a leisurely stroll through the well-worn trails of a nearby state park, perhaps entailing the odd clamber over a felled tree or rogue boulder before taking a well-deserved granola bar break. And then there are these: Extreme adventures that offer intense and thrilling challenges to even the most seasoned outdoorsman, from terrain, or temperature, fauna or any combination of the three.
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Despite the outsized-seeming boast that this otherwise unassuming peak is "Home of the World's Worst Weather," unwary visitors every year learn the hard way that Mount Washington is certainly a contender for that title. Take the fact that even when it's a sunny hot day in the area, shorts-wearing explorers will discover that the summit is likely freezing: on average it's a frigid 27 degrees, and the thermometer has never even ventured above 72. As a result more than a hundred climbers have succumbed over the years from any manner of weather-related mishaps, from exposure, avalanche, or being blown off a cliff (the mountain also holds the wind-speed record of 231 mph).
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