June 10, 2013
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Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Gerry Wright (left) visited the Mt. Washington Observatory, 50 years after he and fellow hiker Harold Addison were saved from the deadly weather.
Snow was falling rapidly on the pair that winter night in 1963 as they approached the observatory.
The observatory, however, had a policy that exists to this day: hikers are not allowed inside in the winter.
The wind was blowing so hard it took Wright almost 45 minutes just to climb the steps to the door, where he pleaded his case.
The man who answered the door let them in. The logbook notes "they were very nice . . . and even washed the dishes."
The man also drew a map of the safest way for them to get down the next morning.
Addison held a crampon he used during that climb with Wright.
The stranger's identity was lost in the fog of memory, until Addison found the map last year and saw the name on the back: Guy Gosselin (left).
The three men arranged a reunion at the base of "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" auto road to head again to the summit.
As Gosselin (from left), Addison, and Wright stood on the summit to pose for photos, the wind picked up, seemingly a reminder of how unpredictable the mountain can be.
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