50 years later, hikers meet man who saved their life ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page 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. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Snow was falling rapidly on the pair that winter night in 1963 as they approached the observatory. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The observatory, however, had a policy that exists to this day: hikers are not allowed inside in the winter. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff 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. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The man who answered the door let them in. The logbook notes "they were very nice . . . and even washed the dishes." Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The man also drew a map of the safest way for them to get down the next morning. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Addison held a crampon he used during that climb with Wright. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff 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). Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The three men arranged a reunion at the base of "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" auto road to head again to the summit. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff 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.