My friend and I are planning a winter trip to tackle the Presi's via basecamping at Hermit Lake between Christmas and New Years. Over the years, we've been blown down from an attempted traverse, done the ADK High Peaks, the Pemi, etc.. (all in the Christmas - New Year's window) Thought this year we would try many different routes over the week - letting the weather dictate what we do and not worry that we planned a point to point.
Where I am looking for advice is on the idea of a run across the northern side out to Madison and back. Thought we would take everything we needed (sans tent) to hold up at Grey Knob if needed. We are both relatively fit. If weather is with us, is this a reasonable day trip?