Alex is off the mountain, he stopped by the office to get his mail. The high was 32, low 24. There is still about 4 inches of snow around camp. Along Alum Cave trail it is still icy around the cables and in shady areas, but many parts of the trail are free from ice. If we get the amount of rain forecast later this week, most of the snow and ice should be gone by the weekend. I will try to get updates from Alex's relief and keep the site updated.
Studying some french and it's starting to rain a little, The high today was 51. I'm going to leave early tomorrow, carrying down about a 50lb pack. Depending on how much it rains and if it stays in the 40's, like now, near most all the snow might be gone by tomorrow afternoon. I'll be playing in the Big south fork and Pisgah this week, and checking out a fantastic jazz/funk band from Switzerland at the bijou theatre sunday night. Have a good week all.
"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language".
High 42, Low 28.
Pam, you're right! it wasn't the wolf moon, I do believe EarthSky on NPR informed me wrong... hmm..
That link should get you to the trailheads. As far as how long it will take y'all, I've seen it take people between 2hrs and 13hrs during the season depending on many factors.
There were maybe 30 people on trail yesterday, I'd imagine there to be many, many more than that today, I think my morning ritual of cooking oatmeal and listening to NPR in my skivvies, is about over.
High 48, Low 33.
Bright moon last night, winds picked up. Very cloudy and on the verge of raining up here now. I'm not sure that I'll be able to be back next year to Leconte yet, I like working here and will be back eventually, just not sure when. All the roads are open last I've heard, they are doing some work on 441 so it's closed down to one lane at several points.
High 43, Low 25.
That was the easiest hiking on Alum that there's been since I've started care taking. It's all been packed down very well, but it is still very, very icy in spots. Been a lot of people walking around this week so far, completely different up here with others up here!
I have a buddy that I've worked with in Alaska the past few summers that will be traveling with me this year. It's looking to be like March 9th is when I'll be posting my last post.
Dan, I'll add up that snow total here in the next few days and let you know.
And, I'm not sure what the bottom of trillium looks like for sure at the bottom since it's been a few weeks since I've been down there, but when I was at the bottom last, There was hardly any sign of there being snow at all. But we did get some snow since then, but it's also been warm now for a while.
Never used a GPS while hiking before.
Around the 13th or so, the new crew will be hiking up and soon after the helicopters will start flying in new supplies for the year.
High 50, Low 25.
Warm Day! Down to about a foot of snow up here now. I'll be hiking down alum and back today with some stuff. Looks to be pretty warm all week.
S-Benz is annoyed I haven't thrown any caught mice for him this morning, he's outside yelling at me.
Will be a nice day for a walk, there still is ice out there, watch out.
It's nice to hear you all so frustrated by the throwing of trash in the park, also.
Glad y'all are getting out and enjoying the weather, here in about a week I'll be spending some nights either in the Pisgah or Big South Fork. Hopin' I don't miss all this nice weather.
As for the trail system that i'll be taking:
from Fontainebleu the GR 13 to GR 3 to GR 65. Thats the plan for france, The GR65 is what's also known as one of the beginnings of the Chemins de Saint-Jacques, Starting at Le Puy and ending in Santiago De Compostela, And That's where I'll be ending trail. Then making my way towards Valencia for a huge music festival :).
High 38, Low 12.
Just want to thank the UT Women's Tennis Team for coming up and hanging out with me yesterday and bringing sugar cookies.. that was nice.
...Not really... just another very quiet day yesterday with some guys eating lunch and throwing their trash on the porch of Old Lodge, thanks guys. and a spectacular sunrise this morning. I've been looking forward to a night time full moon hike friday... but the forecast is looking like rain right now. :-/ I'll be hiking down Alum either today or tomorrow to carry down some of my winter stuff I won't need anymore, such as the 15lbs of dried beans and rice that I didn't touch haha. Looks to be nice the next couple days, enjoy it.
High 32, Low 24.
Really windy up here last night/today, it's been blowing some snow back over the trails. Looks to be another sunny day though.
Valentines Day photos for all my HighonLeconte Ladies.
High 22, Low 12.
Lots of hikers walking around yesterday and the shelter was full last night. A bright moon, the full moon is friday, I believe. Should be a pretty week, the trails are packed down well and its still sunny and cold in the forecast.
Lydia Brenner: When do you think they'll come?
Mitch Brenner:I don't know.
Lydia Brenner: If they're bigger birds, Mitch, they'll get into the house.
Mitch Brenner: Well, it's just a chance we'll have to take.
Lydia Brenner: Maybe we ought to leave.
Mitch Brenner: No, not now. Not while they're massing out there.
Lydia Brenner: When?
Mitch Brenner: We'll just see what happens.
Lydia Brenner: Where will we go?
Mitch Brenner: I don't know. We're safe here for the time being...
Lydia Brenner: What happens when you run out of wood?
Mitch Brenner: I don't know. We'll break up the furniture.
Lydia Brenner: You don't know. You don't know. When will you know? When we're all dead? [Cathy bursts into tears]
(It seems the crows have been joining forces up here, there really are hundreds flying around up here right now. pretty crazy, i've seen em for a few days now. )