I keep mentioning that you should plan for icy conditions; and yet, I haven't shared any "what to have" information. Let's change that shall we?
There are numerous options available. I’ll keep it brief and mention two options that should be available locally.
- Katoola Micro Spikes: The price point is more of an investment compared to other option, but this is a great go-to for bombproof traction and solid durability.
- Yaktrax Walker: A more affordable option that provides less traction and durability than the Micro Spikes, but are lighter and more affordable.
I’ve used both options extensively and they are excellent safety tool for traveling in the higher elevations during the winter. Ultimately, in the world of ice traction, you get what you pay for.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
It’s currently 34 degrees, snowing up top. There is currently 6” inches of snow on the ground. Prepare for snow and slushy conditions in the higher elevations.
24 hour temperature range: High 34 Low 25
Walking quietly through the forest, I listen as the spruce celebrate their new found freedom. Warm air was softening the frozen grip of snow and ice. Cascades of slush slipped joyously from the emerald branches. I pause. Like a soft snap of the fingers, the whole mountain dripped in unison. Continuing up the trail, I was happy to see the mountain making moves, making changes.
The sun didn’t sing long; a short ballad above the mountain tops before disappearing into the wispy curtain above. I smiled for the gift - grateful for the moment. Looking around, the evergreens stood taller than before - continuing their dripping ovation.
P.S. - You are amazing! When I walked into the NOC to check my mail, they said I that I now have my own box for all my mail. I was confused; then I saw all the goodies you sent! I'll say it again, YOU ARE AMAZING!
The list of goodies is incredible: Ten different types of dark chocolate, every dried fruit imaginable, a new book, fresh baked cookies, Collins Street Bakery Fruitcake, and on and on. My cheeks still hurt from smiling. I must say, it was not a light load heading up the mountain, but I was happy to do it!
Thanks again for making my day, yesterday!