2014 LeConte Crew
We finally had the whole crew on the mountain. That means, it is time for the annual crew picture. It is hard to believe I have been in twelve of these. There have been so many crew members who have come and gone. I feel like my LeConte Family will be there for a life time. We have made some lifelong friends and I am grateful for them all. It will be fun to look back at past photos and remember all of the funny stories, and not so funny stories, that go along with each crew member.
Yesterday was a day of mixed weather. We had rain, sun, and then thunderstorms. The high was 67º with a low of 50º. We are currently under heavy fog. It looks like it may be sitting right on top of us. I can see a little sunshine down in the valley. It may turn out to be a beautiful day on the mountain.
5/13/2014 12:17:40 am
Spending Friday night-- just wanted to order nice weather
5/13/2014 01:15:15 am
What a great group!!!
5/13/2014 01:21:43 am
Great pic and a big hello to my cousin Nathan in the picture :)
5/13/2014 01:33:08 am
As always...a great looking crew!
5/13/2014 01:54:43 am
Love the crew pics! Great looking bunch of folks. Thanks for all yall do. Have an awesome day!
5/13/2014 02:47:43 am
Great looking crew. Wish I could come up to see you, but need to wait till my knee replacement is alittle better. Miss the wonderful mountains and all the great people we have meant up with .
Hi Kathy: Just wanted to ask about your knee replacement, if you don't mind, as I'm soon going to undergo one; I am always asking those who have had one about their particular opinion, etc. I've got to get it done because the knee is hampering my visiting the lodge and hiking. thanks
5/13/2014 05:18:29 am
5/15/2014 02:03:58 am
Hi Doug, thanks for asking about knee replacement. I am feeling better everyday, but weather can take a toll on it every now and then. Per doctor It can take up to a year to feel like you own your knee. My problem is I have to get the other one done in Jan, so I will miss out on another year of getting to Mt Leconte. So glad I can keep up with with the mountains through the fantastic crew they have. Doug hope all goes well for you , you will not regret it . Happy Hiking to you in the future.
5/13/2014 04:10:28 am
Which one is Nathan ?
5/13/2014 04:57:39 am
Back right with blue shirt.
5/13/2014 07:49:55 am
Paul B, there is enough room for a couple cars, where the AT crosses 32, then get a shuttle back to Low Gap trail head in Cosby campground, AAA hiker shuttle can help you with that hike (ask for Mark) you can get his number off of Google, that is one of me and my wife's favorite hikes, well worth the effort!!!
To add my own knowledge that would be Davenport Gap where the A.T. crosses Rt 32. I've begun all but one of my many A.T. thru-the-Park hikes there, usually only going to the Davenport Gap trail shelter the first day as I usually start late the first day out. I have never left a vehicle there as I have always been of the understanding that this is not a safe location in which to leave a car. Of course, someone with the Park service may have better advice and/or suggestions, but I wouldn't leave a vehicle there based on my experience and memory. Your hike should be a good one, though. I'm sure there are plenty of others who know more about local shuttle services, etc. G'day
5/13/2014 05:55:06 am
We met a nice young lady on the crew on our trip up. She was from Danville, Ky. Not sure I caught her name
5/13/2014 07:46:51 am
What time do the llamas typically summit on a Friday?
5/13/2014 10:05:49 am
Sharon S, usually around 11-11;30
Elktonbrant: That's the kind of encouraging opinions I like to hear about knee replacement surgery ! Thanks. I have a tremendous positive attitude so I know my recovery will be both speedy and successful and it will allow me to pursue my hiking at an even more accelerated rate next year ! I appreciate your comments.
5/13/2014 09:35:37 am
Paul B, If your talking about a day hike Low Gap to Davenport Gap is best, your car won't be out overnight,but see what AAA hiker service or A Walk In The Woods suggest I've used them both, good luck !!!
5/13/2014 04:16:54 pm
Thanks Glenn. The plan is a day hike starting on Low Gap after spending the night in the camp ground. I like the shuttle service but get nervous about missing a rendevouz time. Appreciate the info.
5/14/2014 02:35:02 am
Hi Paul, I have hiked at Twin Valley, don't recall posting about it, you must be from Ohio, I checked their web site about the 31 mile challenge, I'm not sure I could do it, were going to Leconte June 6th I'll have to see, about your hike,I allways meet the shuttle first then hike to my car, again good luck !!!
5/13/2014 01:08:19 pm
doug y for what it's worth, I know several people who have had knee replacement. none regret having it done. physical therapy is the tough part. kinda like hitting your thumb with a hammer, feels so much better when it stops hurting.
5/13/2014 01:19:58 pm
I have a question for you anyone that has stayed at the Lodge overnight. If you had a cabin reserved for yourself, how would they know anyone else was with you in there? Sure they wouldnt get the meals but if they brought their own stuff to eat.
5/13/2014 01:35:00 pm
I see Chris & Allyson, and someone identified Nathan. Who else is pictured?
5/14/2014 01:54:41 am
HI Missy. Go to the top of this page and click on "Meet the Crew." It has everyone's picture and name.
5/14/2014 04:59:11 am
5/13/2014 02:04:39 pm
In answer to the question about people in the cabin...they know how many people they have reserved for the lodge on any given night and I would presume they would know who was and wasn't supposed to be there regardless whether or not they brought their own food. As would be the case for the shelter...you have to make reservations in advance for it too. Someone who is there at night and doesn't have a reservation at the lodge or the shelter would stick out like a sore thumb if they were still there the next morning. Plus I think there's such a thing as "honesty". If a person wanted to add someone to their reservation I would think you only would have to call and request to add a person provided there was room in the cabin for them and adequate food for their meals. I know I've had reservations for a specific number in the past and called to request an additional person and the LeConte Lodge people have always been very accommodating.
5/13/2014 04:19:31 pm
The picture of the crew is great,just miss Alan and Crissy!!! We hiked up to Grotto Falls Apr.30 hoping to meet Alan,Crissy and the llamas coming down.Found out while we were at the falls a tree had fallen on the trail and they wouldn't be going up till thur. The same thing happened to them last yr.they had eaten something that made them sick. Hopefully we can see them in Sept.
5/13/2014 06:02:09 pm
Africa NBA yahahahaha
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