We are enjoying this glorious weather up here, partially sunny 62/49 weather with the deer hanging out quite a bit.
Justin is avoiding our questioning and we are having difficulty obtaining answers.
Should we continue our perusal of Justin or would you like to hear from another crew member?
Or do you have some questions from us you would like answered?
Leave comments below and let us know what you would like to hear from us!
9/14/2016 06:20:26 pm
I vote for more crew bios.
9/14/2016 06:25:47 pm
Continue the interrogation of Justin! Put him in a room with a single lantern swinging from the ceiling until he cracks!
9/16/2016 02:37:04 pm
My oldest daughter has requested to kike Mt. Leconte next month for her 13th birthday. It will be her, me, and my dad. All are in very good physical shape. My question is what is the minimal gear you would bring? We have hiked some and are familiar but not experts. We will hike Alum Cave trail in and out and will do it all in one day. Any advice from anyone? Supplies, minimal requirements for shoes, how much water, etc? Happy hiking to all!!!
Jeff: For me, good firm boots, a good rainsuit (always), a small first aid kit that has water treatment tablets, season-appropriate clothing with maybe extra garments packed to remain dry, water (which is the heaviest item in your pack usually so when going up to the Lodge I carry only a single pint but you may need more), and probably trail snacks (I make my own with peanuts, cashews, M&M's, raisins, and dried fruits and sometimes my homemade beef jerky). There are so many different gear combinations that one must really just experiment, if possible, and discover your own "formula". But try not to carry too much gear. Overcome, adapt, improvise and you should pleasantly discover your own workable combination. Good hiking !
9/14/2016 09:12:19 pm
Yes, the recipe for that cornbread in the photo!
9/14/2016 09:41:14 pm
Hello up there! I have a question- it's not an interrogation for Justin, though. My husband and I hiked up on our anniversary in July and stayed at the lodge for the first time. I plan to revisit as often as our schedules allow, and I was wondering what age you guys feel is appropriate for children to hike up. We are considering taking our 2 oldest in the summer. At the time they will be 7 and 8. Is that too young? I want them to experience this wonderful place and its natural and serene beauty, but I don't want to risk their safety. I know there were a few places on the trail that got narrow with big drop-offs. Any input is appreciated and I won't take offense to your opinions. I am by no means a pro hiker- just a nature lover. :)
9/15/2016 03:52:33 pm
I started prepping my girls for the hike by doing other hikes that were not necessarily easy so I could see how they handled it. I also made them carry their water...may seem tough but Mt. LeConte is not easy. Definitely plan it taking longer because little ones need more breaks. They hiked Mt. LeConte the first time when they were approximately 7 and 8. Since then, they have hiked in poor weather as well. They love Mt. LeConte! Almost as much as I do. Now they are 15 and 16.
9/17/2016 08:56:59 pm
Thank you! I am thinking of surprising them at Christmas with reservations for our first family hiking trip. They are in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and both love the outdoors.
9/16/2016 12:05:39 pm
I have been up there twice with my kids (we took this summer off and I am regretting not going this year!). The first year we went they were 10, 7, and 4, and of course last year the were 11, 8, and 5. We did Alum one year and Rainbow the next. The all did great and were very cautious where necessary on Alum. The 4-year-old (at the time) got a little tired towards the top, but after resting a little once at the lodge, ran around the camp like he didn't just do 5.5 miles uphill.
9/17/2016 09:00:43 pm
Thank you for your input! I try to always be prepared. If/when we go I'm definitely going to allow time for breaking and eating. I know my daughter will probably want to rest after each mile. My son, on the other hand, will probably be the energetic one of the bunch. Can't wait for them to see the view from he top! They're going to love it!
9/15/2016 12:37:51 am
I would like to see some more crew bios too. Also, would like to know the actual number of crew members working up at the lodge, and if the same number will remain through the end of season. Hopefully, I will be able to pack up some Halloween goodies for you all again this year! But, can make no promises. It might take all I've got just to get myself up there. 😊
9/15/2016 01:59:31 pm
Is that an egg yolk for dinner, or a peach?
9/15/2016 10:19:20 pm
It's a big table, like the sign says. Doug. Who would want a egg yolk for dinner (uncooked at that)?
9/16/2016 10:27:47 am
Do you have cab/uber/shuttle recommendations for someone who wants to hike up Alum Sunday and needs to come back down Rainbow or Trillium Gap on Monday due to the Alum trail closure?
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