Our record breaking crew member, John, has done it again. Another Mt. LeConte record has been smashed. If you have not heard the story of the first record being set, I am here to tell you. Our general manager, Tim Line, held the record for running down Alum Cave trail in 33 minutes, driving into town, buying popcorn and a six pack, and hiking back up the mountain in a total of 2 hours and 50 minutes. It was important that he made it back to the lodge in time to watch The Waltons. After a few decades, our crew member, John, decided it was time for that record to be broken. He left at 5:30 last night and ran down Alum Cave trail in 26 minutes. He then drove into town bought a sixpack of beer, (we told him it would not be fair if he did not carry any weight in his back), and hiked back up the mountain. His total time, drum roll please.......... 1:54:48!!!!!!! Way to go John. We are so impressed by your athletic accomplishment. Tim's wife, Lisa Line, was here for the excitement, said Tim was more then happy to let John have the record. He did not believe he would attempt to try and break that time. I wonder if it will be a few more decades before some young crew member attempts to break John's time?
John had some great weather for running. The high yesterday was 69 with a low of 46. The sunset made the flowers on the mountain glow.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)