Its a windy start to the morning. Hard gusts race through camp like a train whistling in between the cabins. The high yesterday reached 35 degrees. The overnight low only dipped down to 25 degrees. It’s currently 30 degrees with steady winds. With the abundance of sunshine yesterday the snow depth stands at 11”. Traction is a must in the lower sections of trails but may not be required once you get near the top. I’ve noticed snow clumps under the micro-spikes making a huge ball under your feet which is very uncomfortable. You are able to get good traction at the top because the snow is almost up to the knee in spots. They are a must in icy conditions. Anyways, looking ahead, plenty of sun the rest of the week before the next front that brings rain to the area Thursday. Have a good one folks. Remember, Alum Cave trail is closed this week Monday-Thursday for foot log replacements.
Winds pushed hard throughout the night in camp. Waking every so often admiring the weather patterns. LeConte makes it’s own mind up own weather. Yesterday’s carrying of water to kitchen was tough with unbroken trail to the trusty spring. Remember treat all water in the backcountry. 7 gallon jugs are no easy task coming up the hill. It’s much easier to carry two at a time. Very heavy!! With my workout complete, I relaxed with a good book and watched the winds sway the Firs in the bright blue sky. The day crept by and evening set it. An early night to bed was had. Another great day on LeConte. See you at the top!