The season has really started off with a bang. We hiked up in 24" of snow, the airlift was delayed by four days, and we had our first medical evacuation. Lifestar flew in from Sevierville to pick up a patient that had stayed in the shelter on Saturday. He was complaining of an elevated heart rate. Tuesday was the first day the weather cleared off enough to fly him out. The park rangers hiked up and took care of him until they could get him off the mountain. The patient seemed to be doing well when they flew him off. I have not heard any news since. I have had a few questions about how many people hike up in the snow. You would be amazed. It seems that more guests hike up in the snow then the rain. The weather conditions are improving. Yesterdays high was 34 and the sun was shining. We had an inch of snow melt. We now have 18" on the ground. Hopefully today will bring more sunshine. I hope so because my laundry is frozen to the line.
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