Giant Ferns Attack Mt. LeConte
The rain held off until noon. It then proceeded to rain on and off for about five hours. Chris and I decided we needed a walk away from camp, so we went exploring. I love to see the huge ferns on the mountain. All of this rain has made for a lush forest floor. The temperature topped out at 65 for the day. The low was 56. They are calling for more showers today.
Last week I posted advice about rain gear. I meant anything from a cheap poncho to full on rain gear. If you don't have a good jacket, a poncho will do. I see a lot of day hikers making it to the top and they are completely drenched with no dry clothes to put on. The temperatures on the mountain are much cooler, especially when you are soaking wet. Ponchos do not weigh much. Most of the time they can fit in your pocket. It is always good to be prepared when out in these mountains. You never know what kind of weather you are going to experience.
7/16/2012 12:56:22 am
I remember the first time we hiked to LeConte and I thought I was in trouble. I was wearing a new "hiking" shirt and it was cotton. It was soaked with sweat when we reached the top. The temp on top was in the low 40's and very windy, which I'm sure put the windchill into the 30's. I was freezing when we reached the top. Luckily they had the heater going and I was able to purchase a Leconte hoodie. Best money I ever spent. Learned the hard way, but we go prepared every time now.
7/16/2012 01:07:52 am
The first year we hiked LeConte was during Hurrican Jean, We did have rain gear and a must. but when on top the shopping is good. I love my hoodies and t-shirts :+)
7/16/2012 04:33:36 am
Oh...please don't jinx us with that question! :)
7/16/2012 02:03:24 am
My wife and I hike up in mid June. In our case rain gear that we carried was needed, but we could have also used helmets. Sometimes the rain comes down hard, as in hail. Be safe on the trail.
7/16/2012 02:37:45 am
Another heat wave is going and thankfully by Friday, we'll at least be back in the 90's. I did pretty good last week by walking every day but that's out for this week. I'll just have to get on the treadmill!
High On LeConte
7/16/2012 05:25:19 am
We have not had any problems with mosquitos. I think it has been to chilly up here for them.
Mark from Cincy
7/16/2012 03:23:42 pm
Hiked up last Thursday in a driving rain and my waterproof jacket, which was purchased for $75, became my new best friend. Others in the group had 88 cent plastic emergency ponchos, and were also happy. There is no excuse for not having rain protection. A few days later, a heavy downpour blew in at Charlies bunion. We came across a soaked family of four, an hour and a half from their car, looking panicked. We gave them our three extra ponchos. I am sure they won't leave on a hike in the future without them!
7/17/2012 02:05:18 am
nice work Mark; you're lucky that you were not involved in a rescue mission; rain protection is very high on the list of requirements for hiking in the Park.
9/6/2012 02:38:32 am
Graminoids are the dominant vegetation in many habitats, including grassland, salt-marsh, reedswamp and steppes. They also occur as a smaller part of the vegetation in almost every other terrestrial habitat. Thanks.
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