Happy Day on the Mountain
We were able to fly most of the day yesterday. It was great to finally get some supplies on the mountain. We are still lacking about 40 trips, but wind is a bit to blustery for flying today. I am not sure when we will get to finish the drop.
Yesterday was a perfect day for it. The high was 40º with a low of 32º. We had sunshine all day. The ground is starting to dry up and the ice is pretty much gone from the trail. There may be some patches at the very to where the sun doesn't shine. You can hike around these areas.
Someone asked about the history of using a helicopter for the supply drops. There are written accounts of Paul Adams using an early form of helicopter back in the twenties. Horses were used for a long time as regular resupply and the lodge changed to llamas around 1985. So, I guess you could say that helicopters have always been a part of getting supplies to the remot
3/22/2014 02:09:07 am
I'm on a count down for our trip up in April. This is our first Spring hike up. Where does the helicopter pick up the supplies?
3/22/2014 08:30:01 am
I believe they bring the supplies up to the last scenic overlook on the North Carolina side of the park, just south of Newfound Gap parking lot. We happened to be driving over a couple of years' ago and saw them making the trek over to LeConte from there.
3/22/2014 02:11:14 am
That was a fun 5 seconds...love the clear, blue sky!
3/22/2014 02:13:20 am
So glad it well yesterday! Thank you for the video and happy wishes for a great season!
3/22/2014 02:15:27 am
Glad your're finally getting some supplies and the 2014 season underway. I imagine it is pretty busy and exciting getting ready for opening day. Wishing you and Chris, old and new crew members a great season. So looking forward to spending the season with ya'll even though from afar.
Brian N bama
3/22/2014 02:51:43 am
Seeing as this will be your last season, I am sure you will have me some snow in November Allyson. It doesn't have to be the 2-3 ft that was there 2 years ago but hey, whatever you feel like giving me. LOL Have a GREAT final season Chris & Allyson. HAPPY TRAILS
3/22/2014 04:17:12 am
Glad to see the big bird flying. It would have been hard to bring up propane on a llama.
3/22/2014 09:12:07 am
Glad you got some of your supplies in, I hope you all have a nice dinner! Pancakes must have been getting old! Welcome back!
3/22/2014 10:23:39 am
Great video of the delivery. Looks like a great day up top.
3/22/2014 02:14:34 pm
A good many years ago (maybe 10 or so ) there was a helicopter on Wears Valley Road near where the foothills pkw. ends. My wife and I flew on it one day. It was a slow day for them so we got a extra long ride.We went out over Cades Cove and back to chimney tops, Mt.Leconte and quite a number of places.We enjoyed it and would like to go again but they were only there a short time.As far as I know, they were the only ones that flew into mountains. It really gives you a different perspective and respect for those fit enough to hike these rugged but beautiful mountains.Good luck and best wishes Chris and Allyson on your future plans.
3/22/2014 02:14:46 pm
Beautiful Blue Sky Day for you all today. Hoping you have a great opening, and enjoy every day of your last season! Will not be the same without you and Chris!
3/22/2014 02:35:30 pm
Glad you got most of the lift done. Thank you for keeping the comment section open
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