I think I saw a tear in Chris's eye as he realized this was his last time to grill on the mountain. Yes, he was grilling in 24 degree weather, because that is how we roll. Chris always enjoyed grilling for the crew. Perfecting his grilling technique is a hobby for Chris. I was thankful he took on the cooking roll last night. Today is the beginning of prep for the crew mountain Thanksgiving. It will take me three days to have everything ready for us to sit down Sunday and enjoy our "family Thanksgiving". I look forward to it and I know this year is going to be bittersweet.
The trails leading to the lodge are still very slick. Henry Neel, who spent 15 years on this mountain, hiked up yesterday. He said Alum Cave trail had more ice then he had ever seen. That says something considering Henry spent a winter as winter caretaker. Every trail is icy and we have not had temperatures above freezing. The high yesterday was 27 with a low of 19. If you are hiking up today, YOU WILL NEED some sort of spikes for your boots. Please, do not attempt with out some sort of ice traction. It is too dangerous for my crew to have to carry someone up the trail in these conditions. I do not want my crew's safety put on the line because someone did not use better judgment. Please, be safe, take your time, dress properly, use ice traction, and drink plenty of water. We hope to see you at the top safe and happy.
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