January 28th, 2013
The high yesterday reached 46 degrees. The low was 34 degrees. It was 37 degrees and foggy at 7am observation. The mountain received some light drizzle in the late evening, totalling .06" new precipitation yesterday. There is about 2 inches of snow left on the ground. The trails are very, very icy. Be sure to pack some traction devices.
1/28/2013 02:22:34 am
Anyone know the blown downs status on Trillium? Likely trying it Friday.
1/28/2013 03:24:19 am
Really missing the usual writing style of this blog site. It is very sad to vist here now.....no real description of the beauty or of the conditions....Hope the daily blogging becomes more descriptive before spring.....hate thinking it will be like this until Allyson gets back to the mountain top......
1/28/2013 03:28:05 am
I agree. There is no soul or spirit. Miss the old blog entries.
1/28/2013 04:22:11 am
I have been following this blog for a couple of years now but I think I will wait to check back until the season opens this spring. I am so frustrated with it. I think JP is acting like a teenager by holding us hostage over some idiots remarks. I really prefer Allyson's post anyway. Simple yet descriptive and no pouting.....Later
1/28/2013 05:49:58 am
I was kind of under the impression that the management was responsible for the change in tone of the posts.
1/28/2013 07:43:12 am
Not nice, Shaun.
1/28/2013 03:28:54 am
So this dyslexic guy walks into a bra.....
1/28/2013 02:28:18 pm
"It don't matter what is said, we can wake up from the dead and roll away the stone..." - "BEAUTY IN THE RIVER", The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
1/28/2013 03:46:19 am
...yes yes Gold Mine T.W. please continue..
1/28/2013 03:50:39 am
Took me a minute but I got it.....ha.......ha
1/28/2013 04:11:40 am
.....:(.....errr? clueless still. He walks into a...
1/28/2013 04:20:32 am
Dear Members of the LeConte Lodge Limited Partnership:
1/28/2013 04:21:51 am
I will double that ransom.
1/28/2013 07:46:40 am
And I'll throw in a thermos of Green Mountain coffee, bold.
1/28/2013 04:35:16 am
I say if the dozen hot ones don't work, we all gather and form a posse to hunt down the offender who started this mess. Between us all, I'm sure we have enough rope, camping knives, bear spray,etc. to make him extremely uncomfortable, to say the least!! :-)). We all want you back JP!!
1/28/2013 04:50:08 am
JP -- Sure do miss the stories you USED to tell about people you have met, places you have been and other exciting tales you would relate. Oh -- what did you do in San Diego? How is your knee?
1/28/2013 05:38:42 am
holy cow people, give it a rest already!
1/28/2013 06:17:01 am
Can't give it a rest. JP’s fans are like folks who’ve gotten free crack and have become addicted. Once hooked, the desperation for more only increases.
1/29/2013 06:35:31 am
I agree, give it a rest!! Lets inform each other and enjoy what we get, God has made us all different for a reason.. Share a hike adventure of your own, lets get back to what this site is for.
Mark, Florence, KY
1/28/2013 06:11:30 am
Following up on a bit of yesterday's fitness talk. No two ways about it, it is a hard kick in the shorts no matter who climbs the trail. My son who runs cross country was as sore as I was, but I know his heart didn't work as hard as mine! My 12/30/12 climb up rainbow had my legs after rest moments feeling like concrete. Someone mentioned to me lactic acid, do the electrolytes help with that? I walk an hour plus each day in a very hilly region of Cincinnati...one hill goes from the Ohio river up to a Church overlooking the city in an area called Mt. Adams...I think the elevation gain has got to be 600 ft in about 3/4 of a mile. There is no trail that I have been on in the Smokies as steep...but there is nothing in Cincy that goes for hours and hours up like the Bullhead trail, etc and the rest. Lastly, after I get back to my car after eight plus hours of hiking, I always feel great. Then after I drive to the chalet, I look like Herman Munster...I can barley move!
tomk in SC
1/28/2013 07:21:51 am
Electrolytes do a lot of positive things, one of which is staving off muscle cramps. Lactic acid is another thing and not likely something you'll face on the trail unless you are running for your life. Lactic acid builds up in your muscles normally. However, we all have a given "lactic acid clearing rate". If you can clear it faster than you are building it up, you never notice it. If not, your muscles feel like they are burning. I have only hit that a couple of times, both on a long hill on a bicycle. I suppose you could do it on a trail, but I would run out of lungs long before I hit that threshhold. The burning stops very quickly, a few minutes after slowing as the lactic acid is cleared. Post hike soreness, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) show up a day or two after the hike and are a consequence of not preparing.
1/28/2013 06:15:56 am
It is such a shame that the complexion of this blog has changed so dramatically. Not sure what caused it but the new tenor does not invite me to eagerly check in each day which I was certainly doing before! Just thought I'd let the 'powers that be' know.
1/28/2013 07:39:08 am
Thanks for the quote, Jay. Keep it up till JPs muses return.
1/28/2013 07:49:18 am
Has anyone read the Mt Leconte Forum lately? It appears to have been hijacked.
1/28/2013 10:26:50 am
JT from mobile ala
1/28/2013 07:51:10 am
I am taking bets JP is not back, this is not his style. JP if you are reading this let us know you are back .
1/28/2013 07:51:28 am
Until and if JP decides to share his thoughts with a quote or reflection...we can share ours. One of my favorites...which is how I truly feel when we climb is this one..
Sonya in Bama
1/28/2013 07:59:54 am
I know this is not directly related to Mt Leconte. We got a permit to hike the Grand Canyon in May any helpful hints for getting ready or hiking it Thanks
tomk in SC
1/28/2013 01:38:10 pm
Preparation for the Canyon is similar, but a lot of things are route specific. I did N2S R2R in a day in OCT 2005 and I took 10 people through in 2011 N2S R2R with two nights camping at Cottonwood and Bright Angel. Food is a big deal as is camping equipment. What is your route and timing?
Sonya in Bama
1/29/2013 01:23:35 am
Going North Rim to South Rim 3 nights 1st Cottonwood 2nd Bright Angel and 3rd Indian Garden last of May Also work long hours this time of year without much free time until mid April Going to Mt LeConte late April. Thanks for any advice as I have not done any hiking in the past until I hiked up Alum last April and spent the night at the lodge fell in love with the Mt
1/28/2013 02:21:09 pm
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and layers - even in May, it could be 45 in the morning when you start and over 100 when you get down to the bottom. The south rim will probably be dry and the north could still be snowy and wet.
1/28/2013 08:02:33 am
I want to give the person in yesterdays lovely picture a Grandmomma hug ! :-)
1/28/2013 09:24:37 am
I really liked the picture from yesterday. Really had a "loneliness" feel.
1/28/2013 08:36:36 am
I agree with many of you folks; I miss JP alot and his beautiful writings, and his mountain descriptions. Seems to me it would behoove the Lodge administration to give us some kind of explanation for the odd change in writing from JP, or if he is still gone, it would be nice to know why. Not sure it helps the Lodge image much to keep all of us here guessing. I miss the old JP............hopefully the Lodge will see it fit to offer some insight into the change.
1/28/2013 09:02:51 am
1/28/2013 10:44:08 am
1/28/2013 09:02:14 am
I feel uplifted by those who have responded herein to the =challenge= with their collective wisdom, humor, grace and good will.
1/28/2013 09:08:52 am
Again i say...give it a rest already. Note the main page for HighOnLeConte states: It is our goal to give you the latest trail conditions, weather, and photos from atop Mt. LeConte. That's it! That is the purpose of the daily posts. Anything extra is...wait for it...extra!
Big Bad Wolf
1/28/2013 10:16:04 am
Go back in your hole chicken little.
1/28/2013 10:58:08 am
Lol...this is fun.
Big Bad Wolf
1/28/2013 11:04:00 am
1/30/2013 10:30:06 am
Chicken Little, makes me wonder about your screen name, perhaps that is why you are so pissy!!! Sucks to be YOU!!! You must lead a sad little life!!
Little Red Riding Hood
1/28/2013 11:08:00 am
Please JP let us know if you are back on the Mtn.
1/28/2013 11:16:09 am
JP, Thank you for doing a great job keeping people informed on the conditions of the mountain and it's trails. That is important information if they intend to hike. Dang. I am bummed by the lack of sensitivity that the blog followers have, and it hurts me to think of it possibly bothering you. Have these folks never experienced writers block? Has it crossed the minds of these super rude and critical people what it is like to be JP, or what is going on in his life that may be affecting your writing. And sometimes there is contentment and inspiration so grand, that one has to keep it inside. Some of these folks have acted just like spoiled brats in elementary school, and a good hike up the mountain and night in the shelter would likely do them well. Thank you for taking care of the mountain JP. Please know that you are doing a great job,and don't be swayed by others critical nature.
1/28/2013 11:29:28 am
1/28/2013 11:35:32 am
Thanks, Kayah. I just appreciate the continuing photos and information. Sending thanks and good feelings to whoever is doing that.
1/28/2013 11:32:56 am
All this is really getting old.
1/29/2013 02:53:35 am
I agree, if it is jp, is going through something but lets get over it. everyone wishes him well but lets move on.
1/28/2013 11:53:27 am
Agreed this is getting old. How about those who are making the hike up keep us informed about the trail conditions, which trails, and what you encountered on the way up and down. I would love to see the upbeat informative nature of this blog return!
1/28/2013 01:15:19 pm
Great idea! Where"s the "like" button.
cathy dont hike
1/28/2013 03:11:50 pm
Amen to Terri & Lassie!!!
1/28/2013 04:12:15 pm
Bull Head is littered with blowdowns. Several mature red spruces have blocked the trail around West Point and Balsam Point. Still very icy along northern and western facing slopes. Rainbow is in great shape except for the last half mile where the trail is like walking on a glacier. Happy trails.
1/28/2013 08:33:53 pm
Looks like you had a brr cold day.
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