March 09th, 2013
It's another beautiful, snowy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 37 degrees. The low was 28 degrees. It was 36 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The abundant sunshine yesterday melted 2 inches of snow, bringing our total down to 8 inches up top. I would still recommend gaiters, but the snow on the trail is not too deep. The footing is still quite sketchy, so be careful. It looks as though it'll be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy!
3/9/2013 12:18:34 am
Ok, is that a real saucer sled, or did you take a old sattelite dish off someplace? Great fun!!
3/9/2013 12:26:26 am
YeeHaa!....Seems like I remember that serving tray!.....LOL.....Great Great Pics!!!....What Fun!....Thanks for sharing!...... :-)
3/9/2013 12:29:39 am
Awesome pics JP! Looks like a LOT of fun!
3/9/2013 12:43:51 am
3/9/2013 01:03:50 am
I just wish I could REMEMBER when I could do that !
3/9/2013 01:56:31 am
Hey! Stop having so much fun up there, JP. It's a job, after all. Serious up! ;)
3/9/2013 02:54:03 am
Love it! What a blast! Don't fall off the mountain. Ha!
3/9/2013 03:06:55 am
Hey there! Great pics! Hiked LeConte back in the fall and loved it. I live 4 hours away and am thinking about driving there tomorrow really early morning to hike to the top and get one of those great views. Didn't really get a high quality view the first time due to foggy weather. Only coming up for the day so I was wondering what the weather outlook looked like for tomorrow. Kind of spontaneous like that HAHA
3/9/2013 03:15:33 am
Zachery-I will be hiking tomorrow on Alum, so maybe I will see you. The weather is nice for tomorrow, but showing cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy for the afternoon. Weather.com and type in Gatlinburg and click on hourly will give you all of that. Probably still have some ice on the last mile or so, so I always bring my microspikes for that but the temperature will be very warm tomorrow so it should be a great day on the mountain. Have fun!
3/9/2013 04:43:59 am
If ever there was a day when I should have gotten up real early and driven down to the Smokies, today was it ! Clear, temperature comfortable, sun shining brightly, every variable correctly in place for hiking ! But here I sit at home doing nothing but greiving over not being on a trail, but I guess that's the way it goes. I hope that those who are out today have a marvelous time of it as I'm sure they will. Coming here will perhaps substitute a wee bit for missing a great day for hiking.
3/9/2013 09:04:31 am
I hear ya Doug, but I'm 12 hours away. So jealous of those guys.
3/9/2013 04:51:08 am
I hiked up this day when you were all taking a break from sledding . I am glad all of you was having so much fun ,it was so beautiful up top and the skies , so blue . I would again just like to thank you JP for all you do from all the trail information and weather reports to the breath-taking pictures that you take.You do a lot to make people get out and enjoy the park , enjoy hiking and the outdoors . Never forget that JP , you are a lot more than Mount LeConte's winter caretaker . Thank you for another awesome winter and I hope that you have a wonderful summer .
3/9/2013 05:37:38 am
Nothing like snow to reveal the kid in all of us.
3/9/2013 07:13:18 am
There once was a man named JP
3/9/2013 08:37:30 am
Just a brief story to bolster JP's warnings on conditions. My son is a Gatlinburg police officer, and they respond to calls in the park after midnight. Last Saturday, he got a call to meet two hikers at 2:45 AM at Alum Cave trail head because they were stranded. As it turned out, they hiked to the Mt LeConte shelter to camp for the night. Problem, they had 30 degree sleeping bags, and it was zero degrees and very windy up top. Around 10PM, they hiked back down the mountain, which took them almost five hours to do.
3/9/2013 11:08:21 am
You got that right Mark. The weather can change so fast in our Smokie Mountains. I see some people on the trail to the lodge and wonder if they made it out safe. People listen to JP when he tells us the conditions.
3/9/2013 10:47:35 am
To fun :)
3/9/2013 05:53:21 pm
I like see a group of wild goats whit numbers of 100 that those move on the mountain when falling rocks and the river seem shallow and rocky with gravels and boulders in the bed.
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