March 09th, 2016
It's a beautiful, blustery morning up top. The high yesterday reached 55 degrees. The overnight low was 38 degrees. It was 40 degrees and mostly cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received no new snow and there is only patchy snow remaining up top. The trails are sure to be sloppy and slick, I would recommend Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit. I am hiking down tomorrow morning, the blog will return when the crew hikes up for the season. Enjoy the Smokies for me!
3/9/2016 08:46:20 am
Thank you JP for another wonderful vicarious winter atop Leconte! Enjoy your next adventures!
3/9/2016 08:51:22 am
Thank you for returning this blog to it's former glory through your field condition reports, musings, and photography. Be well in your travels and I hope to see you back next Winter. Cheers!
3/9/2016 08:56:30 am
Safe travels and Happy Trails to you! Thank you for all of your blogs!
3/9/2016 09:21:25 am
How long will the blog be down?? When and who, the crew?
3/9/2016 10:23:09 am
Thank you for sharing the beauty of the mountain with us through another season. Happiness and good health to you as you continue on your life's journey! :)
3/9/2016 10:27:56 am
Thank you for your awesome posts this past winter . They made me feel that I was back on that beloved mountain . Enjoy your new adventures. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
3/9/2016 10:36:47 am
Enjoy your New England Spring in the Notch, and safe travels on your hiking adventures in Vermont and out west!
3/9/2016 11:05:38 am
J.P. it has been a pleasure to have you back on our mountain this year. God speed and best wishes on your future endeavors. Come back soon!
3/9/2016 11:18:47 am
Thank you for the great postings. Makes us remember our past hikes and look forward to the future ones. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao Tzu
3/9/2016 02:40:05 pm
"Lao Tzu" had twenty-three wives; I doubt that he had much time for travellng.
3/10/2016 09:51:24 pm
Lao Tzu probably hiked a LOT to avoid the nagging all those wives sent his way :-)
3/9/2016 11:25:59 am
I'm gonna miss you!
3/9/2016 11:42:29 am
Thanks for another great winter season on the mountain JP!
3/9/2016 11:43:17 am
Hard to believe that it's that time of year already
3/9/2016 11:43:32 am
Thanks, JP, for sharing with us the beauty of LeConte. Your words are inspirational to me. They bring me closer to the mountains I love. Hope you have fun and safe travels ahead.
3/9/2016 11:43:39 am
Thanks for sharing another winter with us JP. Happy trails to you, 'til we meet again!
3/9/2016 12:12:31 pm
The reports have been very helpful as we prepare for our first winter trip up to the Lodge. Thank you
3/9/2016 12:34:01 pm
Another great job, JP !!! Thanks for all you do. Perhaps our trail will meet up some day. The best to you.
3/9/2016 03:29:23 pm
3/9/2016 03:30:37 pm
I visit your blog every morning as I drink my coffee. Thank you for another great winter of posts. Safe travels and continue to wander.
3/9/2016 03:46:13 pm
Hey J.P. safe travels this summer, my wife and i will be on part of the J.M. trail the last of May.
Bob & Ann
3/9/2016 06:35:51 pm
JP - Thanks again for your splendid writing and photos, which have brightened our days this winter, as in previous winters. We love the glimpses you provide of life on Mt. LeConte, and hope you will return to make the mountain your home again next winter. In the meantime, good luck on all your upcoming adventures. We look forward to following them on your Instagram page, and being impressed and inspired. Happy Trails!
Fred R Bowman
3/9/2016 07:11:35 pm
JP thank you for another season of informative and many times thought provoking post. Have a great summer and we look forward to next winters post.
3/9/2016 07:49:41 pm
Thanks for another great winter season JP. It was good to see you (very briefly) as you and your trail-running friends passed me on Bullhead Sunday a.m.
3/9/2016 07:51:20 pm
3/9/2016 08:28:03 pm
Happy trails, JP. You will be missed. Thanks so much for sharing your muses with us.
3/9/2016 08:57:35 pm
"Not all who Wander are lost" Enjoy your trails JP!
3/9/2016 10:06:50 pm
JP, thanks so much for what you do. Hope you are back next year. Enjoy your travels and be safe
3/9/2016 10:13:17 pm
JP. Hope you return to LeConte next winter -your photos
3/9/2016 10:54:02 pm
Roger that Doug, I often think of the quote from RK I believe, "the woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep". JP, thanks for keeping us in touch with our great mountian through the winter months November to March. I found this site just last year, and I've referred many people to it. You've done a great job as the caretaker , safe travels, and hope to see you back , w.
3/9/2016 11:51:21 pm
Another fulfilling winter season with JP's thoughts and wisdom. I think we need to go for your fifth annual stay on the mountain. Will be following your hikes this summer. Stay safe and well!
3/10/2016 11:10:37 am
Thanks for sharing your winter adventure with all of us. Safe travels
3/10/2016 04:59:10 pm
Thanbks again JP for the winter postings good to talk to you atop once again! enjoy your summer travels and have a great walk , Hope to see you again next winter! Travel well and hike hard!!
Gulf Coast Doug
3/11/2016 09:01:06 am
My morning coffee will never be the same. Enjoyed winter on LeConte through your eyes JP. Keep writing...
3/11/2016 04:17:12 pm
JP be safe have fun come back thanks for all !!
3/14/2016 12:20:44 pm
Will miss you, J.P...happy trails! :)
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