The winds have ceased but temps remain in the mid twenties up top. We are expecting another night of dropping temps as we prepare for the Airlift tomorrow. As our volunteers reach the lodge, there have been comments of icy spots on the trail from the parking lot all the way to the lodge. Remember those traction devices and warm layers if you plan to visit the lodge!
The crew continue their work in camp as we (satisfyingly) emptied, deep cleaned and restocked the kitchen. It is now sparkling clean in anticipation for our first guests next week!
Another beautiful Smoky Mountain sunset.
We hope to kickoff our annual resupply Airlift tomorrow. Once flying begins, there will be temporary closures of the lodge grounds. We will be posting signs and caution tape around the perimeter of camp with staff to inform and direct visitors about the closure. Accessing water spigots and restrooms will be limited to when it is deemed safe for visitors to enter camp. While the helicopter is in the air, keeping hikers away from the action at a certain distance is the best way to ensure their safety. Please respect these closures and the dedicated folks staffing the entrances. Places like Cliff Tops, High Top, and Myrtle Point will of course remain accessible to hikers.
Thank you and have a great afternoon.
Our crew, lifting a (best estimate) 500 pound log across camp in preparation for the air lift. From front to back, Jacob and Jeremiah holding the front pole, Kemp and new crew member Layne supporting the middle, Don and John holding up the pole in the back and Caner Dave holding up the rear.
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