The LeConte Lodge staff would like to thank JP and Grace for another wonderful stint as our winter caretakers. We wish them the absolute best in their travels and endeavors in the coming year. It’s hard to believe JP has been holding the off-season fort down for six (!!!) winters now. There’s no doubt readers of this blog would enjoy seeing Mr. Krol back for another six!
Between now and Opening Day (March 20), there will be increasing activity among lodge and airlift personnel in camp, but this is a good time to remind everyone that the lodge is still closed for business until we officially reopen. It is also worth noting that this year will see some changes to our Airlift protocols. Unlike in years past, portions of the lodge grounds will be off limits to hikers during Airlift. When we expect to fly, signs and caution tape will be at each of the lodge access points, with personnel on-hand to answer questions and direct hikers as to when it is permissible to retrieve water and use restrooms. Once the lodge crew reports to the mountain, please keep in mind that you run the chance of not being able to access camp as normal until Opening Day. As it stands, we are adequately staffed to conduct our Airlift operations, as we handle such matters internally. Cliff Tops and High Top will of course remain open to all visitors.
We will continue to remind everyone of this change through our various channels until Airlift is complete. Thank you all for understanding our prioritizing of everyone’s safety - staff and guests - during this time. Have a wonderful day and stay dry if you’re exploring the woods today!