May 12, 2020
Despite a stretch of pleasant days under tamed skies, the temps up here cling to winter’s chill. The last of the patchy snow refuses to melt away and the thermometer has an objection to surpassing 32°. By Thursday, conditions should finally turn to something more appropriate for the season. Looks like they’ll stay that way, and the white stuff on the ground shall likely not return til several months from now.
Even in the sunshine, yesterday’s high of 36° felt colder in the wind. The overnight low of 21° helped keep things frosty, and we even saw some flurries fly at day break. Skies are currently overcast with no wind.
Monday marked the return of the llamas to the mountain. It’s certainly been an unusual start to the season for them as well, but given how admirably they performed in their first trip of the year, you wouldn’t know they’ve been off an extra two months. The supplies they brought will be put to good use as our team fulfills its commitment to visitor health and safety, and for providing modified services in accordance with the latest public health guidelines. Visitors hoping to catch the llamas this season on a packing day will still be able to do so, albeit from a spacious and safe distance.
Have a great rest of the day.
5/12/2020 09:07:16 pm
Are you guy still planning to open on the 18th? If so, does that include the gift shop? If so, will you guys have 2020 shirts available? Sorry to ask, I only get to hike the mountain once a year.
5/13/2020 09:37:34 am
Good Morning! We are first time LeConte hikers planning to visit in a couple weeks & wanted to know if the lodge/store will be open for day hikers or if it is already open? THANK YOU!
5/14/2020 11:21:48 am
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