Happy Veterans Day to all who've served our country admirably. We pass along wishes that your special day is as beautiful as Monday on Mt. LeConte. As of Monday about 1:30 p.m., we're sitting above 50 degrees under blue, sunny skies. Sunday's high was 44 with an overnight low of 25.
The forecast calls for precipitation to move into the mountains Tuesday with an influx of cold air. That could mean snow or ice, but weather on LeConte is tough to predict. Any hiker should be prepared for tough conditions if we get bad weather, though trails are in racing shape today. Although the forecast calls for a frigid cold snap, the precipitation isn't supposed to last more than a day or so.
Austin Bush takes over High on LeConte today with his crew introduction. All of the previous crew profiles featured newcomers, as we had several this season, but Austin is finishing up his second year at LeConte Lodge. I'll turn the story over to Austin.
Anyone that has been following the blog for awhile knows that this is my second year working at LeConte. I am originally from a town named Kingston Springs, right outside of Nashville, Tenn.
I grew up visiting the Smoky Mountains with my family, yet never hiked any of the trails up to LeConte when I was younger. My first time visiting Mt. LeConte was April of 2011 while hiking with my sister. I fell in love right away with the the idea of working at a hike-in lodge. Not even a year later I found myself working at LeConte, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.
Thanks to Austin for providing his profile. Thanks for reading and have a good day. Happy trails.
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