The mountain is socked in for the moment, with windy conditions whipping through the trees and shooting clouds through the gaps between buildings. We're sitting just above the freezing mark, but the wind chill factor will certainly have things feeling much colder. We're hoping to see the sun at some point today, but we'll just have to wait it out and see if it makes an appearance. There is still plenty of snow and ice around the mountain, so please continue to use caution on the trails. Some of the most hazardous places are where hikers have already packed down the snow, and the overnight refreeze has paths slicker than they've been. Traction devices will be your best friend out on the trail until the snowpack is able to melt away. Monday's high temperature came in at 39 degrees, and our low reading was 19.
Even though the chance to purchase 2017 "I Hiked It" specific LeConte Lodge swag will conclude after today, we have an amazing assortment of merchandise always available through our online store. There are a number of great gift ideas if you're just now getting into the holiday shopping grind. Be sure and check out what we have to offer this season at www.lecontelodge.com/store/ to find that perfect gift for the LeConte Lodge lover in your neck of the woods. What better way to snuggle up by the fire than by wearing our comfortable logo hoodies and thick socks!
We'll wrap it all up tomorrow. In the meantime, have a great afternoon.