Apart from one wet weekend earlier in the month, October has brought some fantastic weather for exploring the outdoors. Thankfully that trend is set to continue throughout this week. The sun will persist and temps will return to the 40s and 50s on top these next several days. Still count on having those extra layers for attending sunset and when you first wake up in the morning. With less daylight these days comes a shorter period of peak warmth during the afternoon. Day hikers should know before their ascent of Mt. LeConte when it is best to leave the summit, accounting for sunset and individual hiking speed. The later we get into the calendar now, the greater the risks for getting caught out unprepared in the dark and cold. And hydration is as crucial is ever, even if you aren’t sweating through your hiking gear like you would in the hot and humid months of summer.