October 23, 2017
It had to happen sometime, but our streak of impeccable weather finally received the boot. The winds continued to ramp up during the night, heard howling over the crest of the mountain at times in excess of 40 mph, and the rain soon followed suit. At the time of measurement, the precipitation had just started, so only 0.03" was tallied for the period. At last check, the rain gauge had already shown over 1.5" since that point and it's still dumping. The temperatures were kind of odd yesterday as well, in which our high of 51 degrees actually came during the night, and our low ended up being 41 from the morning before. We continue to hover around 50, but once this front moves on through we fully expect temps to drop over the course of a couple days.
Conditions may actually dry out as early as supper time today, in which case we may see a delay in the first chance of snow. Although, this soaking rain will have the trails wet for a couple days in places, and as temps dip close to or below freezing, there is still the potential for walking hazards on the trails so please use caution. If nothing fluffy falls this week, the potential for it is looking mighty strong over the weekend. We'll be sure and keep you posted. In the meantime, things are quiet on the mountain, great after one of our busiest weekends of the season. Good time for crew who aren't working afternoon shifts to cozy up with a book in a toasty cabin or simply catch up on sleep.
Have a great start to the week, y'all!
10/23/2017 03:03:08 pm
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
10/23/2017 07:34:16 pm
Cabin 8 what memories. Got to see a fantastic sunset and views from Cliff Tops last year. Spent time on that porch and those rocking chairs ! Slept with windows open all night. Wanted to see sunrise at Myrtle Point, but shut alarm off, and didn't wake up until the breakfast bell. Lol....Disappointed myself....there's always next time...next time I will do it right.... If I remember correctly, I was the first to dinner the previous night, and last to breakfast the next morning. Lol. What a great time. Time flew fast during my stay. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Thank you for all the photos.
10/24/2017 08:49:05 am
We are planing me and my friend to hike to LeConte on this coming Sunday, Oct 29th. Hopefully the weather will be okay during the day and Alum Cave Trailhead trail in a good condition so we can enjoy it and take some nice pics!
10/26/2017 11:52:30 am
My friend, Ed, and I started up Alum Cave trail just when rain started and Wow, we got bombed with that 3.1 inches of rain, very high winds, and falling temps. Water was not just falling over the top of Alum Cave-it was being blown off the top. We carefully stepped around the many water crossings on the trail and continued hiking up the creek, er, trail until stopped by a high speed approximately 10 foot wide waterfall completely covering the trail and one of the assist cables. We could not engineer a way around. We had to hang on to the unseen section of the cable with both hands and sideways walk thru the waterfall. Losing grip would probably result in a serious flush over the side of the mountain. By leaning outward we did manage to keep our heads out of force of the water. At supper, one fellow commented that in his 12 trips up Alum, it was the worst he's seen. Needless to say, the dry and heated cabin Number 8 was well appreciated as our home for the next 2 days. A big thank you to the staff at LeConte!
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