What a way to start my day. Sipping coffee next to my heater and watching the sun come up over High Top. I want these to be the images I think back on when I am older and reminiscing about my days on Mt. LeConte. People ask me all the time, "What is the craziest thing you have witnessed while being at the lodge?" It is so hard to pin point. Unfortunately, a lot of the tales involve folks not thinking things through. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have noticed certain days I will mention safety issues while hiking. These posts are usually brought on by issues we have faced at the lodge. People, in general, don't think about the "what if's". I am all for being adventurous, but I like to do my research and think things through. You would be amazed at how many folks do not do this and we end up helping them out of tight spots. I like to think that it will be a learning situation for them.
We have seen all types of hikers on this mountain from Roman soldiers dressed in the full attire, to big foot, and a lady who hiked in platform sandals. I had a crew member hike Trillium trail at night dressed in a coffee sack he had brought back from Africa. There are some other stories I don't think need to be repeated. We have seen a lot over the past twelve years and I know our General Manager, Tim Line, has seen even more over his 30 plus years at the lodge.
Like I said at the beginning, it is a beautiful day up top. The high yesterday was 61º with a low of 44º. It is going to be a perfect weekend for hiking. Come on up and see us.
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