Good morning from high atop LeConte. The 2014 crew made their way, through slush and ice, to the lodge. We took the evening to get settled and to get to know each other. It is always interesting to learn about the folks who will be your family, not only for the next 8 1/2 months, but for the rest of your life. We have family all over this nation, and we can thank Mt. LeConte for that.
The mountain is a little chilly at the moment. The current temperature is 29º with 3" of snow on the ground. The high yesterday was 42º. The low was 11º, but that was from the start of yesterday morning. The trails were pretty slushy yesterday. There are a lot of patches of ice. We used our traction devices and we had no problem. Some of the ice walkers you can look for are Micro Spikes, Yak Traks, or Stabilicers.
On a different note, Chris and I are sad, but excited about our future, to announce that this is our 12th and final season on the mountain. This job has been a life changer and we are the luckiest people alive to have called this home for 12 years. It took some major soul searching to make this decision, but we think it is time to let someone else call this mountain home and bring some new energy to the lodge. Remember, change is always a good thing. Before you start asking what we are going to do next, I will let you all know in November. I will keep you guessing for the next 8 1/2 months.
And last but not least, I am going to turn the comment section back on. Here are the rules:
1.) Keep to topic.
2.) Ask questions that are in reference to the lodge or the trail conditions.
3.) The last one is key- BE NICE
I do not have the ability to ban anyone from this site. I also do not have time to monitor it every waking moment. Please, folks, let's have fun and act like adults and I will keep the comment section up and running.
Let the 2014 season begin. :)
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