Today is THE Day!!!!
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow."- Helen Keller
Today is THE day!!! We had a an absolutely amazing day yesterday, but the folks down below did not. The sun was out an shining all day. There was a sea of clouds below us. The airlift did not go as planned yesterday. Today is clear up here and down below. We will fly today.
I have heard some trail conditions. Boulevard is still icy and snowy. There is a large section of ice at the top around the cliff area. There are a lot of trees down as well. I would say the Boulevard is not a good idea until the trail crew can get up to clear it off. As for Alum, there is still ice and snow in areas. Just be prepared to take a while coming up.
As for hiker services this weekend, we are behind schedule getting the lodge up and running. We will not be selling food to day hikers this weekend. The only item that we will have available is this years t-shirt, that is assuming we get the supplies today. I will keep you notified.
P.s. Check out the new crew on the crew page.
3/17/2011 01:35:17 am
Allyson, welcome to you and the 2011 crew. Hope you have an great exciting year up top and am looking forward to your words of wisdom and pics. It is sunny and blue here in Indiana. Wishing you a successful fly day! Ciao
3/17/2011 01:58:44 am
Beautiful morning here in the valley also. Wish we were there with y'all. Great photo!
3/17/2011 02:17:15 am
Happy Fly Day!!!
3/17/2011 02:22:07 am
Looks beautiful up there! We have reservations Mar 30 and Mar 31. You said the Boulevard trail is not recommended until the park service does some cleanup? We are bringing young kids so wanted to check on when that might happen? We had been plannipng to take that trail since it is has less steep inclines. Shelly Helser with Ron Lagler group.....
3/17/2011 02:25:45 am
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy Fly Day to all of you! Enjoy working hard today and party tonight!
3/17/2011 02:26:43 am
3/17/2011 02:43:42 am
To the new crew: WELCOME! Glad you joined the team.
3/17/2011 02:59:26 am
I love your new pictures. What a beautiful sunrise!
3/17/2011 05:45:30 am
Beautiful picture! Cant wait to see what the t-shirts look like this year! Might we get a peek on the blog???? Happy airlift day!
3/17/2011 07:44:58 am
To Shelly: I would advise you to pick another trail if young kids are involved. There is a lot of up and down on the Boulevard and the last mile or so is a killer. I think a better option might be the ACB. What do some of you other hikers think?
3/17/2011 08:38:54 am
I echo what Tony said. I would never take children younger than 16 on the Boulevard. The last mile and a half is brutal following the first six or seven on the AT and then the Boulevard. Alum Cave Trail is really the best for children. Just be sure to be with them when they are on the narrow part of the trail about a half mile before the Lodge.
3/17/2011 01:54:31 pm
I would also not recommend going up Boulevard with children. I would not agree with the statement that Boulevard has less steep inclines... there are many steep inclines in addition to the ups/downs. I would also recommend Alum Cave Trail for children - have taken my kids (currently 8 & 10) up that trail to the lodge a few times in the last two years and it is their favorite trail in the park. We took the kids down Boulevard and they did not even enjoy going down it much less if they had gone up it. I went up Boulevard this last Sunday and it was a bit treacherous with the snow / ice, especially the last two miles - there were not any blowdowns though. Went down Trillium on Monday and I would not recommend it until the trail crew clears it. We counted 14 blowdowns from Trillium Gap to LeConte. Some of which we had to chop a path through with a machete or take packs off and push them under the tree and crawl under. Hopefully the trail crew will clear that soon for the llamas 'cause they definitely could not make it with the trail as we saw it on Monday.
3/17/2011 02:32:40 pm
Would agree with many of the of the other statements made on the trails. We love the Boulevard trail but it definitely isn't an easy trail. It has lots of ups and down and I believe that you climb over 4000 ft total elevation gain by the time you do all of the inclines/declines. Last climb before the slide is extremely tough, mainly because you are so tired. Rainbow might be a good choice along with Alum Cave. Just a thought.
3/17/2011 03:07:20 pm
Watched the video about the LeConte Lodge airlift on the WBIR Knoxville news website. Kudos!
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