What a delightful day to kickstart the second week of March. Folks in the lowlands would have had a difficult time noticing until the skies broke not long ago, but Mt. LeConte has been soaring above the cloud sea all day. The temperature inversion even had things feeling swimmingly springlike up here compared to the veiled grey and cool mist prevalent below. We tapped 50° at one point, and it felt perfect to be out tackling preseason chores in the sunshine. Unfortunately, the forecast is going to turn less than stellar beginning tonight. We’re expecting several inches of rainfall and strong winds that might gust up to 40mph late this evening and for much of Wednesday. It would appear tomorrow one will be forced to whittle away at some indoor tasks.
The mountain has been covered up in flocks of youngsters who seem to be enjoying their spring breaks. Can’t blame them for picking this destination on such a stunning day. Hopefully everyone researches the forecast for the coming days and comes prepared. It’ll be a wet, cold, and miserable experience for anyone not dressed to spend prolonged hours in the harsh elements. Reminder that even though activity is about to increase over the next couple weeks, the lodge is still closed and no services are available. Opening day is set for Monday, March 21st once we get all of our supplies flown in and we give the entire complex a thorough tune up. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates for a successful and timely lift!
Have a great rest of the day.