We’re still a week away from the calendar officially recognizing the start of summer, but you wouldn’t know it especially after yesterday in East TN. Another Heat Advisory will be in effect this afternoon, and likely be on repeat for the next couple weeks, if the forecast holds. Temps in the valley will reach the mid 90s easily today, which means up at the lodge we could be tapping the 70s. Combine that with our region’s notorious humidity, and it doesn’t take long to sap one’s energy on the trail, especially if proper steps haven’t been taken to prepare for a safe and enjoyable hike. A slight chance for pop up thunderstorms are in the mix today and for the coming week, but expect mostly sun and haze.
Again, it is absolutely crucial that hikers take these climate conditions seriously. Proper hydration and nourishment starts days before you hit the trail, especially if your body isn’t used to being active outside exerting oneself for a prolonged period. Even during your hike, you need to maintain your sustenance intake as you burn through your energy stores built up from the days prior. Also consider your gear and apparel before hitting the trail. Is it helping to keep you light and cool, or is it retaining heat and moisture making you feel weighted down and lethargic. There’s plenty of daylight this time of year, so start early in the morning when temps are at their coolest, and take frequent breaks to rest up. Soaking up the grand views or smelling the dwarf rhododendron are just a few good excuses for pausing during the climb.
Have a great day.