I hiked up Leconte in October—just up and down in the same day. Later that week, the peak got 18 inches of snow.
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In the summer of 2013, I’ll turn 40. LeConte Lodge is still my locale of choice for this momentous event—hike up the mountain at 39, hike down the mountain at 40.
I was in the Smokies on a backpacking trip this past weekend, and I drove past the trailhead to LeConte. The dream is still in me. My 40th birthday seems like the best chance to make this happen.
In 4 years, I’ll turn 40. I’m thinking it might be great to wake up atop Mt. LeConte on that morning.
...I had thought it’d be fun to get a large group together and reserve spaces at the lodge. Now, I’m leaning toward going alone so I’ll have a better chance of meeting the strangers who are also there.