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July 2009

Abby, Jackson, and Ron Metcalfe made their 8th, 5th, and 16th hikes to Mt. LeConte to spend the night at LeConte Lodge on July 27-28, 2009.

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Jackson at the lake cabin with our backpacks ready for the next day's hike.
Jackson at the lake cabin with our backpacks ready for the next day's hike.
Jackson, Abby, and Ron Metcalfe leaving the cabin on the morning of our hike to LeConte Lodge.
Jackson, Abby, and Ron Metcalfe leaving the cabin on the morning of our hike to LeConte Lodge.
The traditional IHOP breakfast.
The traditional IHOP breakfast.
And the traditional picture in front of the bear at IHOP in Pigeon Forge.
And the traditional picture in front of the bear at IHOP in Pigeon Forge.
Clouds shroud the top of Mt. LeConte, seen from the Gatlinburg bypass.
Clouds shroud the top of Mt. LeConte, seen from the Gatlinburg bypass.
Wisps of clouds around the Chimney Tops.
Wisps of clouds around the Chimney Tops.
Abby, Ron, and Jackson Metcalfe at the Alum Cave Bluff trailhead.
Abby, Ron, and Jackson Metcalfe at the Alum Cave Bluff trailhead.
Jackson at the 1/2 mile mark - the Lightning Strike Tree.
Jackson at the 1/2 mile mark - the Lightning Strike Tree.
Abby and Jackson emerging from Arch Rock, just over one mile into the hike.
Abby and Jackson emerging from Arch Rock, just over one mile into the hike.
Climbing the rocks just past Arch Rock.  No sunshine yet.
Climbing the rocks just past Arch Rock. No sunshine yet.
Abby and Jackson crossing the last footlog bridge.
Abby and Jackson crossing the last footlog bridge.
We could see sunlight on adjacent ridges, and mist rising from the valleys.
We could see sunlight on adjacent ridges, and mist rising from the valleys.
Abby and Jackson on the far side of the U-turn part of the trail, about ten minutes before Inspiration Point.
Abby and Jackson on the far side of the U-turn part of the trail, about ten minutes before Inspiration Point.
Our first encounter with sunlight came as we approached Inspiration Point.
Our first encounter with sunlight came as we approached Inspiration Point.
t1%2f67%2f753667%2f4%2f115495491.rLQhxHmB.jpg Clouds continued to burn off during the morning.
Clouds continued to burn off during the morning.
Nearing Inspiration Point.
Nearing Inspiration Point.
Taking a candy bar break at Inspiration Point.
Taking a candy bar break at Inspiration Point.
Clouds still hung over the mountain at higher elevations.
Clouds still hung over the mountain at higher elevations.
Mist and clouds around the Dolly Parton Peaks.
Mist and clouds around the Dolly Parton Peaks.
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