A February Climb of Mt. LeConte

A February Climb of Mt. LeConte

Mt. LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains

11 miles, 6,593 ft., Alum Cave Trail

February 15, 2015

Wes Chapman

 Hay and Ice

A bit of ice on the trail



Mt. LeConte in Mid-February


I’ve decided to climb LeConte at least once every month this year – a good way to get to know the place in all of the seasons. This trip I did with a couple of new friends – William and Brad – that I met through duck hunting. These guys were getting ready for a Mexican volcano trip – climbing an 18,000 foot mountain over a weekend. Such are the options of the young. This was a cold day (8° at the start) –but beautiful, fast climbing. Enjoy the photos.

 Afternoon at Alum Cave

Afternoon at Alum Cave

 Cliff view

A beautiful, clear day in the Smokey Mountains

Frozen Bluff

A little fresh snow on the climb

William running up


William hustles to the top wearing 1 microspike

February LeConte Lodge

Mt. LeConte Summit Lodge

Looking back toward Alum Cave

Ice hanging above Alum Cave

 View near the top

View from the Cliffs

 William and Brad at the summit

William and Brad ready for Mexico

Snow at the summit

Fresh snow & ice at the Lodge

On top of old Smokey

February summit – 10 months to go

Stream at base

Alum Cave Creek


Brad using the other microspike


Adios, from Mt. LeConte

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

2 Comment responses

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    February 18, 2015

    Wes, it was a pleasure hiking with you. Thank you for allowing us to join. Hope we didn’t slow you down too much. Let me know when you want to head to Gatlinburg for an afternoon.


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    February 18, 2015

    Alum cave looks like a gaping maw! Great photos once again.