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Old Jan 24, 2013, 7:15 PM   #1
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Default A Bit of Snow on the Mt.

We've had some interesting weather here in East Tennessee recently - amazingly warm, then deep freezes, then heavy rains and flooding, then heavy wet snow. As a result, I've been out on the trail and away from electronics a lot lately - busy with trail repairs, etc. Have also taken way too many wintry photos, will try to share some as time permits.

Here are an assortment, mostly from a snowy day hike up at Holston Mt, and a few from some other nearby places.
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Original plan was to hike from the Bristol side of Holston Mt over to a lovely, off-trail waterfall. However, snow drifts on the trail slowed us down considerably...
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Drifting snow covered most of the "critter" tracks, but we did see evidence that the Wild Mice were out and active.
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And some evidence of recent Beaver work as well...
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Despite the overcast and wind, there were some fine views across Shady Valley and over to Iron Mt. Here are several different perspectives on the view, taken with the A 70-210, the FA 100 macro, and the DA 70. Which do you prefer?
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Ice and snow made for some interesting patterns in the fungi and lichens - tough survivors in this rugged climate.
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We hiked as far as the Double Springs Shelter (on the AT). Still several miles to the falls, but not enough daylight. Plus the off-trail section can be quite tricky in the snow & ice.
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So we stopped for a brief snack (and to admire the icicles hanging off the shelter), and then headed back on down the mountain.
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Unlike our more recent, widespread and rather destructive snowstorm, this snow was only at the higher elevations. Down lower, the ponds were still free of ice, and the streams still flowing and falling freely.
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Have enjoyed many fine hikes on Holston Mt, and hoping to return soon to check out the wintry waterfalls. Hope you enjoyed this quick trip, and will share your comments & critique.
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