Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fewer than 100 climbs? You still count!

     Few of us will ever have the opportunity, the time, or the stamina to climb Mount Le Conte 100 times. But that doesn't mean you don't have a place on this blog.
     The Le Conte Log wants to know how many times you have climbed Le Conte, even if it is only once. Just click on "Comments" below and enter your name, hometown, total climbs, and date or year of your most recent climb—plus any other thoughts you would like to contribute.
     If you are somewhere south of 100 climbs, you are still in good company. Renowned Smokies hiker Mike Maples estimates he has been to the top no more than 40 times. National park pioneers Albert "Dutch" Roth and Harvey Broome counted 90 and 65, respectively.
     If you've been up there four times, you have equalled your friendly blogmaster.

LOOKING FOR THE HONOR ROLL? If you are reading this on your phone, you will need to switch from the mobile view to full screen (iPhone users click on "View web version" below) to see our list of hikers who have climbed Le Conte at least 100 times.


  1. Tom Layton, Boone NC, 4 climbs, most recently 2012

  2. Rick Shortt, Wytheville VA, 14 climbs, most recent in 2012

    1. Rick has the most climbs among the several thousand peakbaggers who log their hikes on or

  3. Joe Schlatter Jr. estimates he climbed Le Conte 20 to 25 hikes, most recently in 1966. He worked two seasons at the lodge and his website ( features stories of several Le Conte celebrities, including Rev. Rufus Morgan and Gracie McNicol.

  4. Peter Barr, Asheville, NC, 7 climbs, most recently 2014.

  5. Larry Russell of Covington TN made his 160th climb on Feb. 4, 2017.

  6. Mark Bowden, who completed all 900 miles of trails in the Smokies in 2016, checked in with 5 Le Conte summit hikes.

  7. Lodge logbook for 2017-07-30 shows 241 trips for Dewey Slusher, 49 for Clayton Webster (Decatur GA), and 34 for Bev Parlier (Brevard NC).

  8. Chris Francis of Knoxville checked in with 4 hikes, the first with his father in the 1950s, and the most recent on his 60th birthday Sept. 4, 2009.