Derek Dooley, Vols climb Mount LeConte

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley along with head football strength coach Ron McKeefery and about 40 of his football players scaled Mount LeConte on Saturday.

Hiking up the 6,593-foot summit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a team-chemistry exercise.

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shoelessvol#236864 writes:

That's a really nice accomplishment! NOW go climb back to the top of the SEC!!

PHAT_VOL writes:

Great idea cant hurt. Sounds like fun.
GO VOLS !!

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Anybody have any tips on how to get a reservation in the lottery for the lodge on top of ML? Getting up there is on my bucket list.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Who's the little guy in the Orange shirt? Our kicker or equipment manager???

Ayres_Hall writes:

Can you imagine those guys running across a bear in the wild? I bet a chipmunk would scare most of them.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Anybody have any tips on how to get a reservation in the lottery for the lodge on top of ML? Getting up there is on my bucket list.

http://www.lecontelodge.com/reservati...

scroll to "2013 Reservation Information"

Bigger_Al writes:

Is that McCullers over there on the left? Holy smokes, he makes Tiny look tiny.

luvmatersoup writes:

Great accomplishment Coach D....I'm telling you guys, this new strength coach is going to be a studd!!!! Go Big Orange!

crappieking writes:

They should have left Doofus Dooley up there.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to crappieking:

They should have left Doofus Dooley up there.

Better still, they should have taken you with them and then given you a little nudge. No charge for the fall..............Maybe you might find a few other trolls along your descent.

thevoice writes:

Did the ceramic dog make the ascent?

pcorange writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Anybody have any tips on how to get a reservation in the lottery for the lodge on top of ML? Getting up there is on my bucket list.

Just put your name on the waiting list for cancellations. We were only on it for about a week when we got a call that there was an opening for 3 weeks later. We hiked it April 1st and spent the night. Wonderful experience.

thevoice writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Who's the little guy in the Orange shirt? Our kicker or equipment manager???

Uhh, he's our head coach, I think.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to TROLLING_IS_FUN:

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You blew the credibility of your post when you said, " I thought".

gc_scvol writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

You blew the credibility of your post when you said, " I thought".

Oh no..I've fed one. Sorry Vol Fans. Been a slow day.

Voltman writes:

in response to crappieking:

They should have left Doofus Dooley up there.

Better yet, you should at least get an education that teaches you how to spell someones name that you want to insult.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

TRUE Big Orange fans.....just like the bears in the Smoky Mountains....DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. They are here for one reason only...ATTENTION. They do not get any attention in real life as most of them have no job, no friends, no special lady (blowupdolls do not count), no social life, etc. Spewing their **** on here gets them the attention they crave. No Attention = No Trolls. Here is to a big turn-around season for Coach Dooley and OUR Vols. Whack-a-Troll.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

in response to pcorange:

Just put your name on the waiting list for cancellations. We were only on it for about a week when we got a call that there was an opening for 3 weeks later. We hiked it April 1st and spent the night. Wonderful experience.

Thanks pcorange...I did not know if the waiting list would be futile or not. Can be tricky to square it around work.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Uh Marlon,

Do you want to go up there with your troll friend Crappie? It's a good bet you wouldn't make it back down........troll. Not if the team had anything to do with it.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Troll Repellent = Click on "Suggest Removal" about 10 times. GO DOOLEY. GO VOLS.

Frapples writes:

I hope they did Alum Cave up. That hike about killed me. It's short, but after the bluff it is straight up....except for Huggins He**, when you take a downhill break, but then realize that you have to go back up that much too.
Good team bonding, it is always humbling to meet someone who is 80ish and pounding up that mountain.

Shmohawk writes:

Who is the monster with his shirt off third from the left?

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

The bear that was shot out of a tree on UT campus saturday was quoted saying "I had to leave the mountains cause some idiot in an orange shirt was walking around talking about watering bamboo I couldn't take it, I HAD TO GET OUT OF THERE" end of quote

OrangeDew writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Nothing quite like those mellow marshes.
LLOL@YDF

born2ride writes:

This is the most exciting thing Dooley has done since he has been here.

BambooBoy writes:

Rename it Mount Dooley!! After the greatest SEC coach (soon to be) of ALLL TIIIIMME!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Look, we all know you're really Fredo posing as your dad. You were the incompetent child of the four.

mtthw741 writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Is that McCullers over there on the left? Holy smokes, he makes Tiny look tiny.

I think that's a bear!!!

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

The bear that was shot out of a tree on UT campus saturday was quoted saying "I had to leave the mountains cause some idiot in an orange shirt was walking around talking about watering bamboo I couldn't take it, I HAD TO GET OUT OF THERE" end of quote

Pretty funny.
After reading Marvin West's column, I feel that much more confident in Dooley. (insert sarcasm here)

Vol43 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Gosh Walter, what got you so fired up?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor be afraid to go hiking in the woods with Tiny. Witch Doctor look like a chicken wing or brisket if we got lost. lol
Bones never lie.

OrangePsyched writes:

It's team building. Those who mock this have never played team sports. As a team conquering the mountain in front of you is symbolic of what the team wants to do this year. The team can remind each other of the last few feet up LeConte when they're in the 4th quarter and gassed. CDD and McKeefery did a great job.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Look, we all know you're really Fredo posing as your dad. You were the incompetent child of the four.

You may be right, Fredo never did amount to anything.

movol77 writes:

Perhaps this is CDD's year. The trolls are losin' it.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

It's team building. Those who mock this have never played team sports. As a team conquering the mountain in front of you is symbolic of what the team wants to do this year. The team can remind each other of the last few feet up LeConte when they're in the 4th quarter and gassed. CDD and McKeefery did a great job.

I've played lots of team sports, and hiked up LeConte more than once.
Wake me up when Dooley beats a quality opponent.

SevenT writes:

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rampsneggs writes:

Those ridiculing this activity are simply grasping for straws, just as they would be gasping for breath if they attempted it themselves.

ctownvol writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Just when we think you can't get any more obnoxious... You want to "LOL" at our coach, but you're the one who can't spell marshmallows. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Alice.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say dont forget to use the "Suggest Removal" button instead of arguing. Witch Doctor say its easy to see he9same dude, different login)just want and "need" attention. problem solves just as it did last time!
lol.
Bones never lie.

dvols writes:

Actually this is pretty cool...

great expereince for the young men and the coach!

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to SevenT:

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Would have been better had they actually climbed to Rocky Top, which is a real place near the peak of Thunderhead Mountain, not on Mount LeConte.

Don't know what the rest of your post refers to, but hopefully you do. Just in case you really know nothing about the Smoky Mountains, the park rangers would not be very happy to run across any stills in the nation's most visited national park.

Maybe you could get on a trail and see for yourself what the real Rocky Top is like. There's quite a view for those who make it up there. You can start in Cades Cove Campground and hike up Anthony Creek or take either the Bote Mountain or Lead Cove trail on the road that links the Y and Cades Cove.

wallingdad writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Would have been better had they actually climbed to Rocky Top, which is a real place near the peak of Thunderhead Mountain, not on Mount LeConte.

Don't know what the rest of your post refers to, but hopefully you do. Just in case you really know nothing about the Smoky Mountains, the park rangers would not be very happy to run across any stills in the nation's most visited national park.

Maybe you could get on a trail and see for yourself what the real Rocky Top is like. There's quite a view for those who make it up there. You can start in Cades Cove Campground and hike up Anthony Creek or take either the Bote Mountain or Lead Cove trail on the road that links the Y and Cades Cove.

I am more of the "ride around Cade's Cove Loop" with the windows down and let the truck take care of the locomotion. must stop at the mill though and get some of that stone ground corn meal. what a treat!

good for them climbing Mount LeConte. ahh in my younger years perhaps....

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I am more of the "ride around Cade's Cove Loop" with the windows down and let the truck take care of the locomotion. must stop at the mill though and get some of that stone ground corn meal. what a treat!

good for them climbing Mount LeConte. ahh in my younger years perhaps....

That's the great thing -- it's there for everyone to enjoy however they want to -- or are able to. I've always thought all the Tennessee athletes should make the trip to the real Rocky Top, and the band and pep band too, so they'd understand what the fuss was about.

The view from Rocky Top is almost 360 degrees and on a clear day you can see forever -- well almost anyway.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Can you imagine those guys running across a bear in the wild? I bet a chipmunk would scare most of them.

I doubt they've ever seen an "Alvin"! Except at the movies. Some of those linemen are bigger and meaner than a black bear. Very shy animals (thank God).

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Better still, they should have taken you with them and then given you a little nudge. No charge for the fall..............Maybe you might find a few other trolls along your descent.

Ignore the "CrappKing"

GONAVY writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I am more of the "ride around Cade's Cove Loop" with the windows down and let the truck take care of the locomotion. must stop at the mill though and get some of that stone ground corn meal. what a treat!

good for them climbing Mount LeConte. ahh in my younger years perhaps....

I'm with 'ya...

GONAVY writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

That's the great thing -- it's there for everyone to enjoy however they want to -- or are able to. I've always thought all the Tennessee athletes should make the trip to the real Rocky Top, and the band and pep band too, so they'd understand what the fuss was about.

The view from Rocky Top is almost 360 degrees and on a clear day you can see forever -- well almost anyway.

I think I'd like to see that, actually...maybe one day.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to thevoice:

Did the ceramic dog make the ascent?

I was wondering the same thing? Where is the ceramic dog? Nick Saban hires professionals who work on mental conditioning of the Tide's athletes.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011...

Derek Dooley paints a ceramic dog orange and takes our team on day trips.

One of these coaches wins games and the other makes excuses and blames everyone else.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Who's the little guy in the Orange shirt? Our kicker or equipment manager???

Offensive lineman.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor be afraid to go hiking in the woods with Tiny. Witch Doctor look like a chicken wing or brisket if we got lost. lol
Bones never lie.

Or a hen.

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