Great Smoky Mountain National Park
November 28, 2003
Scaling the "Chimney Tops"
A collaboration between researchers at the University of Tennessee and the University of Patras, Greece
Participants: Vagelis Harmandaris, Chunggi Baig, Bangwu Jiang, and David Keffer
After a week of collaborative work in the lab, we set out to test our mettle against a mountain.
In the mountains, it was a bit colder than we expected.
Vagelis is looking very American in a Kansas City Chiefs football stocking cap.
Dr. Keffer joined them in an advisory capacity.
The bridges were icy and treacherous; the wind howled.
Their spirits were undimmed.
There was celebration and relief when we reached the top.
Getting back down was easier said than done.
Jiang showed off his mountain-scaling skills.
When we finally reached the bottom of the mountain and the car was back in sight, Chunggi exclaimed,
"This is the happiest moment of my life!"