Re: A frequent image
- I have a similar memory 'burned' into my mind,
that continues to remind me of why I love to backpack.
My friend and I set out to do a trip from Cedar
Grove to Rae Lakes in August 1993. We camped at Vidette
Meadow our first night, and headed up to Rae Lakes
through Glen Pass the second morning. Just short of Glen
Pass, there was a small valley on the near side of the
crest. I think Glen Pass is about 12,000 ft., and the
hike was (for me) rather murderous up from Vidette
Meadow. In this small valley, the snow had all melted,
and created a tiny lake, more of a pool, about 100
feet in diameter, and was the only water in the
valley. Nothing else, only stone and this amazing pool. I
had never seen anything like it...the water was the
deepest blue I had ever seen, and cold as ice. It was all
I could do not to bend over and drink for days! (I
was afraid of Giardia...) It was a magnificent spot
that I will never forget.
- Here is my opinion on the snowpack: <br><br>At
this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below.
The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual,
unless there are some new major storms. <br><br>Whatever
the JMT veterans would say about "normal year
conditions" should apply this year. Last year was
exceptionally dry in the high country. This year will certainly
have more snowpack, but nothing like 1983 or 1997.
<br><br>But hey, it might snow some more! Winter ain't over
yet, but the probabilities are dwindling.<br><br>Here
is my tip on interpreting the snow water equivalents
shown for individual sensor sites: <br><br>loose, new
fallen snow is deeper, say up to 12 inches of snow to 1
inch of precip<br><br>dense, old snow is less deep,
say from 3 to 6 inches of snow to 1 inch of precip.
This is applicable when daytime air temps have been
above freezing for a while<br><br>Have a great time,
whatever you decide to do!<br><br>Best Regards,<br><br>FRF