Muir Trail Memories
- I happened to notice that the calendar this year
is exactly the same as it was in 1982 when I did
JMT. Since I'm notout hiking it right now I thought
I'd post a trip report day by day.<br><br>On Friday
night my friend Gary picked up myself and my oldest son
Owen (10 years old) in Bakersfield. He also loaded
cargo of all the meals we would have. On Saturday we
took off from Garys house in Bodfish, went over Walker
Pass and up the east side of the Sierra. We had
planned on driving down to the store at Reds Mdw but I
had just learned about the shuttle bus. We stopped in
Mammoth and called the store at Reds Mdw. After getting
the details we took out about a weeks worth of food
to get us from Yosemite Valley to Reds Mdw. I took
the rest, about 3-4 cubic feet, on the shuttle bus
down to the store. Returning to Mammoth we continued
over Tioga Pass to Yosemite Valley, fixed dinner, and
found a place to spend the night. <br><br>Day 1 Aug
1,1982<br>After a quick breakfast we went to pick up the permit.
This was the first time I had heard about giardia.
Garys wife let me know they had put a note in his pack
and if he didn't find it soon I should help him find
it. We then headed out to Happy Isles and the start
of our journey. Being such fine specimens of
physical conditioning we struggled up the long trail to
Nevada Falls where we stopped for lunch. Mindful of the
giardia concerns we were careful to get our water from a
nearby spring. The previous winter had been a heavy snow
year so the mist from Nevada Falls wafted back up on
us as we ate. We continued on to Little Yosemite
Valley taking the cutoff trail. Not exactly sure we were
on the correct trail we checked in at the rangers
station and found out we were going the right direction.
She reccomended a campsite at the turn off for Clouds
Rest. We arrived there in due time. There was a bear
cable there and we hung all 3 of our packs from it. It
took 2 of us to hoist them up tho. We ate and enjoyed
our first campfire of the trip before turning in. We
drifted off watching the stars as we usually do.
- 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