Memories Day 5
- Day 5 Aug 5, 1982<br>It felt warmer last night
but we still had frosty sleeping bags this morning.
No bears. On the trail by 9:30, another early start.
In two hours we had crossed Island Pass,one of the
few that did not have snow on it, and arrived at 1000
Island Lk. We continued on and in another hour and a
half we stopped at a small creek just south of the
outlet of Garnet Lk. We ate Garys meatstick since the
bear had eaten mine. The mustard he has brought went
very well with it. Two more hours had us at the old
bridge crossing Shadow Lk. inlet. Two years later when I
returned they had rerouted the train and built another
bridge a little ways upstream. Shadow Ck. looked like a
good fishing creek but we didn't have time to try it
this time. The descent of Shadow Ck. was steep and was
hard on Gary's knee. The trail soon turned up again
and Owen and I went on ahead. We soon topped the
ridge and were greeted by the beautiful view of Rosalie
Lk. In a few minutes I arrived at a nice campsite
just before the outlet of the lake. In a few minutes
more Owen arrived. He had been moving well all day
long. Gary arrived about 10 minutes later. He said,
short of a miracle cure, he would be leaving at Devils
Postpile. Hate to see him go, especially since the trip was
his idea. My wife and I had started the trail in 1969
but also left at Devils Postpile after she fractured
her foot. Owen and I will continue on. Dinner tonight
chicken almondine. 10.4 miles today.
- 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