Re: [pct-l] Snow levels in the Sierra
- Just a little information:
Mountain Education is considering conducting our Snow Basics and Snow
Intermediate Courses up in Oregon and Washington this winter (for the
obvious reasons that there is little snow here and plenty there!)!
Our first 4-day Oregon Snow Intermediate course will be held in the Three
Sisters Wilderness the weekend of 2/23-26/12. Cost is per "suggested
If you want another course in Oregon or one in Washington, just let us know
and we can coordinate it!
"Just remember, Be Careful out there!"
Ned Tibbits, Director
South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Phelan" <dennis.phelan@...>
To: "Greg Hummel" <bighummel@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Snow levels in the Sierra
> Be aware that the snow levels in Oregon and Washington are 98% of what
> were last year at this time (from a radio report this AM). Normally the
> thru hikers are going through Oregon and Washington in August and
> and the early snow levels have usually melted enough to where they are not
> an issue. However, if you start too early, they could be.
> On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Greg Hummel <bighummel@...> wrote:
>> From; http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/PLOT_SWC this shows that
>> the levels in the Sierra began tracking below that of the record low year
>> of 1977. Now they've jumped just a bit above the '77 line and it is still
>> way too early to predict. In '77 we all left the border very early;
>> mid-March to early April and got hit by a late spring snow storm just
>> we climbed into the Sierra.
>> But, sitting in your shoes, as I always do vicariously at this time of
>> year, I'd wager that an early start might work and begin planning that,
>> however, keeping plan B in mind.
>> Echoes of '77 are especially strong this year due to the lack of
>> precipitation and it's taking me all the way back to the memories of my
>> planning in the winter of '76-'77.
>> Greg Hummel
>> "Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks in the world"
>> -- Forest
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