RE: [John Muir Trail] Re: SNOW
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I strongly recommend against taking your snow shoes for a July 19 start. I went last year (very heavy snow year – duh) and left on July 10 SOBO. I would not have used snow shoes once. As it was I used my Kahtoola crampons for 4 hours one day on the whole trip. This year there will little if any snow needing assists in late July. Snow shoes are for light fluffy compressible snow not for the stuff we see in July. I took snow shoes once many years ago and left them at MTR to be shipped home. Don’t carry the extra weight; you won’t use snow shoes in late July.
Hey Verematic, not sure about the snow shoes. Last year the problem I had is crossing the snow fields because of the snow cups that I can across not sure how snow shoes deal going across sun cups. I went NOBO last year and started July 14 so I came across the 5 major passes for the most part if you plan your hike so you be coming across the snow fields between 9 to 2ish you find the snow firm. It really has to do with your comfort zone, as I was coming down Forester Pass and pass two major snow fields. I came cross a group of 3 SOBO hiker I notice they had their mircospikes on going up the same fields I had (using trail runner shoes). As you starting to approach to each major creek crossing start to ask the people that are going NOBO where they cross the creek and how it was. Good luck, I will be a week or so ahead of you.
From: vege_matic <vege_matic@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 7:34 AM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: SNOW
I'll be watching on-line journals before I head out for a 19 July start at Happy Isles. If it looks like there will be lengthy stretches of snow I'll probably bring my snowshoes. I just hate post holing and sliding around.
Will skip the GPS but may bring some better-scaled maps if it looks like navigation will be tricky.
As for stream crossings...that could be a deal breaker. I sink like an anvil.