Re: Bear Cannisters
- I agree that a cannister provides a great deal of
safety, peace of mind and freedom of camping even when it
doesn't fit all your food on a longer trip. Also, when
I'm hanging my overflow, I make a point of hanging
the least smelly, least attractive, and least
irreplacable items. Hang the garbage, the toothpaste, half the
power bars, the t-shirt that smells like fish (or throw
that somewhere else entirely), etc., etc. The smaller,
lighter hang-bag is also easier to hang in a good spot
and it's easier to find a good branch. And the last 7
or 8 days of your trip you don't have to hang
anything at all!
- 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