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Re: hiking the JMT-any advice

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  • JimR_pdx
    My JMT advice (for what it s worth*) echoes many guidebooks: don t do the whole thing in one trip if you don t have to. I ve done a few 15-mile days, and my
    Message 1 of 473 , Jun 4, 2000
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      My JMT advice (for what it's worth*) echoes many
      guidebooks: don't do the whole thing in one trip if you don't
      have to. I've done a few 15-mile days, and my
      recollection of the scenery suffered for it. Doing the entire
      JMT at once is an impressive feat, no doubt about
      that! But if you're in the wilderness to see the
      sights, a ten-mile pace will be more rewarding, and the
      spur trails are every bit as scenic as the Muir Trail
      itself. I'll never forget that 500-foot rapid/waterfall
      just below Pine Creek Pass in '96, among many other
      great spots!<br><br>* Yes, it's true: I have not done
      the entire trail and have never traveled north of
      Tully Hole, so my advice takes a grain or two of rock
      salt.
    • tiocampo
      Here is my opinion on the snowpack: At this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below. The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual, unless
      Message 473 of 473 , Feb 24, 2002
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        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
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