Re: hiking the JMT-any advice
- My reason for doing it in one trip was to see the
entire trail all at once. That way I could contrast the
different country you see along the way while the memories
were freshest. The second reason was to pick the
portions we wanted to go back to and spend more time on.
My sons and I were able to concentrate on several
sections and their surrounding area over the next several
years. Our first time we averaged a little over 9 miles
a day so our pace was slower than the many racers
we met which perhaps allowed us to enjoy the trip a
little more than they.
- 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