Re: A few questions for anyone
- Everyone is a bit different as to what and how
much they eat. If you prepare your food properly you
can get the weights down and still get the
nourishment you need. I can get by fine on a pound a day but
usually end up with a few luxuries that bump that a
bit.<br><br>I don't buy freeze-dried foods but do make some of
my own. Most of my food is store bought DRY packaged
items that I mix, add to and re-package at home: soup
mixes, oatmeal, mac/cheese, instant breakfasts, rice,
couscous, etc. with powder milk, spices, etc. pre-mixed in.
Bisquick is great dropped on soups for dumplings. You can
mail food packages to stops along the route or have
someone meet you or carry something in along the
way.<br><br>The most important thing is to keep the liguids off
your back. And I hope you like fish!<br><br>Hey, I'll
bet Sierramel might even help ya out. Not a bad
option!<br><br>It will freeze in July and it will rain. Be prepared
for it. And there will be mosquitoes, bad in some
spots, none in others. Don't be afraid to use a little
deet...it hasn't killed me yet. Use your sunscreen at high
elevations, I have seen several trips ruined by sunburn.
- 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