Re: Here it is for public scrutiny.
- Take a layover day.<br>You may be trying to cram
too much into too short a period of time.<br>Day 6 to
VVR is a lot of miles....<br>Consider staying at
Quail Meadows.<br>Picking up a re-supply usually takes
up an afternoon. Since you plan to stay at the
resort, be aware that if you want to take a shower, drink
a beer, eat an ice cream or just relax, you may
need a day here, not just a short afternoon.<br>The
comfort zone for hiking the JMT (for young adult males)
is about 18 days.<br>How are you at altitude?
- 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