- On wednesday August 2, I was at the Vermillion
Valley Resort at Edison Lake with a group I was guiding.
In the group was Sir Edmund Hillary and his wife,
June. The whole group took the ferry across the lake to
fish and hike Mono Creek. When we got there it was
rainy and windy so Sir Ed and his wife and one other
fellow, went back to the resort to hang out. To make a
long story short, any thru-hiker at the resort
(including a JMT trip we had resupplying there) that
afternoon had the chance to eat pie, hear stories, and get
pictures with Ed Hillary. Not a bad resupply!
- 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