Re: Snow_nymph_2000: Thanks!
- I usually go to Horseshoe/Cottonwood, or Onion
Valley for the first night out. Even sleeping one night
at ~10,000' helps me. Then I go to the ranger
station in the morning, for me its worth the drive.
<br><br>Diamox works for some people, but you need a
prescription for it. Scott just got some from his doctor. I
carry it with me, and when he got HAPE on this last
trip, he took it 20 minutes after the first sign of
rales. Between Diamox, decent & rest it turned out to be
a mild case. He had gotten it 5 weeks earlier
hiking Mt Langley, but didn't want to admit it, and by
the next day, it was pretty bad. He had trouble
putting his boots on. <br><br>I used the Diamox in
'93-'94, when I got AMS pretty bad. Soon I was going up
often enough, & didn't want to take it all the time.
I've had the altitude headaches a few times in the
last few years, but I just deal with it. We'll be
going out for 9 days soon, so Scott is going up Mon
after work, and will hang out at 10-11,000' for a few
days til I get there. Have fun on your trip!
- 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