- So here is how it went..... July 8th we(Me, my
brother and cousin) left Happy Isles on our way to Mt.
Whitney. The packs felt light, the weather was great, and
I felt great until.... we came close to the
half-dome cutoff. Then all of a sudden my legs felt like
lead weights and I was left with no energy. 30 min.
later I realized that I was in Atrial Flutter( a heart
condition that I have that occurs rarely, but when it does
it acts like your car would with a loose spark plug
wire) So, my participation with the trip was cut short.
I was pretty dejected haveing spent4-5 months
preparing for this journey. I am choosing to see the glass
as half full, and have even more resolve to hike the
JMT this summer. Be on the lookout for further
postings. I will be looking for a few partners to hike with
as soon as I get permits in Feb.
- 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