Re: belated update
- Sorry to hear of the aborted plan on the JMT!
Definitely do it in 2000 and use this experience as a
positive one. On a similar note, a friend of mine had to
drop out on day 2 of a 5 month Pacific Crest Trail
trip we had planned in 1991. I am a firm believer that
regardless of an outcome, it is a success to have commited
to such endeavors and there is much to learn in what
others might consider failure, but what I consider a
modified success! Kind of like climbing mountains, you
usually learn more when you have to turn around then
reaching the top.
- 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