Re: belated update
- Don't worry about not succeeding on your first
attempt. Many of us have physical problems we have to
overcome, or deal with to make the trip.<br>I have a small
cardiac condition which requires daily medication to hike
at altitude.<br>Have you talked to your physician
about medication?<br>Let me know when you think you
might be trying for the JMT again. I'll be out there
most of next summer. I'll look for you.<br>Good luck
and I think you'll do fine!
- 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