Re: Snow/ice conditions
- HR,<br>I did the Cottonwood Lakes via Old Army
and New Army. I liked the Old Army Pass better.
Mid-June of this year there was too much snow on OAP, so
we had to take NAP. Nice cornice at the top, but we
hiked over it. Mid July, OAP was clear except for a
small area near the top. Photos if you're interested.
<a href=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=216277&a=6845991 target=new>http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=216277&a=6845991</a><br>July trip:
<a href=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=216277&a=7492907 target=new>http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=216277&a=7492907</a><br><br>On the July trip, one of the guys got HAPE, so I
walked him out and met up with the rest by going in at
Kearsarge Pass. I met up with them at Forester Pass. Two
others went around the PCT (?) trail to Crabtree
Meadows, and two of the guys went over Crabtree Pass. It
was a rough pass from what I heard. We didn't take
ice axes, ropes or crampons. But, every year is
- 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