Re: Where is everybody?
- Three of us are going Aug 24 through Sept 21 or
22. Doing some side trips, too. Plan is to bag Muir,
Whitney and Russell before coming out. After Russell, we
might come out or stay one more night. We'll see how it
feels. <br><br>Will start training/walking with the pack
next week during lunch, then try a weekend
snowshoe/backpack, tbd (bp or snowboard) easter wkend, then a 5 day
backpack in the Grand Canyon. Can't waiiiiittttt!!!!!!!!!
- 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