Pancake Breakfast on the JMT
- I'm back, a day early because of the mosquitos
and rain. Our group of 9 started at Bear Creek Dam
Diversion, and came out at Florence Lake. WED: rain, bugs,
thunder, lightning, hot & humid, sun for a few hours, more
bugs. THURS: lotsa bugs, rain, thunder & lightning,
rained most of the day, never saw the sun, and rained
most of the night. FRI: More rain & bugs, and a
special treat at Marie Lake. A guy named Garvin had a
tarp & friendship flags set up, and made multigrain
pancakes served with syrup, and hot tea for hikers. He was
in Tasmania, AU, and was treated to this, so wanted
to give to others what he experienced there. He had
mules bring in barrels with supplies, including flour,
Coleman, dishes to serve breakfast, but they only came in
15 miles. His friends helped carry the load up in
about 5 trips. Awesome! We spent 1.5 hrs there (still
raining), then headed to Muir Ranch. This section was my
favorite part of the trip -- alpine lakes, lots of
wildflowers. Rained on & off the rest of the day, and all
night (lots of bugs too). SAT: rain stopped long enough
to pack up, 1/2 hr out it started pouring again.
Took the ferry back instead of hiking in more rain.
- 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