Re: JMT Photos
- Glad you enjoyed them! You got some good shots of
that area. Mine are all hazy. We had a LOT of smoke
from the fires the first week. After Donohue Pass it
was only hazy, but we could still smell it. The views
got better going south. So I think we made the right
choice going that way. When you do it, be sure to take
the time to enjoy it! We saw so many people with
deadlines, in a hurry, getting to camp in the dark, up early
and on the trail before the sun got to camp. Coffee,
breakfast, lounging was part of the fun on this trip. I
could live that kind of life. 30 days, and I was ready
to go back. I'm a sick woman......Can't wait for the
next long trip!!
- 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