Re: JMT Photos
- Thoroughly enjoyed your photos and the trip
report, although it took me a while to see them all. Did
you have to take out a equity loan to cover the cost
of film and processing? It evoked many memories of
my trips on JMT. It's a must make trip if for
nothing else to see all the country between the two ends.
I was struck with the contrast between the smooth
granite in Yosemite and the rough structure of Mts.
Banner and Ritter. Then later on you come to the very
colorful areas of Pinchot Pass and Rae Lks. I would say I
hoped you had a good time but I know you did. Got a
chuckle out of the beer on the report. It reminded me of
the look my friend got at the store in Tuolumne when
he got a Baby Ruth and a beer. Hope the beer helped
you recover from your close encounter with a rock.
- 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