So you met Rheinhold too!
- I met Rheinhold twice - last year when I hiked
the JMT N>S I met Rheinhold during his "do it in
14 days" trip just north of Pinchot Pass. This year
I met him outside Crabtree when he was coming off
Whitney. (I was hiking the HST) He hiked from Rae Lakes to
Mt. Whitney in 1 day!! Mein Gott can he rock and
roll.<br>BTW - He's an American and a U.S. Marine to boot!
Great guy if you ever meet up with him again.
- 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