Re: JMT Going Back
- For us JMT was a highlight tour. My son(s) and I
made many trips in the following years going and
spending the time in those areas that caught our
attention. We had a great time spending 2-3 days in an area
instead of just passing through. By going slow it gave us
a chance to fish more and see some of those off JMT
places. One memorable trip was down Fish Ck. to the hot
springs. Of course, hot springs are always memorable to
me. In an 8 day trip we would cover about 50 miles
which gave us plenty of time to take it easy compared
to doing about 75 on JMT in the same time. I'm sure
you will have many opportunities to do the same.
There is a special joy in returning to a place where
you had a good time before.
- 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