re: rope length for river crossing
- I hiked the JMT in July 2005 during a very high snow year. Someone had
placed a rope across Bear Creek which was helpful but not necessary.
Evolution is no issue if you cross further up the valley versus the "old"
crossing which has become a little tricky if the water is high. Getting the
rope across the river could be more dangerous than not having one and I
would suggest leaving the rope at home. It is far safer to use hiking poles
or a large stick to brace yourself against the flow than try to use a rope.
If you do use a rope, never tie yourself to it. Have a great hike.
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