looking for a group to join
- Hi. I'm planning on hiking a section or thru-hike
of the JMT around August 1 and would like to join a
group or arrange a car shuttle. I've done all but the
southern section between the cut-off for Bishop Pass down
to Whitney. I go as light as possible and don't want
to share gear in case paces differ a lot or somebody
wants to drop out. I'm flexible on pace, maybe between
10-16 miles a day, but would like to minimize food
weight. If I do the whole trail I need to finish in 16 or
17 days due to limited vacation time. Thanks, Bob R.
- 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