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[pct-l] Snow trips

i remember a few years ago when the weather was so bad. i am not sure that anyone completed the pct S->N without skipping the Sierras and then coming back to them.  

I met Brian Sweet that year and he completed thr PCT but had to stop at kennedy meadows and skio the sierras and start south bound from canada.  when he finished, he was near whitney.

i met other thru-hikers that year who trydged through the sierras, but they were only at Tahoe by mid-August due to the set backs from snow in the sierras.  i ran into three different groups of 2-5 hikers who all started in mexico; all of them said that the snow was just too much and none of them expected to finnish.  i remember one of them saying that only 14 people even maded in through the sierras that year.

that much snow was terrible for mosuitoes too.  we were nearly eaten alive a few times.


> Montedodge@aol.com pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net [pct-l] Snow tripsDate: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 13:38:53 EST
> Brett makes some very good points. Last year would have been a great South 
>bound trip, yet few opted for it. I know Jonathon Ley did a South Bound CDT 
>trip last year and had 60% of normal in Glacier with a mid-june start. Goat 
>rocks in Washington were still tough in late June on a down year. Experts on 
>a Snowy PCT?? Myself and several other hikers on this list did the Sierra's 
>in early to mid-may on a light snow year back in 1977. Bad news was nature 
>decided to make up for lost time during late spring making for a real " 
>Interesting" time thru this section. Ice axes are a must on snowy year, 
>crampons or light " MSR" type snowshoes could be helpful. Remember a few 
>years back when we had large amounts of snow in the Sierras and only 9 hikers 
>completed the PCT? This may not be that kind of year, but more gear ,fuel, 
>and food would be required to be packed. This would make last year's trip 
>look like a day hike to Disney World.  Getting caught in and early fall storm 
>isn't fun either!!!! Ask Fallingwater, Swiss, Jeff or Skylark about their 
>2000 hike near Glacier Peak in Washington. Experts?? There must be a good 30 
>or so on this list and each has a few very good words of wisdow!!!!!!!!
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