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[pct-l] Fwd: message from Vermillion Valley Resort
- Subject: [pct-l] Fwd: message from Vermillion Valley Resort
- From: Brick Robbins <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:44:41 -0700
>Subject: Did this post to the list?
>Date: Mon, 14 Jun 99 11:45:36 -0700
>x-mailer: Claris Emailer 2.0, March 15, 1997
>From: edisionlake <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>It didn't look like this message posted to the list. If not can you
>forward it for me?
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>Date: 06/13 10:41 AM
>Received: 06/14 11:25 AM
>From: edisionlake, email@example.com
>Well it looks like the VVR will finally be able to have some sort of
>frequency with email. If I can get these pudgy fingers on the right keys
>of this laptop and the ferryboat don't rock.
>The satelite phone system should be in full operation shortly.
>Our condolences to the John Lowder family. I'm not real handy with this
>sort of thing, I just know I feel the loss. I know the rest of the staff
>has been affected by the sad news as well.
>We have had only 4 hikers thru, Paul and Mimi doing the Walker Pass to
>Yosemite section. They left here on 6/1 after a 2 night stay. The Swiss
>couple Cris and Sandy bailed out at Forrester during last weeks storm and
>hitched into Fresno. They went into Shane Grogan's
>California Outfitters store for equipment and Shane got'em here. They are
>in good shape.
>They stayed here 6 days and got back on the trail at Mono Creek on 6/10.
>They plan to pick up the missed section this fall. We have about 60
>resupply boxes and alot of mail. We are expecting the wave to start today
>Kevin Speed aka "Special K" (AT 1995) is our morning cook and has been
>checking out the trail in our area. Silver Pass and Goodale Pass have
>less than 3' of snow and very patchy below 10,500'. The lakes above
>10,500 are still frozen but are changing color a bit so the thaw is not
>far away. The creeks are considerably lower than last year and had little
>Kevin here; Butch says you would be interested in my observations of
>trail conditions over the past few weeks. The snow melt has been making
>pretty good progress. On 6/5-6/7 I hiked from Quail Meadows through
>Silver Pass and on to Goodale Pass. The first signs of snow hit on the
>upper approach of the first basin in the Silver Pass area (right at
>10000'). Silver Pass lake is still frozen w/no signs of melting.
>However, the Indian Lakes are beginning to loosen up. The upper most of
>these are just beginning to show blue while the lower few are showing
>some areas of full melt. The snow walking conditions are quite good.
>While I did not continue up the PCT beyond these lakes, the snow appeared
>to dissipate very rapidly with the northward drop in elevation. All
>said, I would have to give a promising outlook for any hikers coming
>through this area. If there are futher questions or needs, please feel
>free to contact me here.
> I would like to close with my personal condolences to the Lowder
>family. To lose anyone is a real tragedy. To lose a member of our small
>and close community is truly felt.
>We will keep you posted as they come, I hope this information is of some
>Edison Lake, CA
>This is Henry Shires and I'm writing from VVR courtesy of Butch. I am,
>according to Butch, the first thruhiker to get all the way through from
>the Whitney area. I arrived 6/11. It wasn't easy. The snow was rotten
>and breakable although PCTers starting now from Whitney now should have a
>much easier time. I crossed Forester and Glen 6/6, Pinchot and Mather
>6/8, Muir 6/9, and Seldon 6/10. Of all the passes, Mather was by far the
>worst as the snow was completely rotten and would not hold an axe. I had
>to climb the rock walls instead. All the snow in the open areas between
>and including the passes was 1-3 feet deep, higher in the shady forests
>and north slopes. It was melting fast in the open areas and should be
>gone in the next week. North of Forester Pass the snow is/was patchy
>below 10,000 feet and solid above although, as I said, melting fast.
>When I went through there were no tracks between Forester and Seldon
>Passes and the trail was buried above 10,000 feet. PCTers now will at
>least have tracks or, more likely, bare ground for most of the way
>between the passes. The snow storm did NOT seriously impact any PCTers
>leaving Kennedy Meadows After June 2.
>Butch also wanted to let you know that two other PCTers have arrived.
>Nathan Martin arrived last night (6/11), and Frank Tripicchio this
>morning (6/12). Nathan left the trail to attend the service for John
>Lowder and got back on again somewhere near Piute Pass. I'm not sure
>about Frank's situation.
>I last saw the following hikers down in, or just south of, the Whitney
>Region. Most were intending to climb Whitney (I did not). "Packrat",
>"Shirt","Homebrew", "Bung"(Jarrod), Margaret from Seattle, Jim from New
>Jersey and his female friend "Phoenix", Sven from Berkeley, and two
>"older" hikers- Al and his German friend Josef. All were resupplying in
>Lone Pine, via Trail or Kearsearge Pass. A section hiker, Erica from
>Vermont, bailed out at Trail Pass to fix a broken stove but I expect she
>would have been back on the trail quickly.
>I too wanted to express my condolences to the the family and friends of
>John Lowder. It could have just as easily been me and it's hard to make
>sense out of things that happen in the mountains. I'm truly sorry to
>hear of the tragedy.
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