[Cdt-l] Glacier NP snow conditions
Trekker4 at aol.com
Trekker4 at aol.com
Tue Jun 8 17:10:20 CDT 2010
I talked to Kyle Johnson, the Backcountry Head - for lack of a proper
title, 14 days ago and yesterday. The 66% snowpack in GNP, for the winter in
general, made it look good for a 15 Jun Sbound start. That snowpack is now at
100+%! Several storm fronts over the last 3 weeks have dumped lots of rain
at low to middle elevations, and lots of snow at middle to high
elevations, increasing the snowpack up high and creating lots of "rotten"/think
posthole snow in the middle. Spring has been, and is, cooler than normal; skies
have stayed cloudy; and the snow has not melted much for 3 weeks, Kyle
says. Going-to-the-Sun road is still not open either. A GNP Ranger I met in Pie
Town this spring also confirms that the high elevations are still "plugged
IMHO, 1 Jul would be a better start date this year; so, much to my
regret, I'll wait until then to start, losing 2 of my planned 4 weeks Sbound.
I'll be calling Kyle back next Mon, and try to remember to post what he
says. I still have to go out to WA to finish the PCT in Aug, or I'd just keep
going in MT. According to a few posts, CO & WY still have snow cover in
many places, and I just never cared to play the "guess where the trail is"
game. Northern NM is already fairly hot, since it was 97 in Grants on Sun -
and yes I know that Grants is at a much lower elevation than nearby Mt
Taylor, but it will be 80's at 9-10,000 with that kind of heat. I live in the
same Chihuahuan Desert.
Oh well, even just 2 weeks on the MT CDT is sorta on the way to the WA
PCT isn't it? The other problem now is a week driving up there & getting
into Canada, and 2 weeks Sbound, leaves me at Benchmark Ranch - a poor place
to get out of and in to. Ain't no good answers for me this year.
Big Bend Desert Denizen, and...
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wasn't for us, you couldn't walk.' " -- Harry Browne
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