[Cdt-l] Reccomend snowshoes in San Juans?

ks1007 at aol.com ks1007 at aol.com
Thu Mar 10 08:55:15 CST 2011

lower snowpack in the gila's - san juans at 115% of normal - all of the storms going north

el coyote
Keith and Mary
Trail Angels
Deming, NM

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Ostheimer <rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net>
To: nglintner <nglintner at gmail.com>; cdt-l <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 7:37 am
Subject: [Cdt-l] Reccomend snowshoes in San Juans?

I'm with Ice Axe.  I recommend ice ax and microspikes, but believe that 
nowshoes wouldn't be worth their weight.  I just reviewed my journal 
or the section after Chama that I hiked last year.  It was a unusually 
igh snow year for NM and southern Colorado, whereas, based on the snow 
harts at postholer.com, this year looks like a low snow year for those 
reas.  I started N from Cumbres Pass on June 6, a week and a half 
efore your planned kickoff.   By then, only 8 days after IceAxe set 
ut, a great deal of the snow had melted so that there were places where 
ections of the trail were disclosed.  I don't recall much postholing, 
ut do remember how spectacularly beautiful this section was.  I also 
emember needing to kick in a lot of steps and to spend a lot of time 
oute-finding.  I'd checked with some friends who were ahead of me 
luckily got through to their cell from Chama where I nero'd to them at 
ilverton where they were zero'ing) and they advised taking extra food.  
'm glad I took an extra day as my mileage, like Ice Axe's, was down to 
mph.  YMMV, of course, and will probably be much better due to the 
ower snow pack this year.
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