[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 67, Issue 25

Adrienne Marshall amarshall813 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 12:16:34 CDT 2013


We started the CDT southbound in 2012 from Chief Mountain right around June
15th, and also did the PCT in 2010 (southbound, though). We found that the
snow in Glacier and the Bob was fairly reasonable - we definitely had snow
in the high parts, it was manageable with some patient navigation and an
ice axe. The bigger problem we experienced was cold, wet (sometimes
snowing) storms with very little visibility, making navigation over snow
sort of difficult. I think the weather around Glacier is sort of unstable
in June, so it's hard to say what you'll get. It's not a bad time to have a
nice sturdy shelter though! Good luck and have fun!

--Machine


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> I was also planning on startin around June 15th from Chief mtn. Goin to
> carry an axe as well as microspikes I reckon. Like you said this was an
> average year for Montana so it seems the snow wont be too bad if you are
> comfortable with with that sort of thing. I'm a bit more worried about
> river crossings in the Bob.
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> On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM, lauren moran <laurenmoran15 at hotmail.com
> >wrote:
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> > Hi everyone - My hiking partners and I are trying to nail down a start
> > date for our southbound hike this year. We have been thinking about June
> > 15th, but are trying to get a sense of how much snow we will likely be
> > dealing with during the first few weeks of our hike. Of course the temps
> > over the next 8 weeks can't really be predicted and will be a huge
> > determiner of how much melting goes on. But...given that this was an
> > average snow year in Montana, can someone give some sort of sense of what
> > conditions MIGHT be like in Glacier and the Bob in mid June. Our main
> frame
> > of reference is that we hiked the PCT in 2010, a pretty high snow year
> (but
> > way less than 2011). My buddy thinks there will be "substantially more"
> > snow in Montana than what we encountered in the Sierra (6/30 entry
> date); I
> > am hoping he is incorrect about that. I assume the Highline Trail will be
> > impassable, so we'll plan to start at Chief Mountain. Any thoughts and
> > advice are appreciated.
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> > -Swiss Miss
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