[Cdt-l] Gila snowpack

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 17 14:16:46 CST 2014

Not to discredit oft-quoted Wilderness Ranger John, but it seems he's incorrect on there being zero snowpack in the higher elevations, if that's what he meant.

Per http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov  Silver Creek Divide at 9000' currently has 8" of snow on the sensor.

This would imply somewhat higher amounts on the 10-11k crest of the Mogollons, feeding the Middle and West Fork Gila watersheds.

Nobody wants another big fire this year, obviously. And the USFS et al doesn't want to deal with SAR situations. Keep in mind that these sorts of biases infuse most conversations with the folks who answer the phones. Take it with a pinch of salt, read between the lines, and all that. 

The real obstacles are often the ones Smokey knows little about, due to remoteness / inaccessibility, and limited manpower. Blanket statements cover all possible scenarios, but don't help in teasing out exactly where a thru-hiker would be likely to find genuine trouble. That's why it's so helpful to hear first-hand reports from thru-hikers in real time, and why it's perilous to assume much of anything in an absence of such info.

- Brett

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