MARCH 6, 2019 PCT-JMT-TYT HIKER WARNING


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 09 March 2019

 

March 6

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS

PCT-JMT-TYT-TWT Hikers Summer Condsiderations

A "Tropical" Winter
With this last storm, the third Tropical Transport Mechanisms since the beginning of Feburary 2019, (4th since the middle of January), the High Sierra Snowpack is right on the verge of equalling the massive snowpack of 2017. (averages)

High Siera Calendar

A Dangerous & Deadly Year
2017 had deep, wet snow conditions along the High Sierra Crest, accompanied by an extended period of incredibly dangerous fording conditions. Conditions that many folks could not deal with throughout the whole Summer, let alone during an early, or even a, "normal," start date typical for hikers on the PCT or JMT. Throw those dates out the window, right now.

During 2017 locations along the Crest held snow all Summer long, into the next Winter's snows. Many accidents, rescues, and fatalities occured after 2017's epic season of snowfall, when Summertime backpackers entered the mountains based on their expectations, rather than the reality on the ground. Don't make that mistake.

Balance your expectations against reality, for best results...

Review the Carnage
Mountain Safety, Summer & Spring of 2017

This is such a year as was 2017, so far, and as such, it now requires all prospective PCT & potential early season JMT hikers to carefully observe the trajectory of conditons against the viability of their start date, by  carefully considering their own particular degrees of gearing, skills, and fitness suitability for the real conditions existing on the ground.

Don't assume anything.

Intense snow travel and fording conditions could persist through July.

March 2019 Calendar

March 2017 Calendar

 

What Kind of Year was the Heavy Snow Year of 2017 for PCT Hikers?
See these Selected News Stories from 2017, picked out from the review above:

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers

PCT Fatality Recovery

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers


PCT Harrowing Self Rescue, followed by

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers

 

 

2019
Earlier Observations

March 3, 2019

Tropical Sierra, Feb 28, 2019

Early PCT-JMT starts unlikely this year, Feb 25, 2019

 

 

Snow Pack and Thaw Information for the High Sierra Backpacker

 

 

 

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