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JMT-SHR September snow question?
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Andrew Wolff
(Andrew)

Locale: Chattanooga
JMT-SHR September snow question? on 08/13/2011 13:40:27 MDT Print View

So I know that this is a super high snow year out west and have been reading peoples trip reports for the area, just read Steve Silva's SHR report, thanks Steve and I'm wondering what people think either of those trails will be like come September. I'm sort of tossing around the idea of a trip but don't want to travel all that distance if the conditions are going to suck. My understanding is that usually by September all the JMT passes should be pretty clear and that most of the snow is gone from the SHR. How do people feel about this year? Is it still going to be ice axes and crampons on the high passes and miles of slush in between until it starts snowing all over again this fall?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: JMT-SHR September snow question? on 08/13/2011 13:55:58 MDT Print View

Your information might be a little dated. Most of the JMT high passes have been open for a long time, and for the remaining snow fields, you have a muddy foot track cutting right through. I was at Muir Pass on August 5, and the snow was no big deal. All I really used was a forest stick, although a trekking pole would have been slightly better.

--B.G.--

Andrew Wolff
(Andrew)

Locale: Chattanooga
Sierra snow on 08/13/2011 20:46:40 MDT Print View

Thanks Bob, Yeah I kinda figured the JMT would be about cleared out. Anyone have an opionion on the SHR snow situation for September?