California, Oregon, Nevada, and the Four Corners states have been drenched this winter, with snowpacks about 150% of their normals. Here’s some reading for you if you have scheduled August backpacking excursions in Rockies or the High Sierra in June or July, and also to a lesser degree:
1. Now on my External blog I just published a new post, “What Epic Snowpack Means for Summer 2019 from the West. It details the snowpack, predicts requirements, and describes skills and gear.
3. The snowpack was at equal levels in June 2017, when Sam Chaneles along with also his father thru-hiked the John Muir Trail. I interviewed Sam afterwards at a four-part series to record his experience along with the conditions that they broke.

2. When PCT and JMT hikers were shedding their $hit in spring 2017, when the snowpack has been negligibly more than it’s this year, I posted a six-part tutorial about backpacking in early-season states . I haven’t upgraded it since, but that I ve read it it’s as it had been.

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Extensive snow coverage following a very wet winter, looking towards Palisade Lakes, on the north side of Mather Pass. Taken June 28, 2006.
I’ve also started a general map, High Sierra Creek Hazards, which pinpoints known issue stains and potential workarounds. I’m thinking that I’ll pair this using a public datasheet (i.e. spreadsheet) and make both available for public download. To begin, I think it is reasonable to concentrate on the PCT/JMT, but I’d like to expand it to the paths and to no-routes as well.