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Let's Begin today's review with View and a Quote

 

 

 

View
Leavitt Peak

Leavitt Peak from the East.
Leavitt Peak always looks nice from the East hiking NE from Leavitt Lake. Map. Leavitt Peak is the furthest distant low rounded peak on the Left.

 

 

Quote

 

 

THE
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Quote of the Week
Al Says...

Friday, May 5th


  "Every one of us has within us the ability to quickly and effectively observe, analyze, make good decisions, communicate these, while engaging all aspects of our natural environment while walking, climbing, crawling, or running across every natural terrain existing on this planet in complex groups.

 

We do so while fully loaded, through all types of weather conditions while communicating in complex groups while chasing or being chased.

 

And having a blast doing it.

 

We are quite amazing in our original natural habitat."

 

From
"Freshness and Quality"
Contemporary Info describing Ancient Terrain

Quote

Mountain Safety News & Topics


Quote from the guide's
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Unmaintained Summit City Section

Introducing
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

 

Magazine Updated
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THIS
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Current Conditions on the Sierra Crest
High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

 

 

The High Sierra Magazine

 

Current
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Backpacker News, General Terrain Status & Weather Conditions
below

 

 

CONDITIONS & ISSUES
SECTION

below

 

 

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This Issue Covers
The Week Beginning and Ending

Friday, May 5. 2017
Through the Weekend

Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra Magazine
Looking Forward by Looking Back

Sierra Status

Early
May, 2017
UPDATE

SPRING

Headline Story
Increasing
DANGER
on the
SIERRA CREST

3500 PCT HIKERS MOVING NORTH
TOWARDS
THE SIERRA NEVADA

SNOW ----- WATER
CONDITIONS
A huge Spring snow pack rests on the Sierra Crest. The difficulty of crossing it begins with cold snow and Winter conditions. But this changes. Soon snow travel difficulty increases with the heat of the thaw. The difficulty of a soft snow pack is always matched by its feeding rising rivers and fording dangers.

This is the time of year that our hiking difficulties will transition along with and through all of Spring's difficult and delightful phases before melting into the normal difficulty of Summer.

An explosion of life is riding the wave of the thaw up the mountain as Spring's combination of rising Sun and melting water fires up not just a blooming explosion of plant life, but supercharges every piece of the Web of Life.

These beauties and brutalities of Spring travel in the Sierra make it a special time. And a time you should carefully measure your gear, skills, and fitness against the reality on the ground before entering the Sierra in April. Or May... (June & July!?)

Are PCT hikers aware of these Spring Snow Transitions, and the parallel shifting of Risks in the
Sierra Nevada?

Are they properly prepared for vast amounts of high elevation snow making a daily transition from rock hard to bottomless? Are they properly geared and experienced to manage its soft and hard phases?

A vast, historic snow pack covers the Sierra Nevada. This snow pack is going to undergo a vast and powerful transformation.
These conditions demand great respect, proper gear, skills, and fitness.

There are going to be times when it will be unwise to attempt river fording during certain high flow periods in this upcoming thaw. At a certain point the thaw will get crazy, and we will do good to stay away from its major fords until it calms back down.

New
May 5th-7th
WEAK STORM HAZARD

(See Calendar)


April 28, 2017
WEATHER HAZARD: Weak Front(s) Dispelled


ONGOING
May 5 , 2017

THAW HAZARDS:
FORDING & TRAVEL THREATS INCREASING

 

April 5
Publication

Whiteblaze
AT Forum

&
PCTA
posted
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More Resources

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The High Sierra Backpacker Calendar

 

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All 2017 Backpacker Alerts

 

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Mountain Roads this Winter

 

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Information
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NEW
Spring Thaw
FEATURES

Ongoing
May
Services

SNOW & WATER
REPORTING

SNOW & TEMP
We track & record snow & weather conditions along the Sierra Crest over time of selected real time reporting stations on the Backpacker's Calendar.

Now we've located these reporting stations, along with their nearby associated stations in a NEW, geographic North to South,
List of Reporting Stations.

 

RIVERS
All the rivers are rising as we watch the temps rise and the snowpack decline. Now we deploy our River Watch Tools to watch for the signals the Raging Phase of the Spring Thaw.

Fatailty reports tell us it has begun.

It is here.

Below our List of Reporting Stations linked to above we have complied all of
California's River Forecast Tools,
offering
Selected River Flow Reports.

Also See
The date-selectable Current and Historical High Sierra SnowPack Status

Also See
All High Sierra Snowpack Data

Date-Adjustable High Sierra Snowpack Status

Monitoring the snow level and rate of melt against the rise of the rivers should at least inform us of when the Fording Fear Factor will rise and fall around its unpassable phase.

It will be rising and falling with the temps and rain.

And, it will be EPIC.

Keep your eyes out for warm, wet, tropical skies...

 

 

UPDATED
Headline Story
May 5 th , 2017

Avalanches
&
Drownings
ring
High SIERRA

High Sierra Weather Page

 

The pattern consisting of a series of warm & cold Spring Storms being deflected around us has now broken.

Temps are cooling after our epic little heat wave!

 

My feeling is that this season has displayed, and will continue to express a much higer level of tropical transport activity than typical for this time of year, and more than we expect, as it has all season long.

Judging from the long-term trends and the last few years, this Spring is going to warm up rapidly (it did?), and if it warms up consistently while carrying any significant rain from the tropics, well, then we have not seen anything yet, even during this already record-level rain, snow, and flood season.

All that snow's still up there, folks, and it's still getting bigger up to May 1st.

 

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HIGH SIERRA
NEWS

May 5 2017

DANGER IN THE MOUNTAINS

FIRST
Very Difficult High Sierra Travel Conditions

2nd> High River Flows claiming lives. Fording Dangers Increasing.

3rd> Avalanches happening, and claiming lives. Snow pack coming apart.

4th> Mosquito populations swelling and moving up-mountain with thaw.

5th> Weather; light showers across Sierra Crest for next couple of days.

 

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KEY
NEWS
Updated
May 5, 2017

VAST SNOW PACK
ON
SIERRA CREST

MAY 1
SNOWPACK

194% of Average

(AGAIN & AGAIN)
MOUNTAIN DANGERS
RISING

AS
EPIC SPRING CONDITIONS
of
-AVALANCHES-
-RAGING RIVERS-
-VERY SOFT SNOW-
&
THOUSANDS
OF
PCT

HIKERS
All
SIMULTANOUSLY CONVERGE
on the
SIERRA NEVADA

 

 

The Situation

April-May
STANDING
EMERGENCY ALERT

April-May Backpacker Alert

Why? >
High Sierra Travel Conditions

 

May 5 Update
2 ACTIVE BACKPACKER ALERTS

THREATS PERSIST

MASSIVE SNOW PACK
Travel Conditions Hazard

HUGE THAW COMING
Travel-Fording Conditions Hazard

AVALANCHE HAZARDS

MOSQUITO HAZARDS
(See High Sierra Calendar)

(See High Sierra Trail News)

 

 

HAZARDS DURATION
Snow Travel Warning
Continuing April 1 to ? ONGOING

 

Huge Thaw Travel Warning
Coming April ? to ?

Thoughts
&
Observations


May 2017
ONGOING
SPRING DELIGHTS

NOTE
These are no longer ideal Spring Snow Backpacker Conditions.
The snowpack has softened, is falling apart, and the thaw and its dangerous stage of runoff flows is beginning in earnest.

April 19 Weather Notes

We are/will still be seeing ideal windows opening up for Spring Snow Trips, maybe when it cools down, over at least the next two months.

Through July?

We currently face the best Spring Snow Season since 2010-11. This Spring is packed full of what have been increasingly rare Spring Snow backpacking opportunities over the past couple of decades.

Take advantage now, for we have no idea what next year's weather will bring.

But periods of rising rivers with dangerous fording conditions are increasing. Snow travel is becoming more trecherous, and the mosquito populations are beginning to explode at the thaw line.

 

UPDATED
(continuing)
Headline Story
May 5 , 2017

Anyone Hear Anything?

I figure that by this day many many PCT Hikers are now moving North towards the Southern Foot of the Sierra.

Let me know what you see or hear.

hiker1@TahoetoWhitney.com

My Earlier Warnings:

April
Dangers

April 20, 2017
Right now we have an epic snowpack that demands the attention of everyone who has aspirations of hiking the PCT this year.

Travel Conditions-Hazards Warning
IN EFFECT
April 1
Backpacker Alert

ALL HIGH SIERRA
Current & This Week's Snow & Temp Status

New
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New
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Notes on
Spring Conditions
"Open" Spring Conditions for the
PCT-JMT?

NOT THIS YEAR:

HUGE PACK ON THE CREST

Typically,
"It Depends."
Conditions on the ground, NOT a date on the calendar determines our gear, fitness, and skills requirements.

Spring has been clearing mountain trails earlier and earlier over the the last twenty-five years, and especially the last seven years.

THAT TREND DIED THIS YEAR

CONDITIONS ARE CRAZY ON THE GROUND:
DEEP, DEEP SNOW ON SIERRA CREST
RAGING RIVERS COMING SOON

 

Bottom Line
No snow skills? No snow gear?

NO GO!!

 


About The Image Above:
Leavitt Peak & East Carson River in the Snow
Winter Travel Notes.

 

Leavitt Peak Map

 

East Carson River Map.


RELATED:
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CRAZY SPRING SNOW CONDITIONS?

YUP:


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Tomorrow
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CURRENT STATUS
May 5 , 2017

 

Buried in Snow

 

CONDITIONS, STATUS, & POTENTIAL
REPORTS

BACKPACKER ALERT
April 1, through JUNE, 2017

BACKPACKER ALERT
March 22, 2017

 

 

Read about last time Sierra Snow was deep, but:
not as deep as this year, in 2010-11

.

 

Spring
May 5, 2017

Snow Depth Reading:
HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS
High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

 

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WELCOME!

 

Current Hot Topic

When?
PCT and JMT hikers are concerned with when the snow clears and enough of the Thaw passes to allow hiking through the high passes along the Sierra Crest and safe fording of the river valleys between peaks & passes.

 

Late & Later
Thess questions are asked in the context of a record-breaking snowpack. "Late and Late" are the respective answers to these questions,

 

Now
For the rest of us the question is when will the Sierra close down for Spring Snow backpacking with the advent of dangerous surging fords?

 

When will trails open for Summertime backpacking?

 

Then
Snow in protected NE aspects will likely persist through Summer to next Winter. The whole Crest could have Summer snow this year!

The final answers to all these long and short term questions will come with the disposition and character of Spring's Storms and the trajectory of its increasing temps into Summer.

 

Eyes on the Skies
We are watching with many eyes and the most sophisticated tools. Add yours.

 

Basic Truth
At the very least we are going to see a Spring Thaw of profound power, duration, and danger. There will be a massive deposition of warm, wet, deep, difficult to cross Spring snow this year.



Outer Limits
I have no problem crossing or navigating through snow obscured terrain, (aside from the profound difficulty of deep, wet, warm Spring snow...) yet the melt of this vast-pack will be linked to a considerable period of very dangerous river flows that I will not personally attempt fording. When?

We're Watching:

Wa-Wa

Prospects
Warm, wet tropical rainstorms out of the tropics could sweep the Crest this year. Tropical flows late in the Spring can bring disasterous flooding when and wherever they fall, onto one river valley, none, or all of them.

 

Our latest
BACKPACKER ALERT
April 1, 2017

 

Last Alert
Backpacker's Alert of March 22
addresses our current situation.

 

We are continiously tracking
Sierra Conditons
on the

High Sierra Backpacking Calendar

and
the news on the

 

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