[pct-l] Departure Date Kennedy Meadows to Sierra(s).

Phil Newhouse newhoupa at gmail.com
Mon May 21 11:38:38 CDT 2007

Does anyone have a pulse on what the latest anticipated departure
dates are for entering the Sierra (High) this year?

I just completed Sections D thru G last week (approximately 450 miles)
with another section hiker...things were pretty dry up till we started
are trek over Trail Crest:  the trail was covered beyond OUR
recognition starting around Guitar Lake...

We ultimately placed a "bead" on the switchbacks and headed dircectly
for them...ultimately scaled the crest manuevering around snow and ice
to find no trail signs for the first 300+ yards going down (towards
Whitney Portal)...however, there were plenty of tents set up below so
we basically manuevered in the general direction picking up (off and
on) about 60% of the trail...

Navigating the snow covered trail is not something I was prepared for
but we did manage okay...

I was glad to get out of the ice and snow covered portions of the
trail and based on my experience to date would be happy not to
experience the same conditions on a regular basis for the rest of this

That said, does anyone have any info on the trail / passess north of
Crabtree Meadow OR any projections as to a reasonable start date for
section H?

Also, if there are any hikers looking for a partner through the Sierra
please consider me as a prospect to partner with...


phil - irvine.

PS:  section hiked A thru G this year starting in mid march; soloed A
thru C, buddied up on D thru G.

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