1. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck November 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Great article Ray! In 2011 I remember being eaten alive by mosquitoes even during the first week of September.

  2. Ken
    Ken November 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The greatest hazard in a big snow year is stream crossings. In decades past, even the calm Evolution Creek crossing has been very hazardous, with swift, cold, and deep water. Hiking poles are absolutely essential in those conditions. I agree, hikers need to brush up on stream crossing skills and safety protocol.

    On the positive side, through hikers can glisade down many of the passes. Fun and fast!

  3. Stephen Cano
    Stephen Cano November 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for the info Ray. I’m a new hiker so stream crossing is an area I’m trying to learn about for safe crossings.

  4. Caleb
    Caleb January 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Always enjoy your posts Ray. With the recent uptick in snowfall in the Sierras do you think late May start dates are essentially off the books this year? Looking to be at least an average snowfall year. I know PCTers brave the Sierra snow in May regularly but that’s not your typical summertime backpacker. I currently hold a May 17th permit that will have me avidly watching snow pack and melt throughout the spring Thanks for the input.

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