RE: Technical GearFebruary 20 2006 at 10:21 AM
|Kevin72 (Login Kevin72)|
Response to technical gear
Thanks for the information.
Prior to posting my initial query, I called the ranger station and they were very conservative in their response – much like the response markv received. They said “the upper mountain may not be accessible in late June” and that “you will probably need skis or snowshoes on the trail in” and “it will be wise to bring crampons and ice axe for the upper mountain”. My assumption is they are being overly conservative so they don’t get anyone in trouble.
Regarding the lightning, I read a little about it being a problem. I grew up in playing golf in FL and know about afternoon storms and the dangers of lightning. I will keep your advice in mind when we are on the trail. I certainly don’t want to be on an exposed ridge during a lighting storm!
Based on all of the feedback I have received, I plan on bringing my standard kit (several layers and Gore-Tex everything) and an extra layer of fleece. If the snow is heavy it just means we will posthole a little and have to take turns breaking trail. And, if the upper mountain is snowy we will kick steps and use trekking poles for balance. Sound like a reasonable plan?