AlmostThere wrote:ianrb wrote:tim wrote:This weekend is likely to have some thunderstorms again. Not a time to be too high or too far in, especially on a first trip.
Sorry if this is derailing the thread, it seemed really relevant to my upcoming weekend.
I was actually looking to make my first eastern sierra trip out to the Kearsarge pass area this coming weekend. I have some backpacking experience (been going non-stop since last october), but I have not been to the sierra yet. We are not planning on heading up the pass or onto any of the nearby peaks/ridges. Our plan is to just hang out at Matlock Lake and hike around the surrounding area, take pictures and enjoy the mountains. I've been watching the weather and it seems like it is a pretty low probability of rain/thunder/snow. Though, I understand the higher elevations are always more prone to this kind of weather. Would you think it would be pretty unsafe to continue with this trip, even if we are staying in the lower parts of that area? We have a backup plan to go do an out-and-back to Twin Lakes in Sequoia, but we're pretty eager to get into some higher elevation this weekend. Thoughts? Thanks
If the snow line is around 9-10,000 feet, and you are hiking in snow covering the trail, are you still inclined to go?
How do you feel about mosquitoes?
NOAA says there is a 20% chance of thunderstorms today thru Saturday night, and a chance of rain late Sunday, in the vicinity of Onion Valley. Lows are in the 30s. It will likely feel colder if there is snow.
The danger of lightning is always present everywhere, to some degree. It can strike from ten miles away, and do unpredictable things. In the summer there are often afternoon thunderstorms that last 1-3 hours. You can check out NOLS lightning safety info at http://tinyurl.com/mjqqygu
Thanks for the response. I'm fairly comfortable with the idea, but I haven't done it yet. I have taken a land nav class and have practiced it outdoors a few times. I have my maps for the area already and my compass, as well as a gps I can use and we'll only be a relatively short distance from the trailhead, though I know it is still entirely possible to get lost out there even a couple miles away. I'm pretty aware of the capabilities of lightening, as I am the type to do as much research about a topic as possible, so thats mostly what my time has involved during this week. That being said, thats the reason why I thought I'd ask you guys about the current weather predictions. Does this look like a regular storm that frequently rolls through the eastern Sierra? I know if I spend my time out there enough, I will definitely end up in a storm eventually. Just not sure how stupid you guys think it would be to willingly head out there. I don't have stubborn tendencies and am fully prepared to head out to Sequoia instead if that really is the best option. But I really would love to experience the eastern side!