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Beginner backpacking on Memorial Day

Postby gvv » Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:00 pm

Hi,

Me and my wife are beginner backpackers and are planning to backpack from Agnew Meadows-Thousand Island Lake-Ediza Lake-Agnew Meadows loop over 3 days and 2 nights on the Memorial Day weekend. Considering the dry conditions we've been having, what are the chances of having the Reds Meadow Road open by then and the trail being snow free? Are there any other obstacles that we'll need to look out for? If there is snow on the trail, what gear is recommended? Crampons, maybe?

Thanks in advance!



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Re: Beginner backpacking on Memorial Day

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:33 pm

Hi Gvv,

Welcome to HST!
Road opened on 25 May in 2014 so it is very possible that it will be open by Memorial Day.
Being beginners I would not advise that you attempt to do this hike with no snow experience
at all, if there is any residual snow on some parts of the trail your trip becomes a crosscountry
trip and with no previous knowledge of the area and having no navigation skills you could get
yourselves into trouble.
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Beginner backpacking on Memorial Day

Postby gvv » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:07 pm

Thanks Maverick. I'll wait till May for some trail condition reports and then decide whether to continue with this plan.
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