May 25, 2011

Ned Tidbits reports to us by satellite phone that his party is north of Kennedy Meadows, having recently passed the Olancha Peak area. He says that there are thruhikers at Kennedy Meadows gearing up to follow his tracks.

Snow is reported to be “hard and compacted” at 2-5 feet deep on south facing slopes and 3-5 feet on north facing. Snow level starts at 10,000 feet on south facing and 9,500 feet on north facing. Early morning the snow is hard, reportedly requiring traction devices.

His party finds that their Kahtoola Microspikes are “rolling off the bottoms of our feet” on side hills, but that their Kahtoola KTS crampons are “great”.