We have always been Weather "Geeks". Our semi-professional Davis Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station has served us well since 2008 and is still going strong. But technology always moves forward and the chance to acquire one of the new Smart Weather Stations from Weatherflow sounded too good to miss.
Sierra Nevada infographic on the high peaks which includes the top ten ascents by height.
After the tragic events of the last few days though I thought it may be wise to put out some helpful safety notes for those intending to head for the higher Sierra Nevada mountains this winter. Most of this is common sense but it may act as a useful checklist before your trip.
There were ups and downs, of course (it is the mountains after all.....ha ha!), but experiences in the Sierra Nevada and Patagonia have shown me some insights I thought I'd share with you.
This article relates my own personal experience on the Patagonian Icecap with this painful condition. I am not a medical expert and haven't read up on all the facts, so if you want the medical stuff then do a Google Search. I relate below only my own experience.
Sometimes a basic snow wall is not sufficient to keep the elements at bay. The wind can drop spindrift on the leeward side thus burying the tents. Is there a solution in the way we can construct snow walls that would make them more efficient?
There are only certain areas that will receive a signal. We tend to use and rely on sat phones or Spot Messengers for communication during our 5 day trek covering the main ridge of the Sierra Nevada.