On the snowbound switchbacks of Bright Angel Trail

The trip back to Jacob Lake has commenced! 1/12/09 10:10 am.


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lcarreau - Jan 22, 2009 6:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Dmitry ...

Is it true that with every 100' gain of elevation from the bottom of the GC, the
accumulation of snow increases by 10 percent???

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Jan 22, 2009 7:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Dmitry ...

That would be like double per 1000 ft? Maybe ... I couldn't gauge accumulation, just the total (which was pretty nonexistent below 5,000 ft). But I have a feeling that the N Rim gets a lot more snow than the South Rim, despite a relatively modest difference in elevations. Even South-facing terrain on N Rim was buried, while in the Village, there wasn't that much snow even in the shadow below the Rim, and virtually none in sunny spots.

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