Jeriatrics wrote:Thanks for the reply Francis and I did read your article about going Sobo! I am currently studying abroad in Australia and get back on the 24th of June, so right now the plan is to start July 1st. I believe that the snowpack is really deep right now and hopefully our timing works out well.
You said that snowshoes are not necessary in Washington, so would Inov-8 trail running shoes or new balances work? I guess you just want a shoe that dries out fast and gives you good support and traction in the snow.
Jeremiah: As you know from reading my article about going Sobo
, July 1st is somewhat of a late start. It's certainly not too late, so don't get worried, but you must stay focused between Canada and Kennedy Meadows.
Anyone who starts in July need not worry much about the snow levels. Although you'll certainly hit some snow, it won't be too bad.
New Balance shoes are excellent. I've used them. And they'll be fine on the snow.
I prefer Inov-8 shoes.
I answered a shoe question in an earlier post
. If that doesn't answer your question, please post a follow on question to that tread.
I highly recommend looking at the MudClaw 340 O+ from Inov-8. It's a great shoe for a Sobo starting in July. In the morning, when the snow is a bit icy, the dobs will grip the snow like a mini-crampon.
That's all you need. After 9 a.m. the snow will get soft.
Jeriatrics wrote:Also is an ice axe essential for washington or could you get by with trekking poles?
After July 1, trekking poles are good enough.
If you don't take trekking poles, you could, if you have good balance, survive without an ice axe (perhaps using a long stick in times of need).
If you start before July 1, then I recommend an ice axe, although someone with good balance and experience could still get by on trekking poles.
Good luck and tell me how you do!