Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Eastern High Sierra
I live in the Eastern High Sierra of California, (an area that gets some of the heaviest snows in the U.S each year) and frequntly drive between Bishop, CA and Reno, NV on Highway 395 in heavy snow. I have driven in R-1, R-2, and R-3 conditions many, many times. I carry chains, but have not had to chain up in over 20 years.
A few years ago, while returing to Bishop from Carson City (a 160 mile trip) I hit heavy snow and blizzard conditions all the way home. Highway 395 here ranges from 4,000 to almost 9,000 in elevation.
It was bad and I could hardly see, snow was up to my hubs, and when I stopped to scrape my windshield of ice and snow, my door froze shut and I had to put my foot on the tub to yank it open to get in. I trudged on with my BFG ATs and finally made it to the bottom of Sherwin Grade near Bishop only to find out that that they had closed the highway a couple of hours earlier. No wonder that I didn't see any other vehicles on the road. This was beyond R-3 conditions, yet with four wheel drive and ATs I made it fine.
About the only place in Northern California where they make you chain up is on I-80 between Sacramento and Reno, and US 50 between Tahoe and Sac. Mainly because of all the inexperienced city drivers from the Sacramento and Bay areas.
ďThis isnít the Old West, because the New West has never arrived. Itís just the West, like Wyatt Earp died yesterday.Ē
─ Michael Martin Murphey talking about the Eastern Sierra during an interview in 1996.
Last edited by Bishop Creek; 01-09-2009 at 09:35 PM.