Grouseguy, if you have internet access up there, keep us posted on what is going on. On the snow sealing, I haven't had that much luck with waterproof products. Tried the snow seal. I think it came in a big yellow tube. Not sure. Used a hair dryer, and followed the instructions. Still didn't work very well. Any hints on waterproofing boots? Last year it rained/snowed 2 of the days we were there. Had major wet feet at the end of those days in spight of the gore tex boots.