Yeah, and I chose 1983 as the year to do the PCT, as I graduated from college in December of 1982! It was either then or after retirement, which for me is 4 or 5 years away yet.
But, after I got past Olancha Peak, 10-15 feet of snow was not uncommon. I did find each day places exposed to the sun for camping. But, I was up and walking at 6 AM each morning with crampons on going up and down everything. By 10 AM, most of my mileage for the day was done. And, those sun cups were horrible. I was with two others through this stretch, and we were the first ones up Mt. Whitney from the west that year. Looking north from there, it looked like February. We left the PCT after Whitney, and road-walked north. I made one attempt in from Mammoth, and another from Yosemite. But, I was on the trail for good from Carson Pass north. The next two stretches (to Echo Lake and through the Desolation Wilderness) had an average of 4-5 feet of snow. But, I was able to continue. I returned in 1997 and hiked south from Belden to Walker Pass and picked up all those trail miles I had missed.
There are no strangers in the mountains, only friends one hasn't met yet - Urich