[at-l] Crews working to rescue hiker on the Appalachian Trail
carla_dave_hicks at verizon.net
Sat Mar 9 15:43:20 CST 2013
Now, please tell us about having to dig out of a tent.
1) Back before I needed O2 at night, the pacemaker, etc, I loved winter
hiking. Less crowds, less bugs, great views....
2) As some here know, I used small single wall tents, bivies, or tarps. The
Nomad tent, etc opened on the side, not the narrow end.
3) As with a snow fence along a highway, you get a drift buildup, downwind
of such a structure, in blowing snow. In a wind from the wrong [right?]
direction, that drift can be quite a bit higher that the general
"accumulation." If you also pitched behind a wind break....
Even without a heavy weight of snow on the tent et al the snow will build up
in the drift.
I have gone to sleep in a light snow to wake up with the entrance to the
tent buried in a drift -- PA, VA, WVA, NC
Luckily, blowing snow tends to be drier snow and does not tend to be heavy
or hard to push / dig out of.
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