[Cdt-l] Mosquito Hell

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Sun Dec 11 19:54:26 CST 2011

Totally depends on how wet the year is, and when you're where... I've 
always considered them to peak about 2-3 weeks after the snow in any 
given area gives way to bare ground. For me on the CDT, they were worst 
in the Anaconda-Pintler in mid July. I didn't have any in the Winds in 
August (nor anywhere in Wyoming southward). In other years, people have 
reported bad mosquitoes in all different places & times.

In some ways, the flies along parts of the ID/MT border were worse for 
me than the mosquitoes. There is no DEET equivalent for the flies (but 
at least they go away after dark)


On 12/11/2011 4:10 PM, Moynihan wrote:
> I've never experienced the severity of mosquitos before the Winds. 
> They were torturous. They left me running up passes and savoring the 
> moments I was chest deep fording swollen creeks! If I could do it over 
> again I'd get one of those full body bug suits or wear pants that the 
> demons couldn't penetrate through, but alas they always find a way to 
> get into your clothing.
> Definitely have a shelter you can keep the world out. I'd gloriously 
> watch hundreds of noses probe through the no-see-um mesh of my tent. 
> Camp was the only time of day I'd have a break from them dining on my 
> exposed flesh. The Winds seem to be a problem many years. In general 
> anywhere there was a recent melt with warming temperatures could be 
> ideal mozi-territory tho...
> Also, definitely carry DEET through the winds and a decent sized 
> bottle of it. In my opinion and unfortunate experimentation only DEET 
> will resist mozi's. Don't bother with anything else.
> -speedstick
> On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM, <rockmarkstar at aol.com 
> <mailto:rockmarkstar at aol.com>> wrote:
>     So I hear the mosquito's can be pretty nasty on the CDT. After
>     almost losing my mind in Northern Yosemite in 2010, can I get away
>     with sewing some sort of bug netting onto my tarp or should I
>     seriously consider a TarpTent? I really like my tarp, but don't
>     think I could handle an experience like Northern Yosemite again.
>     -Flyboxer
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