[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 68, Issue 14

Ellie Thomas sidselliott at aol.com
Fri May 24 12:23:43 CDT 2013


I used my umbrella on the PCT, and although I did not on the CDT, I definitely would have been able to use it in the basin.  I wish I had taken it.

On May 24, 2013, at 1:00 PM, cdt-l-request at backcountry.net wrote:

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>   1. Re: Umbrellas in the Basin (Scott Williams)
>   2. Re: Umbrellas in the Basin (Jo)
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> Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 13:14:22 -0700
> From: Scott Williams <baidarker at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Umbrellas in the Basin
> To: Tony Mason <tony at greyrock.org>
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> We who had umbrellas last July used them for sun and rain and wind across
> the Great Basin.  One of the biggest blasts of the summer hit us mid way
> across, rain and hail, thunder and lightening and 70 to 80 mile per hour
> gusts and a sky as dark as night at 2pm.  It hit fast and as we were in a
> hollow, and had higher ground all around, I popped my umbrella as the rain
> hit.  It was one of the few times I had to use a hand to hold the umbrella
> which I usually just snug down under my chest strap.  I aimed the chute
> into the wind and the force of it smashed it up so tight across my face and
> upper body that it became like a stiff piece of clothing.  I just looked
> down at my feet, as I couldn't see forward, and trudged on until I was
> stopped by the sound of panicked whinnies.  I grabbed the edge of the
> umbrella and pulled it away from my face and caught a group of terrified
> mustangs, rearing in the wind, blond mains flying, illuminated in the
> flashes of lightening.  Those magnificent wild horses, hooves clawing the
> air, bellowing at the terrific storm, remain one of the most dramatic and
> beautiful sights I've ever seen.
> 
> Needless to say, I loved my umbrella and used it often from NM to Canada.
> I also carried it on the PCT and used it a lot in the desert and then
> again in WA.  I should have sent it home for the central part of the hike,
> but who knew.  When you don't need it, you wish you hadn't brought it, but
> when you do, it's simply a Godsend.  I used it enough to give it an
> unequivocally positive endorsement.
> 
> Shroomer
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> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Tony Mason <tony at greyrock.org> wrote:
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>> I will be hiking the Basin in WY in July and am debating on bringing an
>> umbrella.
>> The shade would be nice but I am not sure if it is worth the weight plus
>> umbrellas don't like wind.
>> Any advice from those who have gone before?
>> Tony
>> 
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>> Robert Anthony Mason MD
>> Windsor Family Clinic PC
>> 4630 Royal Vista 7
>> Windsor, CO 80521
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> Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 18:52:30 -0500
> From: Jo <josie1066 at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Umbrellas in the Basin
> To: Tony Mason <tony at greyrock.org>
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> Tony, we didn't use umbrellas much for shade in the basin-- it was windy in places, but we did use it for afternoon torrential rain.
> 
> Jo
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> On May 22, 2013, at 3:25 PM, Tony Mason <tony at greyrock.org> wrote:
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>> I will be hiking the Basin in WY in July and am debating on bringing an umbrella.
>> The shade would be nice but I am not sure if it is worth the weight plus umbrellas don't like wind.
>> Any advice from those who have gone before?
>> Tony
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> Robert Anthony Mason MD
>> Windsor Family Clinic PC
>> 4630 Royal Vista 7
>> Windsor, CO 80521
>> 970-530-0575
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