[pct-l] Hiking in Rain Gear
jolson at olc.edu
Mon Feb 12 11:08:47 CST 2007
September in the Cascades can be absolutely beautiful, dry, clear and
cool days with cold nights, and even hot if there is a warm front moving
through. Because school is in session, I found September the most
enjoyable month to hike in the Cascades during the decade I lived in
That said, I remember hiking up to Tuck and Robin Lakes - across the
defile from Cathedral Rock/Pass - on Labor Day in the pouring rain, and
getting snowed on in the Pasaytens in August...
Jeff, just Jeff
> Late June 2005 two very experienced hikers I was hiking with, one a triple
> crowner, got in trouble from the weather conditions. Luckily they were
> both able to exit the trail that same day.
> I was hiking this in a spincloth tarp/poncho (with custom wrap arounds and
> tie downs for the winds), a down bag, and no tent.......Insane! At Harts
> Pass seven of us (the Sardine Seven) were crammed into an outhouse and still
> not able to warm up. This year I'm going to make a better effort to stay
> Probably rain gear that fits tightly around the face, wrists, waist and
> ankles. Montbell Thermawrap instead of the Inner Down. A synthetic
> Sleeping Bag? A tent? (desparate measures!) And a way to keep my hands dry
> (either make some silnylon mittens or use bread bags and rubberbands for
> over my gloves).
> I haven't decided yet, but I really, really hate adding on weight.
> Does anybody know the average weather conditions in Washington in mid and
> late September?
> Warner Springs Monty
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger Carpenter" <rogercarpenter at comcast.net>
> To: "Mark Jernigan" <footslogger03 at yahoo.com>; <pct-l at backcountry.net>
> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 7:54 AM
> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Hiking in Rain Gear
>> In Washington the rain may last for days without stopping. In those
>> conditions preventing hypothermia is your main concern. You should plan
>> having multiple layers of non-cotton garments (a combination of polypro,
>> fleece, a rain shell for example). For a rain shell, whatever keeps you
>> warm and dry will work. A light-weight one will work in most conditions
>> long as you have the other layers to keep you warm enough.
>> Roger Carpenter
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net
>>> [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]On Behalf Of Mark Jernigan
>>> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 5:44 AM
>>> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
>>> Subject: [pct-l] Hiking in Rain Gear
>>> OK ...so I loathe hiking in any type of rain jacket. So how
>>> do most hikers deal with the rain in the northern secion(s) of
>>> the PCT, especially Washington ?? Can you just hike through it
>>> like most of us did on the AT or is it too cool ??
>>> Thanks in advance ...
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