[pct-l] a couple questions: section WA-J in mid-September
wandering_bob at comcast.net
Tue Jul 17 22:23:01 CDT 2018
Better to have and not need than the other way around. The further north you go in WA, the fewer exit options you have. The is NOTHING after Harts Pass so if you are yo-yoing Harts to the border and back, be sure you know what the weather forecasts predict. I got run out there by a heavy 5-day-long rain storm with temps in the low 40's one year. Even the locals bailed out to Winthrop.
From: Pct-L [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Scott Williams
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:47 PM
To: Pamela Bryant
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Subject: Re: [pct-l] a couple questions: section WA-J in mid-September
The second half of September is dicy in terms of weather, but I'd be prepared for the worst. Summer weather in the PNW begins to shift into autumn weather, which means the possibility of winter storms, right around the end of August. That doesn't mean that's what you'll get, but the likelihood of big storms is greatly increased even in early Sept. But, you can get lovely summer/Indian summer weather as well.
In 2010, I finished the PCT into Manning Park, on Sept 17th. We'd had constant rain for the 2 weeks prior, and friends of mine who finished 2 days after me, crossed into Canada in a substantial snow storm, on Sept 19th. Then other friends who were really late, finished in early to mid October in lovely weather. Go figure!
I rehiked WA in 2011, because it's just that darn beautiful, and at the same time of year, and we had lovely weather for the whole month right into mid Sept. But after my experience in 2010, I carried all the rain gear I could. I just never had to use it. So, it's a crap shoot, but I'd be prepared that late in the season in the Cascades.
Good luck on a wonderful hike!
> On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 4:01 PM Peer Böhm <pmb379 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello all, Meister Grimbart here, with a couple of questions:
> > I am going to hike (if all goes well) the section in the Alpine
> > Lakes Wilderness from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass in
> > mid-September, this year.
> > I have not done this (not in that kind of area) before in the past
> > couple of decades, so I have a few questions, which you guys might
> > be able to help me with:
> > How likely is it, to have snow and frost in that area, in the second
> > half of September? How about storms, with sideways driving rain and
> > sleet? I am asking, because I have to make a choice between a
> > lightweight, smaller and a heavier, more robust and bigger tarp.
> > Is mosquito season still on at that time? I am contemplating leaving
> > the full bug net behind and using only a head- or half-net for the
> > nights. Would that be likely to work out?
> > I am going to have to buy a SIM card for my phone. I hear, the
> > choices come down to AT&T and Verizon - which provider would be more
> > likely to call in my pick-up with at Stevens Pass?
> > I know, of course, that I am not going to get any guaranties, and I
> > am not looking for any. I would just be thankful, and appreciate,
> > some hints or pointers.
> > TiA.
> > Regards,
> > Meister Grimbart
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