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Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Rain, rain, rain on 02/19/2009 17:59:26 MST Print View

Sooooo the forecast for this weekend is basically heavy rain over the whole country (wish I could send some to Victoria). We've got itchy feet and can't decide if we are desperate enough to go out for a two day hike or not. What would you do? Choose a destination where you are unlikely to be caught by a flooded river and re-test your rain gear, or hole-up with some good books at home?

I find the hardest part of setting out in a trip in that kind of weather is getting out of the car at the start of the trip...sometimes we've driven all the way to the trail head then turned around due to things looking too gross outside the haven of a warm, dry car. What a waste of petrol!

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Rain, rain, rain on 02/19/2009 18:11:04 MST Print View

Definitely absolutely go (I'm am)!

Even with bad forecasts there's often a chance for some good weather over a couple of days. And the more you walk in the rain the less it irritates you.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Rain, rain, rain on 02/19/2009 18:19:59 MST Print View

>And the more you walk in the rain the less it irritates you.

And once you're wet, it doesn't bother you as much either. maybe we'll just go somewhere local like Mt Somers. It's usually too busy on weekends to go somewhere like that, but with the rain maybe we'll have a hut to ourselves (or with a few others of really nice personality!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Rain, rain, rain on 02/19/2009 20:29:29 MST Print View

> the hardest part of setting out in a trip in that kind of weather is getting out of
> the car at the start of the trip

I'll second that!
So we cheated. It was pouring with RAIN at Guthega when we were meant to be going ski touring. Oh YUK! So I knocked at the door of a private ski lodge there, and begged the use of a room for the night (paid the fee of course). With the weather, the lodge was nearly empty. It was fine in the morning.

Cheers from the wimp.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Rain, rain, rain on 02/22/2009 16:38:02 MST Print View

Weeeeelllll we went for it and guess what? The forecast was plain wrong (not unusual around here). We had a little light rain turning to drizzle Saturday morning, then it cleared to stinking hot and humid. Sunday morning dawned with a perfect clear blue sky and no wind. Perfect really. That's just life when you live on an island in the south pacific that has unpredicatble weather. We get all that hot air from Oz, and all that cold damp air from penguin-land down south, and when the two meet it's anyone's guess what will happen.

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Re: Re: Rain, rain, rain on 02/23/2009 18:06:09 MST Print View

I too went for it, and got wet. Very wet. Amazing how cold it can be in the 'hottest' month of the year when you're soaked through in the wind at 1700m.

Another feature was an exciting crossing of a swollen Rees River.