Perfect Weather
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Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 17:30:31 MDT Print View

My wife and I just returned from 4 days backpacking in the Pasayten Wilderness of Washington State. Weather can be quite variable in this area and it can snow any day of the year. Most of the hiking(on this trip) was at 6000 feet or higher and mostly out in exposed areas.

We've been hiking in this area for 40 years or so and at the end of the trip we concluded it was the best weather we have ever experienced in the area. How do these condition compare to your definition of perfect weather.

Temps in 30-70F range
Sunny days and clear nights
Almost no mosquitoes (by product of weather and time of year)
No wind
No thunder and lightning
No rain or snow
Almost no people (just thought I'd throw this in)

What more could a person ask for?

Edited by lyrad1 on 09/09/2012 21:19:03 MDT.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 18:31:32 MDT Print View

That would be my definition with maybe lows in the high 20's and highs below 70 but that would be splitting hairs.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 19:10:48 MDT Print View

"Sunny days and clear nights"

I prefer cloudy days and clear nights, but other than that seems about perfect.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 19:52:13 MDT Print View

Perfect weather is any weather I get in the Rocky Mountains.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 20:54:29 MDT Print View

New Mexico high country mid October.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 21:05:01 MDT Print View

My favorite weather on any trip was Big Sur in December. It was like 60 degrees the whole time, hiked in a t-shirt and never overheated or got too cool. The last night it poured like crazy, but we were under some massive redwoods and didn't even need to stay in our shelters.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 21:18:21 MDT Print View

Douglas,

What is it about cloudy days that you like? Just curious. No right or wrong here.

Daryl

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 21:26:54 MDT Print View

"What is it about cloudy days that you like?"

Just never have been a sun guy. I burn easily, and the sun hurts my eyes.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/09/2012 23:03:48 MDT Print View

Douiglas,

"I burn easily, and the sun hurts my eyes"

That applies to me too. Come to think of it I like cloudy nights too because it is warmer.

The clear skies are a plus for me only indirectly. They (usually) let me know that rainy weather and lightning are not imminent.

Come to think of it I think I would prefer to have the temps stay at 65F or lower also.

It is good that we chatted. I'm learning more about myself through the eyes of others.


Daryl

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Perfect Weather on 09/10/2012 07:11:32 MDT Print View

"Come to think of it I like cloudy nights too because it is warmer."

I'll take a colder night for the magic of a star-filled sky. One of my favorite things about backpacking and getting as far away from light pollution as I can get (never all that easy on the east coast) -- a sky packed to the horizons with stars.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Perfect Weather on 09/10/2012 09:06:24 MDT Print View

I rarely stick my head out of the tent after dark so a clear sky at night is not important to me. Come to think of it I'd actually like some rain at night to settle the dust on the trail.

Sooooo, with input and some reflection I've decided that my original description of perfect weather needs some modification.

I still don't like wind or lightning.

Thanks for the help.