Sep 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm #1293900
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 thunder and lightning
No rain or snow
Almost no people (just thought I'd throw this in)
What more could a person ask for?Sep 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm #1910686
Alex HBPL Member
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
That would be my definition with maybe lows in the high 20's and highs below 70 but that would be splitting hairs.Sep 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm #1910697
"Sunny days and clear nights"
I prefer cloudy days and clear nights, but other than that seems about perfect.Sep 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm #1910706
Perfect weather is any weather I get in the Rocky Mountains.Sep 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm #1910728
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
New Mexico high country mid October.Sep 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #1910731
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
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.Sep 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm #1910736
What is it about cloudy days that you like? Just curious. No right or wrong here.
DarylSep 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm #1910739
"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.Sep 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm #1910767
"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.
DarylSep 10, 2012 at 6:11 am #1910800
"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.Sep 10, 2012 at 8:06 am #1910826
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.
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