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Winter Storm Warning Part II

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SHANEA

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Winter Storm Warning Part II
« on: December 07, 2009, 03:34:40 PM »
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/parknews/winter-storm-visitor-advisoryxc.htm



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Date: December 6, 2009: A new weather system is entering the Big Bend area. It will be characterized by warming temperatures Tuesday (perhaps the mid 80s along the Rio Grande, mid 60s in the Chisos Mountains) and high winds all day and into the evening. Winds will gust up to 50 mph in the park, and possibly much higher at exposed high elevations in the park such as the High Chisos.

Predictions of wind gusts north of the park are 45-55mph in the Alpine to Ft. Davis area. 230 miles to the northwest of the park at Guadalupe Pass on Hwy 62/180 gusts are predicted to exceed 90mph near Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks. Please check updated National Weather Service forecasts.

Hey, let's climb Emory Peak?


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Offline CactusFlower

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009, 09:23:33 PM »
Be sure and stake the tent down GOOD!

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 09:43:11 PM »
Winds like this make camping MISERABLE!  Been there.  Done that.  Best to adjust the schedule if possible.  If not, go to Big Bend and not the Guads.  Note the 90 mph winds there.  50 mph is totally miserable enough when it's cold.  90 mph is like camping in a frigging hurricane.  No wayno!

Al

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009, 10:19:13 PM »
Winds like this make camping MISERABLE!  Been there.  Done that.  Best to adjust the schedule if possible.  If not, go to Big Bend and not the Guads.  Note the 90 mph winds there.  50 mph is totally miserable enough when it's cold.  90 mph is like camping in a frigging hurricane.  No wayno!

Al

 I too have been under similar weather circumstances. It is just that the more recent experiences (2001-present) have been along the heavy artillery in camping equipment and personal winter wear.

 It is a world of diference when you go out and tackle the weather with the proper gear. GEAR IS EVERYTHING , in this type current climate.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009, 10:53:56 PM »
Homero, gear is survival if you are in the middle of nowhere and hit with this kind of wind and weather.  It very much chills the enjoyment of the great outdoors and eliminates the joy of sitting around the ol' charcoal grill/campfire and, to a lesser extent, the Infrared heater (although they can blow out if not pointed downwind) with your friends during the evening and forces one to huddle in one's bag hoping it will abate.  Again, if possible, it is best avoided by adjusting one's schedule.  But if you can't it is better than vegetating and not going at all!  With these kinds of winds, I don't recommend setting up a tent.  Better to wrap a tarp or tent tightly around you, pointing your feet into the wind and feeling blessed there is no hail as the sleet lulls you to sleep.  Not many pictures but a trip report that will be worth telling well.  Reminds me of the time we didn't make it down Terminal from the del Carmens.  This is exactly what we did.

Al

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oldfatman

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009, 09:52:10 AM »
Sometimes sliding up under my tall truck could be some help in protecting against falling objects like hail or tree branches.

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Offline badknees

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009, 10:13:53 AM »
Things can always be worse. I just got off the phone with some field people that are working one of my jobs in North Dakota. Current conditions -10F with 15 Mph winds and wind chills < -30F. The wind is expected to increase today, driving the windchill down to -40F.

Brrrr.
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Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2009, 12:07:58 PM »
I've wore my Frog Togs inside my bag before. Waterproof, windproof and breatheable.

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Re: Winter Storm Warning Part II
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2009, 12:48:44 PM »
-10?F is about -23?C....That is too cold for camping. I have a  Walls Blizzard insulated cover all that has been very good in tackling the mild,sometimes harsh winters in these latitudes but when you head out North (ND) I think you need some serious winter gear.

 What i like the most about my winter gear is that when properly put on, it gets so toasty, you literally serenade yourself to sleep. It gets so warm, you don't even get hungry.

 Some soldiers at Military Station El Melon told me , that  when they go out on patrol, the put on their military ponchos with liner,plus their Jacket and layers, their feet in favor of the wind and they get warmed up. I have not tried this,but i will take their word that it works...who knows?

 Now, back to Cueva Pilote...and a great read.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2009, 12:59:09 PM by homerboy2u »
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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