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Very early snow has caught lots of PNWers flat footed

The record-setting dry weather in the PNW has made some people complacent. It is October already and sw WA is wet country. I have been snowed out of places like Crater Lake in early September. Up North it starts in late August.

Three words:  Early Ski Season!!

Hope I don't jinx it. 

FromSagetoSnow said:

Three words:  Early Ski Season!!

Hope I don't jinx it. 

 I think the government has closed all skiing for the upcoming year. Heavy fines for enjoying snow--since it falls from government-owned airspace.

I have worked S&R in the nw every month of the year. While this year is not "normal", it doesn't surprise me that someone was "surprised" by the weather turn.

Out of curiosity, does the PCT have a more common direction for hiking? Most AT thru-hikers head northbound to avoid blackfly season and to save the hardest for last. Is this true with the PCT?

Erich said:

I have worked S&R in the nw every month of the year. While this year is not "normal", it doesn't surprise me that someone was "surprised" by the weather turn.

Happens every year. I find if I get outdoors a lot, I'm expecting the colder nights and the snow when they arrive, and that my body is acclimatized earlier in the season. It's the guys who head out expecting the gear that worked for them back in August to work just as well in October who run into problems. 

G00SE said:

Out of curiosity, does the PCT have a more common direction for hiking? Most AT thru-hikers head northbound to avoid blackfly season and to save the hardest for last. Is this true with the PCT?

 

Just like the AT people flip-flop or go southbound but more go northbound like the AT based on journals I have read

November 25, 2020
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