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    How bad before you call off your trip?

    I know it's impossible to cover all of the scenarios; but generally speaking, how bad does the weather forcast have to be before you'll cancel a trip?

    I'm planning a 3 day/2 night hike to the Irish Wilderness in Missouri later this week. Day 1 is sunny, day 2 is 40% chance of rain, day 3 is 50% chance of rain. I have a great hammock/tarp set up and good rain gear/shoes but I'm on the fence. I don't fancy hiking any real distance in the rain...still I dont' want to give up the trip. It got me to thinking about when is the forecast bad enough that we cance?

    How about you?

    PS I'm leaning on going any way

    Gideon

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    That forcast would not slow me down. Besides, it is so relaxing and easy to sleep when you are warm and dry in your hammock, listening to the rain hit your tarp.

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    Sounds like a great opportunity to test gear! Just make sure you've practiced at home and can be confident in the gear itself and your ability to deploy it. There will always be that chance-chance of weather, chance of failure either in your or gear, chance or damage/leaks/tears....but also the chance to get out there and be in the woods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    how bad does the weather forcast have to be before you'll cancel a trip?
    Known hurricane.

    I tend to go because it will be raining.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    My strongest memories of campouts are from those that had the most stormy weather. Just sayin'.

    BTW, I'm waiting on a wet night for a backyard hang just to test out some gear (a new tarp that is not "yet" sealed with silicone).

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    I can't recall ever cancelling a trip because of weather. Had to cancel too many of times due to other things. If I hear about bad weather or see a storm coming in I rush out to backyard with gear. My wife calls me crazy. I call it extreme gear testing.
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    There's weather, and then, there's weather. Severe tstms, tornadoes, freezing rain...these are not some of my favorite things.
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    I learned in Boy Scouts (oh so many years ago) that if you go camping, it's going to rain. I don't even bother to look at the forecast any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    I know it's impossible to cover all of the scenarios; but generally speaking, how bad does the weather forcast have to be before you'll cancel a trip?

    I'm planning a 3 day/2 night hike to the Irish Wilderness in Missouri later this week. Day 1 is sunny, day 2 is 40% chance of rain, day 3 is 50% chance of rain. I have a great hammock/tarp set up and good rain gear/shoes but I'm on the fence. I don't fancy hiking any real distance in the rain...still I dont' want to give up the trip. It got me to thinking about when is the forecast bad enough that we cance?

    How about you?

    PS I'm leaning on going any way

    Gideon
    If it aint raining you aint training. Whats up Gideon

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    On Scouting trips, we take into account the insulation and/or gear that our Scouts are likely to have with them. We also consider the fact that we're transporting other peoples children.

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