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    I've gone out when there was a 60% chance of storms. It sprinkled for less than 5 minutes and was sunny the rest of the time. Remember, a 50% chance of rain means a 50% chance of no rain.
    "As a well spent day brings happy sleep, a well spent life brings happy death." -Da Vinci

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    Here in Colorado, the only reason we cancel is due to severe snow - pretty much only when the cars may not get through it. Otherwise, it makes for an adventure! As others have mentioned, some of my most memorable trips were made so due to the weather.
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    I look at as day 2 will be 60% good and day 3 will be a 50% good. No problem

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    Some of my favorite trips have been in bad weather. I like sunny and warm but have learned to not cancel a trip just because it might rain. This was a trip with a lot of incredible memory's. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...highlight=Hurt. Got cut short but was still a great trip. If your gear is up for it I say go and have fun in spite of any bad weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    Known hurricane.

    I tend to go because it will be raining.
    Same here. I had to cut short a canoe trip last year due to Hurricane Irene, not because it was going to hit my campsite in the Adirondacks, but because it was aiming for my home in NJ. I got home just an hour before they closed the Garden State Parkway, which would have kept my sons and I from getting home.

    I would never cancel a hike for rain because I like rain. I don't like hiking in it, but I do like sleeping in it. I might cancel a hike for a blizzard or extremely low temps exceeding the capabilities of my insulation.

    Both my sons and a couple of hiking buddies will bail in a heartbeat if there's rain in the forecast. I just go without them. Wimps.

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    As long as its not severe weather I always go for it! You will be angry if it does nothing and you don't go!
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    Watch the forecast just to try and match the right gear. My trips are far to few and precious to cancel for normal weather issues. It does bum me out when the river is blown out, but you can usually find some pocket water at elevation.q

    I did drive straight through the tornado outbreak 2 years ago that killed a bunch of people in Alabama. Drove straight through it all night crap all over the roads, was on the trail at 7:30 am in the Smokys.

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    The only element of weather that affects my decision is wind.
    I don't mind rain at all and actually enjoy a thunderstorm.
    But wind makes me miserable and it scares me.
    I couldn't bear the thought of a widow maker or falling tree messing up my gear

    Oh, one more thing; the low has to be below 60* F.
    I don't like to be hot.
    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Oh, one more thing; the low has to be below 60* F.
    I don't like to be hot.
    Agreed - extreme heat, especially overnight, is often a deal breaker for me. As long as I can stay safe in my gear, I don't mind rain or cold. But extreme heat - when you're trying to sleep. Now that's no fun. I don't know how folks can do it in the south. My hat's off to them.
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    If I think it's going to rain more than the normal amount (for me 80%) I might be tempted to carry an extra small tarp to set up over a food prep area. If I think that cold is going to be a factor, I plan for that by adding extra layers of clothing and insulation. I have sometimes shortened a hike by a day when the rain has been constant, but chances to sleep outside are too precious to give up due to weather.

    Also, the woods in the rain is a magical place, a soggy, sloshy kind of magic.
    "A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company." Gian Vincenzo Gravina (1664 - 1718)

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