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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 2:37 pm 
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is hiking through the woods with wind gusts of 24mph safe to hike to barclay lake at baring, washington?
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 3:58 pm 
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Should be no problem.  You'll start to feel the wind push you around a bit when it's in the 30s and it can be very difficult to walk and dangerous above 40.
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 4:02 pm 
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Trees can fall at anytime,  but the probability is higher during high winds, particularly have heavy rains have softened the ground.

But if you stay home and eat chips and drink beer that will certainly kill you.
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 6:37 pm 
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RandyHiker wrote:
But if you stay home and eat chips and drink beer that will certainly kill you.

lol.gif  Yeah, but it's fun... sometimes.

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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 8:00 am 
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My rule of thumb is to leave and head for an opening or home when the tiny pieces of limbs start breaking and blowing around.  Wind is nothing to fool around with when in the trees.  You might want to carry a saw or axe with you in your car.

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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 8:22 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
You might want to carry a saw or axe with you in your car.

Yep.

Only 20 minutes after I'd headed in
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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 10:37 am 
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Read this trip report.  Of course, that was a burned forest.  But the two times I was nearly taken out by falling branches were in unburned 2nd growth at low elevation.  One in a wind/rain storm, the other clear.
YMMV
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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 1:02 pm 
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Or, you can head for a clearing of some kind and wait it out.  There's often a meadow or rocky area where trees are not going to hit you.  Then you sit and listen and watch.  It can be quite entertaining.

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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 9:54 pm 
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treeswarper wrote:
My rule of thumb is to leave and head for an opening or home when the tiny pieces of limbs start breaking and blowing around.  Wind is nothing to fool around with when in the trees.  You might want to carry a saw or axe with you in your car.

+1

Forks loggers come out of the woods when the wind reaches 25mph. I'd say collectively they have a lot of experience that leads them to avoid those sorts of winds. It's not just trees falling but limbs dropping. Many of those limbs are just hanging on since the last wind event and are ready to go with a nice gust of wind.

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PostSun Jan 20, 2019 1:46 pm 
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thank you everyone for your answers regarding the 24mph gust of wind. it wasn't too bad at all. felt the wind just a little bit and for only a short time.
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