I got lucky this summer. I had thought to throw a bow saw in my car before leaving home. I was driving through a burned over area in okanogan county and while I was hiking around looking for a mine I kept heard loud cracking noises I thought must be gunshots but they were very loud and just weird. Interestingly there wasnít any wind that I can recall and I had been in the area twice before without incident. This time on my way out i discovered a dead tree, over a foot thick across the road and the mystery of the loud noises was solved. The wood was easy to cut through but Iím glad I had the saw and that the tree wasnít much bigger. There were a few other blowdowns I had to move but they were easily pushed aside. If it hadnít been for the saw I could have made it back the other way but it would have added a few hours to my trip. I could just as well have been trapped on both sides though . Lesson learned.
I was waiting for the tide to go out, south of Sand Point on the beach. I was standing on the drift wood just a few feet from my camp. The waves were 10-15 feet high and a few would come all the way up to the logs. About 15 minutes into my driftwood mediation, a huge rogue wave came in, and jostled the entire pile of logs. I fell into the water right between two logs and was almost pinned between them. I got soaked from the waist down but only broke a trekking pole and ended up with a minor shin scrape.
Was up on Driveway Butte outside of Winthrop with my partner this fall. Thought we heard hunters up over the ridge (gun shots). Get up to the ridge and there are a bunch of burned trees from a fire a while back. Walk another few minutes and then in the distance see a dead tree crash into another and bring that one down too. We beat it out of there REALLY quick.
Not gun shots! Just trees snapping and crashing into the ground. We beat it out of there real quick. The irony was that we had checked the weather a few times and knew there was a high wind advisory for ridgelines in the area...but we just didn't put two and two together (and the gun shots were a red herring because it was hunting season so that's where our minds went). Stupid!
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