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PostSat Jan 09, 2021 4:03 pm 
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.

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PostMon Jan 11, 2021 11:04 pm 
Got lucky this weekend.

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.

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PostMon Jan 11, 2021 11:11 pm 
Wow, thatís scary. Glad you were ok.

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PostTue Jan 12, 2021 11:30 pm 
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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PostFri Mar 05, 2021 7:47 pm 
Not sure where to post this.  But this was certainly a close call.   Yikes.  ~z

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PostFri May 21, 2021 1:41 pm 
Change your plans if needed. Know your limits and donít push it.
While water is relaxing to take a swim, it wears you out much sooner.
If you have a lengthy hike, donít swim. Cool of your feet but donít swim.

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PostMon Jun 28, 2021 1:49 pm 
A friend of mine is an EMT.  He told me hundreds of people are dropping from heat stoke out there.  At one of the Icicle trail heads this weekend a woman was found passed out at the trailhead.  They got an ambulance to her in time, but it was close.

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PostSat Jul 10, 2021 10:16 pm 
Just returned from a hike in the Olympics I have done several time, the Low Divide Press Trail. This time we, my partner and I, started from the Elwha side and headed towards the North Fork Quinault. This trail involves two river crossings, one at about 20 miles (as gauged from the old Wiskey bend TH) along the Elwha, and one over the N F Quinault at 16 Mile Camp. Due to the recent rapid melt off we knew these both would be higher than usual. Usually it is the Quinault side that is swifter and colder and the one that requires more consideration in crossing it. But when we got to the Elwha crossing at about 20 mile, it was raging. There is actually a good sized log crossing about 150 yards upstream, but it requires a dynamic move to get on it and there is another log that fell across it a couple years ago at an acute angle. It is a tricky move to get across it. I did cross it last year. My partner is not a good log crosser because  balance issues so I would never try to pressure her to cross this one. Anyway, looking at the situation, we decided to turn back.

Let me explain our reasoning. It's difficult to figue the odds of falling off a log or being swept off your feet in a river ford. What, 1 in 10, 1 in 20, 1 in 50, 1 in 100? Who really knows. But what ever that number is has to be multiplied by the number in the party, in this case two.  But that's just the odds of slipping off the log or being swept over while fording. The next consideration is what are the consequences of slipping off the log or swept over? And THAT was the deciding factor. As I mentioned, the river was running high and fast. in either scenario, a person would be quickly carried away in the current. There would be absolutely no chance to find one's footing and stand up. The far bank was undercut and one would be grasping at roots and rock if able to swim there downstream. It would be a life threatening situation.

So we turned around, even though there were four others we met who successfully crossed the log that day. And I have to admit it stung a bit on my pride to make that call, but I think it was best. I guess as I age I have come to realize I have been very fortunate in the past to have not suffered any really severe injury in all my adventures. I can live with this.

If you have read this, I hope it helps you to assess your decision making and such while adventuring. Push your limits, but don't push beyond them. Take care and stay safe.

Rumi

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