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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 3, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
Or don't say you weren't warned!

Here's the money site:
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

Eastern Oregon, Ideehoe, and Wyoming are the front runners.
I'm thinking E Oregon is most likely to have the best weather. I've been
skunked before and I don't that to happen again!
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 3, 2017 - 01:07pm PT
thanks reilly. zone of totality, enough for me!

experienced such an event solo in '79, eastern slope of montana's crazy mountains
and i'd be psyched for a redooo, assuming that the eclipse deniers don't prevail
dirtbag

climber
Jan 3, 2017 - 01:13pm PT
Might be a good time to revisit the Wind River Range. :-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 3, 2017 - 01:15pm PT
Seriously. Wind River Range, on my birthday, I was just talking about this earlier today.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2017 - 01:19pm PT
Lotta 'dispersed camping' in E Oregon's National Forests. jess sayin'...
The Winds would be nice but might be too late to get an outfitter to pack my camera gear in. :-(
That is also prime thunderstorm season there which makes me hesitate.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 10:59am PT
That's a cool website, Reilly, thanks for the reminder, too.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Jan 5, 2017 - 11:04am PT
I'll plan something and can guarantee a rainstorm or hurricane will disrupt the vision.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jan 5, 2017 - 12:40pm PT
Thanks for heads up... timing might be a bit off for a vacation compared to when I have to get the kids back for school though. I'll try to still go myself without them. My mom and my bro live in the path.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Jan 5, 2017 - 12:51pm PT
Coastal AirB&B place in Oregon already reserved.....
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:01pm PT
I'd stay mobile in case of the weather.

At this point, Wyoming's a #1 option. Longer viewing time here as well.

Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:02pm PT
I was in Cabo for the last one, it was dark enough to fool the birds and crickets for about 5 minutes. Pretty cool experience.

clarkolator

climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:09pm PT
Basically it goes over the summits of Mt. Jefferson and the Grand Teton...
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:14pm PT
Yup! Just did yesterday. Solar Eclipse SushiFest in "The Path" in Wyoming somewhere
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:19pm PT
Mt Jefferson appears to be outside the swathe of totality...

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/ID.htm

Any Jackson or Grand Teton locals here?

How would West Gros Ventre Butte serve as an out of the way, rural, desolate easy-no-hassle camping and observation point?

Or perhaps better, maybe Blacktail Butte, near Moose?

Taggert Lake Trailhead looks promising. Or Albright Peak? Or somewhere in Death Canyon? The local trail systems in the area look fantastic!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jan 5, 2017 - 02:01pm PT
I was blown away in 79 between Butte and Helena Montana. Temperature dropped, stars came out and coyotes were howling. Coolest natural phenomenon I have experienced.

Already made a reservation 2 months ago for a friend's spare room in Baker City Oregon. He said I was first to call so guaranteed it for Nita and I.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2017 - 04:16pm PT
Just looked at median cloud cover, overcast, and thunderstorm averages for
Baker City, OR, Idaho Falls, ID, Shoshoni, WY, and Casper, WY and Shoshoni
wins by a landslide. If you go east or west from there cloud cover and
TS likelihood go up dramatically. Baker City, OR is not too far behind
Shoshoni plus you could camp in a large area of the Umatilla Nat Forest
without hassle or cost, plus you would be in some nice mountains. The flat
land around Baker City might be optimal but we don't do flat, do we? Just
might for this though. Anywhere in the Winds or west of there you are very
likely to miss it due to clouds or thunderstorms.

Shoshoni get 2min 22sec or totality vs Baker City's 2min 6sec!
clarkolator

climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 05:09pm PT
HFCS,

Mt. Jefferson OR, that is.

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html

Credit: clarkolator
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 05:50pm PT
Oh,okay, got it, Clarkolator, thanks for the clarification.

Now where is this Shoshoni featuring lots of overcast? Will have a looksie.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2017 - 05:53pm PT
Shoshoni is north of the Winds. Go to weatherspark.com for histerical data.
Shoshoni is, hands down, yer best bet cloud cover-wise this side of Nebraska,
which ain't an option.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 05:56pm PT
Thanks, Reilly, just found it. And thanks
for the heads up regarding overcast averages.

Would you have a specific link to your overcast averages?
How does Grand Teton area measure out?

Would like to compare these to Sierra east side for a better
sense of it.
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