When people quote wind speeds - call them on their bullsh*t

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fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Having crawled (slowly) into 90+ mph winds on Mt Washington a few times on purpose I totally agree... People have no f'ing idea how scary real wind is. On one trip a friend (~200 pounds) got his chest a wee bit too far off the ground and was lifted right off the ground and blown about 25' backwards, luckily onto a breakable crust downslope. Right next to me too... Was like watching God just pluck him off the Earth.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
G Davis you have no clue about wind. Come to my hood when the "scary Devil wind " comes. You won't care about numbers, you'l just hope that nothing gets broken. Have had campers blown over, (now bolted to concret slab with chains), tables blown off decks landing on cars, and every type of ball,toy trash can, etc in the yard after the wind. MY neighbor had a trampoline fly into his house,rip-off the trim and all the vinyl siding was stripped from the side of his house. Welcome to Hilton crk. :)
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
Some of ya ought to come climb in The Columbia River Gorge. The wind howls and we climb. Here is a wind photo for ya.
Kinda windy
Kinda windy
Credit: Plaidman
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
The microbursts during monsoon season when I lived in Phoenix were pretty impressive. And seemingly random, like skip lesions in the colon of a Crohn's patient. Those winds must have been coming down at 11mph to even 12 mph or more to tear down the roofs, knock over cinder block fences, and scatter trees like kindling.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
Right you are GDavis....the other area where climbers waaaaay overestimate is the steepness of snow slopes.

Concerning wind; I'm willing to bet that I've experienced more than anyone else on the Taco.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
Oh don't you fellas worry I'm a super pussy in weather, lol! I've bailed off off a 5.6 with my mom cuz A cloud, not several but a teeny one a lil ways away. I'm pretty sure a strong wind gust a while back put me back in puberty.


Never meant to say that I know anything about wind, sh#t I'm completely ignorant on what numbers mean what and feel like what.


Harshest winds were on Baldy in Feb about 2011, could hardly stand up and got kinda scared (again, I'm a pussy)so sorta crawled to the summy stood for a photo braced against a bunch of old day hikers that were psyched then crawled back to where I found a new kind of face-first glissade technique. Hurts on wind-hard ice but its super safe i think.
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
I allow my magic hair to predict wind speeds...

Gatespass 2012 <br/>
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Tucson, AZ
Gatespass 2012

Tucson, AZ
Credit: Leggs

PS: What the hell happened to the "weather girl" with the low cut blouse?! She was enjoyable. ;)
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
just F@#king with ya GD. Cheers :)
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."



( windsock pictured is bigger than it looks )

I learned how to "read" a windsock when I was tending bar in Alaska ( Mangy Moose, Tonsina Lodge ). The bar had an airstrip where normal bars would have a parking lot. I took phone calls from pilots all the time enquiring about local weather conditions.

I was a city boy, dropped into the Alaskan Bush, so when someone called and asked what the weather was like, I'd more often than not, answer "fine". What did I know?

Wasn't long before word of my ambiguous weather reports got back to my boss, a pilot himself. He told me what those callers were asking for; ceiling, wind direction, and wind speed. Once I found out what my customers wanted, that became part of my job.

( windsock pictured isn't in Alaska, it's near the Point Arena Lighthouse in California )



Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
Concerning wind; I'm willing to bet that I've experienced more than anyone else on the Taco.

Donini wins! Doesn't Patagonia = WIND?
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
the chinook
the chinook
Credit: Stewart Johnson
John M

climber
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:02pm PT
Hey Guido.. thanks for posting that video of sailing the Horn. That was fantastic. Quite a tale. That needs to be posted on the sailing thread.
rich sims

Social climber
co
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
Well I sailed in 30 knot winds Yep they had instruments.
It was fun had to reef the main.
Fastest I think I have sailed.

Probably not sh#t compared to the winds some of you have experienced climbing big stuff and Im not speaking the big Stone.
79-80ish 4th of July 104 on sickle I remember seeing ropes blow sideways up higher and we were wishing for the wind.
Maybe it was when we were back on the ground that I saw the wind. HA Ha
crøtch

climber
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:22pm PT
What's the wind speed when your backpack straps are whipping your face raw and you have to brace yourself when you hear the gusts coming even on flat ground?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:24pm PT


splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
there are only 4 "wind speeds" that i know of:

1) glassy

2) choppy

3) blown out / aka - victory at sea (good day to go climbing, instead of surfing)

4) santa ana's / off shore (winds) = primo conditions
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:55pm PT
Here's some fun with wind. Looks like someone forgot to tie down the front end of this 747-200F retired to the Mojave desert.

Don't bother watching the whole thing -- nothing really exciting happens after the first minute -- but think about the fact that the wind speed was around 70 mph and that bird weighs about 170 tonnes (375,000 pounds)

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:59pm PT


Mike on Bugaboo Spire, Kain Route, the rope is over to the right because of the wind, no pro in yet...
windy day then, but hey, it's the mountains

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:07am PT
So, how much wind would it take to lift a 160 lb. dude and gear in a hammock up and shake him like a leaf? I lived through that and was told 100 mph. Does that sound right?
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:07am PT
George Gardner, a guide for 17 years, fell from the lower Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton while free soloing in 2008. Some have speculated he fell from the Black Face pitch during an atypical 60 mph wind gust measured about 6 PM the evening before his body was discovered east of the central rib.

George had done the route many times.

20 to 40 mph winds are commonly measured on the instruments at the Lower Saddle. I’ve been on the Grand Teton more than thirty times and recall only a handful of climbs that the air was still. Climbing in significant winds is common on the higher peaks of the range…but executing moves in small holds on that portion of the route…with winds that intense… seems pretty dubious.

…a sad day for George’s family and fellow guides.
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