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


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John M

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
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

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?

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


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

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


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?

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.
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:16am PT
Concerning wind; I'm willing to bet that I've experienced more than anyone else on the Taco.

You should consider a change in diet.

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:29am PT
I lived on Float A in Douglas Harbor for three winters years ago.

Long nights of Takus gusting 90.

I know wind.

I could spend every day calling people on their bullsh#t. Especially my own.

Everybody loves a good story.

Versamillitude is always appreciated.

The cool thing about talking is you don't have to spell.

the last bivy
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:54am PT
walking cross country through the woods in SoYO on a ridge above the San Joaquin river gorge this past spring, Harrison and I came across a wide area of trees blown over, all of them, and all of them were larger in diameter than the two of us could get our arms around together. BIG trees blown by that gale that went through there. Hurricane force. From that area you can see Mammoth, Banner and Ritter and the path of the wind. Believe me, the forest was blown down.
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Nov 30, 2012 - 01:08am PT
I've seen bunks of plywood peel and scatter like a decks of cards in Carson City and Juneau many times, i've had property in west Washoe Valley selectively and significantly thinned of old growth pine, i've climbed when the wind has blown the rope straight up rather than just sideways, but i've never, anywhere else, seen anything approaching the ferocity of a sustained winter windstorm as in the corner of the Matanuska-Susitna valley that i have inhabited for the last thirty years.Interior Alaska regularly gets long winter cold snaps associated with clear skies and high barometric pressure systems and as intense low pressure systems come into the gulf of Alaska the pressures have to equalize with the resulting winds funneling and gaining speed through the canyon between the Chugach and Talkeetna ranges and into the valley. I've seen this equalization take several days and sometimes up to a week to play out. During these periods the wind is often sustained above 75 mph and with gusts well exceeding 100 mph on a regular basis. Anywhere else it would be called a hurricane,but here it is just a normal winter condition. My two sons are enduring just such an event right now. They informed me today that the Russian and Ukranian immigrant contractors,that are our main competition, lost two houses in the framing stage.I can't say i'm particularly sorry for them, but i know they will learn.


Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 01:32am PT
I guess I think people feel they can get away with lying to you to impress you, because ain't no one gonna call 'em on their BS. So I'm gonna start :)

That's what I have really come to appreciate about smart phones... aka BS blockers. :)

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 01:37am PT
Rick Sumner, thank you.

Mat-Su Valley
Mat-Su Valley
Credit: Reilly
Second only to this place...

Beagle Channel
Beagle Channel
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and this place...
Credit: Reilly

rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:17am PT
Reilly, good to know others on this Taco have experienced a Mat-Su breeze. A lot of the time when the wind is whipping down below it is relatively calm up at Hatcher, as you are probably well aware. I don't know about your other examples ,as i've not experienced their windy delights, so i assume you are right.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:45am PT
Climbing in 25MPH gusts is f*#king impossible, and it sounds pathetic because asshats claim to climb in 60mph gusts at josh every tuesday.

Well, that's part of the beauty of having moved to the Columbia River Gorge for the highwind windsurfing back in the mid to late 80's - we regularly get to sail on minuscule boards waving tiny sails the size of half a trench coat in summer West winds so strong the river sets up in 15-20' standing waves with a sheet of a solid sheet of white foam across the top that has flip massive barges out in the desert east of Hood River. Guys throw double forward loops off those wave tops and can get 40-60' over the troughs.

On those days, the most dangerous part of windsurfing is just trying to get the damn board on and off the top of your car and down to the beach without getting killed. And you know it's a big day when even the solidly good crowd thins down to just a handful of folks while everyone else sits it out on the beach to watch or goes home beat up and exhausted. Point being, we do know exactly how strong the winter East winds are in the Gorge each year and what windspeeds you can and can't climb in on Beacon Rock.

Up on the final corner ridge where the fierce East wind is forced go up and over the top of Beacon it does blow steady 50kts with long persistent gusts to 70 kts on a quite regular basis each winter. And to climb that final ridge pitch you're almost better off soloing off like a normal day as if you do it roped you have to lace it up or long loops of rope between pieces start to blow out in space over the edge exerting enormous sideways forces on your pro and generating a staggering a downward pull on you by the top of the pitch. That, and 'climbing' on the pitch basically involves having to hug the rock, lock down all four points hard, and ride it out waiting for a momentary let up when you can make one move, possible two, only to then lock all points back down hard and wait it out again. It's a harrowing amount of cold, hard wind you couldn't possibly stand upright against and makes an otherwise easy route into a spectacular and unforgettable experience.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:14am PT
Ed.....thanks for the Beaufort scale but this scale represents SUSTAINED winds.

Storm Force 64-72mph......Very rarely experienced on land; usually with widespread damage

Last night at the Sierra Azul RAWS (again), 1842 feet above sea level behind Los Gatos
30 5:32 S 38 G 70 55 54 100 4.08 54 26.2
30 4:32 S 41 G 71 54 53 100 3.85 54 26.2
30 3:32 S 41 G 74 54 53 100 3.68 54 26.2
30 2:32 S 45 G 83 54 53 100 3.52 54 26.2
30 1:32 S 43 G 72 54 53 100 3.41 54 26.2
30 0:32 S 36 G 72 54 53 100 3.33 54 26.2
Gusting over 70 MPH for 5 hours. Sustained only in the 40s
Those are the gusts that shook my house and woke my wife. I don't wake up till something big hits the house. Which it didn't last night.
Bugged the heck out of Sarah when we were at sea in full gales and I'd sleep my off time on the floor of the cabin.

Gusting to about 20 here now. calm as a sleeping kitten (comparatively)
Oh, and off topic: 3 inches of rain in last 24 hours.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:25am PT
you can be doing fifty mph down the road in washoe valley, toss a ciggy butt out and it will pass you..Seagulls often fly backwards there.

Rick,, too bad about the ruskys and their frames!;-)

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:53am PT
Cragman, that picture of Carson Peak is very impressive
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