May 12 2016
Most of us — at least most of us living in what we like to call “developed” nations — spend most of our days in a weatherless world. We leave our climate‑controlled houses for our climate‑controlled cars and drive to climate‑controlled offices, schools, or malls. Then we drive home again. Weather, it often seems, is what happens to other people. But every now and then something comes our way to remind us that we are not immune. A winter storm, perhaps. Or a flood. Or a hurricane. And while most such reminders are unpleasant, spring is the happy exception. The return of light and warmth to the northern latitudes is impossible to ignore, even for the terminally climate‑controlled.
Of course, trekkers need no reminding. When you’re on the water in a small boat, or cycling down an open road, or hiking across a barren ridge, weather isn’t remote. It doesn’t happen to “other people.” It’s all around you — a total immersion experience. This is both good and bad. If weather were simply a succession of smiling summer days, it would be a never‑ending feast of delights. But weather has many moods, and at its angry worst it can be very bad indeed. Most of us have been caught out on a big lake by a sudden storm at least once. Few of us are eager to repeat the experience.
So weather is important to paddlers, even paddlers who never plan to venture beyond Golden Pond. Which is why I’m now going to try to bring together everything Farwell and I have written about weather (and related matters). If I succeed, this column will serve as a guide to these earlier articles — a sort of TripTik routing through the increasingly congested byways of the In the Same Boat archive.
That being said, let’s jump right in at the beginning: Be prepared… Read more…
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