I thought I would share my resources and techniques for planning a hike. I live in Seattle and most often hike in the Western Cascades.
First of all, I check the weather report. That helps to decide when and where to go and what to pack, not to mention if you should head that way at all. First and foremost hiking is recreation. The idea is to enjoy the journey and come home safely to do it over and over again. In my humble opinion, no destination is worth a critical injury or death. Never feel bad about canceling your plans or turning around when things aren’t right.
- Resources: local television reports, including their web pages, Weather Underground, and The Weather Channel web pages.
- The weather is changeable in the Pacific Northwest with shifts in the Jet Stream and marine influences making forecasting a challenge. Jeff Renner is a long time local television meteorologist and I recommend his book Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting And Weather Safety For Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers, and Snowboarders to help understand weather and planning.