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- On the main page click on "Plan Your Visit"
- On the next page click on "Things To Know Before You Come"
- On the next page click on "Weather"
- On the next page click on "Park Weather Forecast above 2,000 ft (NOAA)"
SXUS41 KLWX 072031
FORECAST FOR SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK ABOVE 2000 FEET
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
331 PM EST TUE JAN 7 2014
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...
.REST OF THIS AFTERNOON...MUCH COLDER. SUNNY. HIGHS 6 TO 12 ABOVE.
TEMPERATURES STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. WIND
CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 14 BELOW.
.TONIGHT...COLD...CLEAR. LOWS AROUND 1 BELOW. WIND CHILL VALUES AS
LOW AS 14 BELOW.
.WEDNESDAY...NOT AS COOL. SUNNY IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING
PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 20S. WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS
13 BELOW IN THE MORNING.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...NOT AS COOL. MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 20S.
.THURSDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 30S.
.FRIDAY...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF FREEZING RAIN OR SNOW THROUGH THE DAY.
LOWS IN THE MID 20S. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S.
.SATURDAY...CLOUDY. SHOWERS LIKELY. LOWS IN THE MID 30S. HIGHS IN
THE LOWER 50S.
- Fairly light clothes on their body with either no pack on at all or an extremely small day pack on that suggests they do not have a lot of available extra warm stuff to wrap up a non-ambulatory member of their party and or keep themselves warm if they have to stand around waiting for hours.
- Light approach shoes with no micro-traction assists. Mid-Atlantic trails with even just a 1-3 inch base of packed snow/ice can get incredibly slippery. Note: front country level side walks and parking lots routinely have icy slip and falls that lead to serious injuries. Old Rag trails are not usually level and often have sharp rocks sticking up to bang heads or break bones on.
- They tell me they have no lights except their flashlight app on their phone.
- Their entire party is doing Old Rag for the first time.
- They ask me how long to the summit or too get back to their car and have no map.
- No concept of the ten essential systems for hiking in the backcountry:
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter (tarp, bivy bag, space blanket)