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Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] Swanton Pacific - Barbara McCrary

I've noticed several comments on the humidity at Swanton Pacific.  Humidity on the coast of CA is otherwise known as fog (off the ocean) and is usually chilly.  Sunday, for example, while heading up the mountain to clear trail, it was foggy clear up to 2,000 ft. elevation, with the condensation dripping off the redwoods.  This "fog drip" is what redwoods thrive on...it's part of their whole ecology.  The fire road was quite damp in spots and there were a couple of puddles.  By noon or thereabouts, the fog had lifted and it was lovely...sunny but not too warm.
Real humidity, coupled with heat, is rare here.  It can happen, but it's not very common.  We've had some hot days, off and on, up in the 90s.  Hot, here, is anything over 78.  With luck, the fog in the morning, sunny and not overly hot in the afternoon, pattern will continue, but of course we make no promises.  Dress in layers, so you can add or subtract to meet weather conditions.
Several years ago, the head vet called a halt at 3:00 PM to the Castle Rock ride here, because the temp was 105 in camp, 115 on the ridges, and with high humidity.  That was a brutal day.
I've started Tevis 8 times, finished 3, and THAT is hot!  Anything over 90 is more than this coastal CA-raised lady likes.  Above that, I melt.
Barbara McCrary
Ride Mgr., Swanton Pacific 75/100
"The Most Beautiful Trail in the World"
----- Original Message -----
From: sherman
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 2:15 PM
Subject: RE: [RC] [RC] [RC] Swanton Pacific

Humidity isn?t good for us. Maybe it?ll be cooler so the heat & humidity index will be reasonable. Does anyone remember what is considered the danger zone for the combined heat & humidity?




RE: [RC] [RC] [RC] Swanton Pacific, sherman