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Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Apr 16th, 2018 at 3:42pm
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Hey guys. Had a bit of search through the forum, but sorry if it's been asked before.

When going on a hunt of over five days, how do you get a reliable weather report?

I use a combination of yr.no, metconnect and metvuw. But at over five days I feel as though no long range weather report is accurate. Especially in the mountains.

Do you just check the weather before you leave and plan on it to change?  Some spots I go to involve stream crossings.  Would hate to get stuck due to the heavens opening up.
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #1 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 7:10pm
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If you are going on a longer trip it may pay to hire (from doc) or purchase a sat phone or the garmin in reach. that way you can check in on the weather in the evenings. especially handy in places with river crossings and potential bad weather in the forecast.

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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #2 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 7:19pm
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I look up Met Service long range - but prepare for the worst.

Got caught recently - expected warm dry weather, but got moderately cold and wet - just had to drag out the extra gear we'd taken.

Rivers are worst - got stuck on the wrong side for two days when I was considerably younger - all my gear on the other side.
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #3 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 7:30pm
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I've got one of those in reach devices for when I'm working in the bush, bloody useful bit of kit. I check in with family every 3 days and get a weather report back. It's never 100% accurate even 1 day out but if it's forecast for heavy rain then you'll get heavy rain
  
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Reply #4 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 8:09pm
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Oh awesome. Those could be worth a look. Cheers
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #5 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 8:17pm
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Yip, they’re bloody good. Great for weather reports, and you can change heli pick up time/day too. I’ve used mine twice this year to change heli pick ups, including when the last tropical storm was inbound. Great for reassuring wife when bush too.
  
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Reply #6 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 9:27pm
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Yr.no
Just great.
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #7 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 11:00pm
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How much is the annual subscription for the Inreach?
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #8 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:05am
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The pricing plans are here. You can do monthly ones but its more expensive. I have the 42 dollar a month one for the unlimited tracking so you can see where you have been wandering.

The texts to be able to arrange a different pickup is awesome, used it last time to get out early before the 140km/h winds came in.

https://explore.garmin.com/en-NZ/inreach/
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #9 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 12:44pm
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Horse wrote on Apr 16th, 2018 at 9:27pm:
Yr.no
Just great.

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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #10 - Apr 18th, 2018 at 8:26am
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mate and i are using an inreach this year. the mountian radio is a thing of the past for us. far too heavy and bulky and the service doesn't work like we thought it should in an emergency. last year we had a chopper out looking for us because a 'concerned' local saw our hire car at the trailhead. no search authority bothered to check with the mtn radio service to see if anyone was in the area, which if they had, they would have discovered that we were calling in every night to say we are fine.

that and the operator paul is hopeless. many times we would listen to the nightly call and some party would want to convey a message to a chopper operator and paul would have a hard time hearing them and say 'i can't hear you try again tomorrow' and move on to the next caller. piss poor!

"my mate has a broken leg, we need an evac in the morning!"

"sorry can't hear you, try again tomorrow"
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #11 - Apr 20th, 2018 at 10:27pm
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Of to buy a inreach tomorrow. They sound like a bloody handy peice of kit.
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #12 - Apr 21st, 2018 at 6:18pm
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don't reply on Inreach as a PLB.
reception can be variable in valleys, bush, cloud conditions.
you don't want to wait an hour or have to shift, to get a satilite connection. (if your badly injured)
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #13 - May 6th, 2018 at 10:45pm
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+1 to the Garmin InReach! Saved our bacon in the Arawhata this roar and was able to arrange the chopper to come get us.
  
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Re: Question regarding weather and long hunts.
Reply #14 - May 7th, 2018 at 8:45am
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Ok so I'm on the yr.no site now. Can somone point me in the right direction to get a forecast for the top of the rangitata for example.

I can't find anything near that area, or am I just going to get a general Mountains forecast?
  
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