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Mark W

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Amusing Article: Bushwhack Ratings
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:09:16 PM »

I saw this amusing set of description guidelines for rating the difficulty of bushwhacking in the Pacific Northwest, but thought it was funny enough to share here:


A few highlights:

"The problem Iíve had is communicating to others of this genre [off-trail hiking], in some objective form, the specific difficulties of any particular bushwhack. Sure, there are lots of subjective ways to describe memorable approaches to climbs...

'It was ugly, real ugly'
'A freaking flail!!'
'Oh, not too bad, but I did lose a pint of blood'
'The brush was so thick, my dog had to back up to bark!'"

A sample of the ratings scale:

"BW3 - Heavy brush, hands needed constantly, some loss of blood may occur due to scratches and cuts, travel noticeably hindered. Voluntary use of expletives at times.

BW4 - Severe brush, pace less than 1 mile per hour if continuous. Leather gloves and heavy clothing required or significant flesh wounds will occur. Much involuntary profanity and mental anguish. Thick stands of brush requiring circumnavigation are encountered."

I know some of the stuff I've done in the Red and Big South Fork definitely falls under BW3 and BW4!


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Re: Amusing Article: Bushwhack Ratings
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 01:23:51 PM »

I certainly encounter BW4 here in southern Alabama at least every other day with my job. Briars, briars everywhere.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2013, 01:44:32 PM by John13np »


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Re: Amusing Article: Bushwhack Ratings
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 11:52:26 AM »

The Monongahela has a lot of this in West Virginia!
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