Wind river bugs?


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Norm Larson · · Wilson, Wy. · Joined Jan 2008 · Points: 55

So if you've been in lately how bad were they?

Ben Dueweke · · Denver, CO · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 45

I was there last weekend--they were pretty bad. When you stop moving yer gonna get tore up. Just wear pants, some sort of impenetrable shell, and a bug head net and youll be good. And deet.

Michael OC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 75

I was in there for six days, just got out yesterday.  I thought they were bad but not nearly as bad as I had expected going in. 

 When hiking/climbing they weren't an issue at all.  At camp I used Bens 100 Deet, wore long sleeves, and hung out in the tent.  They are flying around everywhere in the Cirque but I probably got bit only 5 times in total in my 6 days there.  And I usually have a lot of problems with bugs.

In my opinion if you use preventative measures they aren't really an issue.  Definitely not a reason to stay away I didn't think.

DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Pinedale, WY · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 210

Just peaked a couple of days ago. They're real friendly.

Matt Wolters · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

I was out a week ago, they were pretty bad.  I soaked pants and a tech hoodie in a .05% dilution of permethrin, and didn't use any deet once in a week.  The other two in my group were constantly spraying deet and still got a little torn up.

Arlo F Niederer · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 460

It's the Wind Rivers - there's always bugs except the dead of winter!

In fact, those of us who are Wyoming natives bring in extra mosquito larvae  to keep the meer mortals out! We've developed "mosquito zen" where we just tune them out...

They are worst when it is a wet summer or a heavy winter - so with 300% of normal snowfall they are going to be worse than normal.

It also depends on where you go. For example, I think they are worst going in Scab Creek entrance.

They can be managed by avoiding dawn and dusk - get your meals done outside of these times.

A prudent choice of campsite away from marshy and willowy areas helps quite a bit.   And if you pick a site that has a breeze that can help considerably.

I'm going in next week and will spread trillions of mosquito larvae, so it's best everyone else go to Colorado, Idaho, or Utah.  Unless you have "mosquito zen!"

Jim Fox · · Westminster, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 40

I was in the general area a week ago (fly fishing on the Green River) and the mosquitos were pretty bad but the biting flies were terrible

splitclimber · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 5

I hope I get in there before you Arlo. :)  

thx all for the bugs updates.  The weather forecast looks like the real thing to track for next week.

Gee Double · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 1,898

Normie; can't be worse than normal...when is the minus -c...?

Norm Larson · · Wilson, Wy. · Joined Jan 2008 · Points: 55

Greg that's true, but I've never liked normal. I prefer nearly normal or less than normal.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 549

The world has more than enough normal people already.

ali64 Holmes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0

How well does the weather link on the wind rivers page correlate to actual climbing temps and conditions in the cirque? I'm traveling from Massachusetts to the winds and wondering if those forecasts exaggerate weather conditions or if they underestimate the weather in the mountains.

Thanks. 

Petsfed · · Laramie, WY · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 925

The temps seemed pretty accurate. In the sun it can feel a bit hotter, it might've gotten into the 70s two weeks ago.

Plan for afternoon thunderstorms starting between noon and 2pm, and celebrate with another climb when they don't appear.

splitclimber · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 5

Not to derail the bug talk, but I'm hoping for feedback and firsthand reports on thunderstorm duration and intensity in relation to the forecasted percentage.i'm preparing for thunderstorms next week but the 50% chance forecast has me a little worried. Thanks

ali64 Holmes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0

Thankyou. 

Does that forecast seem normal for this time of year? or is it worse than normal?

Petsfed · · Laramie, WY · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 925
splitclimber wrote:

Not to derail the bug talk, but I'm hoping for feedback and firsthand reports on thunderstorm duration and intensity in relation to the forecasted percentage.i'm preparing for thunderstorms next week but the 50% chance forecast has me a little worried. Thanks

I saw storms that lasted only 10 minutes, and I saw storms that lasted 6 hours. But 50% is normal for this time of year.

Afternoon thunderstorms are to be expected, and the hotter the morning is, the worse the storm will be. If you tailor your plans to be off the summit by noon or 1pm, your odds of getting caught in a thunderstorm drop to 10 or 20%.

DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Pinedale, WY · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 210

The little guys are still buzzin'.. Lotta places up high that are just now opening up, so the bugs are starting to come out of hibernation. Saw our first freezing night in town a couple of days back so it's been sporadically freezing above 10k. I would say the bugs will be friendly for the next week or so, then begin to trail off towards the end of August.

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