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Hurricane Pass Wind

Tetons, Wyoming

On the second afternoon the wind really started picking up.  The western horizon seemed to promise only more stormy weather, so I built a four foot high U-shaped wall of snow blocks around the windward side of my tent.  That night I realized why this pass is called "Hurricane Pass" - the wind was raging!  I think that without the windblock I had built, my tent probably would have been ripped apart and blown away.  Even so, the tent was still getting pounded in some of the worst wind I've ever experienced.
Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.