Altitude and Mountain Climbing: Kestrel 2500 and Kestrel 4000Posted December 05 2012
Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters have long been an essential tool used by mountain climbers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike to stay one step ahead of inclement weather.
Climbers have even used Kestrel meters under the most extreme weather conditions while scaling Mt. Everest. Last month, EXP Adventures, LLC, a company whose innovative approach toward providing time-pressed, intrepid travelers with challenging and culturally immersive experiences, took a group of climbers to brave Mt. Washington, the highest mountain in the Northeastern United States. Located in the White Mountains range of New Hampshire at an elevation of 6,288 feet, Mt. Washington is famous for dangerously erratic weather.
During the climb, EXP Adventures team member Nicole Murray used the Kestrel 4000 Weather & Environmental Meter to monitor barometric pressure and 3-hour pressure trends. After noticing a rapid decrease in barometric pressure, Nicole was able to alert the team and prepare for the worst by securing loose clothing and pack items, and identifying shelter for the group. In the event of sudden and heavy snowfall, they would also need to find level land.
Fortunately, the worst the team was forced to endure was a mild rain storm, and by the time they reached the summit, there were clear skies. Expedition success in potentially volatile weather regions demands accurate and reliable measurements of certain data points. The Kestrel 4000, as well as the Kestrel 2500 Pocket Weather Meter, features patented barometric pressure and pressure-trend-reading-technology - essential functions for climbers of any altitude.