Joined: Feb 9, 2008
Great review about Camp Muir & awesome pix. I took the Skyline Trail a few years ago, but never made it to Muir.
I've been training 5-6 days a week for the hike (treadmill, pilates, yoga, etc.), but being in Indiana, I don't get the outside practice I need. (Can't really climb corn fields!) Any other training suggestions?
I plan on coming to WA & hiking to Muir in July. I bought "Freedom of the Hills" and have studied it. Now, what sort of clothing layers do I need? Should I bring an ice axe & crampons?
Also, I am a little chicken to go alone. Is there a local company where I can hire a guide to come with me? The idea of getting caught in the middle of a white out on the snowfield freaks me out.
Joined: Aug 11, 2004
Fight the power
Based on what you have described I think you will do fine hiking up to camp muir. It isn't a trivial affair to hike up there, but that said, during July it is probably most important to make sure you have protection from the Sun.
I know plenty of folks have made there way to Muir in tennis shoes. Not advocating that but not sure that crampons would really be of much benefit since the snowfield is pretty slushy then.
At any rate, I think that given decent footwear (boots), hat and sunscreen with some water you should be fine. Maybe the elevation will be a bit trying but you can almost always adapt by slowing down a bit.
Hope that helps.