camp above 9k and (maybe) bag a couple lesser peaks
ExcitibleBoy wrote:I second South Spur on Mt Adams. If you are going that far south then Mt Hood will be pretty close. You could hike up the south side and camp at the Illumination Rock saddle which I think is over 9,000 ft. Also consider hiking up to camp Muir on Rainier which is at 10,000 ft.
One thing to keep in mind is that most of the locals live at sea level and will go from their homes to the summit in under 24 hrs with no prior acclimatization. My feeling is that by being as fit as possible, going as light as possible, and being as hydrated as possible will give you your best shot. Certainly climbing and camping at altitude will help, just make sure you are well rested, fed, and hydrated after the acclimatization climbs before you tackle Rainier.
Best of luck!
billisfree wrote:Go skiing
billisfree wrote:My biggest concern is not aclimatization... but getting in shape. Aclimatization is for higher mountains.
dskoon wrote:billisfree wrote:My biggest concern is not aclimatization... but getting in shape. Aclimatization is for higher mountains.
Uh, acclimatization can be fairly important on something that is 14,000+ft. Can even be important on smaller stuff, as altitude affects everyone differently.
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