QITNL wrote:Hey - I'm a little late to the party, but I want to toss in the Goat Rocks.
Brad Marshall wrote: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.
I agree. For most climbers altitudes in this range don't pose a serious health hazard like HAPE or HACE but it can occur and should always be on your mind. For many though these altitudes pose more of a physical difficulty on summit day. Those strong climbers on the PNW can ascend something like Rainier in two days but for many climbers the 4,000+ foot summit day after they just got to 10,000' is too much. Perhaps that's why the summit rate is only around 50% for this montain on the normal routes. A better strategy would be to climb it in three days hiking up to 12-12,500 on the second day to help acclimatization.
In January, I spent a night in the 8000 range and then to 12,500 feet the next day.
climberska wrote:Someone said:In January, I spent a night in the 8000 range and then to 12,500 feet the next day.
Did you sleep at 12,500 or just hike up to that elevation and then hike back down to 8,000 to sleep? Coming from sea level I would not want to sleep at 12,500 on night 2 unless I'd been at altitude quite a bit recently.
I've heard the helicopters hauling people off of Lunch Counter in the middle of the night more than once.
I have observed people barfing and having fairly major problems on Hood and on Rainier. I would have quit, but they rested a bit, got up and made the summit. Don't know how they do it - lots of will power I guess.
For a loner coming from sea level who has little altitude experience I'd think this plan would be fairly safe:
Day 1: Fly to Portland, drive to Adams trail head, sleep near car.
Day 2: Hike to about 8000' and camp. Lots of good camp sites at that elevation.
Day 3: Summit Adams, return to car. You'll be too tired to drive to Rainier safely after the climb. You could make it part way, perhaps to a FS campground or to Trout Lake, or just stay at the Adams trailhead.
Day 4: Drive to Rainier.
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