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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby Yury » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:25 pm

fatdad wrote:Not sure if this is a troll since the question is so naive.
I am not sure. It may or may not be a troll. For example I posted a question about recommended jacket for Mt. Diablo hike. It was not a troll.

dshankar wrote:I would arrive by 6am. I figured I would acclimatize over breakfast and a nap for a few hours at the base, before starting the hike at 9am. Should take me 3 hours to summit if the weather is good.
In case you are fit enough you have a chance of reaching Mt. Dana summit without an overnight acclimatization. Personally I would not do it, because I prefer/need to spend the first night in a motel or campground before a hike.

dshankar wrote:Should take me 3 hours to summit if the weather is good.
You have a better chance of reaching a summit in case you hike slower. The likelihood of getting an altitude sickness depends on the altitude and the level of your physical activities. The slower you go – the less chance of getting an altitude sickness at the same elevation.

dshankar wrote:I could leave early and arrive at the base by 2am and sleep until 8am to acclimatize.
These few hours would not count. Start right away and go up there.
Have I already mentioned that you need to move slowly? Let’s assume that you have 5 hours and plan spending 2 hours resting and 3 hours going up. Instead I recommend going up right away and spending 5 hours on the hike up there. In this case you have a better chance of succeeding.
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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby lazyhiker » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:02 pm

I would second the caution that others have thrown in.

I did this hike couple of weeks ago with a friend who has never been above 10kft (both from Bay area). We slept overnight at Oh Ridge campground (~7600ft; others were all booked/occupied). That was good enough for me in terms of acclimatization; but not for my friend. He had severe headaches when we were back from the hike. I would strongly recommend going there early the previous day, doing easy hikes around Tuolumne meadows, camping near by overnight and then heading up the mountain. Electrolytes + UV protection + cold weather backup are all recommended.

After this hike, you'll get to know more about your body and how much physical exertion it can handle at altitude. You can fine tune as appropriate when you are back again in the high country.

It appears that you are already cautious about the weather. You'll be exposed to the elements on the mountain, as there is absolutely no place to run for cover. Watch out for worsening weather. The mountains are always there.

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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby youngclimer123 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:59 am

the trail head is right across from the entrance booth.there is no sign.the trail is well worn and easy to find untill the finalpart where there are many trails that split off everywhere.i sugest good hiking shoes. dont forget a poncho in case of rain.the view is great have fun!
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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby Ulu » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:54 pm

I did this hike with no acclimtization from the coast. I had no problem, but my wife got worked. If you don't acclimate, hit the trail early and go slow. Bring tons of water and food to munch on. With the humidity we've had lately, you will likely get orographic thunderstorms (another reason to go early) so bring rain jackets. Mt Dana (like Cathedral Peak) attracts all the electrical weather that comes through this area. I would take light hikers and trekking poles since most of the hike is ascending/descending talus-you will be sore if you go in tennies.
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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby fatdad » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:36 pm

Assuming you make it to Tuolumne and get at least part way up Dana, make sure to hike to the edge of Dana Canyon and peer down and check out the glacial lakes down in there. After the first steep half, you'll get up to a sloping plateau where the marmots like to hang out. Rather than heading straight up to the summit, head north to the canyon's edge. Absolutely stunning. Almost as good a view as the summit.
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Re: Mt Dana advice?

Postby jareds » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:59 pm

Ulu wrote:I did this hike with no acclimtization from the coast. I had no problem, but my wife got worked. If you don't acclimate, hit the trail early and go slow. Bring tons of water and food to munch on. With the humidity we've had lately, you will likely get orographic thunderstorms (another reason to go early) so bring rain jackets. Mt Dana (like Cathedral Peak) attracts all the electrical weather that comes through this area. I would take light hikers and trekking poles since most of the hike is ascending/descending talus-you will be sore if you go in tennies.



Same - we did it a couple years ago, I wasn't in the best shape, drove straight from SF in the am right to the trailhead - got worked(my buddy just reminded me this week that i puked that night) but we made it. cold on top of course.
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