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My solo list for Mt Rainier NP, 3-4 nights, heading out later this week. Input?
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David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
My solo list for Mt Rainier NP, 3-4 nights, heading out later this week. Input? on 08/01/2011 18:25:52 MDT Print View

List is pdf under my forum profile. 8# base, 15+# starting weight. Looking to connect Northern Loop with loop around Mother Mountain in figure-8, plus maybe side hike to Tolmie Lookout. If I still have time, I'll pick up some more food at Sunrise, then maybe overnight at Glacier basin via Burroughs Mountain. Hope snow is manageable.

Not sure if I'll take canister stove or alky--both listed, but weight dif. is trivial. List is calculated with canister stove, not both.

Pack is heavy for volume, but my other options are heavier. Will replace pack next season, maybe with MYOG or Ohm. Pole are also heavy--again, need to wait until next season to replace. Haven't included rain pants--maybe regret this?

"Extras" aren't in base, but are in starting weight. Consumable weights are targets. I've been going TP-less lately, but given that Rainier campsites all have pit toilets, maybe should add back in?

Thanks for looking.

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - MLife

Locale: Western Washington
Rainier on 08/01/2011 18:35:48 MDT Print View

Yes to the TP, although I suppose you could still bring your usual wipe in with you and send it down the toilet---ok if biodegradable, wouldn't recommend rocks a la Mike C! Tolmie Lookout has a great view, but when I hiked it in August, it had the most awful flies--pinging off ya like hailstones.

The only thing I can see is that it might be wet, can't always tell. Might want some waterproof/resistant bottoms, unless you're comfy with all day wet conditions and wet pants under your quilt. Maybe some wind pants?

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
nice list on 08/02/2011 08:54:56 MDT Print View

1) There is water EVERYWHERE so you could take a little less in the water bottle department. A one-liter soda bottle should be fine.

2) No need for TP, the North Cascades has a LOT of natural TP options. Lots of snow too.

3) take an alcohol stove and save a few oz