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John Vogel

Locale: East Bay
Sierra clothing too light? on 07/21/2013 17:41:49 MDT Print View

I am heading out of Tuolumne Valley next Saturday with my son over to Glenn Aulin, up to Sunrise and above and eventually back down to Yosemite Valley. My question is wether my choice in clothing is too light or if we should add more layers for this time of year?


Wicking T shirt
Convertible pants
Lightweight merino socks
Wicking under shorts

For Layers:

650 fIll down coat
Merino glove liners
Wool hat
OR rain jacket

Base layer/sleep wear

Synthetic mid weight pants
Synthetic light weight long sleeve
Extra pair wool socks

Our bags are the Kelty 20 down bags

I just want to make sure we have enough to keep comfortable. We like to spend a bit of time in camp and or fishing the areas we camp in and tend to not be in the "hike all day" class.

Thanks for your inputs,

John Vogel

Locale: East Bay
Wrong forum? on 07/21/2013 18:43:45 MDT Print View

This might be in the wrong forum, should it be in "gear list"? How do I move it?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Sierra clothing too light? on 07/21/2013 18:46:51 MDT Print View

You're fine here. Looks warm enough for me. I do run hotter than most.

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Re: Sierra clothing too light? on 07/21/2013 21:04:23 MDT Print View

I would say you're pretty spot on. Have fun!

Katy Anderson
(KatyAnderson) - F
Perfect! on 07/22/2013 21:26:36 MDT Print View

Looks great - you'll be warm enough for sure.
Remember to bring sunglasses and a sunhat as well.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Sierra clothing too light? on 07/22/2013 21:49:13 MDT Print View

You might want to add something for hiking in the cold morning. You could use you rain jacket. A 3.6 oz wind jacket like the Houdini or its equivalent will give you loads of layering options for hiking in the cold, when you stop, and so on. You can wear it with all you other layers. But not required. At the altitude you will be at most of the time if shouldn't matter too much, just hike faster.

Still that wind layer can very useful if you are into fine tuning your comfort. There is a reason why many of us "don't leave home without it" :-)

Edited by millonas on 07/22/2013 21:53:14 MDT.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Looks good to me on 07/25/2013 14:00:30 MDT Print View

That's pretty much my default setup for summer hikes in the high Sierra and its served me well so far. The only items I would add are (1) a head net (which I bet you already plan on bringing and just not categorized as clothing, but I just wanted to make sure so you don't go crazy), and (2) a hat that keeps the netting off of your face.

I'll sometimes "split" up my upper torso insulation a bit by bringing something like a Cap 3, quarter zip front, long sleeve shirt and a down vest (e.g. Montbell UL down vest) rather than a down jacket, so I have the option to just wear a little bit of insulation (Cap 3) while on the move. It's a nice option on cold early mornings before the sun has had a chance to warm things up.

What make/model down jacket do you have?

Edited by FeetFirst on 07/25/2013 14:03:13 MDT.

John Vogel

Locale: East Bay
Sierra clothes on 07/25/2013 19:35:04 MDT Print View

First let me thank everyone that chimed in, I appreciate the advise and comments. I am still a novice and when it comes to survival I choose life.

Next, I thought about a wind shirt, but have already spent over my budget, I may still take a 1/2 zip fleece or a heavyweight base layer top, but haven't decided yet. Weather looks like it might be cooling down next week, won't know till I make a final check Saturday morning

I have a Gerry 650 puffer I bought from Sports Authority. After a sale and a bunch of coupons they let me stack it went from $160.00 to $45.00. It has a stuff sack that is shaped like one of those airline neck pillows, it works pretty well this way for me. My scale puts it right at 10oz. My son has a JCP puffer we bought from another forum member. This jacket is 14oz without the hood.

Thanks again for the help