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Where's the best place to go to spend the night at altitude on a weekend? Has to be a one day hike with no glacier travel. I was thinking of doing The South Spur of Adams. camp at 9400 with a summit at just over 12. Will it be crazy busy over the weekend? Can you get away with not having crampons (i have em, friend doesn't)?

 

The other thight is Camp Muir, but I'm guessing that'll be packed.

 

Also, do either of these require a 4 season tent? I have a 3 seasen sierra designs clip light.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks

 

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I'd opt for Adams, it should be less of a zoo than Muir and you can summit without crossing a glacier. A total newbie will be much more comfortable on this terrain.

 

As long as you don't encounter a blizzard with a lot of blowing snow, your tent will be fine. Just remember to guy it out good and collapse it (take the poles out) when you head for the summit so it wont get caught in a gust and blow down the mountain.

 

You can do Adams without crampons, I imagine many folks will be up there in tennis shoes this weekend. I would bring the crampons if you have them though. At least bring an ice axe each, it's helpful to have on some of the steeper slopes.

 

Have fun!

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Adams (at 9,000 ft for the Lunch Counter) gives you the most altitude without glacier travel. Mt. Hood is good too, but farther away. You can also camp on the summit of some of the eastern 8,000 footers, like Robinson in the Pasayten, for example

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why do you have to spend the night at altitude?

 

are you gonna join the mile high club?

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White Mountain in CA. No permits needed unlike Whitney which are hard to come by. You can drive to over 11,000 ft., park and spend the night there. Then hike up the road / trail and spend another night at over 14,000 ft.

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ncascademtns said:

Heck,

Just camp at the Whitney Portal. 9000ft and all the beer you can drink.

 

 

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ncascademtns said:

Heck,

Just camp at the Whitney Portal. 9000ft and all the beer you can drink.

Bring your own beer in an ice chest to the Barcroft Gate on White Mtn. Less expensive and no bears! grin.gifbigdrink.gifbigdrink.gif

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Took my own advice. Saturday night at the Barcroft gate with some home brewed stouts. Sunday morning a nice 15 mile round trip to a 14,246 ft. summit. bigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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Dan_Harris said:

Took my own advice. Saturday night at the Barcroft gate with some home brewed stouts. Sunday morning a nice 15 mile round trip to a 14,246 ft. summit. bigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

 

Excellent! thumbs_up.gif

I guess that beats the Whitney Portal. Stay up there for a month and ship you straight to Nepal. grin.gif

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ncascademtns said:

Dan_Harris said:

Took my own advice. Saturday night at the Barcroft gate with some home brewed stouts. Sunday morning a nice 15 mile round trip to a 14,246 ft. summit. bigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifbigdrink.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

 

Excellent! thumbs_up.gif

I guess that beats the Whitney Portal. Stay up there for a month and ship you straight to Nepal. grin.gif

I'm cheap and poor. grin.gif Someone provide the funds and bigdrink.gif and I'm there. laugh.gif

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