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Mid-October Muir Hike

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I will be going to Seattle to visit family in mid-October and wondered about the possibility of hiking up to Muir and spending the night for a workout and shakedown for future trips.


Since I'll be alone I don't really care about a summit, just camping at Muir (and even at that, if the weather, etc won't allow for an overnight, a day-hike is cool as well).


Previous experience on Rainier(I'm sure someone will ask):


Winter expedition seminar at Muir in April 2007

Summit via Kautz July 2007


Is this feasible or should I do something different? Any advice/suggestions appreciated.



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sounds good. weather permitting, it should be a great time with no crowds. You may have some new snow but shouldn't be enough for snowshoes. (might be a good idea to either bring them or be ready to rent them if you find they are needed) Fall seems to have come a little early this year so it "may" be a bit cold in mid october.




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Was there yesterday (Friday, 10/10) to shred the freshies on the snowfield. It's looking much better with a new coat of snow: the crevasses were filled in (or at least covered over), and we never saw evidence of them or punched through. The snow was quite deep in spots; I would definitely recommend bringing flotation. I've experienced t-shirt weather up there in October, but it was FRIGID this time around.

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