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monoloco

Mt.Baker late may - down or primaloft puffy?

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Noob question I guess. Just not sure how wet cascades are in early spring (last week of may?) and I know how variable conditions can be.

 

Options are MH Phantom or new-to-me First Ascent Igniter. Will I regret goind with down as my standing-around layer?

 

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generally speaking with no forcast for may...bring the synthetic jacket.

 

you could make the call in the last minute though. If the forcast is stellar clear skys, bring the down. If there is any chance of rain/snow, bring the synthetic.

 

What route are you doing and how long are you on baker? these would affect the answer to your question.

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Easton (I presume) AAI noob course. Suspect there'll be some standing around taking turns watching folks z-haul... Im new to glacier travel/camping and the Cascades in general (have backpacked one fall there). Thus the noob question.

 

I hate heavy and i'll be humping a larger load than i'm used to anyway. So down layer is attractive in terms of bulk and weight.

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Synthetic will treat you the best, I think you'll probably be wet from crawling around crevases and such. Sounds like fun!

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bring the synthetic jacket for your course. The guide will prolly require it and you will need it as the weather will most likely be less than perfect for at least one day in the six.

 

enjoy!

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I remember taking that same course 2 years ago, it started may 7. Personally I brought a down jacket. I think you will be fine with either seriously just be cautous of the down. My biggest problem was gloves. After 2 days of self arrests and crevase rescue they were soaked through bad, and I never got them dried out.Remember to bring spares and handwarmers arent a bad idea.

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