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medicsandy

crampons - no crampons, or too soon to tell?

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My daughter and I will be in Seattle on Sept. 20th for just a few days. We're planning on climbing from Paradise up to Muir one day and I'm wondering if we will need to bring our climbing boots and crampons. Have heard both yes and no....so thought I'd throw this one out there to all of you! We've never been up there, so didn't know. We're doing it as part of our current training for our summit attempt next August and because we love being on the mountain. As always....thanks!

Sandy

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Chances are you won't need them but you want to have them just in case there's a little cold front comes through and drops the freezing level. It's almost worse in the warmer months because the snow melts and then freezes with the cold front causing a layer of ice.

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the snow fields will probably be very hard and icy. that is pretty late season. If their is a question, then you will probably need them. I did some late season snowboarding that was very desperate. If money is not a problem, I would say get a pair of those lightweight AL crampons so the weight won't be an issue of wether to bring them or not. Would be good for your summit days too.

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