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Adam Watts

Typical Elevation to get above Clouds on Rainier

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I am planning to hike up to camp Muir sometime this weekend and wanted to know what was the typical elevation that one has to reach to get above the clouds? Last week the entire hike on paradise was super foggy and visibility was at most 30 feet. I want to know because hiking in low visibility isn't that much fun.

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typical cloud elevation 'round rainier goes from the lowlands to the international space station :)

 

frequently however clouds will be below 6k or so - you can always just hang out in the lot and pound beers waiting for it to lower :grin:

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The park service has compass coordinates for the Muir Snowfield available online. Get em and practice siting off your buddy 50 feet away then leapfrogging. ;)

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I am planning to hike up to camp Muir sometime this weekend and wanted to know what was the typical elevation that one has to reach to get above the clouds? Last week the entire hike on paradise was super foggy and visibility was at most 30 feet. I want to know because hiking in low visibility isn't that much fun.

 

I usually find that once I am 100' above (or below) the clouds I can see pretty good. Of course that can happen at any elevation.

 

Low viz hiking is actually better than when it is clear. With low viz you do not have time to get scared before walking off a cornice. It just happens. Kinda like shit happens.

 

 

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typical cloud elevation 'round rainier goes from the lowlands to the international space station :)

 

frequently however clouds will be below 6k or so - you can always just hang out in the lot and pound beers waiting for it to lower :grin:

6k sounds reasonable.

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At this time of year I would watch for cold fronts/warm fronts that are coming in. Here is a link for the Muir map along with GPS and compass bearings (take both if you can) Muir map , Friday has Thunderstorm possibilities so that can throw off the 6-8k marine layer in a stable airmass.

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between 6-8 from what i've normally seen my 4 times up there.
technically speaking: what is the top of, and the bottom of, a band of clouds called?

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between 6-8 from what i've normally seen my 4 times up there.
technically speaking: what is the top of, and the bottom of, a band of clouds called?

 

ceiling and deck?

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