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We have be tentatively planning on hiking to Camp Muir next June, staying over night, and coming back down. But I have started to consider climbing all the way to the summit. I saw that the price for a guided summit climb from RMI is $795. That is doable. I have always wanted to climb Mt Rainer. I emailed my brother about the idea this morning, but haven’t heard back yet. He suggested in the past that he might be interested in climbing Mt. Rainier.

I ordered a book and a video. The book is Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide, and the video is titled Train To Climb Mt Rainier.
I am already in pretty good shape from martial arts class five days a week. But I need to do more climbing type stuff. Work on those particullar muscles. I recently bought a treadmill, and am eyeing a stepper. I also plan to get out about on the local hills and mountains.

I started researching internal frame backpacks. I was debated about getting one, or just to use the Kelty Frame backpack that I already have. On the RMI list of recommended gear for Camp Muir, they recommend a JanSport Endeavor 8000 Pro. I knew the price of this pack was $200. I had looked at Dick’s SPorting Goods yesterday, and they had a Kelty Red Cloud 5600 for either $170 or $180 depending which price tag you looked at. But I did a Google Search and found the JanSport Endeavor 8000 Pro Tall for $160 at a place name Sierra Trading Post. They had the pack on clearance. And even better was they offered a 20% discount for the first purchase (over $75) for new customers. And even better yet, they only charged me twenty cents for shipping. So I got the backpack for $128. I hadn’t planned on buying one today. But I couldn’t pass the price up! Way cool!

I have started to research sleeping bags for my trip to Camp Muir on Mt Rainier. From what I have have read, I want a sleeping bag rated for 10-20 degrees. I was at Dick’s Sporting Goods at lunch. They had a few differnet brands. The couple sleeping bags that seemed to fit my needs were the Marmot Aspen 20 for $80, and The North Face Aleutian BX for $79. There is also a Marmot Aspen Down 20 that is stuff with down for $140. But I don’t need down. Synthetic fill will be fine. All of these bags are rated for 20 degrees. I read a couple good reviews for The North Face Aleutian BX, but I couldn’t find any reviews of the Marmot Aspen 20.
I still want to check out Gander Mountain to see what they have.
I am leaning to regular size. I am about 6′ tall, maybe a touch over. But I think I can get waway with the regular sized sleeping bag as opposed to the long sleeping bag.

The bag is mainly for the overnight stay at Camp Muir, but I can probably use it for regular local camping as well. Mostly we do car-camping, and have cheap Coleman sleeping bags. But maybe I can convince my wife to do some backpacking, and camping.

I will continue to research sleeping bags as I am in no big hurry.

The High Peaks are the 46 peaks in Adirondack Mountains of New York that had all been surveyed to be over 4000 feet in elevation. Later surveys using new technology revealed four of the peaks to be slightly less than 4000 feet high, and one other peak (McNaughton) that was not part of the 46 High Peaks to actually be 4000 feet tall.

I have included GPS coordinates for the peaks, as well as some of the trailheads. I have tried make them accurate, but mistakes happen. If any of the info is wrong, please let me know.

1. Mt. Marcy
Elevation: 5344′
Ascent: 3166′
Roundtrip to summit: 14.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 10.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 06.75N 73° 55.433W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

2. Algonquin Peak
Elevation: 5114′
Ascent: 2936′
Roundtrip to summit: 9.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 9 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.616N, 73° 59.183W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

3. Mt. Haystack
Elevation: 4960′
Ascent: 3570′
Roundtrip to summit: 17.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 12.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.350N, 73° 54.066W

4. Mt. Skylight
Elevation: 4926′
Ascent: 4265′
Roundtrip to summit: 17.9 miles
Approximate hike time: 15 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.983N, 73° 55.850W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

5. Whiteface Mtn.
Elevation: 4867′
Ascent: 2535′
Roundtrip to summit: 5 miles
Approximate hike time: 6.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 21.233N, 73° 51.683W
Trailhead: 44° 23.594N, 73° 50.218W

6. Dix Mtn.
Elevation: 4857′
Ascent: 2800′
Roundtrip to summit: 13.2 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 04.933N, 73° 47.183W

7. Gray Peak
Elevation: 4840′
Ascent: 4178′
Roundtrip to summit: 16 miles
Approximate hike time: 14 hours
Coordinates: 44° 06.660N, 73° 56.100W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

8. Iroquois Peak
Elevation: 4840′
Ascent: 3250′
Roundtrip to summit: 11.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 8.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.216N, 73° 59.883W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

9. Basin Mtn.
Elevation: 4827′
Ascent: 3650′
Roundtrip to summit: 16.5 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 07.260N, 73° 53.220W

10. Gothics
Elevation: 4736′
Ascent: 4070′
Roundtrip to summit: 10 miles
Approximate hike time: 9.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 07.680N, 73° 51.480W

11. Mt. Colden
Elevation: 4714′
Ascent: 2850′
Roundtrip to summit: 15.2 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 07.616N, 73° 57.600W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

12. Giant Mtn.
Elevation: 4627′
Ascent: 3050′
Roundtrip to summit: 6 miles
Approximate hike time: 7.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.678N, 73° 43.224W
Trailhead: 44° 08.990N, 73° 37.611W

13. Nippletop
Elevation: 4620′
Ascent: 4050′
Roundtrip to summit: 12.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.340N, 73° 48.960W
Trailhead: 44° 08.982N, 73° 46.070W

14. Santanoni Peak
Elevation: 4607′
Ascent: 2860′
Roundtrip to summit: 11.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 04.92N, 74° 07.860W
Trailhead: 44° 04.150N, 74° 03.696W

15. Mt. Redfield
Elevation: 4606′
Ascent: 3225′
Roundtrip to summit: 17.5 miles
Approximate hike time: 14 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.700N, 73° 57.000W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

16. Wright Peak
Elevation: 4580′
Ascent: 2400′
Roundtrip to summit: 7 miles
Approximate hike time: 7.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.100N, 73° 58.816W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

17. Saddleback Mtn.
Elevation: 4515′
Ascent: 2990′
Roundtrip to summit: 13.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 07.560N, 73° 52.500W

18. Panther Peak
Elevation: 4442′
Ascent: 3762′
Roundtrip to summit: 17.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 13.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.880N, 74° 07.980W

19. Tabletop Mtn.
Elevation: 4427′
Ascent: 3660′
Roundtrip to summit: 15.2 miles
Approximate hike time: 13 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.436N, 73° 55.984W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

20. Rocky Peak Ridge
Elevation: 4420′
Ascent: 4500′
Roundtrip to summit: 13.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.264N, 73° 42.330W
Trailhead: 44° 08.990N, 73° 37.611W

21. Macomb Mtn.
Elevation: 4405′
Ascent: 2344′
Roundtrip to summit: 8.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 8 hours
Coordinates: 44° 03.120N, 73° 46.860W

22. Armstrong Mtn.
Elevation: 4400′
Ascent: 3734′
Roundtrip to summit: 12.7 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.076N, 73° 50.982W

23. Hough Peak
Elevation: 4400′
Ascent: 3200′
Roundtrip to summit: 13.7 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 04.140N, 73° 46.680W

24. Seward Mtn.
Elevation: 4361′
Ascent: 3490′
Roundtrip to summit: 16 miles
Approximate hike time: 17 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.588N, 74° 11.958W

25. Mt. Marshall
Elevation: 4360′
Ascent: 2575′
Roundtrip to summit: 14 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 07.656N, 74° 00.708W

26. Allen Mtn.
Elevation: 4340′
Ascent: 2540′
Roundtrip to summit: 16.2 miles
Approximate hike time: 13 hours
Coordinates: 44° 04.254N, 73° 56.394W

27. Big Slide Mtn.
Elevation: 4240′
Ascent: 2800′
Roundtrip to summit: 9.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 8 hours
Coordinates: 44° 10.938N, 73° 52.224W
Trailhead: 44° 11.340N, 73° 48.964W

28. Esther Mtn.
Elevation: 4240′
Ascent: 3020′
Roundtrip to summit: 9.4 miles
Approximate hike time: 7.5 Hours
Coordinates: 44° 23.232N, 73° 53.394W
Trailhead: 44° 23.594N, 73° 50.218W

29. Upper Wolfjaw
Elevation: 4185′
Ascent: 3619′
Roundtrip to summit: 12.7 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.424N, 73° 50.718W

30. Lower Wolfjaw
Elevation: 4175′
Ascent: 2825′
Roundtrip to summit: 8.7 miles
Approximate hike time: 8 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.904N, 73° 49.956W

31. Street Mtn.
Elevation: 4166′
Ascent: 2115′
Roundtrip to summit: 8.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 9.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 10.788N, 74° 02.628W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

32. Phelps Mtn.
Elevation: 4161′
Ascent: 3394′
Roundtrip to summit: 10 miles
Approximate hike time: 9 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.420N, 73° 55.260W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

33. Mt. Donaldson
Elevation: 4140′
Ascent: 3490′
Roundtrip to summit: 17 miles
Approximate hike time: 17 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.240N, 74° 12.696W

34. Seymour Mtn.
Elevation: 4120′
Ascent: 2370′
Roundtrip to summit: 14 miles
Approximate hike time: 11 hours
Coordinates: 44° 09.480N, 74° 10.356W

35. Sawteeth
Elevation: 4100′
Ascent: 2975′
Roundtrip to summit: 11.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 9 hours
Coordinates: 44° 06.834N, 73° 51.024W

36. Cascade Mtn.
Elevation: 4098′
Ascent: 1940′
Roundtrip to summit: 4.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 13.116N, 73° 51.633W
Trailhead: 44° 13.133N, 73° 53.256W

37. South Dix
Elevation: 4060′
Ascent: 3050′
Roundtrip to summit: 11.5 miles
Approximate hike time: 12 hours
Coordinates: 44° 03.606N, 73° 46.458W
Trailhead: 44° 01.254N, 73° 49.662W

38. Porter Mtn.
Elevation: 4059′
Ascent: 2700′
Roundtrip to summit: 7.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 5.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 12.744N, 73° 51.216W
Trailhead: 44° 13.133N, 73° 53.256W
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39. Mt. Colvin
Elevation: 4057′
Ascent: 2130′
Roundtrip to summit: 10.8 miles
Approximate hike time: 10 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.633N, 73° 50.066W
Trailhead: 44° 08.982N, 73° 46.070W

40. Mt. Emmons
Elevation: 4040′
Ascent: 3490′
Roundtrip to summit: 18 miles
Approximate hike time: 18 hours
Coordinates: 44° 08.628N, 74° 12.858W

41. Dial Mtn.
Elevation: 4020′
Ascent: 3450′
Roundtrip to summit: 10 miles
Approximate hike time: 9 hours
Coordinates: 44° 06.354N, 73° 47.760W
Trailhead: 44° 08.982N, 73° 46.070W

42. East Dix
Elevation: 4012′
Ascent: 3002′
Roundtrip to summit: 12.5 miles
Approximate hike time: 12 hours
Coordinates: 44° 03.918N, 73° 45.444W
Trailhead: 44° 01.254N, 73° 49.662W

43. Blake
Elevation: 3960′
Ascent: 3270′
Roundtrip to summit: 13.6 miles
Approximate hike time: 12 hours
Coordinates: 44° 04.878N, 73° 50.670W
Trailhead: 44° 08.982N, 73° 46.070W

44. Cliff Mtn.
Elevation: 3960′
Ascent: 2160′
Roundtrip to summit: 17.2 miles
Approximate hike time: 12 hours
Coordinates: 44° 06.186N, 73° 58.506W

45. Nye Mtn.
Elevation: 3895′
Ascent: 1844′
Roundtrip to summit: 7.5 miles
Approximate hike time: 8.5 hours
Coordinates: 44° 11.586N, 74° 01.440W
Trailhead: 44° 10.972N, 73° 57.835W (Adirondack Loj)

46. Couchsachraga Peak
Elevation: 3820′
Ascent: 3140′
Roundtrip to summit: 15 miles
Approximate hike time: 12 hours
Coordinates: 44° 05.730N, 74° 09.618W

I bought a couple books about hiking on Mount Rainier, and neither gave me any good information about what equipment I would likely need to hike to Camp Muir and stay overnight. So I have been searching the net.
On the national park service website at http://www.nps.gov/mora/climb/climb.htm, they listed a bunch of equipment. But some of it I think is for a climb all the way to the summit. I doubt I need prussik slings, ascenders, ice screws, or 40 meters of rope.
RMI’s website had a good list also at http://rmiguides.com/rainier/muir_sem_equipment.html

I know I will need a better sleeping bag than the cheap Walmart bought sleeping bags that we currently use for camping. For reading the lists, it appears that I will want a sleeping bag good down to 10 or 20 degrees. Some brands I have seen recommended have been Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, and North Face. Other choices are down, and synthetic. I am leaning to synthetic as it seems easier to maintain, and will work better if it gets wet. It also seems to be a little cheaper. I saw a Marmot bag on sale for $69 at Dick’s Sporting Goods that was good down to 20 degrees. I am in no hurry though as I wont need the bag til next year.

I will also want a parka. I can actually use a park here. The winter temperatures here in Rochester, NY can get down to near zero or even sub-zero. I know one year it was -8 degrees outside and windy while I was clearing snow off from my driveway.

I have a Kelty external frame backpack which will should work for the trip. But I may look at an internal frame pack anyway,

I have done a lot of geocaching, so I already have stuff like compass (military grade with tritium markings), knife (Swiss Army), headlamp (Princeton Tec Vortec), and of course a GPS (Magellan Map 330).

I have done some skiing so I have ski goggles, and ski gloves, hat.

And from camping, I already have a nice lightweight stove, sleeping pad, two person tent and some other stuff like that.

We can always rent some equipment as well.

I recently bought the Montrail Torre GTX hiking boots which I am working on getting broken in. So those should be more than good enough.

I am not sure if I will need crampons to go to Camp Muir in June. Both web sites recommend 10 or 12 point crampons, but those might be more for going to the summit. Some other things I have read suggested they may or may not be needed.

I will need to figure out what other clothing I will need. I know people do day hikes to Camp Muir without a lot of gear. But we are planning on staying over night, and I am sure the temps will drop. I porbably don’t want to wear jeans as all the cotton. Or maybe I wear jeans, and then wear something over them. I don’t know. I have almost a year to figure it all out.

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