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1 Day Glacier Trip Camp Muir Pack List
A cautionary note: This route isn’t for everyone since it is exposed and does involve substantial snow travel and may require good route finding skills. Fierce storms can come in rapidly and dramatically and can bring a whiteout. It can get cold fast and the route can be obscured. Hikers have either died of hypothermia or wandered blindly over cliffs so please be prepared by checking the weather forecast and road conditions before you go. Even if you expect good weather be prepared for sudden weather changes.
It is imperative that you check the weather forecast and only go in optimal conditions. If you have any questions about your fitness level or mountaineering or route finding skills with gps or compass, don’t go.
Plan ahead and take the things you would need to survive if conditions change. Refer to this packing list for what to bring on this hike. And refer to this blog about my last day trip up to Camp Muir so you know what to expect.
Check the weather forecast and adjust these items accordingly. If you plan on climbing Mt. Rainier or other Mountain summit, use this hike as a way to test your gear.
If you want a recount of my last hike up to Camp Muir, go to this blog.
If you would like some tips regarding hiking Camp Muir, go here.
I’ve compiled a packing list here and I have chosen some specific items based on what I personally found has worked and I have also researched some of the best items in each category.
This list does NOT include survival items. If you have decided to go when conditions may be less than perfect, compile a survival kit that would include extra food, tent or bivy and sleeping bag.
LIST OF ITEMS
Portable chair to sit in as you gear up at Paradise.
Large backpack you are using for your climb if this trip is a practice for your climb
Insulated Sit Pad
Large garbage bag to sit and slide on if there is glissading
Compass and/or GPS- optional if going with someone else who has them and trail map with bearings https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/upload/camp-muir-route-with-get-your-bearings-map-oct11.pdf
Trekking poles w/ baskets or ski poles. I can’t tell you how much I love my Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles. They’re light, rugged, functional, and comfortable. I use these with snow baskets for snowshoeing. At the time of writing this blog they are less expensive on Amazon than REI.
Fully charged cell phone. Turn to wifi as you are hiking to save the battery.
Solar Portable Charger. For training hikes I like to have a solar portable charger for charging my phone like this one shown here:
Ice ax- ask group leader if necessary
Money for food plus $30 for Mt. Rainier park entrance fee (check their website for current fee)
Personal first aid kit: Ibuprofen–works best for altitude headaches, Blister kit, band aids, personal meds, wound care, peppermints or mint gum for nausea
2 full water bottles (2 quarts total) AND 1 quart Gatorade or equivalent. Be sure to keep these bottles INSIDE your pack. If they were placed in a pouch on the outside of your pack and they fell out, you would be without fluids.
Big Lunch Plus snacks: What worked well for me (a 120 pound woman) was a turkey and cheese sandwich, 1 cup fresh cherries, 3 Kind bars and some nuts. I also pack a snack and water or the car ride there and snacks and water for the ride home. Use this hike as practice for the food you will be taking with you on your climb. I like large pretzels (large don’t crumble to tiny bits), trail mix, Creative Snack Co. brain food, Cheetos, granola, sports bars, lemon hard candy, chocolate covered coffee beans, etc.
Kleenex and/or Toilet paper in ziplock. Roll of TP to donate and leave at Camp Muir (The climbers appreciate having the TP as there sometimes isn’t any)
Sunscreen: Zinc Oxide based 45+ AND waterproof. Apply every 60 minutes. Including up your nose and in your ears.
Zinc based Lip balm with 15+ sunscreen. Apply every 60 minutes.This Naked Bee zinc lipbalm is the one I use for outdoor sports including sailing.
Handwipes, about 5 in a ziplock.
Quickdry handtowel- use to wipe away sweat before applying sunscreen. I grommet these towels and attach to a carabiner on my pack so it is readily available. And if you do sailing trips, you will appreciate this tip: I make grommets in my towels to hang on the safety nets to dry.
CLOTHING check weather updates
T-shirt- quick dry, wicking material
If over 50 degrees, wear shorts, quick dry, wicking material
If under 50 degrees: hiking pants (take these no matter what in case of temp drop)
Optional: Sunshade Technical Hoody. This high quality Prana hoody is awesome and the price is less than the popular Patagonia sunshade hoody
Waterproof and breathable shell jacket and pants
Warm ski cap
Ear Headband- optional
Bandana-white or other light color is best. Or use a rectangle of white fabric. Wear this under your hat to shield your ears and neck.
Sun Protection Face Mask
Gaiters, if >50 degrees use desert gaiters. Make sure your gaiters fit the boots you will be climbing with.
Hiking socks 2 pairs, you can change into a dry pair at Camp Muir, ahhhhhh, feels so much better.
Lightweight gloves and a pair of heavy gloves
Sturdy, watersealed, well-fitting hiking boots with big traction
Microspikes or Yak Trax. I prefer the microspikes
Glacier glasses or good quality sunglasses (the bigger the lens the better). You can make side shield with cardboard or foil and duct tape.
These Julbo Glacier Glasses are a great choice at a great price.
If under 50 degrees: wear Long thermal wicking, underwear, top and bottom. Light colored is best. (Take these and keep in your pack if it is over 50 degrees in case you get cold)
If under 50 degrees you’ll need to wear an extra warm fleece or down or wool jacket. And you’ll need it in your pack to have in case of severe cold. I like a full zip fleece because I can easily unzip it to cool off.
HAVE IN THE CAR FOR RIDE HOME
Tennis shoes or sandals. Your tired feet will thank you!
Snack and water to leave in car
Change of clothes for after- optional