Aug 13, 2012 at 7:41 am #1292926
Heading to Whitney in a week. We are starting at Cottonwood and exiting Whitney Portal.
I plan to take the following as far as clothing:
Patagonia Cap 2 top/bottom
ExOfficio air lite shirt
Montbell Ex Light jacket
Arc'teryx Theta SL or Marmot Precip Shell (still deciding)
Merino Wool beanie
Z-Pack rain kilt
Arc'teryc pants (lightweight not sure of model)
Smartwool PhD socks
Merrell Moab boots
My biggest concern is the last night camping in the Guitar Lake area, as it may be quite chilly. I am replacing my fleece with the MonBell down jacket, and I use a Montbell down 30F bag. I prefer to sleep on the cold side, so I am figuring this is enough stuff.
What say you?Aug 13, 2012 at 9:13 am #1902275
I've hiked Whitney three times — all in August. During the day, it ranges from cool in the morning to warm in the mid afternoon. At night, count on low to mid 30's — not that cold really.
I think you're bringing too many pieces. All you need are:
1 base layer – either Icebreaker T or Exofficio air shirt – no need for both
1 insulation layer – MB Ex Light jacket
1 shell layer – Arcyteryx or Marmot
1 Exofficio briefs
1 Arcteryx hiking pants
1 pair smartwool socks
1 pair Merrell Moab boots
I assume the Patagonia Cap 2 top/bottom are for sleep wear? That's fine. I would also add a pair of liner socks as well — for added comfort and to help keep your bag cleaner.
I suggest bringing a pair of gloves – light ones will do.
Finally, I would leave the Merino Wool beanie and Z-Pack rain kilt at home. I find the hoodie of my shell jacket good enough. And it rarely rains in late August — to me anyway, the top shell will suffice.
Have a fun hike!Aug 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm #1902387
The Capaline was to bring as a layer in case it got really cold. I generally just sleep in my clothes.Aug 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm #1902388
You are welcome, Dave.
I view myself a bit on the wimpy side when it comes to cold — although not the wimpiest. For me, I would leave the capilene top/bottom at home as well. Thinking about it, your MB 30F should be fine if evening lows are at expected level. And then, your base layer, your MontBell down jacket, and your shell jacket should offer plenty of insurance. YMMV, of course.
BTW, I will be hoofing it up there with Brian Green (fellow BPL forum poster) as well — but taking the Portal route up to Trail Camp and summit:
8/27 – Portal – car camping to get aclimated
8/28 – Trail Camp (12k)
8/29 – summit and back down to Trail Camp
8/30 – back to Portal
Maybe we will bump into each other?Aug 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm #1902392
You will miss me by a few days. We are exiting via Whitney Portal on the 24th.Aug 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm #1902397
Shucks. Anyway, fun and safe trip to us all.
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