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#46326 - 05/19/16 06:39 AM Gear ?'s for MT to summit
Iclimbmnts Offline


Registered: 04/29/16
Posts: 14
Loc: California
Hello, I will be making my way up the MT and the chute early 5/28 after an overnight at TC.

Do most of you leave your backpack/tent at Trail Camp when headed to the summit? I see photos of both people w/ and w/out their backpacks from TC to summit. Obviously not carrying any unnecessary gear for this stretch seems really appealing. But what do you do if you are a SOLO hiker and carrying gear/water/ice axe/poles/snacks to summit??

Any light weight solutions?

Anyone ever come back to TC only to find their gear has been stolen?


sorry, minuscule details smile

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#46341 - 05/20/16 07:13 AM Re: Gear ?'s for MT to summit [Re: Iclimbmnts]
RichardK Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 80
Loc: East Coast Florida
It's pretty routine for people to leave camping gear and backpacks at Trail Camp. You need only a small day pack to carry water and snacks to the summit. The main risk is marmots and other critters chewing through to get to food. A bear canister should help here. I have not heard of a case of theft, but I would not tempt fate by leaving expensive electronics like GPS or camera in the tent. Ordinary camping stuff will be O.K.

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#46368 - 05/22/16 09:31 AM Re: Gear ?'s for MT to summit [Re: Iclimbmnts]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
You determine what is safe and you take it.

I went up the Chute this time of month in '07. I had axe, crampons plus the clothing I deemed necessary, since the overnight temperature was predicted in single digits, I had a parka. Today, I most likely would have taken Microspikes and trekking poles...not for the Chute but the west side trail. Somewhere between 25 and 30# of food, clothing, water and gear.

Taking nothing is appealing but not practical or safe.

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#46375 - 05/23/16 05:07 AM Re: Gear ?'s for MT to summit [Re: Iclimbmnts]
John Sims Offline


Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 523
Loc: Sunnyvale, California
Originally Posted By: Iclimbmnts


Anyone ever come back to TC only to find their gear has been stolen?

sorry, minuscule details smile


One additional caution: winds have been known to carry off tents and gear. When leaving for the summit be sure the gear you leave behind is well secured.

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#46377 - 05/23/16 07:09 AM Re: Gear ?'s for MT to summit [Re: John Sims]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
Originally Posted By: John Sims
Originally Posted By: Iclimbmnts


Anyone ever come back to TC only to find their gear has been stolen?

sorry, minuscule details smile


One additional caution: winds have been known to carry off tents and gear. When leaving for the summit be sure the gear you leave behind is well secured.


I saw this happen one time at Outpost Camp. As we passed through on a very windy day we saw more than a few tents in places they were not earlier in the day.

Secure guy lines and rocks inside are ++. Lot's of times it comes down to location, location and location. Just having your tent in a wind protected location.

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