We will climb from Paradise to Camp Muir. We will also only go if the weather forecast is good. The climb from Paradise is not technically difficult. It is just long and depending on conditions can be a lot of work. It is a good time to see how you do at elevation since Muir is at 10,000 feet.
Our plan will be to leave Olympia 6:00 am so we can start out from Paradise early. We will only go if we have clear weather. I really don’t want to come down from Muir in the whiteout. I’ve done that enough times already.
Expect anywhere from 4 to 6 hours up and about ½ that down.
Traction devices are in order. Microspikes or crampons are recommended. An ice axe will be useful. Treking poles are also recommended.
Also come prepared for cold windy weather. While we will start on a sunny day, the weather can turn nasty very quickly on the Muir snowfield and we need to be prepared for temperatures below freezing and winds of 30 or 40 MPH.
You will be required to stay with the group for safety. In the event of a weather change I don’t want people spread out all over the snowfield. We no doubt will not be alone, This is an extremely popular hike, especially in the summer time. Going mid week should help alleviate some of the crowds however.
Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness on a difficult trip. Serious injury can occur. I am not a professional guide, I am not medically trained, nor do I claim to be an expert. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and agree to participate with the others on this trip as a group. However I will not be held responsible for anyone’s safety.