seth0687 wrote:Thanks CO Native.
For those who have been up Rainier in early July, what did you use for your bottom layers? I always run Cap2 under my softshell pants for ice climbing, but was contemplating getting a silk weight set to run under Cap3 under the softshell pants since it may be colder?!?
Thanks again for being an awesome sounding board for all my questions.
Hi, Its not like you are going to be hanging around on the upper mountain doing nothing for hours. You will be doing lot's of work and most likely will hike with a baselayer top as your top layer and a shell, maybe. Its good to have a nice puffy (hooded, dont skimp on this layer, its better to have more than required) to retain heat during stops and for when on the summit. Regarding lower layers Cap 2 should be enough and the soft-shell pants. I might be tempted to bring some very lightweight full zip shell pants just in case also in addition to the softshell pants.
Lot's of good advice on this thread. Its really best to not have a heavy pack. There is really no need for a 2 man team to have packs more than 40 lbs. each. 60lb is just insane unless you are staying there for a week or more.