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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby peter303 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:38 am

Parts of the hike may have wind chills in the 30s (early summit). Parts of the hike may have sun heat in the 90s.
There is a slight chance of a snow dusting in late August.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby climbingaggie03 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:53 am

I'm going backpacking for 5 days in maroon bells wilderness next month, My clothes list is

Synthetic T-shirt
Synthetic shorts
Lightweight Long underwear Top and bottoms
light hiker wool socks
Mont Bell Thermawrap UL synthetic jacket
Rain Pants/Jacket
Beanie
Visor
windproof/fleece gloves

You don't need much to be comfortable out there

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby Merc1980 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:54 am

Thanks Peter, I'd figure I could take the thermal bottoms to take off some of the windchill off the legs. It seems silly though if you start roasting when there is no wind. ill just have to find her a trail running wind block/ softshell/rain/wind pant instead.

Max my gear set up is similar to yours with the addition of sports wrap/tape and needle and thread.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby Cruiser » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:14 am

If I'm moving at more of a hiking pace I usually wear a long sleeve shirt and pants made of lightweight synthetic material. If I'm planning on moving at more of a jogging pace I wear a lightweight long sleeve smartwool t-shirt and a pair of jogging shorts. Then I always have my 3L rain jacket and pants, wool beanie, and fleece gloves in my pack.
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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby bohlsen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:15 am

Merc1980 wrote:Hi all, because of my schedule I've been forced to delay my first 14er to mid August. I am planning on doing either grays/Torrey or Mt. Bierdstat with my wife. I know it's a little late in the summer season so I'm looking for some advice on what clothing to bring on this hike. Yes I've read the gear list but I know the mountains around that time can be anywhere from freezing to hot. So far I've put together a list of what I want to bring but being that I've never done an August hike above 12,000 ft so I don't want to be under prepared. This is what I plan on bringing, could you guys please advise if I should bring any more or less. (Note that this is just clothing).
Sunglasses/hat/beanie/gloves
Long sleeve mid weight powerdry thermal top
Mid weight Fleece jacket
Wind jacket
Waterproof rain jacket
Synthetic undies
Mid weight powerdry thermal bottoms
Synthetic sports pants
Wool sox
Trail running shoes

I have also considered a wind/rain pant and maybe a light synthetic insulation layer, but I think that I won't need them.
My wife will have a similar setup to mine. I generally run hot when actively hiking and my wife less so. So any advice on what I should add/remove would be appreciated. Thanks.



Sounds like you're going to be hot if its a good weather day, if it's sunny and calm it can be in the 70s on top of a 14er and feel even warmer and it can really get hot as you descend and it gets later in the day. I always make sure I most of the warm stuff you me but I also bring shorts and a synthetic T-shirt so I don't turn into a sweaty mess either.
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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby bonehead » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:14 am

I go Cotton.
Socks, breifs, shorts, shirt.
Add a Seattle Sombrero.
Good foot wear.
Rain gear in the pack.
It's August for God's sake.
No need to overthink this.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby mtree » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:38 am

Pretty much what you'd wear going to the beach...minus the flip flops.

Bikini, sunglasses, floppy hat, and a really fun, chiffon coverup. Don't forget a cute getaway bag for gear!
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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby semitrueskerm » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:40 am

August is good month for Commando Camping.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby bonehead » Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:11 am

mtree wrote:Pretty much what you'd wear going to the beach...

Actually the beach in Cambria CA this past June
had worse weather than last weeks 14er.
Flip Flops were optional.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby Dark Helmet » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:55 am

semitrueskerm wrote:August is good month for Commando Camping.



meh... go full monte... although that might create issues with your summit video for the competition...

Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:56 am

August is when I break out my barrel with straps. Great weather for that. Plus if you fall off a mountain, its so easy to just tuck and roll. Underwear not needed.

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Re: What to wear for mid-August 14er?

Postby Dark Helmet » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:11 am

Somewhat of a Prick wrote: Underwear not needed.



this is always a significant bonus.

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