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Next Challenge–Camp Muir

Camp Muir, RanierSet goals, plan, execute, achieve. Camp Muir is my next challenge and goal.

The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the flank of Rainier, toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. This route isn’t for everyone since it does entail substantial snow travel and may require good routefinding skills. –

I am complete newbie in this business, so I need to get prepared well ahead. I found good getting started concise guide here. What I realized I need to first buy basic gear, so I am off for shopping. Among others following is my first round for the basic gear needs:

The goal is to get to Camp Muir by end of May. But before that I should do a simpler trial/error hike. Failing fast is the approach I have been taking for many years now and it was helpful to prevent larger fiasco. For the trial hike Tiger Mountain was chosen, and it’s planned to be conquered in mid April.

What’s next after Camp Muir? It’s Mountain Rainier.


That’s the goal and the plan. Off to preparation and execution. Wish me luck.


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  1. Alik, this is fantastic. A great example of how to get there from here–wherever “here” & “there” are–by developing a rational plan & taking action. Looking forward to your updates!

  2. alik levin says:

    Thank you for good words. I will surly post updates on how the prep goes 😉

  3. J.D. Meier says:

    Best of luck!

    > “may require good routefinding skills”
    That’s a tall order, and definitely a challenge. I’m actually curious how you grow your route finding skills for the snow.

  4. alik levin says:

    When [and If] I am back I’ll tell you all 😉
    We already learned that organized groups is a safe path, yet costy. We are looking for alternatives – experienced guides for hire.

  5. Bruce Perler says:

    Its a great trip and most of the year is more like following a hiker highway than anything else. Depending on your starting location (Paradise Lodge), I’ve done the trip in a little over a half day. Last time I snowboarded down; not for the faint hearted but definately a blast. If you want to discuss, I’m happy to share my experiences.

  6. alik levin says:

    Geez, we must have very tight talk then – I want to hear it all, especially the lessons learned when preparing and during the hike.
    Thank you!

  7. Edward says:

    What you think about for next.I will wait for you.its planned for next year.

  8. alik levin says:

    Geez, it’s quite a challenge. Hope I will get there too, but not that soon. Let me know how it goes for you. I want to hear it all.

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