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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 3:10 pm 
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The time is finally here and my Core permit starts in 1 week. I was planning on hiking for 6 days and want to be prepared. The amount of snow and possibility for bad weather has me nervous. (not nervous enough not to go, just nervous enough to re think my attire) I have been following all of the trip reports I can find for the last 3 weeks or so to be prepared the best I can and most have been really positive. Here was my initial plan for clothing:

Wool base layer
Down Jacket
Rain jacket

I can add in my gloves and beanie easily enough and think I will bring gaiters just to be safe.

But with the snow I was wondering if I needed something warmer?  I have a down vest which is weird to go with a down jacket but would add some warmth with minimal weight. I am also willing to buy a new jacket if needed to make the trip enjoyable.

Any advice from anyone who is familiar with the area or who has been up there recently would be greatly appreciated.
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 3:48 pm 
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The lows temps are predicted to be in the 40's with the highs in the 50's later this week.  There's plenty of snow on the ground so that's going to affect what you feel.  If you get sun it could easily get up in the 80's.  It's not much different than your area and what you'd experience up on the Sisters.
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 3:56 pm 
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Generally, the weather isn't too bad east of the crest. But last week some friends were there and it was snow flurries (which is rare this time of year, but not impossible).

I'd watch the weather forecast before your final clothing decision. Definitely bring hat and gloves. It's above 7000-8000' at the top, and those light weight items make a big difference. You can decide on the vest just before you leave. I use my sleeping bag as emergency warm clothing also. If you have short gaiters, that might be handy, but the snow is gonna be hard so you won't need tall gaiters.

Here's a link to weather conditions there. Hopefully this accounts for temperature at elevation. Currently it shows Wednesday getting down to 39°, so I think it does.

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/wxtables/index.php?lat=47.47766152197644&lon=-120.81927537933045&table=custom&duration=7&interval=6
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 4:05 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I feel better knowing snow is unlikely. I was at 6900 in the ochocos this weekend and there is barley any snow. So the trip reports had me a little nervous that I was underestimating the conditions since it is still about 70% covered in snow. But sounds like I should be in fairly good shape as long as I takes some gloves and a beanie to help out. Thanks
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 5:49 pm 
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I would check the weather before you go. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-120.80090045928955&lat=47.481596659192945#.XRqpfehKiUk

In the map click on the area you want weather for.

I always take a light weight Primaloft jacket or other synthetic, Light wool sweater and rain jacket. Put your down in a plastic bag in your pack while you are hiking.

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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 6:10 pm 
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Your big concern should be thunderstorms for the next few days. Watch the weather forecast and pay attention if clouds build and become dark.
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 10:58 pm 
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This looks like a sweet deal!
https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/156933/craghoppers-compresslite-iii-hooded-insulated-jacket-mens

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 8:12 am 
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DadFly wrote:
This looks like a sweet deal!

Until you read the reviews of the jacket on the site! Then the old adage "you get what you pay for" comes to mind.
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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 7:37 pm 
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+1 what Riverside said about using the sleeping bag as clothing if standing around camp morning or evening . If you have a 2 way zipper (that allows venting the foot of the bag) open the bottom enough for your face to be there (looking out).

Turn the bag upside down, slither in. You do have to pay attention so that the bag don't drag on the ground. You can either hold that with your hands or take a pants belt (mine are 1 oz.) or cord to loop it up.

Goofy looking and warm.
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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 9:31 pm 
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I have no problem wearing a sleeping bag to stay warm. Warmth comes before style any day. It would not be the first time I did so. And it won’t be the last
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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 10:42 pm 
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I got hailed on, on and off for hours, on Saturday.  It's pretty rare this time of year.  In general the east is much drier than Seattle, and everything has been getting more dry over time.  But you should bring some kind of synthetic insulation.  You can keep your bag dry, I mean to wear.
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 4:02 pm 
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Is the road between the trailheads accessible to low clearance vehicles? My car gets much better gas milage on the way there but if I need 4 wheel drive the jeep is obviously the better choice..
This is my first time in the area
Thanks if anyone can clarify
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 4:28 pm 
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I saw a Corvette up there a few weeks ago
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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 4:36 pm 
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Alright. I think I have more clearance than that
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 11:36 am 
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Thinking about day hikes for the next week. Anyone know how the peaks look? (Dragontail, Little Annapurna, Enchantment or Colchuck) I was thinking of throwing in microspikes and an axe if they are relatively easily accessible for experienced hikers/backpackers but novice climbers. We will set up camp in the core so it would be without heavy packs which would be nice.
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