Explorer | 50 pts
I had forgotten how arduous this hike is! My Dad and I are NOT mountain climbers, just run-of-the mill hikers. We rented crampons in Ashford and used them on the Muir Snowfield, and they were very helpful. I HIGHLY recommend using them. Much of the snowfield has melted and is melting, so there are some icy, slushy sections. At one point, we could hear the water rushing underneath the snowfield, and opted to stay near the rock outcrop on the right. It took us 6 hrs. to get up and 3 hrs. to get back down, so it was a pretty long day. We were prepared for cold and white-out conditions with heavy clothing,extra food,and the rest of the 10 essentials, but thankfully had beautiful weather all day and did not need them. I feel a great sense of accomplishment having done this. Don't forget to say hello to the marmots on the way up!