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Old 06-19-2008, 11:31 PM
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I have a mountain question.

Looking at the averages for Pinedale Wyoming.....a high of Low 70s and a low of mid 30s. How does that translate in the Mountains......we'll be hiking into Faler Lake, putting us at about 9,000 feet.....I think.

On average, Aug 17th through Aug 25th, what kind of temps are we looking at if we're up in the Mountains.

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General rule of thumb, a good starting guess at best, is a standard atmospheric lapse rate of 2°C (3.6°F) per 1000' elevation gain. This assumes "normal" atmospheric conditions, no inversion layers, etc., such assumptions often being false in the mountains, but is a good first guess. In my experience it is rarely exceeded in the summer time, in other words, it's usually a worst (coldest) case estimate.
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So I'm thinking mostly light weight long sleeve shirts, a light jacket for the beginning and end of the day, and a short sleeve shirt for the possible warm afternoon............sound about right.
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So I'm thinking mostly light weight long sleeve shirts, a light jacket for the beginning and end of the day, and a short sleeve shirt for the possible warm afternoon............sound about right.
Should be fine unless you get overcast days where it can be cold. At night it will be colder at 9000 than it is in Pinedale.
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I personally prepare for the worst weather you'll encounter at altitude. This for me means snow or cold rain. I've camped at 8000 ft elevations and gotten snowed on in July! Wind is always a factor so a breaker or windproof fleece is mandatory. The best would be great weather throughout but that is so chancy at altitude. Bring a good gortex parka, good fleece, good socks and wind pants at the least-then have fun.
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I have a mountain question.

Looking at the averages for Pinedale Wyoming.....a high of Low 70s and a low of mid 30s. How does that translate in the Mountains......we'll be hiking into Faler Lake, putting us at about 9,000 feet.....I think.

On average, Aug 17th through Aug 25th, what kind of temps are we looking at if we're up in the Mountains.

Thanks in advance for the help.

This is a little late to help you but if someone has a similar question it may help them... Coming to the mountains in summer can really shock your system and one of the major killers even in the summer is hypothermia. I've camped at 12,000ft in August and woke up with a frozen tent, I've been snowed on in September... its not uncommon to get below freezing even in the summer when you are use to the low lands high temps and come to the high country be prepared. Stay warm and dry. While at 9,000ft and still below treeline you will be much warmer so while hiking you will sweat, if you can wear wicking clothing to keep the sweat away from your body... try not to wear cotton it will hold your sweat and when you stop and temps drop a little can also cause hypothermia. It doesnt take more gear to enjoy the mountains just the right stuff and a smart prepared approach.
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