In the image to the right, you can see a view of Trail Camp, the little tarn where most folks get there water before going to the summit, and Consultation Lake. I took this aerial photo from a small light-weight aircraft
in late May of 2013. If you look real close, you can even see the tents that people have set for their stay overnight.
All in all, Trail Camp is a great place to spend the night before going on to the summit. It gives you a nice high start in the morning, enables you to become more accustomed to the altitude (don't forget to keep active around camp during the daylight hours), over half the trail mileage is behind you, and the scenery is awe inspiring with the towering granite walls that surround you!
A Few Safety Notes:
If you should get a headache in high camp from the effect of altitude, try taking a couple of Advil or some other form of analgesic. But if the headache does not go away, do not keep popping pills. Stop! I knew a guy that took over 20 Aspirin (dangerous) in an effort to try and rid himself of the pain. He ended up with severe nausea and vomiting. You do not want to end up in a situation like that. If your headache and/or nausea becomes severe you need to descend as soon as safely possible. For much more on this subject, please visit our write up on Altitude Sickness
Next, do not forget to take enough water
when heading for the summit. This means knowing your needs. Some people need 7 or 8 quarts of water, or more (to go from Trail Camp to the Summit
and back), while others need much less. The air at high altitude is very dry, and it sucks the moisture out of you at an alarming rate. I can tell you from experience that running out of water is no fun, and can be a painful and dangerous experience if the dehydration becomes severe enough. Getting enough water also helps avert altitude sickness.