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"Shadows on the Wall"
Probably my favorite shot of Mt. Rainier, this one from
a high point north of 5,500+ ft. Moraine Park. The most
striking feature is Liberty Ridge. "The remarkable profile and protrusion from its flanking walls gives Liberty Ridge a purity of line... Liberty Ridge apparently was not attempted before the first assent in
late September 1935, when the climb was done under very icy conditions, SLOWING the party so they had to bivouac at 11,000 ft and again on the summit. The route has become POPULAR for parties not objecting to continuous EXPOSURE and the possibility of STONEFALL." - Fred Beckey
Also visible is 10,775 ft Thumb Rock, and the imposing beauty of the Liberty Cap Glacier ice cliffs.Tree-covered Mineral Ridge is seen at the left. A HEALTHY Carbon Glacier completes the scene, blanketed with fresh snow from the day before. (Photo taken in June of 1985, scanned from 35mm photo.)

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RobSCNice View!

RobSC

Voted 10/10

Brings back good memories of a long ago trip!
Posted Dec 22, 2007 5:46 pm

lcarreauRe: Nice View!

lcarreau

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Glad you liked it! I'm also glad you
didn't mention that three-lettered
word O - L - D. Take care! : - )
Posted Dec 22, 2007 7:18 pm

Mark StraubWhite Giant

Mark Straub

Voted 10/10

This is a great picture! Mount Rainier looks very dominating and free in this picture. That must have been an amazing view!
-Mark
Posted Jan 5, 2008 8:11 pm

lcarreauRe: White Giant

lcarreau

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Thank you, Mark! This is the famous "north face" of Rainier, also known as Willis Wall.
People actually climb on Liberty Ridge, where
there's always a good chance of rockfall and
ice avalanches. It can be seen from the Wonderland Trail, where you might even see and hear the ROAR of an awesome avalanche!!!
Posted Jan 5, 2008 9:10 pm

Mark StraubRe: White Giant

Mark Straub

Voted 10/10

That sounds amazing! Josh Lewis and I will be hiking to Camp Muir next summer. Is that a beautiful trail as well?
-Mark
Posted Jan 6, 2008 1:31 am

lcarreauRe: White Giant

lcarreau

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"A long, arduous, and potentially hazardous ascent to the overnight cabin used by summit climbers. Climb through flowers, then rocks, then perpetual snow. At nearly 2 miles above sea level, look down on the Tatoosh Range, over the southern Cascade Mountains, and far into Oregon. Take note:though hundreds of casual walkers go to Camp Muir each year,
this is not a trail hike. Much of the way is on snow. Part is over a permanent snowfield which is often crevassed in August and September. The mountain is notorious for "making its own weather" - mostly bad. On a clear day, without warning, clouds may form, enveloping hikers in blowing fog and wiping out all landmarks. At high elevation the temperature may FALL abruptly, and the wind rise, and a balmy afternoon turn swiftly into a killing night."

"The view from Camp Muir is very well worth the effort! A close-up look at the Cowlitz Glacier and the rubble wall of Gibraltar.
Down below, a vertical mile below, the tiny buildings of Paradise. , more volcanoes - Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens, and a long way into Oregon, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson."
Posted Jan 6, 2008 9:32 am

Mark StraubRe: White Giant

Mark Straub

Voted 10/10

Thank you for your advice on this hike! Are ice axes needed? What about snowshoes? It sounds beautiful!
-Mark
Posted Jan 6, 2008 11:46 am

lcarreauMark ?

lcarreau

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Route conditions change from year to year. There are "snowshoe classes" available at Paradise. Education is an awesome friend! As far as the essentials go, sturdy, lug-soled boots with an 8" high (leather) upper are the way to go! An ice ax is recommended, and can be rented at an outdoor shop.
Posted Jan 6, 2008 12:28 pm

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lcarreauSubmitted by lcarreau
on Nov 17, 2007 2:42 pm

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Lat/Lon: 46.90525°N / 121.72852°W
Object Title: "Shadows on the Wall"

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