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RitcheypacKautz - Extended  Sucess!
We started at Christine Falls due to the density of the crevasses on the standard approach. This required a 7000 ft climb on day one to reach Camp Hazard. Otherwise, all went as planned and was an enjoyable climb.
Posted Aug 28, 2016 8:06 pm

RitcheypacKautz - Extended
We started at Christine Falls due to the density of the crevasses on the standard approach. This required a 7000 ft climb on day one to reach Camp Hazard. Otherwise, all went as planned and was an enjoyable climb.
Posted Aug 28, 2016 8:05 pm

Darren9Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2015


Climbed with two other teams from the Sierra Mountaineering Club. We started at the Comet Falls TH to avoid the ugly and broken lower Nisqually glacier. The hike up to the Turtle was a grueling 7,600 feet but beautiful and straightforward. Camped at Hazard and left the next morning at 4am. The ice was solid and not too steep, very fun in fact. Negotiating endless massive crevasses up the Kautz and Nisqually glaciers occupied us for the rest of the day. We summited around 2pm and descended the DC, taking all our gear with us, arriving there around 6pm. Long day, but such a great route! Would definitely do it again the same way - except leaving a bit earlier on summit day would be advised.
Posted Jul 15, 2015 9:00 pm

kevinhansenUp and Over  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013


Very windy at the summit. Like 70 MPH winds. We went up the Kautz and down Dissapointment. Slept at Hazzard Camp above the Turtle, and also slept at Camp Muir. It felt like walking up a sledding hill for 3 days. Would I do it again? While on the trail I'da said, "No", but in looking back I enjoyed the experience. Now I'm thinking of Liberty Ridge. Hmmm
Posted Jul 17, 2013 3:29 pm

sout528kautz glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2012


Great weather, enormous crevasses on the upper Kautz made for circuitous nav
Posted Jun 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Ben BeckerichSoloed
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

Ben Beckerich

Bailed below the headwall.. rotten glacier, crumby weather, way too late of a start
Posted Jun 8, 2013 11:26 pm

splattskiSecond time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2012


Much more challenging than last year.
Big calving from the ice wall on Wednesday night.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 10:48 pm

gcapditto  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012


climbed with fellow SP'ers Vertigo Soul and lutty11. Best glissade ever down the Turtle snowfield. 1.5 hours to climb. 5 minutes to descend.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 1:50 pm

lutty11Great Route!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012


Camped just below Hazard around 10,900. Early start made for a successful summit on a clear warm day with mild winds. Memorable climb despite the long slog up to camp.
Posted Jul 16, 2012 4:22 pm

Vertigo soulKautz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012

Vertigo soul

Fun route! Camped below Hazard at around 11k, rapped the rock slot under the chute to get to the glacier. Conditions were pretty good on the Kautz. Perfect weather and great partners made for a memorable trip. The slog up to high camp seems forever though!
Posted Jul 16, 2012 11:14 am

jacobsmithKautz attempt
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2012


Due to very iffy weather, reported high winds near the summit, and our group's uncomfortableness with descending the ice shoot above the rock step, we turned around just past the rappel, effectively turning our summit attempt into a route reconnoiter (as such, we hope to return in the following weeks, if this is successful a full trip report will follow). with the unusually warm temperatures we found the snow extremely slushy and were surprised by rain at our base camp. also of note: as we ate lunch on a rock outcropping on the edge of the Kautz we witnessed a massive ice fall that triggered what looked to be a wet loose avalanche in the gully just west of the one we would have ascended (the next one over, away from the Kautz headwall).
Posted Jul 9, 2012 11:44 pm

Bluecube22 Epic below the wall
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010


we kept leap froging a group of 2 up the mountain one of them stumbled there way to the summit they were climbing unroped with bad altitude sickness then long story short we were on and one of them lipped into a cravasse stuck up to there chest my friend pulled her up as she held on to his ice tool as she had no harness on we all decended safley together happy to still be alive fun climb amazing sun rise deffentally do this climb you will not be dissapointed.
Posted Nov 20, 2011 7:09 pm

blakemj33Kautz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011


Was a great climb! We set out from paradise and hiked up to Panorama Point. We dropped into the nisqually and upon exit we climbed up what is called The Fan. This brought us up to the Wilson Glacier. We made our way up this and eventually onto the Turtle snow field. We camped at aprox. 11,000ft at Camp Hazard. We had an early alpine start and 10 minutes after leaving we had to down climb the rock step which had fixed ropes. We also set up our own anchors and belayed down. This brought us onto the Kautz. The chute itself tops out at aprox. 12,500ft..ish. We had to navigate around several large cravases and eventually to the summit. We descended via the same route where we camp the same place as the previous night. And hiked out the next morning. Conditions were great. 15 degree F with maybe 20mph winds. The chute itself was in excellent condition.
Posted Oct 9, 2011 12:02 am

SFMountaineerChute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011


Successfully climbed with RMI guides. Belayed on ascent and lowered for descent, used ice screws mostly and some pickets for the last pitch. Lot of snow still, just about a 100 foot ice section at the bottom an 150 feet at top. Fun.
Posted Aug 19, 2011 10:28 am

splattskiUp and over  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011


We went up the Kautz and down the Disappointment Cleaver. Great conditions, although the headwall was all suncupped and almost to the point of penitentes. Found running water at 10800' camp.
Trip report

Did this one again in July 2012. Very different conditions, choosing the Wilson instead of the Fan, and with ice bands in the chute requiring belays and rappels.
Trip report
Posted Aug 12, 2011 12:25 pm

BLongKautz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011


Enjoyed a trip up Rainier via the Kautz on the 4th of July. The route was a fun climb on hard-packed snow. We got shut out of the summit on the 3rd after running out of wands with high winds and low visibility. I heard one team reached the summit on the 3rd from Camp Sherman, although the round trip took 22 hours. The weather was perfect on the 4th; you could see all the way to Mt. Jefferson. Great peak and route!
Posted Jul 6, 2011 3:22 am

rhyangJuly 2006  Sucess!


Climbed with Mark Connell in early July of a fantastic snow year, with a nice high pressure ridge. Camped at about 10600' on the left edge of the Turtle snowfield -- there was an existing rock wall and dry ground.

Around 11000'-ish was a fixed line to the glacier which we descended, avoiding exposure to the icefall gully at Camp Hazard.

The first pitch of the Kautz was still hard snow. Second pitch was glacier ice, perhaps 40-50-ish degrees, but very featured. On our way back we rappelled off a fixed snow anchor (probably buried pickets), some cheap leaver screws and an ice penitente.
Posted Dec 20, 2010 1:03 pm

Paul86Second Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010


Extremely windy up top. The route conditions, however, were spectacular and made for a good challenging day. God I love Mt. Rainier!
Posted Sep 14, 2010 1:09 am

metal4lyfsocked out
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2010


we climbed to the Turtle Snowfield on a gorgeous bluebird day and were blown off the mountain in horrible conditions the next day. Such is life
Posted Jul 27, 2010 1:18 am

SKISweet route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010


Excellent route with a memorable approach. Tagged with Paul-Wall on an epic road trip that spanned 6 states, 3000 miles, the Grand Teton, Smith Rock and of course, Mount Rainier.
Posted Jul 20, 2010 8:06 am

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