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Looking west from the summit....
Looking west from the summit. Some light rime ice on the trees made a nice contrast. Compare to this picture so you can see where St. Helens should be on the horizon.

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Martin CashSo how was Rainier?

Martin Cash

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Nice photo.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 4:58 pm

rpcRe: So how was Rainier?

rpc

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Agreed. Great shot!
Posted Feb 22, 2005 6:01 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: So how was Rainier?

Brian Jenkins

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We only got to about 11,600ft. I was the only idiot on the mountain in leathers and my toes were having issues so I needed to turn back before I lost some of them. No one was summitting except one party did Ingraham Direct the day before but took 3 days to do the whole thing. The route was wandering and pro placement was slow. We gave up on the Gib Ledges as no one has done that one lately and the only party that tried turned back early due to 55 degree ice.



We decided to try Ingraham Direct and got into the icefall but not far. Dead-ended on a serac. I'll post some pics tonight. Even with the great weather it was cold up there. Thin slab over sugar snow over ice. I think only one party summitted the entire weekend and that again was by Ingraham Direct (well, their variation of it). They went up the right side near the Cleaver from what we could see.



I know that I am now buying a pair of plastics with my REI dividend though! Winter on Rainier is no place for leathers, man. What was I thinking?
Posted Feb 22, 2005 6:40 pm

KlenkeRe: So how was Rainier?

Klenke

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Uh, now that you're in such good shape, can you kick all the steps for Martin Shetter and me on Goat Mountain?



Too bad you didn't make it. You should stick to the easy peaks like this gaper. :---)
Posted Feb 22, 2005 7:15 pm

Martin CashRe: So how was Rainier?

Martin Cash

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Bummer man. Nice go at it, sounds harsh! That big pile gave me all I wanted 2 years ago in May, I'm sure it is much colder and harder now.



Thanks for the conditions update.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 7:30 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: So how was Rainier?

Brian Jenkins

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Hell no! You're the one that climbs with Beckey. You're short-roping me to the top, mister. I planned on sitting in a sled and yelling "Mush" alot.



(I think part of the reason we didn't make it too was my "good shape.") :- P

Posted Feb 22, 2005 10:36 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: So how was Rainier?

Brian Jenkins

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FYI, there appeared to be a nice frozen waterfall on the NW side of Eagle Peak.
Posted Feb 23, 2005 12:18 pm

Martin CashRe: So how was Rainier?

Martin Cash

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Sweet. Do you have a pic?
Posted Feb 23, 2005 6:47 pm

Don NelsenRe: So how was Rainier?

Don Nelsen

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Excellent pics from your Rainier trip! Is this summer weather, or what!



I know what you mean about leather - I finally broke down and got a pair of plastic boots last Dec. and what a difference - no more cold toes for this old guy. Probably put them to good use again on Hood tonight. (gotta take advantage of this incredible weather)



dn
Posted Feb 23, 2005 9:07 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: So how was Rainier?

Brian Jenkins

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I wondered if anyone would take off work to climb in the clear skies and full moon tonight! Good luck!



BTW, Don, am going to email you about this weekend to see if you want to join on a climb.
Posted Feb 23, 2005 9:36 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: So how was Rainier?

Brian Jenkins

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Nope we just noticed it on the drive out of the park. You can see it from the road as you pass the point where Eagle Peak is closest to the main road (just a bit west of Longmire Museum near Cougar Rock. There is a long stream that David thought might be a waterfall until we got closer and noticed it was frozen. Not sure what condition it is going to be with all the warm weather but figured you'd appreciate it.
Posted Feb 23, 2005 9:39 pm

DraggerBeautiful Photo!

Dragger

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I miss the Gorge. Looks like a great time. Thanks for posting.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 7:09 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: Beautiful Photo!

Brian Jenkins

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You bet. Let me know next time you are up this way. You'd like Munra Point and Rock of Ages Ridge.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 10:39 pm

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