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Aaron DyerRoute Climbed: Emmons Direct Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

Aaron Dyer

This was an interesting first mountaineering experiance
Posted Mar 23, 2005 11:13 pm

Dan WinterRoute Climbed: D.C. Date Climbed: 7/29/04-7/30/04  Sucess!

Dan Winter

Ascending from Muir the moon was a eerie tint of red due to forrest fires in eastern Washington. Cheeseburgers at Copper Creek Inn on the way home never tasted so good.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 10:09 pm

clleisRoute Climbed: Kautz Glacier Date Climbed: August 2003
My first climbing experience, guided by RMI. We turned around at the top of the icefall due to a tired group member. Rainier had a major impact on me, has been on my mind ever since. Recently moved from Ohio to Portland so that the mountains can be a regular part of my life, not a once a year climbing trip.
Posted Mar 4, 2005 1:13 pm

cjmorelloRoute Climbed: emmond-winthrop Date Climbed: JULY 05  Sucess!


Done with party of 3.
Posted Feb 20, 2005 10:11 am

cjmorelloRoute Climbed: Ingraham Direct Date Climbed: FEB 04  Sucess!


Done with RMI winter seminar.
Posted Feb 20, 2005 10:06 am

ahaassRoute Climbed: Standard guided route Date Climbed: August 18, 2004  Sucess!


Guided by Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. Great weather!
Posted Feb 19, 2005 9:39 pm

CarboRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


We submitted at sunrise after starlit climb. The weather was calm after a pretty gusty first day on the mountain. Awesome views.
Posted Feb 15, 2005 12:08 am

chilkootRoute Climbed: Camp Muir - Wintrop Traverse Date Climbed: August 9, 1995  Sucess!


Wow! What a massive, beautiful, awe-inspiring peak.
Posted Feb 6, 2005 11:10 pm

SummitQueenRoute Climbed: Paradise to Camp Muir Date Climbed: July 2003


Went with my dad, one of the first of many volcanoe climbs I've done. Great weather, could see mountains all around. Didn't make it to the summit, I didn't have enough experience yet at the time. Made it successfully up to Camp Muir, nice conditions. Good workout. I will return to Mt. Rainier and summit it soon!
Posted Jan 27, 2005 1:10 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: July 10, 1999  Sucess!
I felt the altitude, but the hiking was easy.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 11:08 pm

rongaines1Route Climbed: Kautz Date Climbed: August 12, 2004  Sucess!
5 Day expedition Seminar with RMI. Great team members from around the country. Most physically, difficult, emotionally draining experience of my life.

It was my second attempt, and upon completion, swore I didn't need to put myself through that again...but now I'm not so sure...Damn you Rainier!
Posted Jan 22, 2005 1:04 pm

madclimberRoute Climbed: Fuhrer Finger Date Climbed: 5/20/04  Sucess!


Camped on the summit, only 5th of 112 RMI lead expeditons to do that and 1st to complete the Fuhrer Finger!
Posted Dec 2, 2004 3:35 am

JanGRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: Aug. 31, 1999  Sucess!


My first glimpse of Mt Rainier was in 1992 during an RV camping trip with my family. The mental image of that beautiful mountain as seen on a clear, sunny day was a perennial reminder to someday return and CLIMB IT!

The opportunity to climb Mt Rainier presented itself in Aug 99 at the conclusion of a two-week Outward Bound Leadership Camp course held in Oregon at which my son Alexander (at the time 16 y/o) participated. His 18 y/o brother Christoph and I met him in Portland and we proceeded thereafter to Mt Rainier National Park to participate in the one-day basic ice/snow training course which was required of anyone wishing to climb the mountain with Rainier Mountaineering Guides(RMI). The training course was a very good preparation for the long hike on snow and ice.

On the next day we started the climb to Camp Muir under a continuous drizzle which became wet snow higher up. The skies cleared above 10,000 ft overnight so the final hike to the crater rim was under clear sunny conditions but it was very cold and windy. The RMI guides were excellent although their regimented pace of the hike and stops reminded me at times of boot camp. Of the 24 hikers who started the climb only 8 made it all the way to the summit (including us 3) while the rest aborted the hike due to exhaustion.

Our descent to the valley was fairly uneventful except that at 10,000 ft we were again below the cloud cover. Thereafter, it was raining continuously so that we ended the hike completely soaked. Thus, on my second visit to Mt Rainier we were unable to see the upper mountain from the valley during our entire 3-day stay! My mental image of this spectacular mountain still dates to my prior RV trip. Nevertheless, it was a high event in my life to have climbed that awesome volcano with my teenage sons Christoph and Alexander.
Posted Nov 16, 2004 7:09 pm

marcpagani.comRoute Climbed: Emmons/Winthrop Date Climbed: August 20, 2003  Sucess!


Great climb - even nicer weather than last year - had one ropemate who had trouble and coming down was SLOW!! Great climb again. Marc Pagani, Mimi Schippers, Mark Terry, Doug Finck
Posted Nov 4, 2004 3:57 pm

marcpagani.comRoute Climbed: Emmons/Winthrop Date Climbed: August 5, 2002  Sucess!


Beautiful route with exciting mimi-ice climb to get around bergschrund...stupidly jumped crevasse near bergschrund on way down and twisted my ankle...great climb. Marc Pagani, Mike Gehard, Chris Gehard
Posted Nov 4, 2004 3:54 pm

ripper333Route Climbed: ingraham glacier direct Date Climbed: august 2000
awesome conditions.

july 4th 2006...campground,summit, campground...one push with only bare
minimum.....emmons glacier ....fun to climb this peak light and fast..

Posted Oct 20, 2004 9:49 pm

Phil DeckerRoute Climbed: Kautz Glacier Date Climbed: June 27 2004  Sucess!

Phil Decker

Incredible day - Perfect conditions
Posted Oct 13, 2004 9:46 pm

mt_daydreamRoute Climbed: Muir-DC Date Climbed: Sept 25-26, 2004  Sucess!


Picture-perfect weather conditions on the way up. RMI guides were excellent. Learnt quite a few things from them. Snow got too mushy on the way down. Saw another team (luckily) miss a big boulder rolling down the cleaver (as they were on the fixed ropes). Will surely return to try another route.
Posted Sep 28, 2004 4:40 am

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: Gibraltar ledges Date Climbed: spring '96  Sucess!


Great climb!

Steam caves are a nice place to catch a quick nap on the way up or down... other than a short technical pitch or two this route's (usually) straightforward....
Posted Sep 25, 2004 5:27 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Paradis-Muir-Cleaver Date Climbed: 16 June 2004  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Great climbing partners with Dan and Richard. Perfect weather.
Posted Aug 26, 2004 4:36 pm

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