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T SharpSeveral Summits  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2003

T Sharp

I have been on 7 climbs of Mt. Rainier with 3 succesful summits all via the Dissapointment Cleaver. I have made 2 winter attempts,notably a Jan.1 2000 attempt that was turned away due to high avalanche conditions. I have been unsuccesful on the Kautz and The Gib Ledges. I have also been up to St. Elmos Pass
but turned around due to bad weather.
Posted May 28, 2006 9:22 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006


Weather forced us to bed down at Camp Muir rather than contining on to Igraham Flats Friday night. Snow threatened to shut us down, but by 1am the weather was clear, and we were on the summit by 8am. The sound of a collapsing serac far below was the highlight of the descent.

Our group's speed was rather slow (still faster that the guided groups we got entagled within), so I had enough energy to sprint up the final slope to the summit after crossing the crater. That makes this the 2nd 14er where I've sprinted to the summit :-D

Now I've got to come back and do Liberty Ridge!
Posted May 24, 2006 2:35 am

MichaelJRe: Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver


Mark, one way to speed up the rope would have been not to use a leash on your ice ax, as everyone had to stop everytime we hit a switchback and you had to change hands. Even on Liberty Ridge I rarely used the leashes on my ice tools, except when leading across snow bridges when a fall was a real possibility.
Posted Jun 12, 2006 9:26 pm

aretewalkerDissapointment Clever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2006
Left Camp Muir at 12:30 am. Reach the summit before 8 am. Great weather and snow conditions. Good boot path with hand ropes installed the previous day on DC by RMI guides.
Posted May 17, 2006 9:07 pm

MjollnirLiberty Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2006


From Ipsut campgound. With Tauru Chaw. Snow and ice on the route were great. High winds on top. Descent was torture. Absolutely awesome climb.
Climbed Gib Ledges on Feb 3rd 2009 w/ Jack Barben
Posted May 6, 2006 5:12 am

km_donovanDissapointment Clever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2002


Camped the first night at "Camp Condom" and took a leisurely walk up to Ingram Flats and departed from there at midnight. Funny to see the sea of torches at Camp Muir. Stayed at the Flats another night and watched the stream on RMI clients schlepping past our camp as we sipped hot beverages.
Posted Apr 16, 2006 3:10 am

TMvarious  Sucess!


World-class mountain, nice neighbor for Seattle. Good skiing too.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 5:31 am

nayrbDisappointed by the Cleaver ...
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2005


Made it to just over 11,000 feet before heavy snow, wind, & snow slab got too bad. Climbed w/ my friend Clay, using RMI as our guide service. Left Muir Hut at 12:30 AM for summit attempt.
Posted Apr 9, 2006 11:40 pm

ericdSuccess Cleaver
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2001


Georgeous approach, suspension bridge, lots of grassy knolls near Pyramid Mtn to place an intermediate base camp on. Although frequent rock slides and avalanches that sound like dynamite, daylight climbing was our strategy. At 10,000' realized this was becoming a night climb, decended to climb another day.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 10:04 pm

ericdGib Ledges
Date Climbed: May 25, 2002


Got cliffed out in crampons. Expedient route to the 12000' level. Although steeper, will try to stay on upper glacier next time to make better purchases.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 9:55 pm

ericdDissapointment Clever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2003


Tough workouts to the top, burnt 10,000 calories, lost 10lbs, experienced euphoria above 12000' all for FREE! Wear a balaclava and everything will be good! This route is do-able solo, but of course safety in numbers.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 9:47 pm

Uncle Jams ArmyDisappointment Cleaver
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2004

Uncle Jams Army

Went up the Disappointment Cleaver route with RMI. Completely gassed and unable to continue past the Cleaver. Although RMI gets criticized a bunch, I found my experience with them very enjoyable. Most all of the guides I would call super friendly, including one Craig Van Hoy, who has something like 350 Rainier ascents. Hopefully, I'll have a better go of it in '06.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 1:18 am

FuggedabouditEmmons w/ Crevasse Fall  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005


Climbed with David V. from CA who I met for the first time in Seattle the day before our climb started. Originally we had thought about Lib Ridge but after crossing St. Elmo's pass decided to backtrack and shoot for the Emmons instead, too late in the season for that route. Day 2 went back over St. Elmo's pass and up to Schurman, it was packed so we were told by rangers to camp on the Flats. About ten minutes north of Schurman David, who was leading took a crevasse fall. The crevasse was completely covered by flat snow, and about 10 feet from a wand! He went in 10' at first until I arrested his fall, and as I was trying to get a fluke in he went in another 10' pulling me with him till I really got a good brace. I was WIDE awake now. Built an anchor and was building pulley system when two guys came along so we just muscled him out. Dave was uninjured and had a positive attitude so we camped and slept. Up at midnight, roped up at 2AM. LOTS of parties, maybe 50 climbers were heading up in all. We were third party. Summit about 10AM. My first time over 12,000' and was happy that I felt fine. It was painful because my boots had rubbed the back of my heels and achiles so raw on approach that the skin came off. Uneventful descent, except that the feet and slush were a painful combination. This was my third time to Rainier, but first with good weather, no rain for the entire trip! It really is a big mountain, keep your head down and keep going you will make it!!!
Posted Mar 26, 2006 10:16 pm

splattskiDisapointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1973


Not positive on the date. We were a pair of teenagers, which the Park Service did not like.

In a day. We got a late start from Paradise at 6:45, but had as a result the upper mountain to ourselves. T-shirts to about 300 feet below the crater rim.
Trip Report

Carried up and over, up Kautz and down DC

I've had enough of the DC, so up Kautz and back down the same way.
Posted Mar 14, 2006 12:55 pm

BaggerFirst time's a charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2005


At the summit, this guy in a one-piece GorTex camo-hunting jumpsuit sits down and pulls out a can of Budwiser. Drinks half and shares the other half with the mountain. If you are going to be stupid, at least haul up something good like a Newcastle.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 8:04 am

Mountain JimStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1990

Mountain Jim

Great Mountain! Had perfect weather. Unbelievable clear, cloudless views in all directions.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 4:49 am

atavistroute: DC  Sucess!


This was my first climb to use crampons. Somehow they stayed attached to my feet, despite them being strapped to my adidas trailrunners. I climbed this mountain solo. I summitted around 8pm. I descended to Muir Hut, packed up my gear and made the full descent to the lodge in the full moon. As I approached the Lodge, a dense fog descended upon me creating the illusion that time had stopped and I was stuck in a dream. This was a great climb.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 4:36 am

ascendingzionDC Summit First Attempt!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005


Two friends and I were blessed with great weather to summit on our first attempt of Rainier. We traveled to Protection Camp below Muir and avoided the village planning to practice crevasse rescue the next day but a crazy storm lasting through the morning and a following whiteout kept us in our tent.
The next day we moved camp to Ingraham Flats for a head start for the summit and were able to practice our z-pulley rescue.
Summit day provided immaculate weather and a successful summit!
Much thanks to some friendly and helpful RMI guides who offered some advice and conversation while on the mountain.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 9:23 pm

rialtosolRoute climbed: Emmons  Sucess!


Second attempt, after bailing at 13000ft the week before because of high winds.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 12:46 am

EManBevHillsDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2003


Weather was an issue.
Posted Feb 25, 2006 6:08 pm

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