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maraudersRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Summited with a great group of climbing buddies. Great weather and breathtaking scenery. Some slow groups caused a bottleneck at the cleaver because each person was clipping into a fixed line. We wasted an hour waiting behind them, so when they rested at the top of the cleaver we were able to get past them. Other than that frustration, the climb was tons of fun. My first time in glacier terrain. I loved it. I plan on returning to Rainier often to try other routes.
Posted Jul 3, 2006 5:06 pm

climbhighnowLiberty Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2006


kick ass cimb! man what a route, long sustained FUN climbing. weather was clear, sort of warm which meant some serious rock fall (mostly down low). the upper ridge was in great Alpine Ice shape and seemed to just keep going on forever. super classic! calve burner!
Posted Jul 1, 2006 3:14 am

shknbkevia Emmons Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006


Climbed Rainier via the easier Emmons Glacier, but it is a serious haul with 10600' of vertical! Weather was perfect other than high winds up high. Crevasse danger was minimal early in the season. It took us 7.5 hrs to reach the crater rim from Schurman, a serious calf burner!
Posted Jun 27, 2006 6:09 pm

pjc30943DC up, Ingraham down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2006
There are some mighty big seracs on this mountain:)
Very nice snow conditions; weather was flawless as well [aside from high winds near the summit]. Someone just in front of us fell about 20 ft into a crevasse while we were descending Ingraham. Plunged to the tune of no serious injuries fortunately, as his fall was arrested by his veteran-climber brother, and rescue was facilitated by several groups of canadians.
Posted Jun 27, 2006 5:51 am

rockrat2Disapointment Cleaver  Sucess!


Climbed it in two days, no guide. Fun route but too much traffic. Will pick less travelled route on next trip. Awesome scenery.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 2:57 am

GMatthewsDisapointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2006


I went on the 5 day RMI camp Muir seminar. It was great fun and we had some really great guides. It took are group a just under 11 hours roundtrip from camp Muir to reach columbia crest
(4,392M) summit. This was a great trip.
Posted Jun 19, 2006 1:32 am

sierramtngoatDisappointment Cleaver
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2001


Straight up, I will never again climb with RMI. I'm not sure what is more stupid, sending an unscreened team of newbies up a scree pile in crampons, or doubling the pace at 13,000 ft. to make up for lost time. Needless to say, no one on my rope summitted, but I did get the satisfaction of seeing our "leader" fall on his face down-climbing the scree I questioned him on going up. What a bone head operation. I would have easily summitted had he not changed the pace after everyone else had dropped off; in hind-sight, I think he did it on purpose so we wouldn't be just two on a rope.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 8:06 am

thenunzWhere's the sumitt?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


See Michael's comments below.
Posted Jun 9, 2006 3:58 am

iwlclmeverestBlast  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2003


It could be a difficult climb, but we were blessed with great perfect conditions and fun people. Great climb.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 5:18 pm

MichaelJLiberty Ridge in six days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


On Memorial Day I set off with Scott and Chris to tackle LR. We spent the first night on Curtis Ridge and encountered heavy snow conditions before getting to Thumb Rock around 10k on LR by the second night. We made it to 13k the next day before a storm forced us to bivy. We had two more days of bad weather, including about 5 feet of fresh snow, and two more high bivies, the last of which was about 200 below the Liberty Cap summit, although we couldn't see this in the storm. Winds gusting to around 100 mph the last night almost wrecked the tent and forced us out in the gale to fix anchors a couple times. Summit day was beautiful but Scott got frostbite on all his fingers and three toes.
Posted Jun 5, 2006 3:58 pm

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

nayrbSummit on Rainier!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2015


Aug 23, 2015 - 10 years later, I made it back up to the top and tapped the summit w/ my good friends Charlie, Mike, & Clay. Beautiful day to be on the high ridges. Crazy amount of ladders and crevasses to maneuver around. Lots of fires and smoke below us and to the West ... made for a surreal experience while ascending from Camp Muir at night.
Disappointed by the Cleaver ... (July, 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

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