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brotherDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2006


A great day on a special mountain. Terrific conditions, strong party.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 9:47 pm

osatrikRainier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 1991


Successful 10 times:
3 DC
2 Ingraham Direct
2 Kautz Glacier
3 Emmons / Winthrop

First time was number 38 of my 49 state high points.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:22 pm

Xtreme532Emmons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2005


First real Mountaineering feat! My best friend and I couldnt of had a better time! We did get a little cold sitting on the saddle waiting for the sun to come up. Great Mountain, and I want to go back!
Posted Aug 13, 2006 12:32 pm

jefflachEmmons Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2006


Climbed it in 3 days with team DP. Beautiful weather, great trip.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 5:56 pm

uwjennieDC in August - what fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006


Great weather and great summit. I climbed this peak with one partner, Ed, a good friend from the Sierra Club. It's nice to return home to Washington and get in a peak.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 5:26 am

1mverticalThe ever changing DC route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2006


Great route, except for the loose nasty DC itself. Reminded me of N. Maroon Peak in ways. The route seemed like it had to be altered by the hour due to lots of sun and melting bridges. Aboslutely gorgeous mountain! TR coming at some point.

Hats off to RMI for their wanding. That said, watch out for old wand that have not been removed.
Posted Aug 8, 2006 3:39 pm

rickfordEmmons- Winthrop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006


Summited with friends Marc Shwartz and Chris Umphres- despite having sore legs from summiting Mt. Baker the day before. We camped at Camp Shurman and left for the summit at 2am. We reached the summit at around 8am and took a nap on a steam- warmed rock at the crater rim. We descended most of the route without our crampons due to soft snow. The glissades down the Inter Glacier were like sliding down a 3000 foot water slide! Totally fun!!!!
Posted Aug 8, 2006 2:43 am

RenardoEmmons Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2005


Took the Emmons Route with friend Mike Leno from Bend, OR. Got a head start and camped at Glacier Basin the first night, which gave us an easy second day to Schurman, where we camped instead of at Emmons Flats due to rain and sleet. Cleared up that night and we had a great summit day with the best weather you could expect. It was actually almost too warm making the snow very soft on the way down. The next day it was even warmer on the descent, but we could see the storms blowing in and were glad to get back to the car! Overall a great climb on a huge mountain!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 5:48 pm

lakenyonFuhrer's Finger/Kautz Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2006


Took the RMI Expedition Seminar.
Posted Aug 5, 2006 6:15 am

LubosLiberty Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Liberty Ridge was an exiting trip. I had great weather and the route was in best conditions. On the way to summit I met two other climbers who were so generous to me by offering climbing with them as a roped team. A solo climb would not have been possible for me.
Posted Aug 2, 2006 1:37 am

emilieEmmons Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


Climbed Rainier with Alpine Ascents as part of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center annual fundraiser. Everyone summited which was quite impressive since there were a number of first time climbers. We all planned to wake back up on July 4 after summiting to watch the fireworks in Seattle, but sure enough, we all slept till the next day. This climb was a dream come true for me!
Posted Jul 31, 2006 5:46 pm

Seth MaciejowskiEmmons Winthrop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2006

Seth Maciejowski

A nice, if long, snow slog to the top. Conditions were perfect. Snow bridges holding up. Left camp schurman at 12:20 and made the summit at 5:15 am to see the sun rise. A beautiful climb under beautiful weather.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 2:47 pm

jordansahlscamp shurman  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2005


Fun climb!
Posted Jul 31, 2006 2:15 am

onandupwardsDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2006


Summit on try #1 with fellow SP'er Jamin. Thanks to RMI for wanding out the route so nicely, and for the fixed ropes. Stunning mountain, clear views..just so much hard work over 2 days. Left Muir at 4:30 AM (much too late) but made good time summiting in 6.5 hours. Slushed up pretty bad on the return to Muir, many small crevasses opening up (but obvious if you are diligent)I hope no one is around when the big serac drops.
Posted Jul 28, 2006 10:24 pm

Brad MarshallEmmons
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Brad Marshall

Left Camp Shurman late at night with a group of 8 climbers on three ropes. Weather was really good but one climber became ill so my wife and I decided to descend with her so the remaining climbers could make the summit. Will be back next year to climb it again. A tough climb that you really need to be in shape for.
Posted Jul 27, 2006 2:32 pm

TheBootfitterInter / Emmons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Our party of four from Minnesota (me having just recently moved to Seattle from Minnesota) reached the summit crater at about 14,250 ft in mostly beautiful conditions. (Around 13K or 13.5K, winds picked up as heavy clouds created white out conditions at the top.) We determined that Columbia Crest itself would be anticlimactic in the white-out, so opted to skip the final bit to the highest point with winds tunneling through a gap at an estimated 60-70+ mph. A few crevasses were opening, but nothing major. Great trip!
Posted Jul 26, 2006 11:09 pm

seth@LOKIDC route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 1997


Our friend John twisted a knee on approach to Libery Ridge. Dirk still cringes the fact that we did not keep going with out him. WE took Thom Capenis up the DC. Beautiful day. We passed everyone. This was again the hugest snow year in history so crevasses were nada.
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:56 pm

gimpilatorHigh Winds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2006


This is my second time reaching the summit. Our party of 11, led by by Bill Link, ascended the Emmons route spending the first and second night at Emmons flats. There were several large rockfalls sloughing off of little Tahoma throughout the second day. By 12:15 AM on July 17 we we roped up and began the final push. The crevasses were all open and visible making for easy navigation.

Around 12,000 feet the wind began to pick up whipping down from the summit. It got stronger, the closer we got. When we came into view of the crater rim, gusts were blowing bits of ice and snow out over the edge of the bowl at 40+ mph. At this point two of our rope teams decided to turn back. Our rope of 3 continued up and along the ridge. One blast of 55 mph or so sent me flying off my feet onto the rocks. Walking was only possible while leaning far over to the side. It made for some wild fun.

Less rockfall danger than the DC route but many more crevasses and snowbridge crossings.
Posted Jul 18, 2006 4:28 pm

rkymtnRoute Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


This was the icing on the cake after finishing my 13-day alpine climbing course with Mountain Madness. Haliku, Axe, and Old Guide flew out to meet me in Seattle after my course, so we could attempt this together. Old Guide stayed at Camp Muir while the rest of us made our summit bid. The weather couldn’t have been better and I was thrilled to take in the views from the summit. I’m so glad the guys came out for this!
7/14/11 - Made a really good attempt in marginal weather with my wife and chicagotransplant. Unfortunately, we had to turn back short of the summit. It was, however, beautiful between the storm up high and the rain/snow mix at Muir.
Posted Jul 17, 2006 6:34 pm

HalikuDisappointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


My fourth visit to the mountain. I climbed with Axe, Old Guide and rkymtn. We left Camp Muir at midnight and returned successful 11 hours later. The route was straight forward and in good condition.

We also ran into gurlyclimber, chicagotransplant and their friend Jody making the trip an accidental Summitpost gathering.

25 Sept 2003

My third visit to Rainier. Dad's goal during his 50's was to summit. Attempt #1 saw me on the top and Dad having turned around. On attempt #2 my brother Axe and I were turned around at 13,200 due to conditions. Dad didn't make it this year. Attempt #3 saw all three of us on the mountain. We woke up at dawn to high winds on the Ingraham flats. We decided to give it a go and enjoyed gusting winds that played with us by grabbing our packs and twisting us around or trying to knock us off the path and bridges. Fighting the wind drained us all more than the climb demands normally. Shortly before noon we made it to the crater rim and soon on the crest. Well Dad got his wish and we all got the mountaineering bug. Thanks Dad!
Posted Jul 17, 2006 6:30 pm

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