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Lenny72This time, SUCCESS!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008


Was turned back in 2001 due to avalanche conditions. Not this time! We made it to the summit on Saturday morning via the DC in perfect weather. Felt very strong all the way to the summit. The trail was in absolutely perfect condition. There was, however, a significant amount of rock fall and one climber on another team was hit in the face by a large rock. He had to be choppered off the summit. Luckily, he survived.
Posted Jul 16, 2008 8:16 pm

eruselowPerfect day on the Cleaver
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005


Climbed Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route with RMI back in '06. Perfect two days, great rope team, and to top it off, we made the true summit. RMI is a great service, but they do not go lightly on the pace.
Posted Jul 16, 2008 11:26 am

Mots010Emmons Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2008


Fantastic trip. Weds evening, hike to Glacier Basin. Thurs, climb to Emmons Flats. Friday, summit. High winds on the approach up to Emmon's Flats, but died down for the summit bid at 2am. Reached summit at about 620am and chilled at the summit for 2.5 hours on the hot rocks on the crater rim. Our group was the only to summit from Emmon's Glacier this day, while we witnessed dozens of the guided groups who came up from the DC route. Truly a different experience from our Colorado mountains. One in or group took a crevasse fall up to his chest but was able to pull himself out. Route was in great shape.
Posted Jul 14, 2008 11:48 pm

CODaveDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2008


Great climb and near perfect weather.
Posted Jul 9, 2008 2:06 am

Casey BatesSqueezing in the weather window  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2008

Casey Bates

Via the Emmons. Reached the summit at around 9am to beautiful clear but hazy skies. Massive thunderstorms hit the mountain the night before our approach to Emmons Flats. Within an hour after returning to our tents after the climb a massive thunderstorm hit that lasted well into the night. So much rain fell that my deadman anchors were completely exposed by morning. Private party of six. Great group.
Posted Jul 4, 2008 10:05 am

zoinkEmmons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2008


Climbed to Schurman on the 31 then after a breezy evening (ranger said 80-90mph gusts)we got up at 1:30 but ended up waiting until 3:00 not wanting to be the first group up as neither of us has been on the hill before. We still ended up being the first to summit from Schurman. A few snow bridges are getting iffy (easily avoidable though), but the bridge over the bergschrund was still big and solid.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 4:32 am

dannottiDisapointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008
From camp Muir, we took the disapointment cleaver route. Great weather and climb. Had major thunder storm and lightning at Muir the night before.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 8:56 am

TripoliRickOnly Once  Sucess!


Been to Rainier several times and due to various reasons, only made it on my first attempt and that was on Liberty Ridge. See trip report my "Liberty Ridge, I Don't Want to Turn Back!"
Posted Jul 1, 2008 1:36 am

Fins129DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2008


First glacier climb. Climbed with IMG. Summited at sunrise on a perfectly clear day.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 12:17 am

nigelmccNo disappointment  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008


I lead a group of Rainier first-timers up the DC on June 29th and was both blessed and burdened by the heatwave that hit the west coast. Luckily our concerns were mitigated by an extremely early alpine start (11:15 pm). After getting stuck behind a few slow parties on the route, we summited around 5. There were virtually no exposed crevasses to cross and minimal rockfall on the DC (despite the heat).
Posted Jun 30, 2008 6:47 pm

JakesterD.C. Route
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2008


An amazing (two-part) weekend on Mount Rainier.

Crevasse Rescue - Long 13 hour day up on the Nisqually Glacier practicing crevasse rescue techniques. Unbelievably cool experience.

Mount Rainier Summit Attempt - After the exhausting crevasse seminar, six good friends and I attempted to summit Mount Rainier. Long haul up to Camp Muir, three hours of sleep, late start and fatigue from crevasse rescue stopped us at 12,600 ft. Our decision to turn around 1,800 ft shy of the summit was easy. We were all exhausted.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 12:04 pm

Grampahawk Rainier for Father's Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008


After following 6 straight weeks of terrible weather we were really lucky to hit a window of 3 perfect days in which to make our climb. The mountain did not dissapoint. Went up via DC route. Summited about 6 AM. Many thanks to my family for celebrating Father's Day a week early so this could be my true gift.
Posted Jun 19, 2008 4:15 pm

RModelliDC did not disappointed!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008


Took the DC route which was in great shape in a glorious sunny and clear day. Summited at 6AM with buddies James and Russell, both Rainier "virgins"
Posted Jun 18, 2008 11:15 pm

msihlSecond attempt
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2008


We ascended from Paradise to Camp Muir in perfect weather and attempted the summit the next day but got into a snow storm and had to turn back close to the top of Disappointment Cleaver. The storm got worse as we returned to Camp Muir. We were hoping to get another shot at the summit the next day but there was no weather improvement, so we decided to descend around 7.30 am on 06/06/2008.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 11:09 am

shanahan96no disappointment on the cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2008


summited rainier during a 4-day mini expedition marred with funky weather. had a decent weather window for summit day and consider ourselves quite lucky considering the rest of the time we experienced rain, snow, wind and a damp/moist cold.

Posted Jun 1, 2008 10:10 pm

Dave SI'll be back...
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008

Dave S

Attempted the climb with Steve Larson (see report below). Weather just didn't cooperate.
Posted Jun 1, 2008 8:53 pm

astrobassmanMay blizzard on Rainier
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008


My group climbed Rainier the same day Steve Larson did. Sunny and warm day hiking up Muir. Set up camp and then the snow/thunder/lightning came in. We left our tents at 4am and made it up to 13,300 feet before calling it off in white out conditions with no other groups above the cleaver. I'm very pleased with the trip...climbing in those conditions was tough, but I learned a lot and had a great time.
Posted May 28, 2008 11:45 am

Steve LarsonMaybe next time...
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008

Steve Larson

We (me and Dave Smith) originally planned on doing Liberty Ridge. Then the Park Service informed us that the road wouldn't be open. So we headed for the south side, intending on going up the Gibralter Ledges. After a beautiful day strolling up to Camp Muir we watched the clouds roll in. Then it started to snow. Then the lightening and thunder show. Then more snow. After not sleeping much it was time to either get up and do something or go back down. 3-4" of new snow meant we wouldn't be doing the ledges, so we decided to follow the pack up the DC. It kept snowing, and the wind started picking up in earnest. By the time Dave and I got onto the cleaver we decided it was time to pack it in. It would have been nice to get to the top, but Rainier is such a spectacular place that neither of us minded turning around.
Posted May 27, 2008 10:20 am

breagenDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2008


Two friends on mine teamed up with me for this gem on our Pacific NW tour. Hiked up to 7600 on the muir snowfield for the first night. Second day we went up to Camp Muir and talked to some rangers about the insanely warm weather and conditions. Started at 10:30 pm that day, summited around 7 am in wind that must have been 70+ mph. No visibility on the summit and had to crawl out way up but we got there. Back down by 10, lots of crevasses opening up on the flats, however the cleaver was doing well.
Posted May 22, 2008 8:50 pm

llkylejMade it to Muir
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2004


My buddy and I were visiting Seattle and we planned on hiking Rainier. We underestimated how far of a drive from Seattle the trailhead for Rainier actually is, and didn't start our hike until after 11 (also, the fact we were both 21, meant we had probably enjoyed too many microbrews the nights before). My friend had a fancy digital SLR camera and stopped to take many pictures, which slowed our pace down tremendously. We almost became discouraged on the final snow field up to Camp Muir, but saw two women, who had made better time than us, heading back down the mountain. We sucked it up and made the rest of the journey. We stopped at Muir. I am much more prepared for hikes nowadays, but I was very proud of the accomplishment at the time. I would like to go back to attempt the summit.
Posted Apr 30, 2008 3:10 pm

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