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moonspotslong time goal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012


Started mountain climbing at 61, and am quite captivated by it all.
Posted Oct 20, 2014 11:30 pm

larch32Boy howdy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2014
Climbed the Emmons-Winthrop route over two days. Worth considering the single-push approach next time.
Posted Oct 19, 2014 9:11 pm

JmoeesqDiscretion is the Better Part...
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2011


Muir/DC Route - We spent one day ascending to Muir, camped there for 2-3 days waiting for summit winds to die, made an attempt but still got turned around high on the DC w/ 50+mph winds. Several guided groups also turned around - probably only one or maybe two teams pushed on to the summit. We opted to retreat due to the enormous danger we felt the winds were posing. Purchase was too difficult and sketchy on the DC, and we didn't have enough gear to make running belays w/ only two of us. Temps/wind chills were very low, but the views were magnificent! Camping at Muir wore us down, though.
Posted Sep 29, 2014 10:54 am

careyjdDV route summer ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2014
DC route w/ RMI, wonderful weather, not a cloud in the sky, warm day but parkas still nice on upper mountain. Fantastic experience!!
Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:56 pm

nhberesSummit via DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2014


Awesome weather. Clear skies and cold. Made to the summit crater at 6:45 and up to Columbia Crest about 7:10. Incredible climb.
Posted Aug 25, 2014 4:17 pm

losboatsDC during super moon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014
Summited via the DC on Sunday morning, 8/10, under the super moon. Gorgeous weather, clear skies, very little wind. Couldn't ask for much more. Muir was full so we camped below Anvil Rock. Left Muir at 12am, summited at 7:45am.
Posted Aug 17, 2014 7:42 pm

FensterschlechterKautz Ice Chute, descend DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014


Party of 2, 3 day outing. Paradise to 1st bivy below Turtle. Ice chute was in good shape. Route does not go over top of Wapowety Cleaver, rather stays on upper Kautz to gain the ridge coming off of Point Success. Was following a party of 8 and flagged route. Some crevasses are pretty wide with rapidly melting snow bridges! Late summit and 2nd bivy on Disappointment Cleaver. Weather was warm, lows at night no less than ~40F, less than 5 mph wind.
Posted Aug 16, 2014 3:39 pm

Vic HansonDC Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

Vic Hanson

Hiked up to Muir Camp in 4 hr. 20 min. on Friday with Jason, Doug and Tim, left there at 12:30 that night, reached the summit at 7:25 Sat. morning under clear skies.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 9:20 pm

Canuck89DC route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014


First time on this mountain and used the DC route to summit. Nice weather and met some great people at Camp Muir!
Posted Aug 9, 2014 5:28 am

BradBartickDC route 2009  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009


With Bruce Lacroix. Had to assist a guy escape from a narrow crevasse due to snow bridge collapse. Lots of rockfall on the cleaver. 2 days, 1 night.
Posted Aug 3, 2014 7:11 pm

bbDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014
DC route. Car to car 17 h 15 m. I'm an average hiker.
Posted Aug 2, 2014 2:00 pm

Virginia14erKeeps Getting Better  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2014


This year was the 2nd year in a row to the top. Went up last year with IMG via DC, summit 7/20/13. Then, my wife wanted to go. So, here we go again. Returned with IMG again, both of us summited (actually, all 12 climbers in our group were successful.) I can't say enough good stuff about IMG. Beautiful weather both years. I have to say, after being on the mountain 3 times now, it gets better each time. First year with RMI was not successful. But with each successive year, what was once a chore is now becoming more routine, so you can smell the roses along the way, so to speak.
Posted Jul 28, 2014 12:26 pm

nswardGreat Weather on the DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2014


We had perfect weather and extra days to ensure a summit.
[Day 1] 8am--arrive at Paradise. 8:45am--leave the trail head. 2:45pm--arrive at muir, set up camp, melt water, eat, and practice self arrest. 6pm--sleep.
[Day 2] 8am--leave Muir. 9:40am--arrive at Ingraham Flats, set up camp, melt water, eat, prepare packs for summit, and sleep.
[Day 3] 10pm--wake up, eat, drink, and rope up. 10:50pm--leave Flats. 5am--summit in time for the 5:20 sunrise. Enjoyed summit for half hour. 9am--back down at the Flats.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:19 pm

brihuangDC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014


Much wind in the final 2 hour stretch with some whiteout conditions. Thought of turning back many times but prevailed in the end. First time on Rainier and it was the my hardest earned summit yet.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 7:34 am

calebEOCEmmons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014


Three day ascent camping on the inter glacier day one, emmons flat day two, and summiting in a snowstorm and high winds day three. Beautiful weather all four days on the mountain except summit day. Snow was super soft, two feet of slush in sections.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 9:59 am

edge17via DC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014
Got a bit of a late start (2am) and ended up coming down the cleaver in some pretty soft snow later in the day. Strong winds and very little visibility for parts of the ascent.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 5:25 pm

JurgenRainier in a Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014


We started at Paradise at 9 pm and reached the summit 10 hours later. Conditions were very good and the weather was perfect. The view from the summit was amazing and it was a worhty summit to finish our US trip.

Some thoughts.. Rainier is a big mountain which is technically pretty easy, but I found the DC route quite dangerous. Rockfall danger along the Cowlitz glacier, the beginning of the Flats and when traversing on the Disappointment Clever. Furthermore, seracs are threatening the Flats. So be sure to be able to tackle the difficulties without problems in order to be fast enough on these dangerous sections. A frosty night and an early start are also obligatory.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 12:05 am

Super DaveDC Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2014

Super Dave

Held off a couple days waiting for a storm to clear, then had perfect weather conditions. Summit views were awesome. Rainier is a BIG mountain! Trip Report
Posted Jul 4, 2014 4:41 pm

HixsonhrDisappointment Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2014
Awesome climb with perfect weather. A bit crowded but otherwise couldn't have been better
Posted Jun 25, 2014 10:47 pm

keeganrayDC route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2014


Had a chilly bivy at the top of the cleaver and pushed for the summit the following afternoon. The view from the top was crystal clear, but 30-40mph winds. Spent an hour exploring and spent the night back at the Muir bunk house. Right now the crevasses are pretty minimal. The biggest being 6-8 inches wide. Awesome experience, can't wait to go back next year!
Posted Jun 9, 2014 7:51 pm

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