Emmons/Winthrop GlaciersThe Emmons/Winthrop Glaciers route is Mount Rainier's least technical and second most popular climb. The climb is longer and physically more demanding than the most popular Ingraham Direct/Dissappointment Cleaver.
The climb requires good glacier navigations skills since climbers have to weave in and around immense crevasses.
Elevation gain is 10,000 feet.
Camp ShurmanAt 9,460 feet, Camp Shurman is Rainier's second most popular high camp, after camp Muir. Camp Shurman has a ranger hut and outhouse (a huge advantage, otherwise you have to use blue bag system and take your waste of the mountain). There are great views of Little Tahoma, Washington's third peak.
Emmons FlatsEmmons Flats - 9,800 feet - sits above Camp Schurman. The camp is entirely on the glacier, and those spending the night there must use the blue-bag waste disposal system (you can drop your waste at Camp Schurman in a special container). The glacier here is slightly sloped, so it is good to carry a shovel with you. We camped here since Camp Schurman was completely filled. You can enjoy a lot more solitude here. Water source - melting the glacier.
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