Why Rainer for your first summit attempt of a major mountain? Just because you read about it in books? or Your friend wants to climb it?
There are many major summits in the Western U.S. which would make good starting climbs offering a taste of what the "big" mountain offers. If you climbed Mt. Adams, Mt Hood or Mt Shasta by the standard routes you would get a feel for what Rainer is all about without the higher exposure to danger that Rainer offers..
My opinion: Start your mountaineering experience elsewhere! Save Rainer for when you have those crevasse rescue skills, self arrest skills, repelling skills, belaying skills down and you know that you can handle the high altitude climbing.
eripey wrote:Congrats Cyde! I am going to just do a day hike to Camp Muir next month and wondering how the trail to Camp Muir was?
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