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Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby dskoon » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:55 pm

Hey Murph,
I think you're a little late to the party. . Read the previous page's posts, wherein the OP tells the story of his just completed successful summit of Rainier and
people are congratulating him. . .
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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby Murph1 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:21 am

dskoon:
I promise to stick my head in a snow bank and sober up! Must have been at "high altitude" too many times! :oops:
You know that climbers living in the Central Valley of California get way too much exposure to smog. :wink:
My excuse is that the smog here in Clovis was so thick when I read this blog that I couldn't see all the entries! :?
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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby clmbr » Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:52 pm

Murph1 wrote:...
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.

Well, that's not necessary true. One year, while exploring west cost, I saw Rainier and immediately wanted to climb it, because it was huge and looked challenging and impressive. Next year I did it after Shasta and Hood but only because they were on my way to WA, otherwise, I would have climbed it first. I had rock climbing experience from European mountains but up to that point climbed glaciated route once and nothing even close to Rainier.

I always say (or repeat others), "summit is not the most important...", but it's very nice to be on the top.

Congrats buddy, Cyde , and keep climbing, and Climb Safe.
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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby Cyde » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:09 am

Thanks again everyone!

I was an experience I'll never ever forget and one that I hope to repeat someday, but it not, just being on the mountain is a privilege enough.

Good luck to all of you!!
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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby eripey » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:53 pm

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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Re: Mt. Rainier in July. How dangerous is it?

Postby Cyde » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:58 am

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?


Hi Eripey,
I did my climb back on the second week of July and the trail to Camp Muir was snow covered all the way from Paradise. It was clear and sunny all three days that I was on the Mountain. Of course, from what I hear, things have significantly changed, (to put it mildly) since then. I would use the resources listed in this forum to check current conditions before making the trek up.

Good luck!
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