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Postby rasgoat » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:57 am

That route must be boot packed?
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Postby RomaK » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:49 am

The Muir snowfield usually gets a ton of traffic regardless of weather this time of year. I took my skis up on May 31st and there was a solid bootpack (no need for snowshoes). The mountain received new snow above 7-8000 feet over the past week, but I would guess that snowshoes are still not necessary, especially since reports indicate that wind deposited snow on eastern aspects, and the snowfield faces south.
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Postby Dane1 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:52 am

Snow shoes aren't required to get to Muir but it has been snowing and continues to snow with a huge weather system out of Alaska dumping on us right now.

Good discussions on current conditions here:

http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthr ... Post963370

http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthr ... Post963146
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Postby lcarreau » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:25 am

That's because its HARD to find a straight answer, when everybody is "bummed" because of
inclement weather.

""Most climbing on Mount Rainier, as on other Cascade volcanoes, demands more physical effort and determination than technical ability.

Good judgment is important.

Physiological, weather, and glacier-travel factors become important.

Each day is different on Rainier. In 2010, weather still plays a key role on this volcano."

Always hope for the best, but come PREPARED for the worst.



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Postby dskoon » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:31 am

I agree with Tazz.
C'mon people, do some research! Even as cloddish as I may be on the Internet, it's not too hard to go to the different sites and find all the info. . .
The links provided by Dane and Tazz should get you started. . .
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Postby The Chief » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:07 am

Hey Vitality....

Got some fun ass 2-3 p .11's to play on here. The only thing that will be sliding is your ass when you come off.
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Postby EastKing » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:53 am

This weekend is NOT the weekend to climb Rainier due to the avy danger!! If you do, I will be praying extra hard for your success and good judgement. We already had an accident on that mountain last weekend. Hopefully it will be better by July!
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Postby moonspots » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:59 pm

Vitaliy M wrote:
rasgoat wrote:That route must be boot packed?


I have no idea, never been there. Know the weather was sh*t last couple of weeks for the most part so I have no idea how many people went up/made the trail etc.
IF SOMEONE ACTUALLY BEEN THERE RECENTLY PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I SHOULD TAKE SNOW SHOES.


I guess you could. I hiked it two summers ago, and the snow was plenty deep at the parking lot, and I was only wearing hiking boots. Generally, the "trail" was a "cow path", and trudging through 4 miles of soft snow gave me a good workout. I didn't see anyone using snow shoes, but talked to a couple of guys who said they thought about bringing 'em. I'm going again this August, and might bring them along just for the fun of it.
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Postby simonov » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:29 pm

Vitaliy M wrote:Praying helped..my couple of friends and I broke a "dry" spell and summited today (1st people to summit from camp muir in 10 days according to the ranger).


Pics and trip report?
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Postby davebobk47 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:55 pm

Just go back from Rainier. Went to the Flats Saturday morning but did not continue due to extreme avy danger. No snowshoes needed at all.
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Postby davebobk47 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Vitaliy M wrote:
EastKing wrote:This weekend is NOT the weekend to climb Rainier due to the avy danger!! If you do, I will be praying extra hard for your success and good judgement. We already had an accident on that mountain last weekend. Hopefully it will be better by July!


Praying helped..my couple of friends and I broke a "dry" spell and summited today (1st people to summit from camp muir in 10 days according to the ranger). We explored the route Ingraham Direct (glacier route) on Saturday in the morning, and went up to 12K to check out snow conditions..Than talked to a guide who suggested it, if we can be fast...Since we are fast we left early and topped it bit past sunrise. We didn't see any avy danger on the route till we were finishing comming down, since snow was getting soft and unstable...we had a great time


You sure it was Saturday? All three guide services plus the rangers told everyone not to go. We were the first to make it to the Flats since the last avy and there were no tracks in front of us. We watched the sunrise from the Flats then turned back. A few groups behind us but I don't think any of them went up.
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Postby simonov » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:21 pm

Vitaliy, sounds like maybe you guys dodged a bullet.
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