Did you approach via St Elmo's Pass, the standard Liberty Ridge Approach? On July 19, 08 I talked to a couple of guys near Glacier Basin. They had made an attempt on Liberty Ridge, and said they needed a hockey mask that late in the season.
Thank you Ineher,
No we did not use St Elmo's pass. We came from the north side. I forget the name of the parking lot, but you come across the snout of Carbon Glacier within an hour of hiking. Then you continue up the trail to the tail end of Curtis Ridge. Then you get onto the very base, or exposed end, of Carbon Glacier. We were planning to get back via St Elmo's, but the weather was very bad and rainy and we were afraid not finding it. So, we went all the way down Emmons Glacier and down the East side. We got lucky to run into two kind climbers who gave us a ride to the north side of the mountain and our parking lot.
The glaciers on Rainier are pretty amazing, and on the north side where this pic was taken they are always on the move. They also get bombarded by rocks and dirt by Willis Wall directly above. We tried to move through this area as fast as we could.
Season after season of snowfall all compressed and tight. Terribly exposed crevasses make for a good picture and a good adventure. As long as you brought Prussack equipment and tethering cord. Neat picture, 10/10
Looking at the layers gives pretty good hints as to what the mountain must've been going through the previous years. I even enjoy sticking my head inside crevasses with narrow opening on top, with a belay, of course. As to traveling on glaciers, one must always have his two prossik knots already on the rope. This way in case of an accident, he would not be fumbling for his knots and possibly drop them.
Happy climbing and thank you,
Yeah, I know. I've climbed most of the Cascade volcanos, some twice, all with prussiks pre-tied on my rope. The tether cord supplements the wrist strap for the ice ax. In Michigan where I live there are no climbing opportunities other than trees. So i prussik up them on a static line. We use a throw ball to get a light line over the first branch and from there pull the climbing rope up and over and back down. Once it is tied off, up the static end we go!